• Gift Certificate
  • Track Order
  • Help
  • Feedback [+]
  • Ship To: US Flag
  • Shop by Department
  • Hot Deals

MF MD HG Special Financing

Bose L1 Compact System  Black

  • Write a Review
SKU 
#H85941000000001
Top Rated

Overview

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Professional quality sound
  • Two inputs
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $999.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $0.99
  • Your Price:
    $99900

In Stock & Ready To Ship

Gold Coverage: (What’s This?)

+ Add to Wish List
See All Bose Powered PA Speakers
Bose

Easy-to-set-up, lightweight, professional PA system.

The Bose L1 Compact system combines conventional PA and monitors into one sleek unit. Positioned behind or to the side of a performer, DJ or presenter, it delivers wide, even sound coverage throughout the stage area and audience, even off to the extreme sides. It's Bose's smallest, lightest, easiest-to-set-up L1 system, weighing just 29 pounds.

The L1 Compact system's slim loudspeaker distributes sound clearly and evenly throughout the room, thanks to Bose Spatial Dispersion technology. The speaker's unusual vertical shape makes it distinctly different from conventional PA speakers―and has a very positive effect on sound coverage. Even audience and band members off to the extreme sides hear the same clear, tonally balanced sound as those in front.

The L1 Compact loudspeaker array is smaller than those in L1 Model I and II systems, but it produces comparable horizontal sound coverage. L1 Model I and Model II loudspeakers project sound further with less dropoff of volume than the L1 Compact array.

With the L1 Compact system, you don't have to carry a separate amplifier, mixer or bass cabinet: They're already built in. The system's power stand includes an integrated bass speaker and amplifier, plus a built-in mixer providing a total of four inputs and two outputs.

Channel 1 is a microphone input with a customized ToneMatch preset for a handheld dynamic microphone. The preset automatically optimizes a handheld microphone's tone when used with the L1 Compact system. Channel 2 accepts up to three inputs at once, including a guitar, keyboard or other instrument, DJ mixer, MP3 player, laptop or projector. It features a customized ToneMatch preset to optimize the sound of an acoustic guitar.

Features

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Professional quality sound
  • Two inputs

Order now and cut your setup time in half. Make that a quarter.

 

L1 Compact System Specifications:

  • W x H x D: 13.25" x 16.5" x 16.75"
  • 24.6lb (11.2 kg)
Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot®

by PowerReviews
BoseL1 Compact System
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Home studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    L1 Compact

    After a year of research and purchasing a standard 600W ALTO PA set up with subwoofer, mains and monitors and after several months of schlepping these around to gigs (where these were very well...Read complete review

    After a year of research and purchasing a standard 600W ALTO PA set up with subwoofer, mains and monitors and after several months of schlepping these around to gigs (where these were very well received - sound quality wise) I revisited the stand alone units like the Fishman SA220 and the Bose L1 Compact (+ the portable amps like the Marshall, Fender, and Fishman). The deciding factors for me was that my duo partner had one. It sounded clear and we used it for practice - thus I was becoming familiar with it. Another factor was that our gigs were moving from sports bars to Finer Dining Restaurants where the "elegance" of the Bose L1 Compact simply fit the décor better. Plus by us having 2 of them (hers and mine) we have the option to run stereo off of my Allen & Heath 12fx mixer. Combining these 2 L1 Compacts with my Alto 600W PA system we can comfortably accommodate any venue from a small coffee house to an outdoor concert up to a few hundred people or so.

    I think the unit is priced at the top of its intended market and the lack of discounts is bothersome. However - the resale remains high and it solves a particular need for me/us as it is lightweight (26 pounds), elegant in design for up scale dining environments, and sounds wonderful - especially when paired with the Allen & Heath mixer.

    I also host an acoustic open mic 2x per month. This unit (fed by the A&H) easily handles all makes of guitars and microphones from Shure Beta 57's and 58's, to EV ND767a, and Sennheiser e838's. The sound is crystal clear and fills the event room easily.

    Are there better values out there when it comes to price versus volume - absolutely. However - there are many reasons why a particular piece of gear is a good fit. The size, design, weight and sound clarity made this a good choice for me. Having a second one is icing on the cake and being able to incorporate it/them with a standard PA setup (speakers on stands and subs) make this a particularly attractive unit.

    Lastly - Bose gets a bad rap for many things and amongst the Klipsch speaker aficionados it gets particularly harsh treatment. Although I fully understand the positions taken against Bose as a company, there is no denying that for a large swath of the listening public (which includes our targeted audience) Bose systems simply sound good to them. Thus they are happy with the sound they hear and they tip accordingly and we get invited back. This unit will not make you a good musician/singer, however it will deliver a quality clear sound to the ears of your listeners, which they will enjoy.

    This was the right product for me and I am very happy with it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Thin lifeless muddy sound.

