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The smart and simple great-sound solution.
The Bose L1 Classic System brings full, natural sound to your performances and makes set ups and sound checks a breeze. The L1 Model 1 family of products puts the musician back in control of the music. Eliminates many of the common problems of conventional amplification while delivering uncommonly consistent sound for you and your audience. Bose includes L1 Cylindrical Radiator speaker, PS1 power stand, and R1 remote control.
System power: 250W to upper section, 250W to lower section. The Bose L1's unique design delivers a wide dispersion pattern with nearly 180-degrees of coverage that offers extended, even sound levels with no need for conventional monitors, amp, PA system, mixing console, or a tangle of cables. The PS1 Power Stand takes the place of those components, as well as being the mechanical support for the L1. It has 2 balanced mic/line and 2 unbalanced line inputs. Presets optimize the L1 for use with a variety of instruments and vocal mics.
The R1 Remote Control with 3-band EQ/volume control for each of the mic/line inputs and overall volume control for the system (inputs 1-4) make it easy to tweak your sound on the fly.
Tired of bad sound? Good—so is your audience. Order the L1 today!
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What can I say about a 6' tall 70 pound musicians product from Bose? I picked up the personal amp a couple weeks ago after finally making up my mind between the L1/B1...Read complete review
What can I say about a 6' tall 70 pound musicians product from Bose? I picked up the personal amp a couple weeks ago after finally making up my mind between the L1/B1 combo or a set of JBL SoundFactor SF25's (no longer produced) or a set of new JBL JRX's. This meant buying 2 speakers, a crown power amp, a 32 band eq, a decent sized rack to store all of that equipment, and I'd include the Shure PSM 200 wireless personal monitor I had just purchased. For those who know a thing or two about consumer amplification: add it up and add shipping, it comes to a truck load of money. So I picked this stick partially because of the sound quality related reviews on the internet and partially because of the novelty of an all-in-one 3 piece system (4 with the bass module). After 5 minutes, I can say it pays for itself. I played my Gibson Chet Atkins SST while standing inches away and could hear every pick of the string, every hammer and every bass note out of a super octave pedal I own with extreme clarity. Then I looped a guitar riff with a Line 6 DL-4 and walked around the room noticing that the audience could hear the same picks and hammers with the same detail. Every review I've read says the same thing, and I'll say it again. No dead spots, no hot spots. Singer/songwriters beware that the stick's behind-the-musician placement paves the way for some unwanted feedback when using a loop and/or delay on the mic, but it's not something I haven't got around with some tweaking. Final call: Expensive at first, pays for itself for a system of similar quality and power, easy to take anywhere. Thumbs up.
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The Real Deal
Ok, here's the real deal about the new Bose System. If you are a solo / Acoustic Act, it's a dream come true. It's easy to set up and crystal clear, well...Read complete review
Ok, here's the real deal about the new Bose System. If you are a solo / Acoustic Act, it's a dream come true. It's easy to set up and crystal clear, well worth the investment. However, if you are looking to replace your existing PA system for a full band, this system isn't for you.Vocal response is great, but it has no low end for bass or drums. Sorry guys, we still gotta haul those speakers and power amps around.
Reviewed by 43 customers
Man, this a musicians dream, i have ran sound for a while at church and it is a nightmare to get ALL the levels right in ALL the monitors and make sure that everything is EQed just right.Well those were the old days before the PAS, just plug straight in to the system and go, BOSE has outdone them selves AGAIN. kind of prciey but well worth the time and convieince of a remote controlled high quality experience that takes all the guesswork out of your sound. You hear exactly what you want to hear as well as what the audience hears.
Purchased the system just in time for my CD release concert-the guitar player got his the same time. Makes my NS electronic violin sound completely natural. The sound of the band filled every corner of the concert hall. Only thing is I miss a built-in reverb unit like in my Fishman Acoustic Performer Pro, but easily remedied with the Boss reverb pedal. Didn't need the bass sub woofer for the violin but sure sounds great with my iPod. A dream come true.
