Bose L1 Compact System

Portable PA System with Compact Loudspeaker Line Array, Power Stand, Built-in 2-channel Mixer with ToneMatch Presets, and Included Carrying Bags
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The Perfect PA for the Singer/Songwriter

The Bose L1 Compact system joins extreme portability with phenomenal sound. At the heart of the speaker system is Bose's Spatial Dispersion loudspeaker technology. Its ability to deliver sound evenly, both across the stage and throughout the audience, makes the Bose L1 Compact an all-in-one monitoring system as well as a small- to midsized-venue PA — all while weighing in at only 29 lbs. And the integrated 2-channel microphone/instrument mixer on the rear of the Bose L1 Compact removes any need you may have for an external mixer.

All-in-one PA and Monitoring Solution

Thanks to Bose's Spatial Dispersion technology, one trip from the car to the stage ensures you'll have your full PA system and monitoring system in one hand. The Bose L1 Compact system has six small drivers inside a vertical enclosure — all positioned at precise angles. The result is nearly 180 degrees of even horizontal sound coverage. This delivers even sound dispersion across the whole range, including the audience or the stage. Instead of dialing in a stage monitor while wondering what the mix sounds like from the crowd, with the Bose L1 Compact, you'll always hear exactly what the audience hears.

Built-in mixer

On the back of the Bose L1 Compact power stand, you'll find a convenient 2-channel mixer. The first channel has an XLR input for your vocal microphone. The second channel has a 1/4" input for your guitar, plus stereo RCA inputs so that you can connect an iPod or a laptop to play backing tracks or music between sets. And these are Bose's elite ToneMatch channels. Bose has preconfigured presets for a vocal microphone and an acoustic guitar, so it'll sound great, with no tweaking necessary. You'll find that your vocals retain clarity and a full-sounding presence, while your acoustic guitar shines through with all the harmonic content and richness you enjoy acoustically.

Small, lightweight, and easy to set up

Apart from its excellent sound, maybe the best part about the Bose L1 Compact system is that it's easy to carry and set up. You won't need to call in help just to get the system into the gig, and you won't have to labor through tons of cable connections and audio-testing steps. Weighing just 29 lbs., the Bose L1 Compact is light enough for one musician to carry, and it sets up in under a minute. You can also choose between two setup positions, depending on the space you're performing in: a collapsed position for smaller spaces and an extended position to fill larger rooms.

Bose L1 Compact PA Speaker System Features:

  • All-in-one mixer, PA system, and stage monitoring system
  • Bose Spatial Dispersion loudspeaker technology delivers sound evenly across the stage and throughout the audience
  • 2 ToneMatch channels with fixed presets for a handheld microphone and an acoustic guitar
  • Integrated bass speaker in power stand
  • 2 setup positions: collapsed for smaller spaces or extended for larger ones
  • Ideal for musical performances, mobile DJs, classrooms, business presentations, and other events
  • Bose L1 Compact PA Speaker System includes L1 Compact loudspeaker array, compact power stand, and carrying bag

Additional Media

L1 Compact User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Speakers 7
Speaker Drivers 6 x Small Drivers, 1 x 8" Bass Speaker
Number of Mixer Channels 2
Number of Mic Preamps 1
EQ 2-band Channel EQ on Channel 1
Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4", 2 x Stereo, 1 x 1/8"
Outputs 1 x 1/4", 2 x RCA
Playback 1 x 1/8" Input, 2 x RCA Input
Enclosure Material Polypropylene 52290
Height 78.5"
Width 13.25"
Depth 16.75"
Weight 29 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 52290

Customer Reviews

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Great piece of gear !!

For a person playing solo gigs ... in his 60's - this unit is perfect ! Easy to use, light weight - sounds great. I recently played in a crowded, noisy bar and the Bose compact sounded great. I needed very little space to set up, used my Yamaha mixer, and dialed in a great sound for the room. The trick to these units is to eq your setup before your first gig, to get used to it a bit. But no stands, no monitors, no cables .... so nice for the small venues. And for a larger room - just add another speaker. As always - Sweetwater ships fast and on time.
Music background: Part time musician

Bose L1 Compact Incredible

For a 75 year old guy who has been packing around huge amps & PA Systems since I was 14, the Bose L1 Compact is absolutely incredible. It is an answer prayers. I am not only thrilled with it's light wt. and ease of handling, but the output for such small speakers is unbelievable. Thank you for making such a great PA for both vocal and instrument. Your Bose friend forever, Gary E. Huckaby
Music background: Semi Pro Musician, Western Swing Fiddle, 5 strg Mandolin & Lead Guitar.


This product is quality all the way. Fantastic sound. This system is so convenient and portable, it is just amazing. The only thing to be aware is that there are no built in effects, so you either need to play without effects, purchase the Tone Match, or do what I do; use a floor pedal such as Digitech vocalist 5 as a floor mixer/processor for sound effects. I've also used the Boss DS 20 as a vocal processor, and it's vocal effects are even more pristine to my ear (but it lacks guitar effects), but either unit works super well when combined with L1. Buy this Bose product without hesitation. Yes, it is pricey, but quality product is worth it as it really projects super sound.
Music background: Hobbyist, semipro musician

Simply the best

I purchased this sound system after a very long run with a Fender Passport 250. Used that till it literally died. Made the decision to upgrade and could not be happier with the Bose. It is every bit as wonderful as the reviews indicate. Absolutely silent and every sound is crisp and accurate. I use this at home with our regular music nights with my grand piano and have used it for music and speaking in large venues and it's worked flawlessly indoors and out. The ease of setup too is wonderful. I would recommend, however, investing in the ToneMatch system right away if you want any type of reverb on your vocals. I found the unit presets to be a bit flat, so the ToneMatch gets me extra places for mics and a great reverb. I bought the refurb unit on the ToneMatch and it was good as new. Forget everything else and get the Bose, you will never look back! Customer service from Sweetwater is the best there is!
Music background: Pro Musician, voice teacher

Who woulda thunk it???

IMPRESSIVE. That's the only words I have. The group played through the Zed to the 2 Bose compacts last night. Words just don't describe it. No One...No I mean NO ONE believed it was only 14 little speakers. You could hear the sound anywhere in the place and NO need for monitors which is what original started this quest. Was it a lot of money. Well of course but with the 18 month interest free and the ability to beat ANYONE ELSES PRICES I made the right choice. With the help of Dustin and the assistance of his wing man Tim while he was out, the anxiety was at a minimum as I was described every detail of what to expect from the response of the equipment I was going to get to the expected delivery to the door. Why I didn't leave Musicians friend years ago with this kind of personal attention to detail is beyond me. From the equipment that I received in my previous purchase that just didn't work out, the prompt return and refund, to the equipment that is me in a nut shell. Sweetwater wins hands down.
Music background: Local Venues, Lounges, Restaurants, Church

Sweetwater Advice

Matt Fawcett

As a singer/songwriter and a live sound engineer, the Bose L1 Compact is the perfect portable PA when I play out in coffee houses. My acoustic guitar sounds crisp and clear. Balancing my guitar and vocals is simple since it serves as both the monitor and mains - I can hear exactly what the audience hears! I can concentrate more on making great music and less on how it might sound to everyone else, because I know what everyone is hearing.
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