BOSE L1 Compact System - Review & Analysis

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DJ Ron Auger

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Cap said it all in his review so there's not much more for me to add except WOW! It was worth the time just being with Cap and Keith then throw in a trip to Bose to hear these babies, what a morning. I've got my two on order and can't wait.

I trusted my first purchase of the L1's without even hearing them just on Caps word. Not a sales pitch but his expert word. I would have purchased these in the same manner but hearing for myself I can now know it's well worth the money.

I'll have two JBL EON G2 10" for sale shortly.
 

jammindown

Chicago Mobile/Radio DJ
About how tall is the L1 compact vs the L1 Model I? Is it really taller than Model I?

Cap, you mentioned that the system is great as long as there are no obstructions in front of the speaker array. Is this system tall enough to go over the guests' heads, or would the system need to be raised even higher?

The L1 Compact is intriguing me, but I haven't been able to locate anyone with it here in Chicago yet to check it out firsthand.

What case would you suggest for the L1 compact?
 

DJ Ron Auger

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I don't have the exact hight, I'm sure Cap will come up with it but looking at them side by side on the stage at the Bose Mountain the other day, the compact with full extentions are only a few inches (maybe 2 at the most) shorter than the L1's. After looking closer and understanding my uses I would have no problem putting these up on a 1 or 2 foot riser if need be. But in most cases I wouldn't see the need for that.
 

Cap

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jammindown : If any thought is being given to the Compact system as a "save myself some money because it does the same thing" replacement as compared to the Model 1 or Model 2, it is strongly suggested you alter that thinking quickly because it will not!

While the Model 1 or Model 2 can be throttled down to duplicate the niche of the Compact, the Compact cannot be beefed up to keep up with the Model 1/2 to operate at 100 - 500+ person events...EXCEPT...it will completely provide total audible room coverage for pristine undistorted background music and voice presentation applications.

The covers/bags are included in the package and price.

Some regional corporate BOSE reps have a compact, however there are demoing to dealers, or in some cases, to the dealers while customer look on.

I am told that delivery to us dealers and then to customers is expected in mid to late May. I have ordered 12 and have a standing queue for 10 of them already.

My concern at this point in time is expectations of the uneducated.

Existing L1 owners? This Compact system will provide a little less than 50% of the loudness/volume of one L1 Model 1 or 2, 25% of the bass volume/response of two B1s, BUT almost 90% of the area coverage.

Never heard an L1 before? Be careful. The Compact is a great example of the psycho-acoustical nature of a precision designed line-array but cannot remotely be expected to perform at the levels or replace the Model 1 or 2.

I am awaiting my system and cannot wait to try some things that would utilize what I already own to perhaps augment them for a wider range of niches.

For example, I already have two PackLite amps and four extra B1s. The Compact has a 1/4" balanced/unbalanced output. Hmmm. 250 watts of extra bass from two 28 lbs enclosures?? Hmmm.

A portable off-the-shelf battery unit could power the Compact for 6 to 8 hours without electricity? Hmmmm.

A customer needs a sound system for their slide show projector? Laptop presentation? Needs a mic too? The Compact has them all-in-one. Be happy to rent the customer a Compact specifically for this purpose. Hmmmm. (Currently, I personally do not allow any wired interconnection or interfacing with customer/facility provided equipments to my gear except a wireless microphone.)

Working a railroad car shaped facility (e.g. 60' wide by 250' long)? Use the Compact at the other end as a wireless fill speaker. Sure will!

Working three rooms for one event? Compact for the ceremony. When it's done, pickup the 24 pound complete unit, take it to the patio/cocktail room, plug in you wall cord and music source and voila. I just bought a Dell mini-9 computer. With an 8gb solid state internal hard drive, it's going to open several more revenue generating ideas in conjunction with the Compact. Sure is going to be easier than doing it with a full sized L1.

The Compact can be used with the Tone Match Engine which among all its other functions, is a top notch high quality usb sound card. Hmmmmm.
 
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Cap

Always At Your Service
Sorry guys. If it could have been posted as a post, I would've preferred it that way. Seemed to be a rock and hard place so I took the rock route. Now it's a hard place as well. Too bad for everyone.
 

That Music Guy

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Yah , Got censured big time for posting a link to it (I guess using your sig in my post didn't sit so well with big head)
 
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bill_smith

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Hi guys, saw these last few remarks..

Insofar as I know and understand, gear reviews here are always welcome by anyone, and there is no standing policy to the contrary that is covered in our TOS unless it is disguised as a blatant "buy from me" which this clearly is not.

In fact, it's a damn good review.

So hopefully, you are referring to other places, not here.

Cap, I see no reason why you couldnt post the post in the thread here.

If you wish, I believe I can cut and paste the entire review material in the link to the opening post and make it simple as a courtesy to you for taking the time to educate everyone about these amazing products.

I'll be out this evening for a client meeting, but if you'll pm me, I'd be honored to take care of that for you tomorrow.

Best regards all.
 

jammindown

Chicago Mobile/Radio DJ
jammindown : If any thought is being given to the Compact system as a "save myself some money because it does the same thing" replacement as compared to the Model 1 or Model 2, it is strongly suggested you alter that thinking quickly because it will not!
Thanks, Cap. No, this would not replace my main speaker system. This would only be a supplement. I'm still interested in seeing this model when it becomes available in my area.

It seems like an ideal speaker for the ceremony because of its low profile. I really don't want to use my EON in such venues because a bulky speaker on a stand seems to detract from the atmosphere. The L1 Compact attracts me on its slimness and its more affordable price.

However, I was hoping that it would function as a remote speaker for cocktail functions as well (lightweight, quick to setup). I was concerned about your review regarding obstructions and necessary clean line of sight in front of the L1 Compact, thus I was wondering about the height and if it would clear people's heads. If this is indeed a problem, then I will just stick with my EONs.

I still haven't heard a party with the L1 Model I's either. I'll have to make a trip to one of the conventions sometime to check it out. I'm still quite happy with my JBL EONs for my main speaker system. Although the slimness of the L1's is very attractive, I'm not yet convinced to lay down $3000 for a system.
 

Jason Cathcart

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While I'm surely impressed by what these L1 systems do, and they do what they do exceptionally well, based upon the demo I saw I'd say their strengths are also their weakness.

Aunt Bessie can't go find a quiet corner in the room to chat with Gramma Ellie during the dance anymore because these things are so effective at sending sound to the entire room. Also - the subs don't produce anything remotely close to what I would call a suitable amount of bass for a dance - even stacked 4 high.

What I wish I could do is have these for cocktails, and a more standard speaker system for the dance portion of the event. Best of both worlds.
 

Cap

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jammindown : With the two extenders installed elevating the line array module, it's almost seven feet.

The top speaker of the six total is articulated up and the bottom speaker of the six total is articulated down.

If you had a room filled with nothing but NBA players and they were all within 3 feet in front, I'd be a tad concerned. Anything other than that scenario, you should be good to go.

I initially had a concern about the articulated up and down speakers bringing the floor and ceiling into the acoustical equation which all spherical speakers struggle with.

We (Ron, Keith, and I) had the absolute supreme pleasure of meeting with Cliff H, the brilliant acoustical designer/engineer who is the father of the entire L1 concept, design, and success. We put this and several other questions straight at "the man".

In short form, the up and down articulation of speaker 1 & 6 combined with the smaller power amp only effects the perceived point source in this particular line array design of the Compact. It does not light up the ceiling acoustically. The important factor is, to the listener, the sound seems to be emanating from several feet behind the actual speaker. That gives this small line array design its incredible dispersion with clarity.
 
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