I guess I will post this here beings I don't have the option of posting it under reviews.
Bose has received many accolades over the years for L1 system, and rightfully so. The concept of having your music behind you, and being able to hear what your audience hears is invaluable. The sound of the Bose is second to none in my opinion also.
But all of those awards could not be evaluated over the test of time. How reliable is this system over the long haul? Can you take the Bose L1 Model II out night after night, Year after year, and feel secure that it will perform for you every time? And to be fair, can you do that with any system? No you can’t! But with many other systems there is a work around to most failures. With the Bose, the “ONLY” thing you have any control over is the AC cord and any other cord that you need with your particular set-up. With the exception of the T1 Module,( which you can carry a spare Mixer and plug into the analog jack of the power stand) and still be good to go. When your power stand fails you are done. There is nothing you can do, except try a different AC cord, a different outlet, or turn the unit off for a few minutes then turn it back on to see if it works then. Yes, I am speaking here from the voice of experience.
So if you are a working musician that depends on your equipment, then you have no choice but to carry 2 systems with you for your bookings if you have a Bose.
And when your Power stand fails, out of warranty, and you call tech support, they are more than happy to help you. For a small fee ( $250.00 plus shipping and tax), and a 2 to 3 week turn around they will happily fix your unit and send it back. Unless you want to buy a refurbished unit for $150.00 more, then they will send you a refurbished unit right away.
Now the L1 Model II came out in 2007, and somehow when I purchased my system in 2010, I received a 2007 unit that I had purchased from an Independent music store in Missouri. That is according to Bose when I called mine in for repair a couple of weeks ago. Bose says they do not ship out 3 year old units but they didn’t tell me at the time when I called in to register the unit it was 3 years old. What customer service!! And the music store had no comment when I e-mailed them about this. Thinking back on this, I think the music store sold me a demo model. Why do I think this? Probably because as I remember, the T1 they sold me at the time had to be sent back the first week. So buyer beware, check your serial numbers on your systems to make sure you are getting what you pay for. If I had known I was purchasing a first model year of this system that was 3 years old I would not have purchased it.
The hardware quality of the Bose L1 Model II in my opinion ranks about 2 out of 5 stars. It is not a matter of “IF” your Bose is going to fail; it is “WHEN” it is going to fail.
Oh, I almost forgot. Bose will be more than happy to sell you a second system so you have a back-up for when yours fails.