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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Even Better Than I Expected

I have been sniffing around the Bose L1 Compact System for a while. All the reviews were great. If I needed a PA I probably would have bought the Bose sooner but my old PA worked fine. A big deciding factor for me was the lightweight and ease of setting up....and new lower sale price of only $849 (plus $424 for the Tone Match). I played my first gig with the new PA last Friday. Set up was a breeze and I was overwhelmed with compliments. I never sounded as good as I did last Friday. The most amazing feature is how the Bose L1 Compact sounds the same wherever you are in the room. No dead spots or areas in front of the speakers that are too loud. The Tone Match is a must have. Great technology. Easy to use. Greatly enhances overall balance and sound quality. I should have done it sooner.M
Music background: Solo and Duo Performer


I purchased the L1 Compact for shows as a solo jazz guitarist and singer. I am also the worship leader at my church and have used it twice during service. We are running our drums, bass, piano, keyboard, guitars, and all vocalists through a mixing board and into the L1 compact with no other speaker configurations or monitors. It is nothing short of astounding. It sounds better than our large speaker configurations and works much better than floor monitors. The worship band and congregation have raved about how much better everything sounds.
Music background: Pro Musician

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

Bose L1 - Excellent for small/medium keyboard/vocal gigs

If you don't want to take the word of people you don't know, find some way to go hear the L1 line. You might think the Compact isn't enough for you, but you will be impressed. Some people don't like the Bose line, but it's a subjective taste. I get positive comments on how well the audience can hear without being blown away in the front row. I'm loving this system!
Music background: Worship Leader, Videographer

Light weight Large Sound very small foot print

To be honest I took a chance. I knew if I wasn't satisfied Dustin at Sweetwater would to what he had to to ensure I was satisfied. I was tired of carrying heavy equipment in and out of gigs. I purchased 2 as some of the places are 200+ people and I wanted to get that true chorus swirel from my Taylor. I was able to TOTALLY ELIMINATE MONITORS!!. It is true what they say, "There isn't a bad seat in the house with the Bose sound". I did not go with the T1. For the T1 price I was able to go with the ZED 10FX which offered more inputs, effects and the ability to studio record directly through USB.
Music background: Pro Musician

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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