Thanks ST, I appreciate the tips and helpful information. My main dilemna is that as I said, RIGHT NOW most of my shows have audiences up to around 150, but I anticipate having larger sizes in future, and I have also never performed in a gym setting. So for right NOW, it would be hard to purchase one and try it out because I wouldn't have the opportunity to try it under the conditions I'm questioning. And I agree, the people I have gotten "feedback" from (no pun intended), have no reason to misrepresent their results. I do trust them. I just find it very hard to reconcile such huge differences between what Bose is saying the system can handle, and what performers are actually experiencing with it.
The performers I'm familiar with use it in gym settings which have HORRIBLE accoustics, with up to 500 people in the audience, and ELEMENTARY KIDS at that, so clearly they are not always as attentive and quiet as might be expected from an adult concert setting. But these performers RAVE about how well it works for them in THOSE settings. IF they get such GOOD results under THOSE conditions, I can't quite wrap my mind around why bose would only rate it for 100 people under more NORMAL conditions.
The other performers use a variety of mics, mostly either headset mics, or wireless handhelds mounted on a neck mount strap. But they tell how phenomenal the sound is and how CLEAR it is even in a gym where most PA speakers echo and reflect so badly you can hardly hear what the person is saying. And they say at almost every show they get people coming up telling them how good it sounds, In THOSE CONDITIONS!! I just read a post by one person saying they were using their L1 Compact in a gym and it sounded so good that other people who were using the "house" PA speakers actually came up and asked if they could make the announcements from the L1 because it could actually be understood. I LOVE that these accounts are true and that I can hopefully expect just as good of results, I just can't grasp how Bose would "misrepresent" them so drastically, for lack of better words, LOL. (More accurately, to "under-rate" them so drastically. I totally understand giving a conservative rating so as not to OVER-RATE something, but this just seems like a huge under-rating.
Also thanks for the link to the spec sheet. And i made the comment about that spec being conspicuously hidden as tongue in cheek, because I totally understand how with a system like L1 it would not be comparing apples to apples to just look at the power output, but aside from the link you posted, I've read MANY information sheets for the L1 which talks about ALL HTE OTHER ASPECTS, but wouldn't even MENTION the power output, not even with a qualifying explanation of why it's not an even comparison, so I just found it a little humorous. But the proof is in the pudding, and if all these performers are raving about how well it does in these real world conditions, it really doesn't matter if Bose is doing it with TEN WATTS, lol. If it works, it works, i just thought it was a little odd that they don't at least include it in FINE PRINT in their information sales sheets along with an explanation .