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  • Lightweight and portable
  • Professional quality sound
  • Two inputs
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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
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), 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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It doesn't suck

    By artphil

    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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      3.0

      nice sound but not loud enough

      By NotARockstar

      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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Super sound

      By Rockerduck

      from Marietta,GA.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bose L1 Compact System:

        Add a mixer and this beats the competition. Without a mixer its sounds good, with a mixer it sounds great.

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        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

          (19 of 19 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

              (11 of 12 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

                  (5 of 5 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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