L1 Family of Products

L1 Model II

Let's talk about the L1® Portable Line Array Systems

Using proprietary Bose® technology, L1 systems combine  PA and monitors into a single, highly portable unit. The  loudspeaker can be positioned behind or to the side —and you hear what the audience hears.

Highly portable PA and monitor combined for solo performers, DJs and general-purpose use. Fixed vertical control with 180° horizontal coverage Reduced vulnerability to feedback.

Three systems to choose from (Compact, Model 1S, Model II)
Two passive bass module options (B1 or B2)
Consistent coverage and tonal balance, portability and easy setup.

Featured Topics

L1 Feature Requests

ST
If you could have anything you want in an L1® ... Ask, even if you don't think it's possible. It wasn't that long ago that the L1® was impossible. Have fun with this. ST Feature RequestsRead More...
Compact having a mounting location for Tonematch mixer. Wouldn't mind a battery powered option for the Tonematch mixer when used with the Compact as well... or at least power supplied by Compact ala L1 Model IIRead More...
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ATTN L1 Compact Users

Hi All, We know there a lot of L1 Compact users on the forum and we wanted to get a better understanding of the effects and processing that you use with the system. For example, Are you using the T1 or just the L1 Compact by itself? Please reply to this post with a description of your rig. We would love to see pictures and understand the effects and mixing options that are most important to you. Looking forward to your participation. Thanks CraigRead More...
Let's see....I purchased my nephew a L1 Compact, a nice Fender acoustic/electric, a SM58, and a Boss VE-8. He gigs in the clubs around his university without any problems. It is great little rig. I have a L1B2/T1 with an auxiliary Soundcraft EPM8 for my two acoustic/electric, bass, percussion group...all of whom sing. It crushes it in every venue up to 500 or so attendee auditoriums. We also have two S1s with a QSC 8 board for small bar gigs. My 8-piece group uses a sound contractor who uses...Read More...
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Last Reply By Mr. Hoon · First Unread Post
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Introducing the Bose® L1® Model 1S system . and the Bose® B2 bass module For Model II owners who want to use the full features of the B2 you will want the Model II Power Stand Firmware version 1.4 providing support for the B2 Bass Module Additional information in the L1® Wiki: L1® Model 1S B2 Bass Module Model II Power Stand Firmware version 1.4 providing support for the B2 Bass Module (detailed instructions with updated files) Video Bose L1 Model 1s Line Array System - Bose L1 Model 1S Bose...Read More...
Hello, I would like to ask what is the best mixer for L1 Model 1s aside from T1 tone match.Read More...
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Paul Schaefer's L1 Set Up

Today I had the privilege of visiting the David Letterman set and learning more about how Paul Schaefer is using the L1 Classic that you have seen beside him for years. The system is fed by a sub-mix of all of Paul’s keys and synths enabling him to hear himself clearly on stage. The band also has an in-ear monitor mix which enables them to talk among themselves and listen to songs as David Letterman is interviewing guests. There is also a printer attached to the laptop so they can print...Read More...
Neat how has all the money in the world, and the L1 is his preference!Read More...
Last Reply By jdbassentertainment.com · First Unread Post

Creative L1 Compact Uses

Ok so it has been over a year since the release of the L1® Compact system and we continue to hear stories about the product being used from everything from military services to fitness classes. I thought it would be a good idea to create an area to capture some of the more unique uses for the system aside from musical performances. So tell us; what types of creative uses have you found for the L1® Compact system? NeilRead More...
I wanted to use the L1 compact with a midi accordion, 2 vocal microphones and 1 sax microphone in a small venue. Will the midi bass be heard. Haven't bought one yet but want to trade in my 42 lb. monster as long as the L1 compact is capable of handling the above. We've started a new discussion for your question. Please see: MIDI Accordion with L1® Compact Thank you.Read More...
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Try the new L1 Compact Interactive Demo

To view an interactive demo of the L1 Compact system please visit the following link: Virtual L1 Compact Interactive DemoRead More...
Hi We use 1 or 2 Compacts in 99% of our gigs. I am amazed at how much it "really" can cover. We are a vocal duo with keyboards and tracks at times. We have been using them for over 6 years. We also have a Model2 2/b1's which stay in our rehearsal room. Love our Compacts! AjandCarla PizazzEntertainmentRead More...

T1 ToneMatch(tm) audio engine Flash Tool - Try the virtual T1!

