L1® Compact system

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L1® Compact system

Bose L1 systems

L1® Compact system

  • Bose® Spatial Dispersion™ loudspeaker technology delivers sound evenly across the stage and throughout the audience—even to the extreme sides
  • Two ToneMatch® channels with fixed presets for a handheld microphone and an acoustic guitar
  • Integrated bass speaker in power stand
  • Two setup positions: collapsed for smaller spaces or extended for larger ones
  • Ideal for musical performances, mobile DJs, classrooms, business presentations and other events

The L1® Compact portable line array system: Carry it in one trip. Set it up in one minute. Fill the room with Bose sound.

The 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 our smallest, lightest, easiest-to-set-up L1® system, weighing just 13.3 kg.

Big sound. Small package.

Now you can have quality Bose sound for almost any gig, event or occasion. The L1® Compact system is small enough to fit in your trunk or back seat, and its innovative modular design makes set up easy and fast. You can arrange it in either a collapsed configuration for smaller spaces or a taller, extended configuration for larger ones. No extra gear to carry. No heavy speakers to hoist onto stands. No speaker cables.

A different loudspeaker

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 1S and II systems, but it produces comparable horizontal sound coverage. L1® Model IS and Model II loudspeakers project sound further with less dropoff of volume than the L1® Compact array.

Integrated system

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 customised ToneMatch® preset for a handheld dynamic microphone. The preset automatically optimises 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 customised ToneMatch® preset to optimise the sound of an acoustic guitar.

The L1® Compact system: audio performance, simplified set up and one-trip portability. Only from Bose.

Spatial Dispersion™ loudspeaker technology features six small drivers mounted at precise angles inside a slim, vertical enclosure. This proprietary Bose technology delivers nearly 180 degrees of horizontal sound coverage. Sound remains consistent even at extreme sides of the system.

Integrated mixer in the power stand provides one microphone XLR input on channel 1; channel 2 has one instrument input, one RCA stereo input and one 1/8" stereo input. Both channels have two-stage clip lights, volume controls and a customised ToneMatch® preset. Rear panel has one 6.35 mm balanced line output and one RCA stereo output.

Integrated power amplifiers in the power stand delivers clean, precise amplification for L1® Compact loudspeaker and bass enclosure.

PA and monitors are combined into one lightweight, highly portable system. Proprietary Bose technology enables the system to be positioned directly behind or to the side of a performer, eliminating the need for separate PA speakers, stage monitors and mixers.

Proprietary ToneMatch® presets optimise the L1® Compact system for a dynamic handheld microphone (channel 1) or acoustic guitar (channel 2).

Two unique setup positions, extended (199.5 cm H) and collapsed (41.8 cm H), let you tailor the system's sound coverage for the room or event. For larger audiences, use the included loudspeaker extensions to elevate the array. For smaller gatherings and meetings, leave the array in its slot on the power stand and place the system on a tabletop.

Durable, lightweight, interlocking components make the system very easy to transport, set up and break down. The power stand weighs just 11.2 kg, and the total system with loudspeaker and extensions weighs 13.3 kg. No speaker cables, stands or bass modules required. The entire system can be set up in a minute or less.




L1® Compact power stand w/loudspeaker array

  • Height: 41.80 cm
  • Width: 33.90 cm
  • Depth: 42.60 cm
  • Weight: 11.20 kg

L1® Compact loudspeaker array

  • Height: 40.80 cm
  • Width: 7.00 cm
  • Depth: 7.00 cm
  • Weight: 1.35 kg

Each L1® Compact extension

  • Height: 83.00 cm
  • Width: 7.00 cm
  • Depth: 7.00 cm
  • Weight: 1.50 kg

Collapsed position (assembled)

  • Height: 41.80 cm
  • Width: 33.90 cm
  • Depth: 42.60 cm
  • Weight: 11.20 kg

Extended position (assembled)

  • Height: 199.50 cm
  • Width: 33.90 cm
  • Depth: 42.60 cm
  • Weight: 13.30 kg

In the box

Included items

  • L1® Compact power stand
  • L1® Compact loudspeaker array
  • Power stand cord
  • Power stand/loudspeaker array slip cover
  • L1® Compact extensions
  • Extensions carrying bag



Does every musician need his or her own L1® system?

No. In some cases—for example, amplifying a larger group on a small stage—testing showed two or more musicians standing or sitting next to each other could share one L1® unit without significantly reducing the core benefits of the system.

In what types of venues can I use this L1® system?

L1® systems work well in small-to-medium size venues where the majority of live music and spoken-word performances take place-including clubs, cafes, auditoriums, gymnasiums and houses of worship.

Can the system be used as a traditional PA?

Yes. You can use this L1® system to replace conventional PA mixers and speakers.

What's the optimal placement for the system when using it in the collapsed position?

Place the system a few feet behind or right beside the performer or presenter, just as you would when it's in the extended configuration. In some cases it may be best to put the collapsed configuration on a table, so it's more aligned with the ear level of the audience.

Can the system be used outdoors?

Yes. The system can be used inside or out, but shouldn't be exposed to precipitation or extended periods of direct sunlight.

Can I add a T1 ToneMatch® audio engine in the future?

Yes. You can add the four-channel T1 engine at any time. To connect it to the L1® Compact system, you'll need a T1 power supply and an analog cable.

Where can I find more technical information and discussions about L1® systems?

Visit the L1® Systems Users Forum for extensive technical discussions, interactive tools, videos and other helpful resources for L1® systems.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vey good I bought this system two weeks ago, very happy. I went to my local dealer to check it out first, and was genuinely blown away at how good it sounded in such an open space. I do bits and bobs of DJ work, however it's main use will be domestic, it looks great, and blows out windows at home, nice.
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The L1 compact is cool I bought the L1 from the Bose shop Liverpool, for my son who plays classical/Spanish music, I sold a Roland AC90 to purchase why? Its so light, the tone is superb and don't be fooled when you try it at home that its not loud, my son has already used it for a Spanish evening with around 150 people present, he said it sounded great. I would recommend Bose L1 if you plan to gig and don't want tons of equipment to carry.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Stunning. Popped into my local music store (Professional Music Technology in Birmingham, UK) and was blown away by the L1 Compact's audio dispersion, quality and design. Lightweight and portable, I can finally do away with lugging old heavy cabs around to gigs. Thanks PMT and thank you Bose!
Date published: 2014-03-06
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