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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.

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

FEATURES
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Professional quality sound
  • Two inputs
  • No need for monitors or amps

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SPECIFICATIONS

L1 Compact System

  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (21)
  • Good audio (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice, portable, light weight, easy setup

My band mate and I purchased two of these. The reviews on this are pretty accurate. This unit has a nice, stereo like, sound and delivers plenty of volume. I wish it...Read complete review

My band mate and I purchased two of these. The reviews on this are pretty accurate. This unit has a nice, stereo like, sound and delivers plenty of volume. I wish it had reverb. I replaced a Fishman Solo Amp with this and really regret not keeping both. The Fishman sounds great with an acoustic guitar and vocals which can be colored with Eq and reverb.
Another feature for the Bose, that May not be apparent is that it records out of the rear RCA jacks perfectly. This Bose has wonderful pre amps and the volume is dead on without having to fiddle with it. We recorded a live show from the RCA outs on the back, into a ZOOM R-16, and had a nice recording that was pretty much what we heard coming from Front of the Bose. Very clean, full sound was recorded.
I do think this system is a bit over priced. Giving it a simple reverb would make this a a much better piece of equipment at this price. When playing with Another guitarist/singer, we run two of these through a Behringer FX1622usb mixer. When I'm performing on my own I just bring one Bose, a Shure headset mic, Taylor 12 string and my iPad for drums and it sounds pretty good. Fills a medium room with sound. I've never had it higher then you see on the photo here.
The Bose boasts about the spatial sound. It's not as spatial as they would like you to think. The sound does travel out and it maintains the volume but you do have to be standing in front, off to the side. I've tried behind me and have feed back unless I'm standing off to the side, even though the feedback is considerably less than anything else I've used, you still can't stand in front of it like the add claims. If you stand to the side of it you won't hear it as well, inspite of what the ads claim, you don't hear the same sound 180 degrees around it. IT has to be pointed towards you from either side, back, or front. We usually have them a bit to the side pointed 1/2 way between myself and the audience. We like to hear ourselves a bit louder then the audience usually does and this arrangement allows that. They are very lightweight, easy to setup and sound like a high fidelity stereo with lots of kick. They don't sound like a typical PA system. These are much cleaner, not as muddy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for small rooms with nice acoustic

I have done around 250 shows with this from small quiet venues to medium sized loud bars and a couple larger rooms. Performs well in quiet situations but when I try to drive it...Read complete review

I have done around 250 shows with this from small quiet venues to medium sized loud bars and a couple larger rooms. Performs well in quiet situations but when I try to drive it at halfway or better, I get feedback issues regardless of placement, EQ or signal strength going to the unit.
Very nice sound with a good mixer in quiet settings. A joy to lug around. Very Durable. I tipped it from 20 inches to tile floor on 2 occasions, once sent it end over-end and no damage. I play one room which is very quiet with high wood arching ceiling and the sound is great with no mixer.
The main issue I have is that the claims of little or no feedback do not hold up at all in my experience. I also find it pricey considering no reverb, limited EQ and the inaccurate claims regarding feedback. Generally, you need a mixer with this unit. Once again, I have never had it set to half or more without feedback.
Should have gotten the Fish-stick. I have friends who use them and they sound almost as good as well and provide nearly the coverage and has the EQ and reverb. The bose is not a good choice for medium to large loud bar-rooms. Still I will keep it as it so nice sounding as long as I use it within it's many limitations.

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5.0

This is simply the best system

By 

from Charlevoix MI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

    The sound is true. When set up you hear what the audience hears. As a single musician simplcity is greatly appreciated. If I choose to I can develop a more complex sound with the Tone Match one day...but my songs have alway been about the lyrics and honesty which comes across well with the L1 Compact. I replace a very nice PA with monitors and many sound options...and it still feel short of my L!....THANK YOU BOSE...always keep it simple and true.

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    5.0

    Excellent system for the solo musician.

    By 

    from Surfside Beach. S.C.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

      Great sound from a compact package. Easy to set up and go. Low's are controlled and highs are clean and clear. The name BOSE delivers expected quality.

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      5.0

      Perfect small system

      By 

      from Naperville, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

        This system works exactly as described. Perfect for small rooms that still need some sound reinforcement. The speaker column provides great coverage and you can literally stand right in from of it and not get feedback from the mic.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great for small rooms with nice acoustic

        By 

        from Southwest USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Transport And Set Up
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

        I have done around 250 shows with this from small quiet venues to medium sized loud bars and a couple larger rooms. Performs well in quiet situations but when I try to drive it at halfway or better, I get feedback issues regardless of placement, EQ or signal strength going to the unit.
        Very nice sound with a good mixer in quiet settings. A joy to lug around. Very Durable. I tipped it from 20 inches to tile floor on 2 occasions, once sent it end over-end and no damage. I play one room which is very quiet with high wood arching ceiling and the sound is great with no mixer.
        The main issue I have is that the claims of little or no feedback do not hold up at all in my experience. I also find it pricey considering no reverb, limited EQ and the inaccurate claims regarding feedback. Generally, you need a mixer with this unit. Once again, I have never had it set to half or more without feedback.
        Should have gotten the Fish-stick. I have friends who use them and they sound almost as good as well and provide nearly the coverage and has the EQ and reverb. The bose is not a good choice for medium to large loud bar-rooms. Still I will keep it as it so nice sounding as long as I use it within it's many limitations.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice, portable, light weight, easy setup

