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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Topics

Bose service

Hello, I purchased two Bose L1 Compacts about 8 years ago, and love them. Recently, one of the Compact’s volume faded and eventually lost all sound about 3 hours into a gig. I could not re-produce the problem at home, but now I’m concerned that it may happen again. Can Bose Service do diagnosis and tune-ups for Bose equipment? I attempted contact Bose (support@bose) twice, they have not responded. Jerry T.Read More...
Hi JerryT, I'm sorry you're having trouble with one of your L1 Compacts. The best way to reach Bose Support in the US, is to call them. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET STRead More...
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L1 compact system in outdoor events

Hello everybody, sorry in advance for my english :) I'm very interesting to buy a L1 compact system but I would know if it is able to play outdoor in a DJ set of soft music like tango. The location is no larger than of 100mq with 80 persons maximum dancing or sitting around. thank you in advance for your reply. :) AlessioRead More...
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Question on (2) Model 2 position for 3 piece band

Hello, I just had a question on the best placement for our 2 L1 systems for my 3 piece band. We played one show already and I positioned them as you see in the sketch. (creme numbers show inputs for left tonematch, green numbers show inputs for right tonematch) Sketcher Link I am not sure if it would be better to put the two towers on the sides instead if in the middle. Just curious for best sound possible. I chose this setup so we could all hear each other well, but I don't want it to...Read More...
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T1 partially unresponsive

Nick from New Zealand
I had the need to run a PAIR of L1 Model 2 this weekend. Last time I did this, I ran dual mono and didn't get enough separation between the sticks and it sounded bad bad bad. So this time, I set everything up, followed all the instructions for a proper stereo config and with 6 metres between them, and used a power supply for the T1. I ran from a stereo DJ mixer to ch 1 and 2. XLR to TRS. Ch1 was presumed master out. Ch2 was set up for AUX out. Here's what was wrong during the test set up.Read More...
n00b mistake. I was so focused on the settings and following instructions that I forgot how to do the most simple task. Good to know the pre-amp outputs don't cook the L1!Read More...
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Using S1 as a monitor

Ok guys Last night I was doing a fair sized venue with around 150 people in, it's a nice sized room with great acoustics and a nice big stage area, so I loaded the L1 Model 2 with B2 and had the S1 onboard which I planned to use as a monitor. Not sure if I connected things properly but I was running the M2 from the Tonematch port on my T1, got the FoH sound then ran a balanced lead from the T1 main output to the S1 and that's when I encountered issues. When I began to increase the volume of...Read More...
With the info from ST using the S1 as a monitor should’ve worked fine. We have a Yamaha MGX12 mixer with our L1M2 and use the mixer’s Aux Out to go to the S1. That’s pretty much what you were doing with the T1 it seems. That approach worked great for us. We actually didn’t use the S1 as a monitor but as an “extension speaker” to the L1. We periodically play in a venue that is L shaped and one of the Ls goes to the side and behind the stage (very awkward space). We used the S1 on a stand...Read More...
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Larger Venue Signal Chain Concern

Hi. I just got my L1 Model II, B1 Bass and T8S last week and have been rehearsing with my acoustic-duo mate in my home studio. I'm excited to be free of my old live sound system, and I've been able to find answers to all the question I can think of except one. And I'm afraid this one might bite me if I don't get some expert advice. Q: What's the proper way to set up the trim on the power base, and how does this relate to the master volume setting on the T8S? I've successfully set the channel...Read More...
ST, I'll do the longer story on the duo (TwoCan Jam KC) later. But, yeah, we had a great time! Nice people, great charity and a very successful event. Plenty of handshakes, hugs and smiles for us. We donated ourselves to be auctioned off for a private party, and the winning bid was $2,000 -- a bit more than we get for gigs in Kansas City! TomRead More...
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Bass weakens ONLY at high volumes

First, I want to say I love my L1s and have been using them since 2010, and don't plan on getting rid of them until BOSE releases the next version, but I can't help but notice that the bass is not as strong at high volume levels. Luckily for me I get to play at a lot of the same venues (I DJ) for crowds up to 250 people and I get to do proper sound checks before gigs. This might not be published or discussed often, but it is quite evident that the bass is weaker when pushing the L1 at high...Read More...
ya, I suppose that means it's possible to limit the output limiter before seeing the input light clip?Read More...
Last Reply By jaswrx · First Unread Post
We have been using the L1 Systems for 10 years now! It has been an exciting journey... Here's two pictures that show our set-up progression! We started up with the Model I/ B1's and now we use Model II's with B2's and we couldn't be happier! Way to go Bose!!!Read More...
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We've got the beginnings of a rich discussion about Performing in Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities that started here: Tempted We thought it deserved its own topic.Read More...
I, too, have just discovered the joys of BOSE! I do care homes, clubs, hotels and pubs in the UK. I have an L1 Mk1 with 2 x B1s and an S1 Pro, The S1 Pro is my 'go to' system for most gigs and the L1 where more 'oomph' is required. I've been looking at the L1 Mk2 and the L1s to save weight and am seriously considering a T1 Tonematch to get the best out of the kit. I never thought I could afford to go 'Bose' but, in fact , selling my old kit just about covered the cost. I should have done it...Read More...
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Tonematch cable, T8S

