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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Bose L1 Compact is CLUTCH!

I use the L1 Compact to do wedding ceremonies or couple it up for a small venue reception. The sound quality is superb and exceptional. Bose does it again!
Music background: DJ

Bose L1 Compact and T1 ToneMatch Solution

For small gigs, this setup is completely amazing. I used for a beach wedding of 60 including the reception after three days after I received it, and I was blown away by the simplicity of transport and setup combined with the superior sound quality. This is particularly great for musicians that are not good audio engineers.

A Perfect Fit

The Bose L1 Compact system is light-weight and easy to transport. The "you can set this up in a minute" is an exaggeration ... it only takes 45 seconds! Since 2Late is a duo (two guitars and two vocals), we have to front the system with a mixer. For small gigs, we've used a Zoom R16 recorder to add reverb. For larger gigs, we use our pedal boards running through a Mackie 12-track mixer. In both cases, the system sounds great. We don't need a monitor; we get the same sound the audience does. The detail and warmth of the system beat the Yamaha PA/JBL speaker combo we've used for nine years hands down.
Music background: Performer, Songwriter


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

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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