    I've played through at least 4 Bose speaker systems in bands, rehearsals and open mics. I don't understand why anyone uses these. The vocals always disappear in the mix and the sound is...Read complete review

    I've played through at least 4 Bose speaker systems in bands, rehearsals and open mics. I don't understand why anyone uses these. The vocals always disappear in the mix and the sound is just lifeless, dry, thin and dull. It's hopeless especially when the noise level of the venue rises. My Gibson Hummingbird sounds like a cheap toy through these. The system seems like it was designed only by engineers (using their meters) and no musicians. That mixer that Bose sells is just awful to use live. You have to scroll through menus when you need to adjust anything. Completely impractical. I've tried and tried to adjust sound to get something that doesn't sound awful but I can't. I chose a pair of powered Yamaha MSR250 speakers and a small Allen & Heath ZED10FX mixer (and a Shure SH55 mic) and the sound is so much fuller, lifelike, fat and adjustable. I can also get much more volume without that high pitch squealing feedback that is a feature of Bose speakers. If you're concerned about weight, choose small powered speakers (just not Bose in my opinion). I can only conclude that the space saving design and light weight is what sells people on Bose. Probably some people are good at getting a good sound through Bose where I've been unable to. If the venue is small and quiet, the Bose may work fine for you. As for me, I now bring a Fender Acoustasonic Jr to open mics. I feel so much more confident knowing how I'll sound. I've used my Acoustasonic for years and it's a great choice for small and/or low volume venues: nice natural vocal and guitar sound with adjustable usable effects. The amp also has an out that you can run to a PA or additional powered speaker. I'd recommend that solo or duo musicians try these amps before deciding on PA.

    Reviewed by 11 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-10

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

     
    1.0

    Thin lifeless muddy sound.

    By Mike

    from Southern Maine

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • High Pitch Feedback
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

      I've played through at least 4 Bose speaker systems in bands, rehearsals and open mics. I don't understand why anyone uses these. The vocals always disappear in the mix and the sound is just lifeless, dry, thin and dull. It's hopeless especially when the noise level of the venue rises. My Gibson Hummingbird sounds like a cheap toy through these. The system seems like it was designed only by engineers (using their meters) and no musicians. That mixer that Bose sells is just awful to use live. You have to scroll through menus when you need to adjust anything. Completely impractical. I've tried and tried to adjust sound to get something that doesn't sound awful but I can't. I chose a pair of powered Yamaha MSR250 speakers and a small Allen & Heath ZED10FX mixer (and a Shure SH55 mic) and the sound is so much fuller, lifelike, fat and adjustable. I can also get much more volume without that high pitch squealing feedback that is a feature of Bose speakers. If you're concerned about weight, choose small powered speakers (just not Bose in my opinion). I can only conclude that the space saving design and light weight is what sells people on Bose. Probably some people are good at getting a good sound through Bose where I've been unable to. If the venue is small and quiet, the Bose may work fine for you. As for me, I now bring a Fender Acoustasonic Jr to open mics. I feel so much more confident knowing how I'll sound. I've used my Acoustasonic for years and it's a great choice for small and/or low volume venues: nice natural vocal and guitar sound with adjustable usable effects. The amp also has an out that you can run to a PA or additional powered speaker. I'd recommend that solo or duo musicians try these amps before deciding on PA.

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Perfect for small venues.

      By Wiseman

      from Beaufort, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Classic Bose Sound
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Deep Bass Crisp Highs
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Won't Break Your Back

      Cons

      • Half The Volume Of L1 Mii
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Small Indoor Venues

      Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

      Wanted to use it on the other side of the stage opposite the L1 model II double bass as a "stereo" setup. Even if I set one of the bass boxes next to it, the volume just can't compare to the larger
      (more expensive) model. Still, it is a nice piece of equipment and I find we use it often for little indoor gigs and parties. Nice and easy on the back--no roadies needed.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Works great in small venue!

      By Bender

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy Set-up
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Wish It Had Reverb

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Small Venue

      Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

      We used this PA in a small venue - 50-70 people capacity. It worked well, and was clear and understandable to the people in the audience. It was easy to set up and use.
      We just wish there was a reverb capability, and two mic inputs, so we didn't have to take extra equipment.

      Comment on this review

      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      L1 Compact

      By Flash

      from Michigan

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

        After a year of research and purchasing a standard 600W ALTO PA set up with subwoofer, mains and monitors and after several months of schlepping these around to gigs (where these were very well received - sound quality wise) I revisited the stand alone units like the Fishman SA220 and the Bose L1 Compact (+ the portable amps like the Marshall, Fender, and Fishman). The deciding factors for me was that my duo partner had one. It sounded clear and we used it for practice - thus I was becoming familiar with it. Another factor was that our gigs were moving from sports bars to Finer Dining Restaurants where the "elegance" of the Bose L1 Compact simply fit the décor better. Plus by us having 2 of them (hers and mine) we have the option to run stereo off of my Allen & Heath 12fx mixer. Combining these 2 L1 Compacts with my Alto 600W PA system we can comfortably accommodate any venue from a small coffee house to an outdoor concert up to a few hundred people or so.

