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Bose L1/PS1 and B1 Single Bass Package

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Get added bass response and a warmer sound in addition to the revolutionary Personalized Amplification System family of products.

The complete Portable Line Array System family of products plus the B1 subwoofer system.

Bose L1 Portable Line Array System

This system brings full, natural sound to your performances and makes set ups and sound checks a breeze. The L1 Model 1 family of products puts the musician back in control of the music. Eliminates many of the common problems of conventional amplification while delivering uncommonly consistent sound for you and your audience. Bose includes L1 Cylindrical Radiator speaker, PS1 power stand, and R1 remote control.

System power: 250W to upper section, 250W to lower section. The Bose L1's unique design delivers a wide dispersion pattern with nearly 180-degrees of coverage that offers extended, even sound levels with no need for conventional monitors, amp, PA system, mixing console, or a tangle of cables. The PS1 Power Stand takes the place of those components, as well as being the mechanical support for the L1. It has 2 balanced mic/line and 2 unbalanced line inputs. Presets optimize the L1 for use with a variety of instruments and vocal mics.

The R1 Remote Control with 3-band EQ/volume control for each of the mic/line inputs and overall volume control for the system (inputs 1-4) make it easy to tweak your sound on the fly.

Bose B1 Bass Module

The Bose B1 Bass Module works seamlessly with the L1 Model I PA System to deliver the low-frequency impact you want through 2 high-output, high-excursion 6-1/2" drivers. It produces deep, strong bass for keyboards, kick drum, bass guitar, and other instruments that play in the baritone/bass range. Light and compact, strong bass is yours without the bulk and weight of traditional subwoofers. Connects to the L1 Model I Power Stand (sold separately) with a single cable.

FEATURES
Bose L1 Classic Personal Amplification System
  • L1 Cylindrical Radiator loudspeaker
  • PS1 power stand
  • R1 remote control
  • System power: 250W to upper section, 250W to lower section
Bose B1 Bass Module
  • Bass support for L1 Model I Cylindrical Radiator loudspeaker
  • 2 high-output, high-excursion 6-1/2" drivers
  • Light and compact
  • Connects to the L1 Model I Power Stand with a single cable
  • System power: 250W
SPECIFICATIONS
Bose L1 Classic Personal Amplification System
  • PS1 Power Stand: 26"W x 5"H x 26"D (12.7 x 66 x 66 cm), 35 lbs. (16kg)
  • L1 Cylindrical Radiator loudspeaker (top section): 3 1/2"W x 43"H x 4"D (109.2 x 8.9 x 10.5 cm), 14.5 lbs. (6 kg)
  • L1 Cylindrical Radiator loudspeaker (bottom section): 3-1/2"W x 43"H x 4"D (109.2 x 8.9 x 10.5 cm), 16.0 lbs. (7 kg)
  • R1 Remote Control: 2-4/5"W x 1-3/5"H x 5-3/5"D (4.0 x 7.1 x 14.1 cm), 0.6 lbs. (0.27 kg)
  • Total weight: 66.1 lbs. (29.27kg), not including carrying bags
Bose B1 Bass Module
  • Dimensions: 10-3/10"W x 15-3/10"H x 18"D (38.0 x 25.0 x 45.7 cm)
  • Weight: 28 lbs. (13 kg)
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4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

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I'm Very Happy...

After reading ALL the reviews and with some trepidation, I bought the BOSE L1/PS1 with B1. I can honestly say it fits my needs perfectly and I would not trade it for anything.I...Read complete review

After reading ALL the reviews and with some trepidation, I bought the BOSE L1/PS1 with B1. I can honestly say it fits my needs perfectly and I would not trade it for anything.I perform as a solo, duo and band in Tokyo area of Japan. Many venues have their own sound production, but for those that don't this system is perfect (specially the many VERY SMALL venues here). Also I can pack the entire system in the back seat of my Toyota compact sedan with trunk and front seat to spare.OK - how does it work/sound. I found mic placement can be an issue but (by the book) 45 degrees off the centerline works great to totally defeat feedback even at high level of input and master volumes. Once you figure it out it really is "hands off"...something I cherish with no trusted "sound man" in the room.I don't like the limited ability to use/input effects, but I've managed to work around with small effects units direct in. Not sure why Bose did not provide some basic built-in effects, but the presets and overall system does sound very nice even without.Also BOSE did not do anybody any favors with the basically non-existant product support manual. Much exploring/experimenting is required to get full potential of options available in how you can use this system. Their web-page had a good Q&A section and advice/experience from other users. Last week I used it in an acoustic duo setting in a 200-300 capacity club. 2 Beta Shures in line 1 & 2 presets, keyboard in line 3 and the line out from my VOX Valvetronix/Taylor 414CE combo (yes...that's right, and it sounds beautiful!!)in line 4 -- it was an awesome performance -- clear and distinct notes, chords and vocals easily heard in every corner of the room without overpowering table conversations. Single B1 bass pod covered the keyboard's low notes very well.I am sure there will always be naysayers and budget may be an issue for some. Yes, you can buy cheaper systems, but if you need to produce your own sound with a high level of confidence and quality I would highly recommend the BOSE.