I have L1 II and please pardon newbie questions but....I'm not clear on the difference between: using tonematch port on T8S as power to (T8S) or connecting tonematch port on T8S to tonematch port on base with the tonematch cable. Help?Read More...
The base of the L1 doesn't provide enough power required for the T8S.Read More...
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Connecting l1 model 2 and l1 model 1s

what’s the best way to connect l1 model 2 and model 1s with t8s and t1 tonematch? both l1 is with b2 base. I want i get the same mix from both the l1’s. also how to connect monitor with l1’s? thank you very much for the help in advance some times I may use t1 tone match and sometimes just t8s. Hence asking for two different connectionsRead More...
Hi Shaime, You can use a self-powered (active) loudspeaker for a monitor. Consider using Bose S1 Pro or an L1 Compact. Connect the T8S Aux 1 output to monitor using a 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) Tip-Ring-Sleeve cable. You can learn more in this article ToneMatch Aux STRead More...
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L1 II with B2 and B1

From what I've researched I can run two B1 bass modules without an additional power amp or two B2 bass modules with an additional power amp. What about a B1 and a B2? Anybody doing this? Additional power amp needed for B1 and B2? Haven't found any info on this setup. My alternative setup is to try and run the B1 off my second tower unit, a Compact. Thanks for your help!Read More...
Hi Califuegos, Using the pan controls is the right way to control where each input is heard. STRead More...
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L1 stereo set up

I have 2 L1 Compact systems that I use with [ usually] one Nord keyboard.... I'm wondering what the best way to achieve a stereo effect would be ? I've tried these 2 set-ups: Set-up #1. Left out of the kybd ...into first Bose. Right out of kybd to second Bose. Output from first Bose into second Bose. Out put from second Bose to main PA. Set up #2 : Left ouput from kybd into first Bose. Output from first Bose into second Bose.....output from there to mains. I've been using stereo cables for...Read More...
Hi Jeff......yes you’re correct....the first set up is the stereo one I wanted. I just wondered if there were any other ways of connecting the 2 L1’s and sending their outputs to the main PA. Someone else had said that regular TS cables would work just as well..or better. By stereo cables I meant TRS. I’d never tried running kybds in stereo before so... experimenting a bit! Thx for your comments.Read More...
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Problems with acoustic guitar sound

My friend and I both have L1 Model II systems with B2 bass modules. We are both using the T1 mixer. Using my system I set up my acoustic guitar sound going from my LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI into my T1 using the Acoustic Guitar flat EQ preset. It sounded great and I was very happy however today I plugged into my friend’s system for a gig and the guitar sounded thin, lifeless and it had lost all the bottom end. No amount of fiddling with the Baggs DI seemed to help. Before using the Baggs DI I...Read More...
Hi steview22, Two more thoughts Were you going into the same channel on your friend's T1 as you do on yours? Were you using the same kind of connection (XLR or 1/4" (6.3 mm) Tip-Sleeve? On the T1 channels, 1,2,3 1/4" (6.3mm) inputs are high impedance inputs and relatively high input sensitivity. This is great for acoustic guitar pickups. T1 channel inputs 4/5 are better suited for line-level inputs. All of these should take the output from an L.R. Baggs Para DI, but the gain staging is...Read More...
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T1. using a shure wireless head mic

Hi Everyone...got a slightly different problem and could use your help. Have Have the L1 Model 11 and the T1. using a shure wireless head mic (which is not listed as an option) and the listed Shures don't deliver the best live sound - so any ideas on what mic to select would be appreciated. On the good news side, the Fender Strat pre-set, delivers a great sound...almost as good as the Fender Twin Reverb Tube Amp, One last strange question...when you select the Mic CH Edit button, and finish...Read More...
Thank you...this is very helpful and a lot less frustrating.Read More...
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Bose L1 Model II - Power Drops

Hi, Over the years I've a number of what appeared to be "power output drops" when gigging with The Model IIs - this was manifested by a drop in music volume output. We play a number of venues where the power available is "less than ideal" and we can get hum introduced when venue equipment is switched on and off during the night but, more worryingly, we have also experienced these "power output drops". These happen rarely but are worrying when they do and are unsettling at best. I read...Read More...
I had the typical volume trouble last nite again. Pretty much every gig... perhaps its just limiting that's giving me the sense of lower volume , who knows. My lights on the power stand and A1 never turn red though, which makes me think I'm not limiting? As per power conditioners, etc, I found the info I remembered from way back.... not sure if this pertains to what you have in mind ... "We do not recommend external voltage regulators because we found that in many cases they cause more harm...Read More...
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L1M2 repair Adelaide Australia