I am happy to announce the T1 ToneMatch(tm) audio engine flash tool. This new tool will allow you to take a tour of the front and rear panels using the FRONT PANEL TOUR and REAR PANEL TOUR buttons. The INTERACTIVE TOUR button allows you to virtually use all features of the T1. Below is a link to the tool: T1 Flash Tool Enjoy! Craig [ken-at-bose made this a featured discussion] edit: updated linkRead More...
All components are available as individual items in the Uk, I don't see why it should be any different elsewhere, check with your dealer.Read More...

L1 Benefits Statement

Ken-at-Bose
Hello Everyone, We wrote this before we introduced our new approach to live music amplification. These words appear on many of the cartons in the L1 family of products. We thought it would be good to repeat these words here.Read More...
This is an example of some of the old "Gems" which are turning up since the introduction of the new forum software. The words are as true now as they were then. Here's an example. My wife had a birthday party in January and I set up the Compact+T1 so that I could play easily for our guests and be heard anywhere in our living room which is L-shaped and about 50m2. Due to illnesses and bad weather forecast (snow) the party wasn't too big an affair and I could have played without amplification.Read More...
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Upgrading system

We are a small group of 3 with three Acoustic-Electric guitars with three vocals. We do a mix of Folk, Country, Classic Rock and Mariachi. We use Sennheiser 935 mics, a 12 hole Behringer mixer, and a L1 compact for our performances. I am seriously thinking of upgrading to L1 model 1 or Model 2, and adding the T8s tonematch to try to get a little more punch for some of our gigs. I really like the Compact but would like to get a just a little more power. So does it make more sense to overboard...Read More...
What a great forum. My concern was that the L1 model 2 which is advertised for up to 500 people might be a little larger than we need since we are so close to doing what we need with the compact, but it sounds like those with the experience feel that the extra money for the model 2 is a smart move since the sound is so much better with 24 speaker array. I also use a TC Helicon Voice Play Live but find I only use it on a few songs and mostly on one setting, so I probably can get close to the...Read More...
Last Reply By Baja Beat · First Unread Post

Wireless Shure SM58 settings?

I've got a wireless SM58 what's the best settings to have for excellent sound , I'm struggling to get oneRead More...
Hi Collie, Thanks for the added information. Connect the T1 to L1 Compact channel 2 (not channel 1). A balanced connection is preferred and will provide better noise rejection over greater distances than the unbalanced connection. please click the picture above to read all the details. Connect the Shure wireless receiver to one of the inputs on the T1 (e.g., channel 1). Follow the steps in the video below to set the gain staging (trim setting) Set the ToneMatch Preset to Shure SM58 instead...Read More...
Last Reply By ST · First Unread Post

Correct Bose L1 system? Home and on the deck for outside entertainment

I'm new to the forum and L1 products. I need a speaker system that allows me to use my home stereo amplifier with CD and Karaoke components, video to TV, to include acoustic/electric guitar and vocals. Can anyone help me match the correct Bose L1 system? Use would be in the home and on the deck for outside entertainment. Thanks - Dan Edit Subject: Previously "The Right Setup" Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Hi, Dan; We'd like to help. Please give us some more information. How large is the room where you will set things up? How many people does the room hold? How large is the dock outside? What style of music are you playing for Karaoke? How many people will you be entertaining outside? What devices will you have connected to the system (CD, stereo, TV, Karaoke machine)? What kind of Karaoke machine do you have? Please give us a link to the owner's guide. Will you be running in stereo (needing...Read More...
Last Reply By ST · First Unread Post

One or two?

Hey! I'm preparing to purchase either one or two L1 Model 2 B2 systems depending on what I hear in this discussion. The system I need will support 2 acoustics, 2 vocals, and tracks. We might also include bass and electric guitar or Piano/keyboard on occasion. From what I can understand, I will use in ear monitors for the tracks. Venues will be small sanctuaries or multi-purpose rooms. Music will be accoustic Chrisitian contemporary. Advice, please. Thanks.Read More...
I run two L1B2 sets on a T4S and while there are those quantifying the cost on a power / volume basis I can recommend the system from a pure sound quality perspective. i did run 1 set with a T1 and that sounded good. With a T4S and two L1B2 systems there is an apparent lift in fidelity and most of those who know the L1 around me say the same. It is not always a question of two units double power, you still control the volume, but the sound difference is very noticeable.Read More...
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How do I connect an LI Model I and an LI Model II, with a T4S mixer? And is it even possible, or a good idea?

