i have a Roland v-drum kit TD30 and it's located in a room inside the house....it's just for personal use....no gigs.....is a L1 compact enough? Or do I need a bigger system. Maybe I'll play with a friend with a guitar but that's it.....just family audience at the house? L1 compact is good enough? Good kick/bass drum for the room?
If you are playing at modest volumes, I think that the Compact will be fine. An L1® Model 1S or L1® Model II with a B2 will be considerably better for the kick drum. However, for the most cost-effective solution, the F1 Model 812 looks appealing. The Compact is more portable, but the difference in weight (30 pounds vs 45 / 12 kg vs 20 kg) won't matter if you're not planning to move it around. The F1 Model 812 takes a tiny bit less floor space than the Compact if you leave it on the floor. They are about the same width and the Compact is just a little bit longer from front to back.
Definitely take advantage of the opportunity to hear all the models at the dealer.
Thanks again for the advice Tony....I was thinking of buying the T1 as well..even with the compact. How about the F1 812? In price is similar to the compact and that would be a good choice? Someone else just recommend me that.
If you're planning to amplify visitors (guitarist, singers) you will want the T1® with at T1 Power Supply. This will work fine with any of the Bose systems. You won't need the T1 Power Supply if you get a Model 1S or Model II.
Note: If you use the F1 Model 812 for drums you'll be okay placing it on the floor with the flexible array in the reverse-J position.
If you plan to have others use it too, then you might want to get a proper tripod stand and then it will take up more floor space. Imagine circle about a meter in diameter to plan for the stand.
Note: About the specifications, I normally look at the (-3 dB)
On paper, there's not a lot of difference between the L1® Compact and the F1 Model 812. From personal experience, the low end from the F1 Model 812 is appreciably deeper and louder than the Compact. The Model 1S with a B2 goes down to 40 Hz (-3 dB), but I don't think that it's louder. Here's some information about frequencies to help you to put all the numbers into context.
Ultimately, I think you'll be happiest making your choice after you get to compare things at the dealer.