        I think the unit is priced at the top of its intended market and the lack of discounts is bothersome. However - the resale remains high and it solves a particular need for me/us as it is lightweight (26 pounds), elegant in design for up scale dining environments, and sounds wonderful - especially when paired with the Allen & Heath mixer.

        I also host an acoustic open mic 2x per month. This unit (fed by the A&H) easily handles all makes of guitars and microphones from Shure Beta 57's and 58's, to EV ND767a, and Sennheiser e838's. The sound is crystal clear and fills the event room easily.

        Are there better values out there when it comes to price versus volume - absolutely. However - there are many reasons why a particular piece of gear is a good fit. The size, design, weight and sound clarity made this a good choice for me. Having a second one is icing on the cake and being able to incorporate it/them with a standard PA setup (speakers on stands and subs) make this a particularly attractive unit.

        Lastly - Bose gets a bad rap for many things and amongst the Klipsch speaker aficionados it gets particularly harsh treatment. Although I fully understand the positions taken against Bose as a company, there is no denying that for a large swath of the listening public (which includes our targeted audience) Bose systems simply sound good to them. Thus they are happy with the sound they hear and they tip accordingly and we get invited back. This unit will not make you a good musician/singer, however it will deliver a quality clear sound to the ears of your listeners, which they will enjoy.

        This was the right product for me and I am very happy with it.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent choice for performance groups

        By Harmony Girl

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

          Perfect for singing alone or with a few others; so easy to use and great sound.

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable

          By Robert

          from Southern Indiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

              Just got home from a solo show (acoustic/vocal) where the L1 Compact had many listeners in disbelief. I've played professionally (with a band and solo) for 23 years and I've never been more excited about a piece of equipment as I am this BOSE system. It's like carrying a microphone case into a venue but it's really an entire PA system. I am using an Alesis MultiMix and sending that to the L1 - not that you have to use an interface...I just wanted the EQ and effects control. The room I played tonight was a high-ceiling, loud room, and the L1 covered it with crystal clarity. Someone even asked me where all the sound was coming from. When I showed them the tower, they didn't believe me! I have to agree with reviewers who say the only thing that could possibly sound better than this system is to double it. I may end up doing just that.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I only wish to be able buy a second one!

              By José

              from Bayamon, PR

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Sound
              • Simple
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Limited Functions
              • No Xrl Out Only Rca 14"
              • Wish More Channel Options

              Best Uses

              • Church
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

              The sound came out crystal clear. I even used it for audiences up to 300, in a small church(elevating system from ground about 32" over a small table) and everyone could hear nice and clear. I used only a small ALESIS mixer with a little of effect, for 3 mics and acoustic guitar. Both volumens were at 50% of capacity. Works Great!!!. I only wish to be able to purchase a second one to add more capabilities. A little expensive but very pleased with it.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quality Clarity and Convenience

              By EShokur

              from Montana

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

              I was skeptical when buying this that such a small speaker alone would cover very well a small church group of about 30-40 people. Not only is the sound even and people in the front and the back of the building have same consistent sound, but the sound is so clear and natural that it feels like the person speaking in to a microphone is about two feet away. Even though, I monitor the sound for our church I often forget that we use a PA because of minimal distortions or need to constantly fight off feedback!!! Even though there is only one L1, at times it feels like sound is coming from different directions at the same time (stereo). I think this is because of the multitude of speakers enclosed.
              It was worth the money for me! By the way, I am not paid by Bose to write this and don't work for Bose

              Comment on this review

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              HEAVEN SENT PURITY

              By Dalton Fuller & Witt

              from Pine Bluffs, WY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

                After nearly 50 years of professional playing using heavy PA Systems, my friend Witt bought one of these Bose L1 Compacts and asked me to try it out at a private dance. I must say I/we have never sounded better than I did singing through that PA that night. The Bose L1 Compact system provided perfectly clear background music which complimented our guitar amps perfectly. The crowd raved on how great we sounded in that restored 1919 historical high school gym. The sound was crystal pure from the front stage we set up on to the foyers at the gym entrance and exits. The audiance came to the front of our stage just to see how we were able to provide such pure sound quality no matter where they sat or danced. We did not need to use the expensive speakers already installed in that gym. The only way to improve this system is to have two of them. Plus the good thing is you are not burdened with all the weight the other brand name systems weigh. We also do USO benefit gigs and senior care center volunteer work that require "low volume" and this L1 Bose Compact system sounds clean and pure no matter what volume we must use which was a extra bonus. Therfore, it is no wonder BOSE offers a no questions asked return policy, they know you will fall in love with these units and want to keep them. Try one and see for yourself.

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Its a Bose

                By JT3

                from Comumbus ne

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Bulky/Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

                I bought 1 9 month ago. a little worried it wouldn't be able handle to everything I was going to throw at it. I use a comp. for back up band. I have pushed hard and works great. It was up front to the limitations. What I did was bought a 2nd one for places where we needed more than 1 can produce. It sure saves space and the back replace a 15" JBL eon

                Comment on this review

                Displaying reviews 1-10

                Back to top

                Previous | Next »

                You are changing the Ship-To country.

                Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.