New Line Array System Product From BOSE - The L1 Compact

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Cap

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Colleagues : I just received notice of this new product release not 5 minutes ago. As usual, they love to spring surprises.

The official name is: the " L1 Compact Portable Line Array System "

Before the rumor mill gets going in full swing, please hang on a bit and let me get inside The Mountain and see what it's really all about.

Again, I have no immediate details but hope to have something by this time tomorrow or as the details become available.
 

Dr.Rhythm

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So it looks like the actual array (high / mid frequency drivers) is pretty small. The extension poles just move the small array higher into the air. This compact model also has the bass frequency drivers integrated into the base. I see "DJ" listed a number of times in the literature but I don't see how this could provide equal sound to my 2 L1s and 4 Bass modules.
 

djrox

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So it looks like the actual array (high / mid frequency drivers) is pretty small. The extension poles just move the small array higher into the air. This compact model also has the bass frequency drivers integrated into the base. I see "DJ" listed a number of times in the literature but I don't see how this could provide equal sound to my 2 L1s and 4 Bass modules.
I empathize.
 

rfielder

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I am not sure if this is a typo, or an indication that the manual writer does not understand the terms involved, but....

On page 6 of the Owner's Guide, the following is found in the right hand column:

8. ⅛-inch stereo input – Balanced analog input for connecting audio sources such as portable mp3 players, satellite radio, laptop computers, video projectors, and smart boards.
Is the term "Balanced" misused here, given the stated sources intended for this input? I always understood that "balanced" and "stereo", although they used very similar connectors, were very different things.

On a related note, I see that all the documents demonstrate using both extension modules every time. There are no examples where only one extension is used. On page 5, the Owner's Guide states:
Note: The two L1® Compact Extensions are identical to each other. Either one can be used on the top or bottom, but if one extension is used, both must be used.
I would be curious to know why one can not use only one extension. Not that I can see a situation where this would be required, just curious.
 

polarsounds

In Self-Imposed Exile
I am always dubious of press releases issued on 4/1...

Of course, Ryan *did* actually purchase Mobile Beat Magazine, and I suspected that was an April Fools joke when the press release was issued.
 
I see a great ceremony, cocktails, remote room setup there.

I'm very interested.

...and when did you acquire your new title?
 

DJ Biff

ProDJ Sponsor
Bose Rep called me on the way home today and went over the details a bit.. I see it as the cocktail hour system, secondary room, ceremony system. Not made to have additional subs added to it has built in two channel mixer.
This will not replace your L1 system.

Cap is the specs man, I just get the info and pricing.
 

bjojade

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I am not sure if this is a typo, or an indication that the manual writer does not understand the terms involved, but....

On page 6 of the Owner's Guide, the following is found in the right hand column:


Is the term "Balanced" misused here, given the stated sources intended for this input? I always understood that "balanced" and "stereo", although they used very similar connectors, were very different things.
I saw the same thing. At first glance, it looked as though there was NO balanced connection. However, the specs state that the 1/4" connection is balanced. If the 1/8" connector is also a balanced connection, you will get some really weird results if you plug your MP3 player in there. The vocals will all but disappear. Most likely, it's a stereo summed input.
 

Cap

Always At Your Service
Colleagues : Some of this some of you aren't going to want to hear but it may impact your DJ business if there's an active BOSE dealer in your area as I am in mine.

This may be (I have yet to hear, touch, taste, and feel one so most presuppositions are pie-in-the-sky guesses) an ideal system to sell to banquet halls who offer on-site ceremonies and remote location cocktail hours.

This may be (I have yet to hear, touch, taste, and feel one so most presuppositions are pie-in-the-sky guesses) an ideal system to sell to restaurants who provide live soloists for the dinner music.

This may be (I have yet to hear, touch, taste, and feel one so most presuppositions are pie-in-the-sky guesses) an ideal system to sell to entrepreneurs who offer simple sound system rentals to customers who have small parties and wish to provide their own iPod/tape/CD events.

This may be (I have yet to hear, touch, taste, and feel one so most presuppositions are pie-in-the-sky guesses) an ideal system to sell to existing Li users who would connect this wirelessly to the far end of an elongated box-car like facility for some back-end fill in lieu of dropping $2300+ on another L1 Mod 1 or 2.

In terms of not being able to connect more B1s, the fact that the top end radiator consists of just 6 drivers (the L1 Model Classic, Model 1 and Model 2 have 24) probably renders additional B1 (remember B1s are passive which means the Compact does NOT have a second separate bass amp in it) as complete overkill.

Until I get my hands on one, all of this is pure speculation.
 
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bjojade

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The design and portability of the system does seem quite impressive. But don't expect more out of it than it can deliver. It's not going to fill a football stadium with sound.
 

Bob Dietrich

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Cap,

Please let us know your status with Bose. I know at one time you had noted you were no longer affiliated with Bose in any way, yet now it appears you are again a product rep...care to elaborate?

Thanks!! :)
 
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