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Joe from SF

I have been in pro audio since RCA started. Well not quite that long--but I had to try these "new design speakers/amp/mixer". Fine for a solo piano or...Read complete review

I have been in pro audio since RCA started. Well not quite that long--but I had to try these "new design speakers/amp/mixer". Fine for a solo piano or folk guitar, but put anything louder than that into the inputs and the limiter is on in a flash. Now a line array is by defination a "high Q" (narrow or controlled dispersion) system. This is to "shoot" the sound to the back of the room without killing the folks in front. Somehow--Bose advertises these as "wide dispersion" "direct reflecting" speakers. Well Audio 101 and my SPL meter show that these are high Q (except for the sub---if you want to call it a sub---omni directional LF--just right for echo echancement). In short--this is a good system for those who can afford it and don't play too loud (bands etc). I DO THINK ITS OVER PRICED. Thats why we have E-bay.

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5.0

Bose Brilliance

By L. Pass. Professor of guitar Berklee College

from Boston, MA

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I love my Bose L1/PS1 and B1 Single Bass Packages. I have 2. They are brilliant. Getting your live sound exactly the way you want it 7 putting that power back in the hands of the players is a dream come true. I wouldn't mind a little on board reverb & eq controls for channels 3 & 4 but in a live space, the natural amplification of how my guitar & vocal sound is the most comfortable I've ever experienced.

 
4.0

Excellent idea with a lot of complaints

By LatinMusicLover

from PR

This PA System it's excellent for one musician (not two), vocalist, duo, or party clowns, also for speech or instrumental music. In my case, I need more power in the speakers, because our style is Latin Music and sometimes the party is over with a lot of people dancing, singing and they want more volume and BOSE system show me red light blinking in my mixer/remote control saying "sorry I can't". Ughhh! I hate this, probably I need to buy another one, but I don't want to waste my money because I need to pay additional $2000 for a second system that probably if I use an active speaker like Mackie SRM-450 I can obtain what that I'm looking for.

 
5.0

Unbelievable!

By KJ-FZhbf

from Grand Rapids

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Our band was looking to downsize our PA system for sometime. Against my vote we purchased this the bose system and are very pleased with the quality of the system. Based on looks you would never think you could get that much sound out of it. I would encourage anyone looking for quality sound that you get set up in 5 minutes to consider this system.

 
5.0

Bose PAS system will pay for itself

By C Bell

from Blakely, GA

I have an acoustic/electric duo that converted to the Bose PAS system (2 L1/PS1 with dual B1's) last summer from JBL Eon system. My partner and I were skeptical at first because of the "radical" design and stage setup (what !...no floor monitors !!....you set them up where !!)Once we got through the initial break in stage we found that the Bose PAS system has superior sound quality and versatility for different venue sizes. You MUST be careful of signal levels through the whole signal chain or sound quality will suffer. Also, stage placement is critical or feedback will occur. Once we got everything worked out, our music has taken on a new dimension. Vocals are crisp, guitars and keys are rich, low end is solid and smooth as silk. We are getting more compliments now on our sound from clients than ever before.Our overall sound is loud and full, but not overbearing. This is perfect for our market(wedding receptions, private parties, small clubs)This is not a muscle PA System...it is a finess system that requires proper setup and GOOD MUSICIANSHIP ! Your audience will hear everything .....including the good and bad. It would be nice if Bose could lower their price some though....on the other hand, our system has paid for itself several times over in quality, good paying gigs.

 
5.0

Best investment made in Sound equipment!

By ng718

from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

The sound is crisp and clear. The dynamics are awesome from the front of the room to the back. I regularly play for a crowd of 200 to 500 folks. Without a doubt my audience noticed the difference immediately. Product sales have tripled. Set up is easy, I highly recommend the system to all. If I had to note a negative, it would be the fact that the system does not come with effects of any consequence. I add a small vocal and guitar effects mixer (alexsis 150) and I'm groovin.

 
2.0

Joe from SF

By Jeff Beck Wanna B Joe

from Indiana (from SG CA).

