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.


I've had my L1 1S for a few months now and I love it it.  I can't get over how great everything sounds coming out of such a small system.  

We're a four piece band, two guitars, bass and drums, three vocals.  We typically play small bar, patio type venues.  However, we have a gig coming up where we will be playing outside at a small beer festival.  There will be a small stage set up in a large parking lot and I expect we'll be playing to about 100 people directly in front of the stage but we want the sound to carry as far as possible so that there is music heard "everywhere".  Before I got the Bose system I used two powered 12" PA speakers running through a Behringer XR-16 digital mixer.  I still use the mixer with the Bose for ease of connectivity and EQ'ing reasons.   I love the fact that I don't need floor monitors when using the Bose system too.  I'm thinking we will need more volume for this venue and I want to add my two powered PA speakers to the mix.

So, my question is;

What's the best way to connect two powered speakers while still utilizing the Bose L1 at the same time?  Should I use the Bose just as a monitor? Should I only route vocals through the Bose?  Should I connect the Bose so it is on one side of the mains and the PA speakers the other (connected in series)?  These are the sorts of questions I curious about.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Take care,


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Just put the Bose where you normally do so you can use it as a monitor and main system and add the two powered speakers on stands one on each side facing the audience for reinforcement.

Run the same main mix into the extra speakers.

If you don't want to run extra mixes, Pan everything center (if you don't already), run one side to the L1, then the other to one of the PA Speakers and a wire from the line out of that speaker to the other one.

Hi Again,

We did our gig yesterday and everything went great.  I daisy chained the two powered PA speakers and connected them to the mains right output and connected the Bose ZL1 to the mains left output.  Once I balanced the sound between the PA speakers and the Bose it sounded awesome, more than enough sound to cover the event.

Thanks again for your advice and help, it was very appreciated.

Take care,


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