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Overview

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Professional quality sound
  • Two inputs
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    $999.99
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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

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L1 Compact System Specifications:

  • W x H x D: 13.25" x 16.5" x 16.75"
  • 24.6lb (11.2 kg)
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BoseL1 Compact System
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • 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 (3)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    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.

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    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.

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    (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    L1 Compact

    By Flash

    from Michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

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      (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.

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        (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.

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            (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.

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            (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

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            (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.

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              (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

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              (19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love these units!

              By soundgod wannabe

              from Weatherford, TX

              About Me Experienced

              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:

                I bought these for use in Weddings (ceremony and reception). They are so lightweight, easy to use, and sound amazing! Now they are being used for outdoor festivals and with my band.
                I use this with a BOSE T1 mixer at weddings. Plugging a Shure PGX wireless lavaliere microphone though the T1 mixer and running the BOSE Compacts (2 of them) makes a world of difference! I have people come up to me and want to know how they sound so clear and what I do to make it where everyone hears them. Recently, I had to use a set of regular speakers (Yamaha SM112) monitors for a ceremony, because of a double booking. I found that someone turned the monitor away from the audience (I can only guess they were very harsh to their ears).
                For outdoor festivals, I have used them as FOH speakers for acoustic players and Karaoke track singers. The sound is clear and non over bearing. Audiences love the low volume and full sound.
                With bands, in small rooms at lower volumes, 2 Compacts as FOH sound awesome. I can run a SMALLl amount of bass guitar and kick into them without setting off the built in limiter. For DJ work, they are awesome for up to 150 people. A complete full sound at low or high volumes. If you are wanting massive chest pounding low end...use another product. They just don't put out that kind of sound. At weddings, I have never had anyone ask for more bass.
                One of the best speaker investments I have ever made. When initially looking at the room to play in, I immediately look to see if they will work in the room, about 90% of the time they are perfect! When I say they...I do mean a pair. One sounds good, a pair is unbelievable!

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