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I have been in pro audio since RCA started. Well not quite that long--but I had to try these "new design speakers/amp/mixer". Fine for a solo piano or folk guitar, but put anything louder than that into the inputs and the limiter is on in a flash. Now a line array is by defination a "high Q" (narrow or controlled dispersion) system. This is to "shoot" the sound to the back of the room without killing the folks in front. Somehow--Bose advertises these as "wide dispersion" "direct reflecting" speakers. Well Audio 101 and my SPL meter show that these are high Q (except for the sub---if you want to call it a sub---omni directional LF--just right for echo echancement). In short--this is a good system for those who can afford it and don't play too loud (bands etc). I DO THINK ITS OVER PRICED. Thats why we have E-bay.

 
5.0

No stands, no monitors, no problems

By The Pool Boys-2yK8.

from Oscoda, MI

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I was initially apprehensive to throw away everything I thought I knew about live sound, but I was wrong. This thing can rock and be clean. I play in a duo that uses sequences. We use two of them to produce a stereo sound and it sounds unbelievable. No EQ needed.I'm big on effects for my voice. When I play my solo show, I use nothing but the presets. It's truly unbelievable. The only down fall I've found is that sometimes I would like effects and the effect loop is weak due to the mono reproduction.

 
5.0

Great Investment for your audience

By Three Down Dave-cTkUf

from Towson, MD

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I recently bought this system and used it on stage immediately. It is a simple set up, simple break down unit with excellent and musician-friendly engineering. The sound is superb. I received compliments from my audience and other artists who commented on the incredible quality of the sound. Down side is that it is expensive and has no on-board effects such as reverb or chorus. Bose should definitely wake up on this one and add a few fundamental effects that accompany nearly every amplifier and/or sound system of modest quality. That is the reason for my lower rating on "features". But if you play a lot and require a superior sound with simplified set up, this system is your answer. Just save your tips carefully to pay for the joy of using this product.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Anyone who doesn't like this system just doesn't know what they are doing. Time to learn about audio or gain staging or let a qualified soundman set it for you. Sure, this system isn't for *everybody* but it is perfect for most of you gigging musicians out there. The sound is smooth and accurate and eliminates monitor pockets. Expression increases and patrons stay longer so venue owners are happier = more gigs.

 
5.0

unbelievable sound

By guitars 53

from Boone, North Carolina

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After years of playing through conventional pa systems, upon trying the L1 I felt as though I had moved up from a volkswagon to a cadillac. I'm a gigging singer/songwriter, and the first night that I used the L1 system, I couldn't believe how well I could hear my guitar and vocal,and was totally amazed by the sound quality. My martin guitar sounded beautiful run straight in with a matching preset, and with a small effects processer, the vocal reproduction was top-notch. Buy this system, it's well worth the money!

 
5.0

Bose Single Bass Package

By 2gX_P6t-P

from Lubbock, TX

I have heard it with a buddy in the Texas Tech University Jazz Ensemble. This thing puts out presence really good. It is another fine product from Bose and at the price, if I was a Bass player, this would be a must have for me.

 
5.0

So far so good

By wannaby groupy

from Fort Myers, Florida

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I got the bose system as a gift, and have used it in 2 gigs and 3 rehearsals, and for the first time, my vocals are clear, my guitar isn't muddy, the little articulations aren't lost in the mix and everyone can hear. at the gigs the stage looked alot better with no clutter, we're using 2 of the Bose L1/PS1s and 2 B1's as well as a senheisser wireless guitar and a shure vocal hand held wireless drums and a bass, and the only thing on the stage with my band, is the drum set in the middle the 2 bose systems on either side and the bass monitors next to the drummer, it looks professional and soudns clean, worth every penny. First PA system that I have ever used that didn't rely on an hour of set up and sound checks. Only prblem is there is no built in effects which would be nice to have some reverb, but i'll live. great buy!

 
5.0

Great System/2 year user

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been using this system for about two years. When I first purchased it, I was in a four member band where each member had their own system. This is how it was truly designed to be used. In smaller venues you can share two systems. It's important to use the appropriate amount of subs for each application. I have up to four,depending on the gig. As for some of the problems I have read, if the LED's on the base glow red, you need to adjust your trim. If you are blasting yourself out and your six feet away you need to turn down. The audience hears what you hear. I have used it to amplify my drumkit, vocals, and DJ work. I've pumped my drumkit through this system at an outdoor show and a cheezy camcorder in the back picked up every note of my kit. It's crazy how it disperses sound throughout a venue. Whether your a couple of feet from the speaker or in the back row, you virtually hear the same sound. Your right, its not for everyone and it won't shake the tiles from a floor. It was designed to deliver a performance with clarity, as long as you are feeding quality instruments into it. Use good vocal mikes, Beta 58, Audix OM5 for example. If your trying to feed a whole band through this baby and expect to rock the house, forget it. Return and get something you can afford. The Bose Forums are great!

