L1 Model II

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Using proprietary Bose® technology, L1 systems combine  PA and monitors into a single, highly portable unit. The  loudspeaker can be positioned behind or to the side —and you hear what the audience hears.

Highly portable PA and monitor combined for solo performers, DJs and general-purpose use. Fixed vertical control with 180° horizontal coverage Reduced vulnerability to feedback.

Three systems to choose from (Compact, Model 1S, Model II)
Two passive bass module options (B1 or B2)
Consistent coverage and tonal balance, portability and easy setup.

Which L1 product to choose???

We have a room that measures about 10m long by 5m wide.  We'll have a keyboard, guitar and 1-2 mikes for singers, with at times about 40-50 people singing along as well ... Would the L1 Compact system at £849 be powerful enough for this application?  If not, what would you suggest?

Thanks.

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Hi Ricky Tinker,

Welcome to the Bose Pro Portable PA Community.

Thank you for your interesting question. Before we get to answers, I've got some questions for you.

  • Do you have a mixing desk? What kind (please provide a link)
  • Are the performers on an elevated stage? If so, how big is the stage and how high is it?
  • How high is the room?
  • Are the people in the audience seated or standing? Are they all on the same level?
  • Are the performers facing down the length of the room toward the 5-meter wall 10 meters away? Or are they facing the 10-meter wall 5 meters away? Basically: what is the distance from the powered loudspeaker to the people farthest away?
  • What type of event is this? Pub sing-along, worship, something else?
  • Will people be singing along or SINGING along enthusiastically?
  • What kind of background noise are we trying to overcome?
  • What kind of music are you performing?
    • How much low-end support do you need? Bass frequencies to motivate people to dance?
    • Do you have percussion accompaniment coming from the keyboard?
  • Will you be using your sound system for spoken word?


Please tell us more about your application. This will help us to give you an informed answer.

Thanks,

ST

Thanks for the quick and comprehensive reply ST.

Answers below:

  • Do you have a mixing desk? No
  • Are the performers on an elevated stage? No
  • How high is the room? It is a vaulted room (see photo). Wall height about 2.1m, pitched roof height about 3.1m. Floor will be limestone flag stones, the walls and ceiling will be plastered.
  • Are the people in the audience seated or standing? Standing when singing
  • Are they all on the same level? Yes
  • Are the performers facing down the length of the room toward the 5-meter wall 10 meters away? Yes. Basically: what is the distance from the powered loudspeaker to the people farthest away? 10m
  • What type of event is this? Worship
  • Will people be singing along or SINGING along enthusiastically?  Hopefully they will be singing enthusiastically !!!
  • What kind of background noise are we trying to overcome? None
  • What kind of music are you performing? Worship
    • How much low-end support do you need? Bass frequencies to motivate people to dance?  Not much dancing ... 
    • Do you have percussion accompaniment coming from the keyboard? No, there may be a cahon box drum playing though
  • Will you be using your sound system for spoken word? Yes, there will be talks.  In addition, we will want to play audio from a laptop via the speaker system.

 

Hope that helps to clarify the application!

Thanks again for your help,

Ricky

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Hi Ricky I am part of an acoustic duo . You were asking which Bose system would be best . I play a bohdran and  we have acoustic guitars of various makes and and models .we do use some backing tracks we play in mainly pubs , some outdoor gigs weddings etc so various settings . I can only speak from experience we had the middle range L1 which did to be honest struggle sometimes in larger buildings , however just purchased the L1 model 2 the largest and it's awesome we have more volume to play with and no problem with feed back at all even when we are close to the system , as some of the places we play can be quite small the model 2 copes with all settings and is really clear we are glad we moved up to be honest . Hope this helps but it's just my opinion based on trial and error 

good luck and enjoy 

Lucrecia 

Hello Ricky,

I perform as a solo sax/vocalist with backing tracks on an L1 Compact.  I think the L1 Compact would be fine for your size room, number of people and purpose.  It is surprisingly loud and with more bass than you might think would come from such a small system. You may need an additional mixer, such as the T1 for the additional musicians.  You could also use any mixer and feed the output to the L1 Compact Channel 2 jacks.  The L1 Model II B2 would probably be overkill unless you want thumping bass and dancing.

Hi Ricky Tinks,

I apologize for having lost track of this conversation.

Thanks for all the great information.

If it weren't for the 40-50 people "they will be singing enthusiastically !!!" an L1 Compact should be fine. But if you want your song leaders to be heard over the great roar of voices, then you'll want an L1 Model 1S. I don't think you'll need an L1 Model II. 

You'll want a ToneMatch mixer. A T1 (current model) would be fine or the soon to be released T4S would also work well.

ST

Hi Ricky Tinks,

Ricky Tinks posted:

I got the L1 Compact system in the end, and it works fine - seems like a good full, loud sound.  The first big test will be in May when we have a room full ...

Thanks for the update. Please let us know how it goes in May.

ST

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