Hey, long time gone...
Thinking of getting a L1 model 2. Had the Classic for a few years and it was nice as long as there wasn't a lot of background noise, bars, loud talking, etc. Just wondering if the Model 2 is better in those situations,
In terms of audio output, the L1 Model II and the L1 Classic are very similar. However, the L1 Model II has much more even coverage of the mid-high frequencies as you move off-axis. In other words, you can hear the mid-high frequencies better as you listen from the sides (extreme left and right) of the Cylindrical Radiator®. In practical terms, this means you can be sitting or standing beside the L1 Model II and still hear it clearly. You had to be closer to center, in front of an L1 Classic to hear it as well.
If there is a lot of background noise, you will still hear it. A traditional approach is to put a LOUD monitor facing you, between you and the audience. That can mask the sound of the background noise. If you put the L1 behind you, as recommended, you don't get the masking effect. However, if you use an L1 Model II (compared to the L1 Classic), you have more options for places you can stand in relation to the Cylindrical Radiator® - and still hear it clearly.