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Bose L1 Personal PA

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Chris C
Nov 25, 2009 5:09 PM GMT

Some years after this radical system first became available, I'm wondering if any one is still using these and how they are working. I have often wondered how they work with a typical small Drum Bass Guitar Harp/Sax Vocals setup.I could imaginethem working greatfor a micing up a small amp. They could be great for a working band/duo doing small gigs.

For those that dont know the system.

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Nov 25, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
sgsax Replied:

I know a piano player here who has a jazz trio and swears by it. I've heard him use it a couple of times. Pricey, like most Bose products, but amazing sound quality. Also like other Bose products, it doesn't seem like sound that good should come out of a package like that.

Nov 26, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Bose has a user forum.

If you go down into instruments/other instruments there are several threads about setup, issues, experiences with using harp through L1 systems. Very interesting.

I think Larry "Iceman" Eisenburg is a L1 user. He posts on harp-l frequently. Could do a search in the archives to review his posts.

Nov 27, 2009 6:55 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

I played through one of these a couple of weeks ago at a gig. I was quite impressed by it. I don'tthink it's neccessarily worth the price tag though, when compared to other PA gear of a similar spec.

I'd probably still go for a 6-8 channel mixer amp and 2 smallish cabs with stands if i was looking for a PA. Just because I think it represents better value for money.

Nov 30, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Kingley? Did you lineout/mic a amp into it or mic straight in?

The thing they tout for the L1's is the balanced stage sound and levels. Could you hear yourself and/or others any better or differently?


Dec 01, 2009 4:56 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

Hey Moose,

lots of interesting info in the bose user forum. Some of it may be a bit old but v interesting anyway. Thanks for the link.

Dec 01, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

I miced my Princeton Reverb into it. It sounded good and I could hear everybody. To me the sound wasn't an better than a normal mixer amp and cabs PA set up. It just looks funkier!

Over the years I have played through quite a few Bose PA systems and have never heard any signifcant difference to any other PA equipment.

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