The Bose L1 Compact system combines conventional PA and monitors into one sleek unit. Positioned behind or to the side of a performer, DJ or presenter, it delivers wide, even sound coverage throughout... Read More
The Bose L1 Compact system combines conventional PA and monitors into one sleek unit. Positioned behind or to the side of a performer, DJ or presenter, it delivers wide, even sound coverage throughout the stage area and audience, even off to the extreme sides. It's Bose's smallest, lightest, easiest-to-set-up L1 system, weighing just 29 pounds.
The L1 Compact system's slim loudspeaker distributes sound clearly and evenly throughout the room, thanks to Bose Spatial Dispersion technology. The speaker's unusual vertical shape makes it distinctly different from conventional PA speakers―and has a very positive effect on sound coverage. Even audience and band members off to the extreme sides hear the same clear, tonally balanced sound as those in front.
The L1 Compact loudspeaker array is smaller than those in L1 Model I and II systems, but it produces comparable horizontal sound coverage. L1 Model I and Model II loudspeakers project sound further with less dropoff of volume than the L1 Compact array.
With the L1 Compact system, you don't have to carry a separate amplifier, mixer or bass cabinet: They're already built in. The system's power stand includes an integrated bass speaker and amplifier, plus a built-in mixer providing a total of four inputs and two outputs.
Channel 1 is a microphone input with a customized ToneMatch preset for a handheld dynamic microphone. The preset automatically optimizes a handheld microphone's tone when used with the L1 Compact system. Channel 2 accepts up to three inputs at once, including a guitar, keyboard or other instrument, DJ mixer, MP3 player, laptop or projector. It features a customized ToneMatch preset to optimize the sound of an acoustic guitar.
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Bose is amazing. I was very skeptical, even after talking to a Bose sales rep about the amount of bass this little sub could handle. We use this in our karaoke room. It's truly amazing. We only have one set in a corner. From pop to hardcore rap with serious bass, this system sounds awesome. I'd totally recommend it. We do have the Tone Match mixer which does not attached to the setup (unlike the bigger models) so ours simple sits on a bookshelf next to the speakers. There is a RCA line output for connecting a power sub if you wanted more punch. But you don't really need it. You'll be amazed at the sound that comes out of it.
As a gospel group, young at heart but getting up in years, we LOVE the Bose L1 compact system! We sing in mostly smaller churches and we have not had ANY volume problems. We hook up a small mixer board into the L1 compact to run three mics and a laptop for song tracks.We put the speaker behind us as a moniter AND main sound, no feedback problems so this system is all we need. With 180 degree sound coming out of the speaker, my husband, who runs our sound, can sit up on the podium with us and he will hear exactly what everyone else is hearing.Most people are just blown away by the quality of sound that the L1 Compact produces.Even in some of the larger places that we have sang at, we still have not had to turn up the system very much.We used to haul a trailer behind our van to carry our sound equipment.Now the Bose L1 compact system takes up a corner in the back of the van or a car.Thank you, Bose, for making this amazing little sound system!!
Simply put, it is great. It sounds wonderful on all of my guitars, James Burton Signature Telecaster, Fender Strat with Lace Sensor pickups (Blue, Silver, and Red), my Gibson CS-356, my Taylor NS74ce, and my Kirk Sand Nylon Electric. I purchased the TC-Helicon R1 pedal for some re-verb for the mic channel, and I use my VD400 Behringerr vintage delay pedal on the guitar channel. I couldn't be happier with the setup and the sound. I strongly recommend the Bose L1 Compact. It is well worth the money to provide a professional and quality sound.