I didn't know what to think when one of the my band members went out and bought 3 of these systems with subs. we are in a 7 piece band that needs a full system with lots of power and really good quality to hold 6 out of 7 of us singing in some songs all at once with instruments. that is exactly what we got. the sound quality is unreal. i played threw it and sang, it sounded like i had a clone of me a few feet way. my fellow band member took it out to play a gig and i could not find one spot in the whole place where the sound was distorted or had less volume. soon as i get some cash, this is what i am getting. i cant say enough good things about it!!!
As a sound technician, I'm called on quite often to provide live systems to amateur groups. This was the case this weekend as a local music festival was planned. I set up an outdoor system for 400 people using (2) Fender Passport PD-250s with six stage mics. The third group came on and said they brought their own sound. Like ya, right, I've seen this before. When they brought out a flat thing that said Bose on it, they had my attention. Soon a tall column speaker was put together and plugged into the flat thing which I could now see was a power amp/mixer. The very narrow speaker array was stacked with small 3 inch (?) speakers. I had to question the placement because it was 6 feet behind the mic, feedback city. When the singer stepped to the mic I heard the cleanest vocal I've heard outside of the studio. As I walked around the audience, I found no fading or phase problems. There were no hot or dead spots anywhere and the sound strength was perfect.Now I'm in trouble, I want a couple but my money is tied up in speakers, amps and speaker stands! Maybe I better sell before others hear this system. Way to go Bose, you're still teaching old dogs.
The system is great to use as a PA with a mixing board for vocals and acoustic amplification. You must have two sub units and two PAS systems if you truly want excellent sound. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the system will not handle eletric guitars. Most venues either have their own PA's or you can use stage volume for your electric instuments/amps. The system is extremely portable and sets up in minutes; no heavy amps or monitors to fool with. I have also used this combo outside. Sound degradation occurs around 60 yards. I also use these in my studio. They are flat outstanding for vocals and acoustic guitar or keyboards. I believe that Bose has the price a little on the salty side, but all of their products are priced more expensively than they are worth. However, the quality is excellent.
Our band loves this Bose system. No more separate amps, PA or monitors. Great - consistent sound across the stage and throughout the audience. No kill zones or bleeding ears from excessive volumes. Clear vocals - understandable words. Try it - your sound will never be as good.
I am a bassist, and I recently bought one of these units, went with the double bass module set-up, and I am floored. It doesn't have to be ear-bleeding loud to cut through the other members. No monitors required!!!!! If you play bass and play live, you know how bad monitors are for bassists. With this system, you can hear yourself, and everyone else can hear you too. I am amazed, and everyone I've played with since I got this set-up is working on getting one. This IS the future of live music.
This bose product is the best piece of equipment that I have, and the most useful. I can use it for anything, my mic, bass, or lead. 10 stars and two thumbs up from me.
A local musician sent me an email stating that he was a distributor for Bose and he had a sound system that he wanted me to try out for a night. I had already seen a pair of these speakers and heard them from a person that bought a pair from the same guy. He brought the system out on a night that my wife was working as a solo act. Unfortunately she didn't get the full effect of the system as she was not standing in front of it, but rather to the side and only about 2 feet away. I walked around the establishment and everything was crystal clear and perfectly balanced. I could not beleive the clarity and the bass projection. I will be purchasing this system and selling all of my conventional style speakers.
I saw a local band using this system and was blown away by thier sound. Full, but not deafening, crystal clear, but not harsh or shrill. I researched the system on Bose website, and read through the comments on the message boards. I took the plunge and bought a PAS system with L1 and one B1 bass module. I do a solo gig and was tired of dragging front end speakers, powered mixer, monitors, effects rack, etc. to gigs. Then after playing all night, schlepping it all back out to my truck. Many venues also, I just couldn't hear myself right because of ambient noise. The Bose PAS has solved all of that! Light and easy to move & set up, sounds GREAT, and I hear exactly what the audience hears! Only downside is it takes a few gigs to get used to it. I had never heard myself so clearly. Makes a better musician out of you. I love the system! Thanks!