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Bose L1 Compact Amplification PA System

Part of the award winning portable L1 PA system Range

Written by

Ollie Mason

The Bose L1 Compact is the latest addition to the excellent Bose L1 family. On the bigger Bose Model 1 & Model 2 systems, the bass bins are separate to the main speaker system, but in the L1 Compact the bass bin has been cleverly integrated into the stand. The L1 Compact is about half the power of the Model 1 & Model 2 system, but by using the excellent line array speaker technology, the L1 Compact system will still happily produce live music in small venue (typically up to a max of 100-150 people depending on the sort of noise you want to make!).

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A Compact Line Array System

The line array technology used in all the Bose L1 systems ensures that the volume of the speaker doesn't drop off so much as you move further from the speaker. This means the overall volume of the system does not need to be that high to reach the back of the venue. The other advantage with the L1 systems is that you can stand in front of the speaker column, with your microphone & experience virtually zero feedback problems. So not only is the Bose L1 Compact the most portable system we know of, it also removes the need for separate stage monitoring too!

A Versatile Design

There are so many uses for the Bose L1 Compact. Whilst most people will use this as a small live PA system, it's also excellent as an acoustic guitar amp, a keyboard amp, an electronic drum amp*, and for presentations. (* please note that for electronic drums we would only recommend the L1 Compact as a home use or rehearsal amp). Because the L1 Compact can be set up at 3 different heights you can always have the speaker section exactly where you want it - floor level, waist level or head level. And with a simple 2 channel mixer (1 mic input + 1 guitar/line input) built into the stand, you may not need anything else to start using the Bose Compact L1 system!

We think the Bose L1 Compact looks great too - it really does look cool enough to have set up at home without being moaned at for making the place look untidy!

Super Portable - Great Sound - Easy to Use - Amazing Price. Nuff said!


  • 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

See reviews for the L1 Compact Further down this page!

Here's what Bose say about the L1 Compact

Low weight, high portability
The smallest, lightest member of the L1 portable line array system family, readily carried from vehicle into venue in one trip.

Fast, easy set-up
Ready for use in under a minute, with convenient flexibility of configuration and placement and no untidy speaker cables.

Everything built-in
Combines line display, bass speaker, amplifier and tone processor in a single unit, eliminating the need for a separate PA, monitor, bass unit or mixer.

Wide, even sound coverage
Spatial Dispersion; speaker technology provides near-180 horizontal coverage, with virtually uniform sound across the stage and throughout the audience area.

Advanced processing for tonal accuracy
Two output channels with ToneMatch preset ensure optimum sound for a handheld microphone and an acoustic guitar. Compatible with the T1 ToneMatch audio engine for extensive additional tone-shaping possibilities.


L1 Compact power stand w/loudspeaker array
16.5"H x 13.25"W x 16.75"D ( 41.8 cm x 33.9 cm x 42.6 cm )
24.6 lbs (11.2 kg)

L1 Compact loudspeaker array
16"H x 2.75"W x 2.75"D ( 40.8 cm x 7 cm x 7 cm )
3.0 lbs (1.35 kg)

Each L1 Compact extension
32.5"H x 2.75"W x 2.75"D ( 83 cm x 7 cm x 7 cm )
2.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

Collapsed position (assembled)
16.5"H x 13.25"W x 16.75"D ( 41.8 cm x 33.9 cm x 42.6 cm )
24.6 lbs (11.2 kg)

Extended position (assembled)
78.5"H x 13.25"W x 16.75"D ( 199.5 cm x 33.9 cm x 42.6 cm )
29.2 lbs (13.3 kg)

Magazine reviews of the L1 Compact system

'..the L1 Compact is a no-brainer and is a very appealing purchase for any technophobe musician who requires affordability, portability, ease of use, reliability and amazing sound quality for small to intermediate size venues.'

Mark Tucker - Acoustic Magazine

'I liked the L1 Compact, I'm seriously thinking about buying a pair, and if you are in the market for a compact PA for smaller venues, I think you ought to get down to your local Bose dealer and take a long hard look at one.'

Bob Thomas - Performing Musician Magazine

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