I've had mine for about 8 months now. I've learned that to get the best sound from a mixer you need to plug in the mains from the mixer into the RCA jacks of the BOSE. This unit is so easy to use, transport and setup. Very light. It sounds incredibly good, especially considering the size and weight. I will say this does not sound like a PA system though. With a PA system you get much more of a boom/thump/deep bass sound this sound is more crystal clear like a very high end stereo might sound. you don't have any problems hearing the bass but its more of a clear/stereo bass then a PA system bass sound. This unit is incredibly clear and clean, sound transports well through out the venues I've used it; a large cafeteria and home living room duets. The sound dows disperse well. You can hear it just as clear anywhere in the room you are playing. I play with another guitarists and we each have one setup beside up and can hear one another and our selves perfectly. This unit will surprise you with the sound it puts out. We've played for groups of 50+- and haven't had any problems being heard in the back without being so loud to the people that are closer to us. I have tripped over the rca to TS cable and broke the RCA jack inserts inside the BOSE. My friends at Guitar Center were the only ones able to figure out a simple solution, getting them out in 5 minutes. For anyone else having this problem, they used a small, self tapping screw and got it right out. I had taken it to Guitar Center, they tried to no avail, I had called Bose who wanted to charge quite a bit to drive it to Houston to a Bose Service shop.
I have used this straight with a mike in the mike channel and an electric guitar in the guitar channel. Sounds great. I now plug the mike and guitar into a marshall amp made for an acoustic act then run the output from the marshall into the guitar channel of the BOSE. This way I can add reverb and/or chorus to the voice and guitar separately . I then use the Marshall much like a monitor with the BOSE pointed at the audience. I can also play music during my breaks by routing the earphone output of a computer into the BOSE. There are so many ways to use this it is amazing. AND it only weighs 25 pounds. No big speakers to lug around.
I used it for an informal jam session last night. It was approximately an 80x50 ft room. The sound was unbelievable. I used a Mackie FXpro board. We had 2 Alesis mics, 3 guitars, and a fiddle. We had WAY more volume than we needed. A room twice that size would have been no problem. I could hear every voice and every instrument. The sound was very sharp and crisp. One guy that I always have trouble hearing came through very crisp and clear. I love it and recommend it highly...
I've used my L1 Compact system now for about two years, averaging about 40 gigs a year. I'm a solo acoustic guitar/singer act performing at wineries both indoors and outdoors for roughly 40 people. I use a Tonematch T1 with the Compact system and a really good Shure mike. I routinely get compliments on how great the Bose L1 Compact system sounds. It has more than enough power for these types of venues and it always sounds crystal clear. With as many times as I've moved it over the past two years I'd say the durability is top notch, provided you use some very reasonable care. I was using a Bose L1 Classic system that I purchased around six years ago. This system obviously has a LOT more power and punch ... but ... if you're an older guy like me the weight and lifting involved in moving the larger Bose system are a big consideration. I perform in venues that don't accommodate a dolly/cart or require a bit of a hike to get where I'm performing. I was starting to have back and shoulder problems from moving the larger Bose system. The Compact is SUPER PORTABLE and does exactly what I need it to in a package I can easily move by myself over a distance. I've also used it in a bar with perhaps 75 noisy patrons and it worked *just fine*. I highly recommended for a solo performer. For me, having a light-weight PA that sounds fantastic and can extend the years I can perform by lightening my load is worth every dime.
My first concern about the BOSE L1 compact was...would it be able to handle the full sounds & low end of a keyboard. All of the advertisement I've ever seen for the BOSE Compact L1 always was geared towards vocalist & acoustic guitars...thus my concern. I already owned the Bose L1 but this unit would take up too much space on some of the smaller stages I would have to share with other musicians from time to time. The BOSE Compact L1 works perfectly in these types of situations using minimal space on stage while providing the full and quality sound I demand for my keyboard.
This is not for you if you're looking for the absolute most bang for your buck in terms of output. It's also not for you if you must have complete control over your sound and want to EQ everything yourself. If you're looking for the most output possible for ~$1k, then you should get a K12 on a tripod and call it a day. Bose would probably tell you the same thing. However, I find myself using this little system very often for presenter-style set ups and wedding ceremonies because of how ridiculously quickly it sets up and how sleek it looks. The super light weight is another plus as I don't need a wheeling cart.
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