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.

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 base)   -  the originals ? Classic ?  

2 extra Bass bins

1 X  Tonematch engine

 The system has been great and we love it but last week one of the poles stopped working suddenly with no warning.  Took it to our local music shop and the engineer there said it was the power unit. I phoned up,Bose ( in Belguim? ), from Scotland, and was on the phone for forty five minutes ! The upshot was that the original system isn't supported and that we can't get it repaired. So, reluctantly, we are in the market for a new pole. 

We we have looked at the Compact but are drawn more towards the L1® Model II system with B2 bass. Reviews seem to suggest it's a bit punchier ( in sound as well as wallet damage !)  so, my questions if anyone can be bothered answering are : 

we would be looking to keep our two existing bass bins and the one working L1 system as well as the original Tonematch ( T1?). Can we

connect the new pole as well as the old to the Tonematch ?

Do we have to buy the new bass bin or can we still connect both existing bass bins and get away without buying the new one? 

In the past we put vocals and guitars through the Tonematch  and out of one pole but the backings directly through the other one. I'm aware this probably wasn't the wisest move but the sound was pretty awesome anyway. 

Id' be grateful for any thoughts on this as it will be a rather hefty purchase and I'd hate to get it wrong. If you have any tips about easy ways to improve our setup that'd also be well received although neither of us are particularly up on setting up sound systems so it'd have to be pretty basic. 

Thanks in in advance for any help. 



Original Post

It should work....I have 2 L1 model II and I always interchange the B2 subs and the poles in the amplifier. Same goes for the tone match it works with both systems. If the subs you have is the B1 subs its ok to connect 2 B1s to one L1 model II system. 

I play in a four piece band and we cover various styles of music in our repertoire - rock, pop, blues, etc.  We have 2 L1 Model 2's, each with a B2 unit.  We connect 2 guitar amps, a bass guitar amp, electronic drums and 4 mics into a Dynacord Powermate mixer, the two outputs of which feed into the two L1M2's.  This setup works very well for us and is powerful enough to fill a large hall with full, clear sound.  

My comment is that I believe you would find that a single L1M2 with 2 B1's or one B2 would be more than adequate for a duo playing to backing tapes in small to medium size venues.  This system would save you carrying around numerous bits of kit and, with fewer connections, it should provide a more reliable PA setup.  For larger venues, some combination of the L1M2 system and your other kit may be needed.

Really just making the point that by using a L1M2 system, you will be taking a noticeable step up in sound projection and clarity, and may find it adequate for your purposes on its own in many situations.


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