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

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...
We are a vocal trio with one acoustic guitar (piezo) and percussion as needed, playing small venues. We have two L1 Compacts used as dictated by the set up room allotted. If a lot of room is available we have one on each side, slightly behind us. With limited room we sometimes use only one or we will use one in front to address the FOH and one non-extended, (individually controlled from our mixer on a separate output) that we either set behind us or in front facing us as a monitor. We are...Read More...
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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...
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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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T1 to L1 Model 1S and L1 Model II

I own an L1 Mod1s and T1 tone match and B2. I purchased an L1 Mod II and B2 bass. I'm trying to run both systems through the T1. Any ideas? Thanks Edit Subject: Previously "running two systems together" Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Hi guys, I run several dj systems off of a single Bose t1 mixer. I use a whirlwind split 6 splitter box to send the t1 main out mono signal to up to 6 speakers or devices (typically two L1's) Of course I am running my systems in mono but that's my preference anyway. https://www.sweetwater.com/sto...6--whirlwind-split-6Read More...
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Zero Db Equivalent Dial Position Setting - L1 Compact - Input 2 Line

What is the equivalent zero db line in level setting on the L1 Compact, using line in 2, with respect to the volume pot position, or is this even relevant to the L1 Compact system ?Read More...
Hi Brian Edwards, Thanks for the added information. If the channel LEDs are not solid red, you're fine. Occasional red flickers are not a problem. For your sound source, the ToneMatch switch should be in the Line Level position (down). All good? STRead More...
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Using 2 B1's and a single B2 with L1 M2?

i actually have an L1M1 and an L1M2 i use them both for outdoor vineyard type gigs. I have used BIG powered subs for that gig..(2 QSC 18s). i have full backing multi-tracks with hard hitting drums (i play bass on most of that gig) this has worked out well. I sometimes switch to live drums and simply mute that channel in my tracks. However, I have 2 B1s and a single B2. Have been wondering if they could handle the low end for such a gig... it's obviously outside and that kick and bass needs...Read More...
@ST I have a Model 1Read More...
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Compare BOSE L1-M2-B2 with EVOLVE 50

Here's hoping that this is a compliant question within this forum: I am a one-man band/keyboard player that needs high quality top and especially bottom for up to 200 people. Has anybody benchmarked/compared the overall power, quality and convenience of the BOSE L1-M2-B2 system with the EVO Evolve 50 system? I'd appreciate your feedback and observations.Read More...
Thanks Tom - your response and other similar ones, has me inching towards the L1. One other question - Other than blown or popped speakers, is there anything in particular that I need to need to watch for when if I bought a used L1? So, other than cosmetics, is there a difference between the sounds and quality of a new L1 and a used one?Read More...
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L1M2, B2 Smell?

Hello everyone, Happy owner of a L1M2B2 system. Just recently took ownership after buying if off a friend who didntd use it all that much so it was essentially new. We use it for every jam and have only used it out of the house once. So in the jam space we only run vocals and kick through it. Kick is setup with the Beta52 preset, and a compressor, as the kick gate doesn't play nice with my current drum. So the issue is the B2 is now producing a smell from the front ports. It's seems to have...Read More...
Well just got an email saying the repair was completed, and it is OTW. I of course called in to see what they found. First analyst to answer the phone said they did nothing, just tested for 10 minutes, said it checked out okay, and sent it back. He said if it's still happening to send in the powerstand. He then transferred me to a technical analyst who said they did some work on the amp (I thought the amp was in the base???) told me to test when I get it back and send the powerstand back in...Read More...
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Best mixer for L1 Model 1S (not ToneMatch)

Hello, I would like to ask what is the best mixer for L1 Model 1s aside from T1 tone match.Read More...
Good to read that you found something that works, and was cheap. I got my T4S from Bose direct, in one day. Loved it so much, I bought a T8S from Sweetwater, got it in one day! Bose "Stores" and GCs might not have had good stock on T4S & T8S Tonematches, as there has probably been a sudden demand for them, since the discontinuation of the T1. As for the Yamaha, you'll be fine, you'll never know what you're missing.Read More...
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Is DIY AV for Hotel Ballrooms career ending?

I manage 2-4 company off site events per year (sales meetings, training). The cost of on-site AV services has increased dramatically, and I'm looking for an alternative. I just got a bid with the cost of 2 day hotel AV services having rental costs that are higher than purchasing basic equipment outright. With respect to those in the industry, the $1200/day AV techs at hotels have been poor (MIA, dead batteries, laptop output not connected to sound system...) We move the events around the...Read More...
Thanks Harry.Read More...
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Composite Acoustics Legacy Presets

Hi All, I'm loving my Bose L1 MII with Tone Match! I just bought at Composite Acoustics Legacy with the Fishman Prefix-T pick up system in it. I'm really pleased to find there are Composite Acoustics Presets available, 2 of which are for the Legacy specifically. Which to use? Legacy Saddle Only - Legacy, 50/50 pickup blend Legacy Saddle/Mic - Legacy, pickup only Does anyone know what the differences are on these presets? Are there recommended settings on the Fishman for each of these?Read More...
Hi Dan, Did you try the Composite Acoustics ToneMatch Presets? If you haven't yet, please follow the link and watch the video before installing them. STRead More...
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Is it possible to source parts for the L1 Compact?

