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.

ATTN L1 Compact Users

nice...love Chicago/horn band formats !  we have a tribute act in our area..they do a great job...  hard to keep that many players together and rehearsed  but when you get on stage and make that much music happen..yeah..it's very rewarding.    90% of the L1c usages is standalone  for things like wedding ceremonies (I own a company that does this)...corporate coctail parties etc...and it absolutely nails it.  but we've had some smaller wedding events where the ceremony is pretty much on top of the reception footprint as well...so being able to go into DJ mode is simple by adding our ZXA1 compact sub to the mix.  All my events have a mixer in the signal path..be it analog mackie VLZ pros  or digital gear..so we are able to do more eq and gain structures that give us more from the bose than a straight shot might.  I think I mentioned in an earlier post, that my daughter DJ had injured her foot the day before a DJ obligation for a corporate pool party..her normal outdoor rig is mackie 450 on a stand over 1501 sub (old school, but they still work solid)...too much for her to load in with a cast/boot on...and so I agreed to play roadie for her, but didn't feel like lugging her big mackies into the venue, down stairs to the pool area etc... I grabbed a single L1c in one hand, (radiators in bag over my shoulder, and a single ZXA1 in the other...and walked it right in....nuttin but compliments all day.  anyway..not trying to sell folks on the L1c as a DJ rig..just saying that with a little  help, it can be asked to pull duty...without a doubt...guitar on a stool ...yeah...it doesn't get any better.   good fer you on the chicago setup...I eny you...

Craig-at-Bose posted:

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.



Not used my two compacts with band yet but used them yesterday at outdoor arena as reinforcement for my 2 EV Elx 15's and they were amazing


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I use my L1 Compact with:

a T1, a Sennheiser Mic, DPA condenser mic for my Martin D28 which also has a under the bridge piezo pick up.

Or, a seperate mixer for our band in small spaces.

Or, as a floor monitor.

Or, by itself with the guitar and mic plugged in directly.

Or, as a party machine using my phone.

Blue Tooth would be nice.

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 often required to set up in some challenging locations.

We have four inputs to a small analog board, three vocal mics and one channel for the piezo from the guitar.  The outputs of the mixer go to each of the L1Cs' right input, slide switch down.  The XLR inputs are not used.

I did not opt for the Bose mixer for several reasons, first and foremost the relative expense as well as the fact that as a digital mixer, it can be difficult to adjust on the fly given that I play the guitar as well as run the sound.


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