I am a solo act, singer and guitarist, and am playing bigger stages now. Please tell me if purchasing an LI Model II is even a good idea, and if I can connect it to my Model I for a bigger sound for more people and bigger stages. And, in addition to buying the new Model II, do I need to purchase anything else, like cords or something? Please answer as best you can with PICTURES. That'd make it much easier to understand! Thanks!Read More...
Hi DMC, There's only one mixer in the picture; the T4S. You don't need a second mixer. You will connect the T4S to the L1 Model II using the ToneMatch port with the ToneMatch cable that comes with the T4S. That's the green line in the picture above. You're welcome. STRead More...
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Using a powered monitor with Bose L1 Compact / T1 ToneMatch

I am currently using an L1 compact with a T1 ToneMatch for acoustic performances. I would like to connect an EV powered monitor to the system for larger venues where crowd noise can be an issue. Should I connect to the powered monitor from the T1 'Aux out' or could I also use the 'Main out' on the L1 bass module. Also, from reading previous posts in the forum, I assume I should be using a TRS balanced cable for this type of interface. thanks for your input !Read More...
I think it is better to use Aux Out rather than Main out, then it would not affect the input again of your system when you adjust your monitor (L1 compact) volume.Read More...
Last Reply By KT · First Unread Post

Knocking/ popping issues

hi, we have a Bose L1 V2 and have just started hearing a popping or knocking sound through the speaker on some songs being played through it? Has anyone ever experienced this? We have a tonematch and recently the USB port has had some trouble playing music, it plays music from a laptop but after 90 seconds the music cuts out and the speaker omits a loud horn type noise. Since this we use a sound card with jack plugs instead of using direct usb from the laptop. any help would be greatly...Read More...
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Using a powered mixer with an L1 Compact

My wife is starting to sing with me. Can we use a powered mixer to run both our vocals into the mic channel. Similarly I assume there is no way to use and in ear monitor system. I have an L1 compact system. edit title: Previously "using a mixer" Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Hi smilnjac, You should be fine. Please check out this article for ideas on how to connect the Yamaha mixer. Stereo Mixer to Mono L1 ® That should get you going. STRead More...
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Running signal from pre amp out on T1 Tonematch to RC300

I’m running an RC 300 looper with a separate second microphone to loop vocals that connects directly from mic to looper. Everything runs to my T1 Tonematch. My T1 is the original model. I’m looking to minimize cable and gear and was wondering if I can simply run a 1/4” to XLR M cable from from the Pre amp out on my mic channel #1 straight into my looper. In theory, I could then work with one mic for both vocals and looping. Effects are not that important when looping. I’ve programmed my FX...Read More...
Thank you so much for that. I’ll give it a try. Hoping it’s not too hot that I can’t turn down the volume on the mic on the RC300 and get something useable. If not, I have a radial ABo up in Canada I can try. At least, now I know what cables “should” work. I mount my T1 on my mic stand so all cables are custom shorties so minimal cable lengths save me a lot of weight. Many thanks, DavidRead More...
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Li Classic need to run a powered fold back

Hi I have a Bose L1 classic with B1 bass bin and a Tone Match T1 mixer. This week end I want to be able to use a powered fold back speaker connected to it. I use Microphone, Backing Tracks, and guitar. Is this possible to link in a fold back speaker without losingcthe effects sound? Many Thanks Warren SimmonsRead More...
Hi ST Thanks again will try that. Regards WarrenRead More...
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Wiring for inside of B1 Subwoofer

Hi Cn anyone give or tell me me a wiring diagram of the inside of the B1 sub I bought one and all the wires are missing inside So i need it from the speakon conecctors to the speakersRead More...
Hi Brasscity, Having never been inside a B1 I can't say for sure, but: The B1 module is an 8 ohm speaker. That suggests there are two 4 ohm speakers wired in series . If a second B1 is connected to the first, that would be a parallel connection resulting in a 4 ohm load to the power base. The B1 uses a four wire connector and has a resistor installed in the cabinet for the separate pair of wires that communicate with the power stand to let it know how many B1s are attached and the eq curve...Read More...
Last Reply By Oldghm · First Unread Post

L1 model 1 classic

Need advise, if some one knows or had the same problem on how to fix cracks on the housing ( see photos) Thank you, SidRead More...
The glue in question states it will not mend polypropylene. I think the Classic base housing is polypropylene. Please research and confirm. O..Read More...
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Karaoke