My tower extensions for my L1 Compact have gone walkies... Does anyone know if I am able to source replacements anywhere?Read More...
Hi Bob, Thank you for joining the Bose Portable PA Community. Welcome. I'm sorry the extensions for your L1® Compact have gone walkies. Please contact Bose Support. +44 1634 224 288 technical_support_uk@bose.com Mon - Fri: 09:00-18:30, Sat 09:00-17:00 GMT STRead More...
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Li M2 + B2 and T8s...acoustic guitar with pedal board

Good day All, I am new to this forum and find it very helpful. With this in mind I have a question.....I play in couple bands doing various styles of music..Have enjoyed using the same pedal board for my electric as well as my acoustic guitars.Interested in knowing if I need anything between my pedal board- tube screamer,wah,chorus...etc( I know acoustic right.enjoy li'l gain on my acoustic solos...lol)but should I put a direct box or some line attenuation between pedal board and t8s input??Read More...
I do not have either Very old school stomp box stuff here. It's what I know! ThxRead More...
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Using L1 from amp line-out

Hi I sometimes use my L1 compact just to reinforce the sound from another amplifier. I have a two-channel Henriksen Bud. I put guitar in one channel, vocal in the other, then run a line out into the L1. I get a much better result plugging the line-out into Channel 1 on the L1. Channel 2 gets a much lower response and hums (and has no tone control). However, the manual says channel 1 must only be used for a mic. Why is this? I'm happy with the result I'm getting. I don't use the L1 at high...Read More...
Good! Many thanks for the quick responseRead More...
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Connecting L1 Model 2 to external mixer

Hi - I hope you can help. I connected my Bose L1 Model 2 to a Mackie CFX 12 mixing desk last night as I needed 5 vocal mics and keys to go through the mixer. I used a cable I had made up which is a XLR left and right main outputs from the mixer to the 1/4 inch jack on the power stand. I have done this before many times and it has all worked great but last night the vocal and keyboard cut out for a few seconds. This kept happening all through our first set every few minutes. It only cut out...Read More...
Hi Sandra, We have started a new discussion for your question. S1 Pro as monitor with T1 and L1 Model II Please follow the link. Thank you. Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
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Wall mounting

Is there brackets available to mount L1 Model 11 speakers? What is the procedures?Read More...
Hi JimR, Thank you for joining the Bose Portable PA Community. Welcome. The L1 Model II is an integrated unit. The Cylindrical Radiator® (the tower) must be inserted in the power stand to function. This is engineered as a portable system. Wall mouning is not an option. We have other wall mounted line array products . These are for permanent installations. If you want to learn more about the wall mounted line array products, please call Bose Support. They can refer you to a Bose installation...Read More...
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Can I use my Behringer Europro 800 watt powered mixer with my L1 Compact

I just received my L1 and am really eager to use it. But I heard that I cannot use my powered mixer with this due to the fact that it is a powered speaker. I saw on this forum that someone is able to use their powered mixer with theirs. Is there any way I can use these together, and how do I set it up? Thanks!Read More...
We have a new article Powered Mixers This covers general principles about working with powered mixers and your Bose Portable PA equipment.Read More...
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L1 as a Bass Rig

Hi ...again. Am new to the Bose community but am so thrillled with my new S1pro that I guess you can say I am sipping the cool aid. I am a bass player..professionally (*yes, I actually do make a living doing this!). I am looking to replace my "big rig" (Bag End Cabs, Hafler or Crest or pwr amps) with something newer and more portable (its at the point now I am all about small easy to move stuff...) and am considering a L1 system. So, I would be interested in hearing any comment s and...Read More...
I am an electric bass player and I have used my L1 Model II as a dedicated bass amp and I liked it. I use a B2 Bass Module with switch set to the "Normal" position. I find it very important to use the ToneMatch presets for Bass. I recommend trying presets that may not be labeled for your specific brand or model - you may find one that you prefer over the named preset. I also use a little bit of light compression on the bass guitar channel to enhance the attack. FWIW, I have also used a Line...Read More...
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Stage set up sketch

There used to be a site on the net somewhere where you could create a sketch of your stage set up (mics, amps, drums, pa, etc) and a Bose consultant would give you feedback and advice on using Bose PA gear. Is that site still active, and if so, where can I find it? Thanks...Read More...
Hi Gary, CityFolk gave you the correct link to The Sketcher . It's written in Flash. STRead More...
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How to use single L1 model2 for 3 vocals on a large stage

