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 am in a 3 piece folk rock group and currently provide the sound with a dual EV EKX 12p/15sp. It works well but it is a lot to carry to large subs and mains to every show. We also run in ears, which is really nice, but it adds to setup. The other 2 band mates purchased L1 compact systems for personal use (we have also used them for small venue shows where space is limited). In the group I play kick drum, tambourine,  guitar/mandolin, and sing. I was wondering if it would be possible (and would it sound good) for me to buy and play through a Bose L1 model 2. I am wanting the model 2 because of the kick drum. My hope would be that since my other band mates have compacts, we could each bring our own system, setup our own instruments, and then blend overall volume. I would have to bring a lot less equipment which would really save time and back aches! Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!



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Hi Dylan,

Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community and thanks for the interesting question.

Yes, you can run different L1 systems for different bandmates.  I've done it many, many times. You're right; you'll want an L1 Model II to support the kick drum. 

Up to a point, you can keep things sounding even. The L1 Model II will project sound farther than the L1 Compacts.  As you get farther out, you will be heard more clearly than your bandmates. In smaller places, you won't notice. In bigger places, and outdoors, you might. 

How big are your shows? (number of people, size of the venue). 


Hi Dylan, I use a L1B2 w/T1 for my 4-piece group (4 vocals, 2 acoustic guitars, acoustic bass, and a percussionist). I run my guitar and vocal through a TC PlayAcoustic and into Ch.1 & 2 respectively on the T1. I have an 8-Ch. aux. board with vocals 2,3 & 4 mixed hard left and into Ch 3 on the T1. I then run the bass, guitar & percussion into Ch 4 on the hard right. We play large bars/restaurants and outdoor gigs of good size without a problem.  We place the rig up front stage right and blow an S1 back at us as monitor. We have been doing this for 3 years without a complaint! (Just added the S1 over Easter). At the larger festivals we play though the contract rig and place the L1 behind us as our monitor...if needed. I hope this helps!

Is for all of the quick replies!

cowboy upp....unfortunately we tried to run everything through 1 model 2 at one of the venues (they have one there) and we just could not get enough gain before feedback trying to get volume loud enough to compete with the bar patrons. Many people told us they could or hear and it was nowhere near as good as our usual full. The feedback issue could be because the stage is about 6x6 and we have 3 vocal mics, a kick mic, and a top and bottom mic on a djembe...so a lot of open mics.


ST...is for letting me know you have mixed multiple L1 systems together! I figured there would be a more noticeable difference as you moved farther away, but maybe we will test it out and see how it goes.


Mr. Hoon...I like the idea of putting it out front because then we won’t have to deal with any feedback but my choice to switch was to get rid of any monitoring needs; however, the s1 is pretty small. 

Thanks for the replies! I usually don’t like to change anything that is working well, but I would love to not have to carry 2 subs and 2 mains to every gig, and it would be nice to just worry about my stuff and then my band mates can worry about there’s instead of me inevitable setting up all the equipment and getting soaked with sweat for an hour before every gig. Haha

What?! One guy inevitably being "stuck" setting up the PA...I can't believe it. ;-)   Try labeling all the inputs,cables, etc. with a P-Touch. Next gig tell the guys you have to run to the restroom and that they have to set it up for you. Then, go outside and take break, have a drink, smoke one if ya got one, then come back in and tweak their efforts. Two or three times of doing this and they get the hint. It worked for me. :-)  (PLUS...the Bose stuff is the easiest rig in the world to set up any way!)



Hi Dcaugust, Mr. Hoon.

Since adopting the L1 approach in 2004, I ask people to be self-sufficient. That is: bring your own - whatever it takes to perform and be heard. Of course, there are exceptions (benefits or when the engagement is to "do sound"). 

Ideally, people own their sound and take responsibility for running it. 

One great joy is when everything happens in parallel. That's transportation, set-up, tear-down, transportation and whatever happens at the other end: all of it happens synchronously.  The entire stage can be set up in 10-15 minutes at the most, and tear-down is even faster. 

I still bring spares for anything that's a single point of failure, but this is so much better than the old days.


PS - in case you haven't seen it, check out The L1® Approach and the History of Amplification 

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