I have purchased an L1 and would like to know how to connect my laptop, TV, mixer and mics to the L1 to run karaoke. Can someone walk me through the process , what I will need and what to do. Thanks!! I know I am asking alot.Read More...
Hi Ken MacKay, Thank you for joining the Bose Portable PA Community. Welcome. What model L1 do you have? Do you have a ToneMatch mixer, what model? Please tell us the make and model and give us a link to the owners guide for TV Mixer Microphones Laptop Thank you, STRead More...
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no sound from L1 Model 2

had a power surge at a gig, now my L1 model 2 power base will turn on but will not send sound to tower or sub. need to know if I can order a part to go in it oRead More...
I also having problems with my L1 model 2 with tone match for few months it was cutting out sometimes then replaced cables seemed to work for awhile now no sound at all and blue lights are on it worked the night before anyone know what the problem is thanksRead More...
Last Reply By Kc · First Unread Post

L1 model 1 top array not working

Hi everyone, the top array of my L1 model 1 stopped working yesterday after 12 years of life without any problem. i checked the connectors with a tester and i realized that the audio voltage from the base to both arrays is good, but from the connector at the top of the bottom array there is no audio signal going up. So i guess the problem is somewhere in the middle between the 2 connectors. It s not a problem of speakers because sometimes (rarely) it works for half second. The connectors...Read More...
thank you, i ll try to call themRead More...
Last Reply By simonesolazzo · First Unread Post

L1 compact extension replacement

Where can I find a replacement extension for the L1 compact? One of mine is damaged.Read More...
Hi Danny999, Please call Bose Support on Tuesday and they can give you the current cost. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET Other regions STRead More...
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Cable from Base 2 module to power stand

Is there a longer cable from the B2 bass module to the power stand? We want to split the bass cabinet from the towers. All I see is a 3.7' cables available.Read More...
Hi catmoondaddy, As I said here: Bass guitar i Steinberger You won't blow out the drivers (speakers) in the B2 bass module. STRead More...
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quality of sound on 2x l1 with b2 with tonematch t4s

Hello ...... here is my little problem i use two l1 model 2 with B2 and a T4S tonematch (same problem with a single L1 and old tonematch) when the sound comes from a stereo source like PC phone '(no direct usb connection with tonematch) and we take a live concert as a source for example or others I give you a YouTube title "purple rain prince live super bowl 2010" the sound is cavernous I have to put a MONO jack adapter to remove the phenomenon. I argue that if I plug a PC direct USB T4S I...Read More...
Hi codydog19, Please see this new discussion for your question. Headphone output from phone to T8S Thank you, Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
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Different sub with L1 Classic?

I think my system is the Classic and I have a subwoofer. The base is real heavy. Other than selling the whole thing and getting a new model, is there anything I could do? Such as, if I could sell the base, could I use a base from a new model? Might be hard to sell my base only, lol.Read More...
Hi LiveMusic, I took a look back, and you've been a member here for a long time. That means your L1 is the L1 Classic. Unfortunately, the Cylindrical Radiator® and power stand (the tower and the big flat piece into which you place the tower) are not interchangeable with later models. The B1 Bass module (subwoofer) can be used with later models. If you were to sell your system, you'd do well to sell the whole unit so the buyer gets a fully functioning system. STRead More...
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Plugging in L1 into Zoom L20 (manual attached)

Hi everyone, thank you again as always for all your help in advance! I have a Bose L1 Compact system and I just picked up a Zoom L20 (similar name which is funny) and I would like to have my instruments and mics go through the Zoom L20 Mixer and then output to the Bose L1. What is the best method to accomplish this? I would like to use the main XLR outputs if possible so I can use the 6 monitor outputs for wireless in ear receivers for the bandmates. The manual can be found here:...Read More...
Hi Reid, You're welcome! Please tell us about your music and check out Who is here? Thanks, STRead More...
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L1 model 1 classic

Please help- My L1 model 1 classic, while i was playing and singing, i heard popping sound the power green light goes dim , I turned it off and waited 20 seconds turned it back on the red lights on channel 1 & 2 came on and turned to green and stay on green even there is nothing plug in. When i plugged in instrument it has no sound from any of all 4 channels. Should I call Bose - If that's the case please give me direct # or information who to talk to. Thank you , SidRead More...
Hi Sid, You can connect everything as you normally would with the T1 and the L1 Classic. Lets say you connect that to Channel 1. Now you have two choices. Choice 1 T1 Master Output to L1 Classic L1 Classic channel 1 LINE OUT to Behringer B1200D to S1 Pro Choice 2 T1 Master Output to L1 Classic T1 Aux Output to Behringer B1200D to S1 Pro For step 2 T1 Aux Output, you will have to set up your inputs to route them to the Aux Output. T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Aux Output --∈∞ΘΞ Please click the...Read More...
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