Ok, I have to put in my 2 cents here. It is obvious to me that Bose is hiding something. It is only because I have been an engineer and a musician for the past 30 years that I am even in this forum searching for an explanation.
I did a show in a venue out of the country and the small club provided me with a sound company who delivered an L1 system and a techie (they knew that I would be doing my own sound). I even walked with my own 01V/96 as it was already programmed intensively.
After I finished tweaking the stereo pair of L1's with 2 B1's per side, my parametric EQ showed only 2 very narrow bands dipped to about -4db. It was LOUD and I was BLOWN away by the sheer natural-ness of the sound. Zero feedback, my 58 sounded like someone talking to you and not like it came through speakers. My acoustic guitar never sounded so real. It was a Breedlove and so does not have the gooseneck mix mic that my Martin has. hat says a lot. By the time I introduced my tasty reverbs and delay, the rooms sounded like an arena. Clear and clean. The piano was huge and real. All with an almost flat EQ.
That night was one my my best intimate performances ever. The only time I was ever that impressed was when I did sound for a band 20 years back on my first EAW gig.
So needless to say, when the small club called on me again for a repeat performance some months later (they pay well), I was excited. I had not yet gotten my hands on my own L1's. I couldnt wait for soundcheck and was there before the equipment arrived. YES. Lo and behold, it was NOTHING like I expected. I spent hours running after what I experienced the first time. The power source was the same, the stage was the same, the room was the same and the lack of humans in the room at 1pm was the same. I told the techie that this was not the same system. He assured me that it was. I shrugged and went at it again. I even had the enture soundcheck from the last gig there stored in my 01V and it was completely different in sound, feel, everything. I alsed the techie to please call the owner just to humour me. He did and guess what? It was the Model II's. The owner told me that He thought that I would want the latest and greatest, which was kind of him but a disaster for me. My Powered Mackies (SA1532z) sounded better than this. Well it was too late to change and I did the gig the best I could. The EQ looked horrible. He assured me that, in the future, he would make sure that I get his L1 Model I's (or so he thought).
On a subsequent visit to the trusty old club, I got my "Model I's" and my old sound back and I was a pig in <<text removed as per the Terms of Service>>.
So now I am ready to get my own only to realize that Bose no longer makes the thing. The Model IS sounds nothing like it. Neither does the Compact for sure. Then, as I was talking about my plight to the attendant in the Bose store, he makes a call to Bose Tech dep't to answer my questions definitively. What he came back with was nothing short of disappointing. He told me that there are TWO Model I's. The L1 Classic and the Model I. ANd that the diff between them is an entire 3rd 250 Watt Amp. Also, that Bose reduced the impedance to 4 Ohms to make up for the volume and that it was a more efficient design.
MY <<text removed as per the Terms of Service>>!! Without ANY of that knowledge I went from 'I HAVE GOT TO GET THIS SYSTEM NO MATTER THE PRICE' to 'This sounds like <<text removed as per the Terms of Service>>'. I may be exaggerating a bit on the difference - I mean, we're still talking Bose sound here, but I no longer NEED to get the system. Any well acclaimed powered system will do. QSC, EV, Mackie.
Just to complete my circle of curiosity, I made an overseas call to the owner of the system that I used. He said that he doesnt know what any of the terms that I was using meant (Classic, Model I etc.) but he knew this - THAT HIS SYSTEM HAD 3 AMPLIFIERS.
Confirmation that the godlike sound I enjoyed was the Bose L1 Classic.
You guys need to corner your fav Bose buddies here on this forum and get them to speak the truth. It is not good for Bose for this to blow up in their face. Why would they ever lie to consumers or discontinue a superlative product only to replace it with a shabby version? Bose had an awesome reputation in my experience up until this.
I have since offered to purchase the Classics from the PA company and will pay for shipping.
PS: I DO LOVE the B2's though. A Pair of L1 Classics and a pair of B2's would be super ideal!
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