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L1 Model II

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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.

signal/clip light is red

DJ a gig tonight and towards the end of the night the power stand signal/clip light stayed red, the sound shut off and smelled an electrical smell. I shut the amp of to let it cool down for several minutes but when I turn it back on the signal/clip light is still red and no sound. any help is appreciated.Read More...
Hi, Jim. Thank you for joining the Bose Portable PA Community. Welcome. I'm sorry your L1 system has stopped working. This indicates the system needs to be serviced. Please call Bose Support to find out about service options. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET Thanks, STRead More...
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Using L1 compact as monitor with T8S, and T1 L1 Model II, L1 Model 1S,

I have concert this Saturday. I went to see the auditorium and found out that it has terrible acoustics. The auditorium is wide compare to it's length. It's a sold out concert with roughly 250 people. I have one L1 compact, one L1 Model II with B2 base and one L1 Model 1S with B2 base. I have one T1 and one T8S tone match. If it's possible I was thinking of using L1 compact as a monitor and keeping Model II and 1S on each side of the stage in front. So: 1.) Is it possible? If yes how to...Read More...
Granted I am a DJ/KJ, but I have run into singers that want a separate vocal monitor aside from the main mix coming form the L1. Even if they are positioned perfectly, they often complain that they cannot hear themselves properly even though they are right there in the mix loud and clear. And I have never had a situation where an L1 compact was powerful enough to be used as a vocal monitor (especially next to any larger L1). I always end up having a QSC K10 or two in the wings in case people...Read More...
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Using looper multi-instrumentalist

I want to play loops through my Pigtronix Infinity and Bose L1/1S/B1 system. Right now I'm sending two keyboards, a vocal mic, a "guitar" (actually a Banjola going into a Trace Acoustic) and a Beat Buddy into a TouchMix 8, using the stereo outs to go into two Bose towers. I put the Infinity looper between the TouchMix and the towers. I'm getting lots of hum/hiss. But I'm looking forward to a lot of fun with this. Just set up the system today. I'll be experimenting with it a lot tomorrow.Read More...
Yes! Thank you very much!!Read More...
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Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer, L1 Compact and a Tyros 5 keyboard

I have today purchased a Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer, I have a single L1 Compact and a Tyros 5 keyboard ,I need a fools guide how to connect the keyboard to the mixer then the mixer to the L1 Regards KenRead More...
Hi , Sorry Yes I will be using a vocal Microphone Regards KenRead More...
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What is the best way to connect my Zed10FX Mixer to a L1 Compact ?

I already have a Allen & Heath Zed10FX mixer and just switched sold my soloamp (due to lack of base) and ordered a Bose L1 Compact. I usually run Voice + Acoustic Guitar with either a Mandolin/Ukulele and/or sometimes Congas. I plan to run 3 or so channels from the Zed10FX into the L1 but I dont know what the optimal setup would be. Right now I have some cables (25 ft 1/4" mono and XLR, 10 ft XLR and a few others) so I will probably have to buy a cable or adapter. I was thinking just...Read More...
keyboardken, Please see the new discussion we have started for your question. Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer, L1 Compact and a Tyros 5 keyboardRead More...
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Bluetooth to Tonematch

Can you add a Bluetooth device to one of the input channels on a Tonematch connected to an L1 S2 to receive audio signal from an iPhone? Thanks GordoRead More...
I researched the Rapco / Horizon unit a little bit and it is similar to the Switchcraft 318BT except it also has an internal battery with up to 11 hours battery run time in addition to Phantom and MicroUSB power capabilities so that might be the best choice of these units today.Read More...
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Further proof of why you should never sum stereo piano patches to mono