Hi all, We're a rock cover band with 3 vocals wanting to replace regular PA/monitors with a single L1 model2 with B2 and T1. This is a permanent stage approx 24' wide x 10' deep. The room is approx 24' wide and 60' long. We usually have gigs there of up to 100 people. You can view the stage sketch here We get feedback from vocal 1 and 2, and after much fiddling with EQ and Para EQ we don't seem to be hearing ourselves as well as we used to with the old PA, and not too sure about the overall...Read More...
Hi Dave, If you're open to changing your stage layout, I've had great success putting the drums off to one side instead of in the middle. STRead More...
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L1 Model 11 + B2 feedback issues

Hi Folks Firstly, Happy New Year fellow Bose users. I did a fab gig last night in a village hall with around 160 people who kept the dance floor busy all night. I was using my L1 Model 2 with the B2 and had it set on stage with me about 8-feet back and to the side as shown in the picture below. The T1 was set as follows: Channel 1, mic, trim at 1 o'clock and volume at around 12 0'clock. Channel 2, guitar, trim at 3 o'clock and volume at 2 o'clock. Channel 4/5, trim at 12 o'clock and volume...Read More...
Hi Geoff, There is a ToneMatch Preset for the Neumann KMS 105. This will give you EQ settings that are optimized for using this microphone using Close Microphone Technique (lips barely brushing the windscreen). Yes, you will still need to do the gain staging (set the trim) as shown in the video below. Note: Close Microphone Technique is a key factor in getting maximum gain-before-feedback. Depending on the timbre of your voice, you may need to take a little off the low end with the zEQ . I...Read More...
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Combining L1 with FOH support

I Play in a band which uses backing tracks and an L1s. We are a 3 piece , and have an accoustic dummer, electric guitar, and 2 singers. I'm looking at expanding the system to cover bigger rooms if needed. Can someone give me ideas for an upgrade. I'm thinking the optimum would be to add a full F1 system for FOH, or alternatively 2 x F1 812 speakers for extra girth. Would these speakers all match well in a live setting ? Or is there a better solution?Read More...
Just reporting back. I bought 2x F1 812 tops, will see how they go with the L1s and B2.Read More...
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Replacing an old L1 Model 1

I have 3 L1 Model 1 systems, each with a B1. I run three musicians (bass/vocal; guitar/vocal; keys/vocal), each to his own system. The drums are routed to all 3 systems. Here is the problem: one of the units crashed. Bose says they cannot repair and have offered to replace it, either with a Model 1S or with a Model II. My question: which of those choices will best match up with the remaining 2 older systems? Any suggestions? Also, how practical is it to try to find a 3rd party who will...Read More...
I hope your band members don't experience too much conflict determining who gets to use the new L1M2!Read More...
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White Noise When playing IPOD

I have abrend new L1 model 2 with a T8s mixer. When I play music through it using my ipod and a 1/8" to 1/4" cable, I can hear the music but also I hear very noticeable white noise on top of the music. Any suggestions before I pack this thing up and send it back to Bose?Read More...
Hi again Kevin, Double checking some other possibilities: Do you hear white noise with any other signal source like a microphone or musical instrument? STRead More...
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Bose L1 compact

Greetings Guy.. My L1 compact subwoofer is blown so I want to fix it and maintain its quality.Please help with so leads.. Anyone who can help me in South Africa...Read More...
Hi Sound Definitions, Thank you for joining the Bose Portable PA Community. Welcome. I'm sorry you are having a problem with the L1 Compact subwoofer. Please contact Bose Professional in South Africa. Thank you, ST South Africa South Africa Alpha Technologies Unit B5 Northlands Deco Park Newmarket Road Northriding Johannesburg Republic of South Africa Tel: +2711 462 5495 info@alpha-tec.co.zaRead More...
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L1 model II with TS4 Karaokay

Hello, First time I have brought the L1 model II base 2 with T4s for karaoke in the church basement, The sound came out terrible worst than the street karaoke system. My friend set up as following: T4S channels: * 1 and 2 connected to a Shure wireless PG58. * 3 connected to a bluetooth transmitter & receiver Model B03 (Bluetooth B03). https://www.amazon.com/Bluetoo...0700052153&psc=1 My friend finally found out and changed that the stereo cable to mono cable from the bluetooth B03,...Read More...
Hi Peterpham, I would use this ToneMatch Preset for the microphone channels (1 and 2). Category: Vocal Mics Preset: Handheld Mics Here is a video to help you set up the microphones. Please follow the suggestions in these to replies and tell us what you hear. Thank you, STRead More...
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Power on but no sound from L1 Classic

Hello, I have 3 L1 Classics that have been trouble free since 2003. One of them however has decided to go quiet on me. The power LED comes on and the signal LED on the channel 1 and/or 2 show that the signal is present to the amp. I can hear a faint hiss in the tower but nothing else. Any suggestions?Read More...
Will do. I've read where there is no longer support for the Classic but I will most certainly give them a call. Thank you!Read More...
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