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.

Hello to all of you!I'm on my way of buying Bose and wonder what will be the best combination for me- single guitar player with acoustic electric guitar and some iPod playbacks!does l1compact works with ToneMatch1 and do I need it?any advice will be deeply appressiated
Hi Lubomir,

Thank you for joining the Forum.

Before diving into solution mode, please tell us a little more about your music and your performances.

Are you using a vocal microphone (singing or just talking). What kind of microphone?(make/model please).

How large are your audiences (number of people).

Where do you perform?

What are people doing while you are performing? Are you doing quiet concerts, playing noisy cafes or bars, street festivals...?

Do you have other people play with you and would they need to be amplified through your system?


Yes, you can use the T1 ToneMatch Audio Engine (T1®) with the Compact, and many people do. You might not need it, but the answers to the questions above could help us figure out if you probably want one.
Hi TS,thanks for the warm welcome!
I have no intentions of singing anymore but if,I have one old Sure mic,I can't find it now(just moved to CanaryIslands and all the things are packed)
Well don't know yet about the audience,but I'll play quit concerts- no shouting and rock screeming things(too old for that)
No other people in my OneManPerformance...maybe in the future some double bass
From all I read here,maybe the L1Model 2 system with 2B1 and T1 might be the best solution?!
Best regards and respect
Lubomir
Hi Lubomir,

If you are playing quiet concerts for an attentive audience of up to 80-100 people a Compact could serve you well.

If you want more control over the tone of your guitar and want to add effects like Reverb or Chorus, then you will want to add a T1® and a T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Power Supply .

For larger audiences or noisy environments a Model II will take you up to 300-500 people. You will need a T1® to go with this. You'll be able to support a double bass with ease.

If you are not going to DJ with dance music, then you will probably prefer to have one or two B1s instead of a B2.

There is a middle road - a Model 1S. It is very similar to a Model II, and at a glance, they are indistinguishable. It should be fine for shows of 100-300 attentive listeners.

The Model II and Model 1S do not require a T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Power Supply because they supply power directly to the T1®.



Does that help?
Hi Lubomir,

For context: I have both a Model 1S and a Model II, and B1s and a B2.

Here's the conundrum about the B1s. For me, playing acoustic guitar, I like the sound of a single B1 for up to say, 100 people. But I don't use backing tracks. If I did I might add a second B1 so there would be better support for bass or kick drum in the backing tracks. I've got to think that you'll like two B1s.

What's nice about that is you can play a smaller gig and take only one B1. So that's less to carry. The B1s are about 26 pounds, and are easy to carry and load in/out of a vehicle.

The B2 is a later product and Bose managed to make it noticeably louder than two B1s. DJs seem to really like the B2. The B2 is about the size of two B1s stacked vertically. It weighs about 45 pounds. That's not terrible, but I find it harder to get in and out of a passenger vehicle than a couple of B1s.

The B2 sounds a little different than two B1s, and for me, for live music, I actually prefer two B1s. But for those occasions where I have to be really loud, I'm playing electric guitar with a band, so I don't have to produce a lot of low end energy. If I was playing backing tracks for a loud show, I might take the B2. Our needs and applications are different.

I know of other acoustic oriented performers who are happier with the B2 (instead of two B1s) for larger audiences and when playing outdoors. Outdoors is more demanding for bass because there are no walls to help contain the energy of the low frequencies.

One thing to note among the differences between the Model II and Model 1S is bass expansion:

The Model II has support for adding more bass modules. It has a Bass Line Out to which you can connect an A1 PackLite amplifier and then two more B1s or a B2. That's a lot of bass. And that's good to have if you are doing a large show.

The Model 1S does not support bass expansion. That is: There is no Bass Line Out.

My fall-back position in uncertainty is to go with a Model II. It's never too much because you can turn it down. The total system weight is about 8 pounds more than a Model 1S.

The Model 1S is a great step up from a Compact, but if you ever need more than it can do, you can't make it perform like a Model II. You just have to get a Model II.

Better or worse?
Well,that's what i call "information"!!!
Thank you so much for the support,ST
I was about to ask for that amp a1 PackLite,but it looks like S1with 2 B1 do not need it.
I do not think I will come so far to play those big gigs,to buy me Model || with 4B1 and amp but if those days are waiting ahead,I won't wonder shall I buy or not.
For the present S1+2B1+T1 will be the pack for my performance.
Once more:thanks a lot for your help,TS and may God bless you!!!

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