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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 lb.

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
  • 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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (29)
  • Compact (28)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Versatile (19)

Cons

  • Limited functions (8)
  • Pricey / poor value (6)

Best Uses

  • Performances (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (20)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (13)

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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(23 of 23 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.

    (21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love these units!

    By soundgod wannabe

    from Weatherford, TX

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    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!

      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great for small rooms with nice acoustic

      By gtunes

      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.

      (13 of 14 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.

          (11 of 11 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.

            (8 of 10 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

            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Bose L1 CO

            By rey rico

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Limited Functions
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

            The Bose L1 Compact is a great system in theory. The line array covers a large area and it's an easy set up. That's about the only positive things I have to say about it. Bose claims that there is no feedback which is a total lie. I can't place this system behind me (where it should go) because it feedbacks like a cat in heat. I have to place it to the side which in itself is a problem because drunk people seem to think it is a pole and this tower is flimsy and I'm afraid it will break. Speaking of breaking, I was playing my i phone through the XLR channel and it blew out. I was told that if the iPhone has the volume too high this could happen. That is just shotty craftsmanship in my opinion. A system that cost a grand shouldn't break that easily. I upgraded form a Samson Expedition 308 i and I regret doing so. The Samson was more sturdy and sounded just as good as The Bose for half the price. Fortunately Fender has come out with an array system for a lot lless than this overpriced piece of plastic.

            (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Its a Bose

            By JT3

            from Comumbus ne

            About Me Experienced

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            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

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Meets all expectations!

            By Lenny

            from Newburyport , Massachusetts

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

              I do one man shows at nursing homes, recorded music from an I-Pod & live voice using a microphone, the L1 compact meets all expectations.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice, portable, light weight, easy setup

              By deberney.com

              from Texas City, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              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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