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        By 

        from Texas city, tx

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

        My band mate and I purchased two of these. The reviews on this are pretty accurate. This unit has a nice, stereo like, sound and delivers plenty of volume. I wish it had reverb. I replaced a Fishman Solo Amp with this and really regret not keeping both. The Fishman sounds great with an acoustic guitar and vocals which can be colored with Eq and reverb.
        Another feature for the Bose, that May not be apparent is that it records out of the rear RCA jacks perfectly. This Bose has wonderful pre amps and the volume is dead on without having to fiddle with it. We recorded a live show from the RCA outs on the back, into a ZOOM R-16, and had a nice recording that was pretty much what we heard coming from Front of the Bose. Very clean, full sound was recorded.
        I do think this system is a bit over priced. Giving it a simple reverb would make this a a much better piece of equipment at this price. When playing with Another guitarist/singer, we run two of these through a Behringer FX1622usb mixer. When I'm performing on my own I just bring one Bose, a Shure headset mic, Taylor 12 string and my iPad for drums and it sounds pretty good. Fills a medium room with sound. I've never had it higher then you see on the photo here.
        The Bose boasts about the spatial sound. It's not as spatial as they would like you to think. The sound does travel out and it maintains the volume but you do have to be standing in front, off to the side. I've tried behind me and have feed back unless I'm standing off to the side, even though the feedback is considerably less than anything else I've used, you still can't stand in front of it like the add claims. If you stand to the side of it you won't hear it as well, inspite of what the ads claim, you don't hear the same sound 180 degrees around it. IT has to be pointed towards you from either side, back, or front. We usually have them a bit to the side pointed 1/2 way between myself and the audience. We like to hear ourselves a bit louder then the audience usually does and this arrangement allows that. They are very lightweight, easy to setup and sound like a high fidelity stereo with lots of kick. They don't sound like a typical PA system. These are much cleaner, not as muddy.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING

        By 

        from Venice, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

          This unit is truly the best thing that ever happened for a solo performer. It really does carry in and set up in a few minutes. The sound is clear & crisp with plenty of power for most any club or indoor venue. Audience members both technically savvy and otherwise constantly comment about how great the sound reproduction.
          I had some concern about the lack of reverb on the vocal channel, but I solved that with a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic. Select the "club" reverb and dial the effects knob to about 10:30 and then I don't need to touch it for the entire gig (I leave "tone" switched off becasue the BOSE has it's own EQ function. I also leave pitch correction off since I don't need it. I use a SHURE Beta 58A for the vocal mic.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for what it is.

          By 

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

          I am a full-time musician who makes 100% of my living performing live music. I play acoustic guitar and sing cover songs at wine bars, resorts, casinos and cafes around the Seattle area. I started with a big system (2 12" speakers and a 12" monitor) then downgraded to smaller stuff (2 10" speakers) and finally settled on the Bose L1 Compact system after hearing great recommendations from my friends.

          I personally love it. It is not meant to be used for any type of recording but is meant for live music. I have to run a mixer to get EQ and reverb and experience the buzz other people have talked about. But overall, I love it and consider it a valuable tool in my arsenal. The towers make it easy to work around any environment and it's super light.

          I haven't compared this to the Fishman and Fender equivalents but I have had ZERO problems with this model so far. My only complaint is that I wish it was a little bit louder (buy the larger model if you need to compete with a drum-set). Overall, I love it though. Glad I bought it.

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          (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Good but lacks volume

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          from SC

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Feeds Back And Squeals
          • Pricey / Poor Value
          • Too Little Power

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Small gigs

          Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

          We set up an L1 system in a pub that had about 200 people to do a duo acoustic gig. Immediately patrons complained about not hearing us toward the back of the room. 200 people all talking at once make a LOT OF NOISE and this system is not powerful enough to be heard over it. We tried to turn it up but kept getting feedback so we packed it up and set up our traditional speakers on stands and 800W powered head and had no trouble after that. It's a good sounding system but only for quiet gigs. My verdict is that it is not worth the pricetag; you can buy a powered head and two speakers for the same money and get a lot more coverage. Yes, it's more to carry but it's all about the sound, right?

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It doesn't suck

          By 

          from new orleans, la.

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

            I bought this for a small home recording and practice setup. I was trying to replace numerous bulky speakers and other equipment. I've been trying to get smaller units to save space. I've had bose equipment before and liked it though it was more expensive than other pieces I've had, it was decent quality and most of it lasted for quite a while before I had to replace it, except for the ear buds. Out of three pair, none lasted a yr. without broken wires or some other problem. I digress. This unit does take up a lot less space, but doesn't give me the same volume I had. I'm getting a hum that I can't get out if I run a mixer to it, even using direct boxes and power conditioners. But no noise when I plug directly into it. It's still new to me, but not wild about it so far, except for the space saving factor. I'll keep experimenting with it and add to this review later. I will say that if I was only using it solo and had to travel with it, it would be a thousand percent better than dragging my current PA system around.

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            (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            nice sound but not loud enough

            By 

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Much Cheaper Alternatives
            • Not loud enough
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Areas With No Obstruction
            • Events
            • Small crowds

            Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

            This is a nice system by Bose. If you play/sing guitar or keyboard solo in small places, you probably want it regardless of my review. But you would do better with a 35 Watt Radio Shack PA and a pair of Kustom monitors for an eighth of the price. That is the comparison I made and by far, the Bose had a more elegant and hifi sound, but not near as loud or robust. When you have a large group of people indoors or with ceiling obstructions, the hi fidelity will not be noticed beyond the front of the crowd. Our school bought the Bose system and it is not sufficient for talent shows, public address, etc. in our gym where you have audience people mumbling or a mix of sitting standing audience. This is disappointing as the product does work well in smaller settings and I have heard it in restaurants, small weddings and such. But for over 50 or noisy crowds, I think you are better off with something more traditional which is likely to be cheaper. Could we get 2 Bose units, and maybe spread them out, yes. But for the cost, not a good option.

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