 
2.0

Not for confined places

By Gatekeep

from Ma.

I bought two of these things and there alright if you have enough room for the sound to spread out but in most of the places that we play we have very limited elbo room. Also the bass mod. Is worth next to nothing. I returned them.

 
5.0

Not Quite Completely Different

By Dan-1pKbe

from Chico, CA

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I'm a semi-pro (pro on the attitude, semi on the income) sound engineer with about a decade of experience, and a country-folk singer-songwriter with three times that. I have about four or five levels of configuration of conventional PA gear. The PAS intrigued me because of the Bose reputation and the promise of something better. I've used it now for about six months, primarily at a weekly open mic for 15-30 performers in a 60-seat coffeehouse.It's not perfect. You still have to watch your levels and tune it in, but when it all comes together, NOTHING sounds as clean and natural as the PAS. One week I had car trouble and had to bring a crude Radio Shack PA amp to run through the pretty good house speakers. The barista commented that it just wasn't the same, and he's there every week.It was really strained at a memorial for a bluegrass artist at which I had numerous acoustic inputs that kept changing in close proximity to the column. Feedback is an issue. Good mics, careful layout, and listen!This is an awesome technology in a durable package, but don't expect to set-and-forget. Tune it in and stay on top of the result. Multiple inputs or effects require a front-end mixer.Bottom line: no regrets. Premium price; premium product.

 
4.0

Great Sound... Small complaint

By MGD (Middleton Griffin Duo)

from Evergreen, CO

I'm really blown away by the sound quality of this product. The only big complaint I have is the lack of effects. How many people play live without at least reverb??? Not many. One of the major selling points is that there is less gear to worry about. It's really not much less than a standard setup because in order to make this type of setup work well, you really need to bring along a mixer and effects processor. I would have given a 10 if Bose would have at least included basic effects or had incerts on each channel for effects instead of having to use 1 of the 4 channels for effects return.

 
5.0

Great Sound for a Duo

By Chris-iAvFS

from Buford, GA

I play in a duo with live acoustic and 2 vocalists plus one input for backing tracks. The Bose system is astounding. Awesome. Small restaurants love our full, yet not loud sounding performance. I have been doing this 20 years and the BOSE system is worth every penny. Vocals are clear and crisp. Full range of sound. Amazing.

 
4.0

Awesome sound but with limitations

By Joe Durt

from Maineville Ohio

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I have been gigging with this unit for about 3 months now.Awesome sound. I have recieved numerous compliments upon the clarity,eveness of sound and overall performance of this system from many of my clients in several different kinds of venues.I run a Rainsong WS100 guitar and my vocals with an EV-767 in channels 1 & 2 with processors via the insert. Then I run my side man's mandolin and vocals through a sub mixer into the 3rd channel.It works very well but I find it frustrating to have to use an additional sub mixer so that I can use processors on channels 3 & 4. That also entails hauling more gear.It would have been nice if they had incorporated inserts for channels 3 & 4 or at least had an overall send and return.Other than those few minor descrepencies..I'm extremly happy with it.Online and live product support from Bose is the best I have ever encountered of any product in any category. Those guys are are knowelegable, extremely approachable and concerned to really help you out.The best advice I can offer is to use a really good quality mike with a tight pattern.Like the old saying goes.. If you put junk in, you'll get junk out.

 
5.0

LOVE IT

By Trinity ftL

from Michigan

When I first played on the Bose PA system I was blown away. No this is not the system for heavy screamo music but I don't play that type. This is great for the acoustic guitar (especially for my taylor) and also rocks for vocals. The bass and electric also sound really good on this system. Bose is way ahead of it's class. I don't like to play at gigs without it. I play at a church and they have a sweet sound system but I would rather play with the Bose because of how portable it is. It is well worth the money!

 
3.0

Needs Better Development

By HorizonBlueBand

from CLIFTON, NJ

Everyone knows that Bose makes great speaker products, but I don?t think they understand the musician, yet. They suggest that you play in front of the L1, but after just 45 minutes of practice I was going deaf. The setup just isn?t practical. Before I could suggest the L1 to anyone Bose would need to include a monitor, improve the input options, and add just a few effects. For the price I don?t think that?s too much to ask. For now I?m sticking with a good PA system.

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