Happy New Year, all! I see there were quite a bit of additional posts to usher in the new year! I'd like to focus in on a couple of observations, and then beat the dead horse just a couple more times in the hopes that it will someday make a difference for the future generation of L1's.
First, I've noticed that emotions got heated up, but never reached the point of disrespect. Kudos to everyone! Second, I noticed that the focus somehow shifted from "Model X vs Model Y" to "Standard PA vs the Bose Approach", complete with a cool quote and some pics from the original testers. VERY cool!!! But also, very off topic! You're preaching to the choir! I don't see myself EVER going back to a standard PA. I'm too used to playing in its sound field, as oldghm mentioned.
Okay, niceties aside, let's get down to business! I've sold a lot of people on the power of the L1 at the gigs. But I personally know of THREE musicians now that played through a Model 2. One decided to buy it, the other two did not. The latter's complaints? It was too thin, fed back, and didn't have the horsepower of their standard PA (which it actually did, as their PA was not powerful at all).
Guys, I'm not bashing the company we love here, but believe me when I tell you, these other 2 guys might have felt differently had they tried a Model 1 instead of a Model 2. Remember, they heard my Model 1 and expected the same results. They are just not the same. And I'm no longer comfortable with the word "negligible" or the phrase "splitting hairs" to describe the difference between models. For starters, it takes but ONE decibel to make the difference in the back of a noisy room between "yup, I can hear it just fine" and "no, I can't really hear it that well". I don't know - or care! - what the measured decibel or high frequency cutoffs were, but they added up to two VERY different experiences.
As for "user setup", this is another phrase I now have contention with, and please remember, we're on the same side Bose-wise, just not model-wise!
Let's say it really IS a matter of a user setup. Let's say that in spite of all of my best efforts to get the gain before feedback I needed that I just didn't find the right combination of eq, mic and tower placement, or that I really didn't need that extra dB. By the end of one party, dancers had to get closer to the L1 to feel that the music was loud enough to dance and sing along to. My percussionist stepped out and concurred. The bodies were totally drowning out the sound. This was not splitting hairs! The Model 1 in the exact same gig did not have the problem. We did push it as loud as it would go until it fed back and then dialed back a bit, and the difference between models was NOT negligible!
But again, let's say that I just didn't find the right configuration to get the Model 2 to deliver what the Model 1 delivered in that corner that night. If that was the case, wouldn't that STILL be an argument for the older design? Isn't there something to be said about which system is more "plug and play"? The Model 2 - if you DON'T include a B2) is WAY more portable than the Model 1, so terms of loading and unloading, there's no contest. But in terms of sound, I've NEVER had to futz around with a Model 1 so much to get it loud at ANY gig.
I would give anything for anyone-at-bose, or anyone-on-this-forum, for that matter, to go with me to one of these crowded sports bars, stick a Model 1 and a Model 2 in the only corner you're allotted, and see which system can get the necessary volume to the dancing, drinking partiers in the back of the room the easiest, IF AT ALL. That's all I'm saying, guys. Let's not get bogged down with WHY Bose's tests have shown that this shouldn't be the case and let's focus on the FACT that there are quite a few of us out there that experienced the same thing, and that while we're not sound engineers (and actually some of us are!) we're not incompetent when it comes to sound either.
Now, in my OPINION, the Model 1 is the go-to product for any gig. I have a confidence with it that I did not get with the Model 2, and it wasn't for lack of significant and thorough testing. I feel like they can throw me into any crowded corner and my Model 1 will deliver, whereas the Model 2 may give me another night of fighting feedback. Again, my OPINION, but backed up by hard experience, which in NO way belittles or invalidates Bose's testing. But I too question as someone else did whether Bose conducted their tests in a loud, crowded venue with the L1 in a corner and/or on the same level as a hundred warm bodies.
Oldghm also asked whose opinion carried more weight, mine or Bose's. A fair question. And here's my answer: If anyone puts more weight in Bose's reports than in what they find in the real world for themselves, then more power to them. Keep tweaking until their statements match your experience. I may have been able to, if I had more than 6 gigs in 45 days. But I didn't. And I think it was more than enough testing. I know what I'm talking about, I know what I heard, the folks at the gig know what they heard, and no technical explanation will suffice. Unless someone can take a Model 2 to one of our rowdy beer joints, set it up next to my Model 1 and show me the magic combination, they will just have to pry my Model 1 from my hands when I'm called to play that great gig in the sky.