I have been happy with the piano patch sound from my Yamaha keyboard ever since I bought a second Compact and run them in stereo. I then decided to upgrade my cheap Behringer mixer to a A&H ZED-10FX and the quality disappeared!! A&H told me that with the "listen" button pressed, which allows you to operate the phone volume independently from the main mix volume, the signal from separate channels is summed to mono!!!! With the "listen" button off, the stereo and the quality is...Read More...
Hi RJ7, Please tell us more about your sound amplification needs. What sound sources will you amplify? Stereo piano - you've told us that. Vocals? How many? Other instruments? What and how many? Where will you be performing (size of venue, number of people) What will people be doing while you are performing? (listening attentively, partying wildly or ...) Thanks, STRead More...
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Bad guitar sound (Gretsch)

I have an L1 Compact and ToneMatch mixer. Normally I output my Gretsch G5420 through a TC Electronic VoiceLive 3 Extreme and Boss Katana 100 amp but I'd like to be able to play the guitar through the L1 alone (less gear to carry), but it sounds awful. I've tried all the settings on the ToneMatch but they all sound like lifeless thuds. The VoiceLive 3 gives amp simulation and sounds great through the Katana. Is there anything I can do to improve the guitar sound through the L1?Read More...
I am using the Electric Guitar, Flat setting but I have tried others too including the DJ setting. No EQ.Read More...
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Mic and track not blending

Hi im looking for advise, i use a l1 model 2 with tone match. When i am singing on my sure radio mic on its own its a lovely sound! When i play my tracks its a great sound! Ehen i sing over my tracks the mic gets alot quieter, if i hit mute on the track the volume comes back loud on the mic! I am also finding that it also happens the other way around. Its like the two dont go together! My volume on both is also up maximum and max on the master and it doesnt seem loud enough. Any help would...Read More...
Hi Kristy Batty, I looked back over your previous posts. Did you get the volume issue sorted out? Are you still performing for about 80 people? ) Hit maximum volume and its not that loud If you are running the trims, volume controls and Master volume at max and it's not loud enough for 80 people, please call Bose Support. There may be a problem we can't solve here. What you have described is probably because you are running at the maximum volume the capable of producing. You shouldn't need...Read More...
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Speaker recommendation

Hey bose family, wanted your suggestion on what system to get. We're a church in a 100ft x 50ft building with a raised stage(25ft-35ft) along the middle of the long side. We're currently using 2 Model L1 compacts as the main speakers . Sitting at either edge of the stage in front of the musicians, singers, and preacher. While these sound clear they lack in base and there at the limiter often. So were thinking of upgrading and using the compacts as monitors for them. What do you suggest?Read More...
Hi again Joseph Ford, Please tell us How high is the stage? How high is the ceiling? Thank you, STRead More...
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Advice please on L1® Model II system with B2 bass

Hi. Think I joined here years ago when we started our duo. Got some great advice then and am hoping for some more as we're now both retired but amazingly still getting employment in bars and small venues. I play in a rock duo - covers of all sorts and we use backing tapes, mainly for drums/ bass but also a little piano ( I'm not great on it). We play the backings ( mono) from an iPad using the Onsong app for the lyrics. When we started about 8 years ago we bought: 2X L1 Model 1s ( pole and...Read More...
One convenience you'll now have w Model 2 is that it powers the T1 with the CAT style cable you got with the T1 ... Then use your balanced 1/4" out to your remaining Model 1Read More...
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L1 Model I with T1 and 2 x B1 - Backing track sounds poor from my MacBook Pro

I seem to be having a problem getting the best from my Tonematch T1 with the L1 M1 and 2 x B1. The backing track sounds poor from my MacBook Pro. Can't put my finger on it. Not sure if I'm getting a full signal (ie both sides of stereo signal as mono) or whether there is reverb mixed in with the sound. Whatever, it sounds woolly. However, if I omit the T1 and use the S1 Pro as a mixer it sounds fine. For the time being I will work without the T1. BTW I have used the FX mute button on the...Read More...
Unfortunately I can’t do anything today. I think it is pretty much as I tried it (not usb) but I will give it another go AndyRead More...
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Voiceplaylive GTX with L1m1 or S1 Pro via Tonematch T1