Hi Everone. I’ve been trying for over a week now to speak to Bose in Australia. Every time I call I get to an offshore call centre who promise to get back but never do. I’ve been referred to a local authorised repairer who have been very polite but can not answer my questions. I am reaching out here for advice My L1M2 B2 T1 has failed with the following symptoms. Noisy Pop Redlight on power stand Shut down. Removed T1 tried direct to Analogue input. With trim at Zero volume was high then...Read More...
Hi Eric SA, Please watch for a private message. Thanks, STRead More...
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expand array

I use an L1 1S with B2 Bass and since the top array is 12 speakers, I would like to add a bottom array to make it 24. If this can be done, How can I obtain the bottom array? $$$?Read More...
Hi LarryO. I'm sorry you're disappointed. Even though the Power Stands of the two Models look identical, they house different electronics for the Cylindrical Radiator®. Model 1S Power Stand will power 12 drivers Model II Power Stand will power 24 drivers The Model 1S Power Stand can't power the 24 drivers of the Model II Cylindrical Radiator®. STRead More...
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L1 1S, T8 and B1 coming today - 4-piece gig on Sunday

Hello! My L1 1S with B1 and T8 is coming today. We have a gig on the (outside) back patio of a bar on Sunday, expecting 100 or more people. Band is: guitar, bass, drums and keys/accordian so 4 piece with 3 vocals. We usually go with JBL traditional PA, two 10's and two 15's and a Mackie 16 channel. I would like to use the new L1 for the gig but not sure of the best way. Currently thinking we might use the L1 just for (3) vocals and we all use our amps for instruments. Would the L1 carry...Read More...
Gig passed and while guest of honor was pleased, not everyone agreed the L1 1S and B1 paired with an L1 compact carried the oomph we needed in the outdoor back patio. Depends on who we asked. Folks up front said we had a nice balanced volume. Folks in back said they couldn't (or could barely) hear us. Band members were split. Of course the drummer said we weren't loud enough. We used the L1's to carry three vocals, accordion and a little bit of kick drum. Towers were behind us and if I had...Read More...
Last Reply By Califuegos · First Unread Post

Hix maximum volume and its not that loud

i am having a volume issue, i have my gains and masters and channels up full and its loud ish but thats in a room for about 80ppl i would love to have room to turn it up but it simply wont go any louder!!!! I have a radion sm58 mic in chanel 2 and i pad in chanel 4/5! The quality of output doesnt sound like a bose should sound. I used to get it really really loud but now ive come back to singing after a break it feels somethings wrong!!Read More...
Hi again, Kristy, Are you using a cable like this to connect the iPad/iPod to the T1 channel 4/5? How high is the volume on the iPad/iPod (50%, 60%) have you tried it at 100% STRead More...
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Chasing tone: XLR (via DI) vs. 1/4" into the T1 ToneMatch?

Short question is: Should I consider buying a DI (active or passive) for my acoustic guitar signal into the T1 ToneMatch mixer? Longer explanation: Though I now run an L1M2, I used to run an L1 Compact (a pair, actually) with a small outboard mixer. Even though that mixer only had 1/4 outputs, converting the 1/4 to XLR (with a cable, not a DI) connected to the Mic channel on the L1 Compact resulted in a FAR better signal. Louder, hotter, crisper - I mean, the sound quality difference was...Read More...
That's very useful. Thank you. I was confused by the mention of preamp. Now I get it clear.Read More...
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buzzing in the L1 compact

I have a Bose L1 compact. A while ago, it started making a hum or buzz when I turn the volume up. It's very distracting and it seems to be getting worse. I don't know what to do about it. I am playing guitar through a Baggs Venue, but it also happens with a Radial Tonebone. The louder the volume, the louder the buzz. Help!!!!Read More...
A couple of things to try from a troubleshooting perspective. Does it buzz with nothing connected? Does it still buzz if you plug the L1 into it different electric outlets with nothing connected?Read More...
Last Reply By CityFolk · First Unread Post

Wireless Lavalier Mic with L1 Compact System

I'm thinking of purchasing the L1 Compact portable PA system. I give seminars - usually to rooms with no more than 60 people. I'd like to be a able to use a Lavalier microphone with this system instead of a hand-held microphone. Is this possible? Thanks. NeilRead More...
Thanks everyone. What brands of head-worn microphone with a unidirectional microphone capsule should I look at? Also, I noticed that there is also the L1 Compact Wireless Package with Bluetooth. Can you use an iPhone to connect wirelessly with the L1 Compact Wireless? Could you combine the head-worn microphone with a unidirectional microphone capsule with an iPhone and the L1 Compact Wireless package? Just trying to think through the possibilities here. Thanks. NeilRead More...
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Knobs on the T1 are Sticky

Some of the knobs on my T1 have become sticky, like the rubber has broken down a bit. Anyone else experience this? Are are the knobs replaceable and how/where would I go to get them? Thanks.Read More...
All, I received the new knobs yesterday and I'm happy to report, $8 and a week later, my T1 is good as new.Read More...
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