Hi I have an L1 model 1 and an S1 Pro. I have just ordered a new Tonematch T1 and am seeking advice on the best way to set this up. I currently use XLR cables into my mixer direct from the VLP GTX. I would welcome comments from anyone who uses this system AndyRead More...
Hello, Ocheye, We have started a new discussion for your question. Please see: L1 Model I with T1 and 2 x B1 - Backing track sounds poor from my MacBook Pro Thank you. Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
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Static or hum on higher volumes

Hi, just trying to find out why the Bose LI can't be turned above 1/2 volume without a loud hum or static coming out of the speaker. I attempted to use a mini-mixer with it and the hum increased. If playing at a large venue, the volume would need to be higher, but it can't be turned very high without the loud hum. (I'm plugging a Dean Markley transducer into it.) How do I resolve the loud hum? Thanks.Read More...
"I'm plugging a Dean Markley transducer into it." I have two instruments that have "workable" issues with piezo electric transducers. My Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar, with a Shadow piezo electric transducer gave me similar symptoms brand new out of the box. Since it was the only one they had in stock, I took off the access panel and immediately noticed two balled up cold soldered joints on the endpin jack attached to the pickup. The solution was to remove the...Read More...
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DIY T1 mixer mount onto an L1 Compact.

I, (and apparently other people) wish that my T1 tone match could mount to my L1 compact. I did review the other options and eventually purchased the Bose mic stand adapter which works well enough, but still wished for the on-the-column option. In studying/measuring the bracket inside the base which holds the column, I started looking at off the shelf items that might be able to emulate the Bose bracket and allow me to attach the T1 bracket that came stored in the lid. After a visit to one...Read More...
Hi DRL, Thank you for joining the Bose Portable PA Community. Welcome. That's a lot of ingenuity and persistence you've shared with us. Thanks! ST PS - Here's the obligatory warning from Bose "We don't recommend attaching anything to the extensions of the L1 Compact."Read More...
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Adding Alto Stealth Wireless to Bose L1 S2

I have a Bose L1 S2. I want to add the Alto Stealth Wireless capability to the Tonematch mixer. I have tried multiple configurations with multiple channels with no success. I tried using the Alto system with a regular mixer and it works fine so I know it is not the Alto. Could it be that the Tonematch does not support adding the wireless capability. Thanks GordoRead More...
Hi Gordo, That's puzzling. It shouldn't make a difference, but please try a couple of short Tip-Sleeve cables. I'm sorry about the link. I've fixed it now. Configuring Aux Outputs Unless you need the headphone output for headphones, using the headphone output is the only way to have an independent volume control for the remote speakers. Swinging back around to that, are you running two remote speakers using two separate receivers? What cable you are using to connect the T4S headphone output...Read More...
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Quality drop off and ducking...

Edit: Should have read weird experience tonight weird experience tons GHB. T4S with beta87a and iPad plugged in. Audio out to rca phone in on cruise ship ents system. early tracks sounded nice n clear. Later tracks (25 tracks in) and mic channel losing volume and clarity and seeming to have auto ducking. Music would come up loud n clear until I voiced lyrics, then the music dropped in level considerably and at same time quality of mic sound was nothing like I’m used to. Edit first line Bose...Read More...
Hi Dave, Let's hope that running at a lower output solves the problem. Please let us know how it goes. STRead More...
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Bose L1 Model II amp usage

Quick question....Ive been looking everywhere....does anyone know how many amps one L1 model II pulls?Read More...
If you are running near max volume (clip light flickering red), two is all you can do before the system will reset itself, especially on low voltage situations. I have actually run 3 before, but on medium volume, and it was just fine. Just don't expect to plug more gear into the circuit. I have found that each L1 as its max draw can be 6 amps. What I have found with the L1 is that if you are near the maximum load on a circuit, the L1 will reset itself, even though bigger, louder, more...Read More...
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Feedback in small bars

roberttee
Hi. I have an acoustic duo (2 acoustic guitars, two mics) and we use the Bose L1 Compact with the Tonematch mixer. When we are in a large space or outdoors, the system sounds fantastic. But when we are in tight quarters, I am getting feedback, even when I move our mics to the side. I bought my unit used, so I can't say for sure how the previous owner had it set up, and I'm no expert on EQ settings. I was under the impression that we could stand almost right in front of the unit and not get...Read More...
Great info, thanks very much!Read More...
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2 B1s in place of B2

Hello fellow Bose enthusiast. I have a L1 M2 and I was thinking of retiring my B2 with much regret, as I love the sound. I can't deal with the weight and size with my shoulders. I'm a solo guitarist and vocalist. I play acoustic and electric. I use a Trio to make my backing tracks. The bass, drums and various keyboards, sound awesome through my current configuration. I don't D J though I have used it a number of times in theaters and outdoors events. I'm worried that the system will loose...Read More...
Thanks JD. And that is the main reason for the switch.Read More...
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Using in-ear monitors with the Bose L1 (type2) via tonematch??

We have an L1 (type2?) system which is used with the tonematch. We play as a four piece band in reasonably small venues with it. We have drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and saxophone. The only things amplified via the Bose system are 2X vocals, acoustic guitar and saxophone (via the 4 channels on the tonematch) I am the singer, acoustic guitar player and saxophone player, so everything I do goes through the L1. I have suffered with tinnitus and am turning to in-ear...Read More...
Cowboy Upp, Please see this discussion for you question. T8S Headphone output as source for In Ear Monitors? Thank you, Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
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Performing with the L1 Model II

Stan the Saxman
Hello fellow L1 users. I want to share an experience I had this past June that typifies my experience with the L1 product line. I am a solo entertainer. I sing and play alto/tenor sax. Most of my repertoire consists of Jazz Standards. I live in NE Ohio. My venues include restaurants, wineries, country clubs, weddings, parties, corporate events and festivals. I have been a Bose user since 2006. I currently have the L1 classic, 2 L1 Model II, 2 B1, 1 B2, 1 Compact, 2 ToneMatch and 1 T4S. Not...Read More...
Nice post Stan! Your sound is that typical Bose smooth sound that nicely replicates your voice and your sax. Well done. Thanks for sharing.Read More...
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Where do I register new products in Spain?

Just bought two L1 MII cylindrical radiator sets to replace two that were stolen and I’m trying to register them and no matter where I go the only country I can select is the USA. Tried the www.bose.eu, www.bose.uk and .com but can only get USA. Any advice please? Thanks in anticipation.Read More...
Hi ScubaBadger. Thanks for your patience. To register your L1 products, please follow this link. https://www.bose.es/es_es/supp...ct_registration.html Then fill in the form that opens up. STRead More...
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B1 questions

ST- slightly off topic, but doesn't the L1 with two B1s connected run half the power as opposed to one B1 connected? Just made me think from what you said above. L1 runs 250rms watts to one B1 L1 runs 125rms to each B1 when two are connected, in addition to running a -6db on the signal sent to the B1. You can move this to another thread if needed. I actually did some weird testing this past weekend (by accident) as I was hooking up additional B1s. One B1 was louder most of the times compared...Read More...
I had B2s and they did the same thing. This happens even with the radiators disconnected, but that is a different issue altogether, and not what I am talking about here... I do have another thread about the limiting of the L1. Here, I was just commenting on how 1 B1 was louder than 2 at most volumes. Anyhow, I am still pretty happy with. my setup-- Dual L1 with B1 setup + dual F1 SubsRead More...
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L1 M2 w B2 Base & T8 Tonematch

Hello everyone...looking for some guidance as this will be the first time that I will be using both of my Bose at the same time in a room that is 132' by 131'. I will be located along one wall in the centre. Questions: Assuming that two of these won't be overkill in this room (approx 450 people) Should both system be pointed straight out or slightly angled away from me How far apart should I place them? (like to keep them as close to the DJ table as possible so the partiers don't use the...Read More...
Another good trick is to a tube from the smoke machine up the back of the column and blow the smoke out the top when you play a train song ! Falsom Prison ...Read More...
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