L1® Compact system

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  • 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

The L1 Compact portable line array system: Carry it in one trip. Set it up in one minute. Fill the room with Bose sound.

The L1 Compact system combines conventional PA and monitors into one sleek unit. Positioned behind or to the side of a performer, DJ or presenter, it delivers wide, even sound coverage throughout the stage area and audience—even off to the extreme sides. It's our smallest, lightest, easiest-to-set-up L1 system, weighing just 29 pounds.

Big sound. Small package.

Now you can have quality Bose sound for almost any gig, event or occasion. The L1 Compact system is small enough to fit in your trunk or back seat, and its innovative modular design makes setup easy and fast. You can arrange it in either a collapsed configuration for smaller spaces or a taller, extended configuration for larger ones. No extra gear to haul. No heavy speakers to hoist onto stands. No speaker cables.

A different loudspeaker

The L1 Compact system's slim loudspeaker distributes sound clearly and evenly throughout the room, thanks to Bose Spatial Dispersion technology. The speaker's unusual vertical shape makes it distinctly different from conventional PA speakers―and has a very positive effect on sound coverage. Even audience and band members off to the extreme sides hear the same clear, tonally balanced sound as those in front.

The L1 Compact loudspeaker array is smaller than those in L1 Model I and II systems, but it produces comparable horizontal sound coverage. L1 Model I and Model II loudspeakers project sound further with less dropoff of volume than the L1 Compact array.

Integrated system

With the L1 Compact system, you don't have to carry a separate amplifier, mixer or bass cabinet: They're already built in. The system's power stand includes an integrated bass speaker and amplifier, plus a built-in mixer providing a total of four inputs and two outputs.

Channel 1 is a microphone input with a customized ToneMatch preset for a handheld dynamic microphone. The preset automatically optimizes a handheld microphone's tone when used with the L1 Compact system. Channel 2 accepts up to three inputs at once, including a guitar, keyboard or other instrument, DJ mixer, MP3 player, laptop or projector. It features a customized ToneMatch preset to optimize the sound of an acoustic guitar.

The L1 Compact system: audio performance, simplified setup and one-trip portability. Only from Bose.


  • Spatial Dispersion™ loudspeaker technology features six small drivers mounted at precise angles inside a slim, vertical enclosure. This proprietary Bose technology delivers nearly 180 degrees of horizontal sound coverage. Sound remains consistent even at extreme sides of the system.
  • Integrated mixer in the power stand provides one microphone XLR input on channel 1; channel 2 has one instrument input, one RCA stereo input and one 1/8" stereo input. Both channels have two-stage clip lights, volume controls and a customized ToneMatch preset. Rear panel has one 1/4" balanced line output and one RCA stereo output.
  • Integrated power amplifier in the power stand delivers clean, precise amplification for L1 Compact loudspeaker and bass enclosure.
  • PA and monitors are combined into one lightweight, highly portable system. Proprietary Bose technology enables the system to be positioned directly behind or to the side of a performer, eliminating the need for separate PA speakers, stage monitors and mixers.
  • Proprietary ToneMatch presets optimize the L1 Compact system for a dynamic handheld microphone (channel 1) or acoustic guitar (channel 2).
  • Two unique setup positions, extended (78.5"H) and collapsed (16.5"H), let you tailor the system's sound coverage for the room or event. For larger audiences, use the included loudspeaker extensions to elevate the array. For smaller gatherings and meetings, leave the array in its slot on the power stand and place the system on a tabletop.
  • Durable, lightweight, interlocking components make the system very easy to transport, set up and break down. The power stand weighs just 25 pounds, and the total system with loudspeaker and extensions weighs 29 pounds. No speaker cables, stands or bass modules required. The entire system can be set up in a minute or less.



  • L1 Compact power stand w/loudspeaker array:16.5" H x 13.25" W x 16.75" D (24.6 lbs)
  • L1 Compact loudspeaker array:16" H x 2.75" W x 2.75" D (3.0 lbs)
  • Each L1 Compact extension:32.5" H x 2.75" W x 2.75" D (2.3 lbs)
  • Collapsed position (assembled):16.5" H x 13.25" W x 16.75" D (24.6 lbs)
  • Extended position (assembled):78.5" H x 13.25" W x 16.75" D (29.2 lbs)

In the box

  • L1 Compact power stand
  • Power stand/loudspeaker array slip cover
  • L1 Compact loudspeaker array
  • L1 Compact extensions
  • Power stand cord
  • Extensions carrying bag
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I bought this L1 Compact 4 years ago. I use it for everything. I can take it to my house in the beach, to my front porch, use it for my band´s rehearsals with a small mixer for 3 guitars and mics, in my living room, and to dance in parties. Very rugged, sound is very good. Has withstood the test of time. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My best investment so far as a DJ. I bought mine 2 years ago and it is still going strong. Heads turn when they hear the sound that comes out of these speakers. The base moves the floor and gets people up and dancing. I get compliments everywhere I go foe the quality of the sound and the amazement of its size. I mainly use mine for karaoke and everyone just loves how they're voices sound. I love my Bose.
Date published: 2016-02-28
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Accessories FAQs


Does every musician need his or her own L1 system?

No. In some cases—for example, amplifying a larger group on a small stage—testing showed two or more musicians standing or sitting next to each other could share one L1 unit without significantly reducing the core benefits of the system.

In what types of venues can I use this L1 system?

L1 systems work well in small-to-medium size venues where the majority of live music and spoken-word performances take place—including clubs, coffeehouses, auditoriums, gymnasiums and houses of worship.

Can the system be used as a traditional PA?

Yes. You can use this L1 system to replace conventional PA mixers and speakers.

What's the optimal placement for the system when using it in the collapsed position?

Place the system a few feet behind or right beside the performer or presenter, just as you would when it's in the extended configuration. In some cases it may be best to put the collapsed configuration on a table, so it's more aligned with the ear level of the audience.

Can the system be used outdoors?

Yes. The system can be used inside or out, but shouldn't be exposed to precipitation or extended periods of direct sunlight.

Can I add a T1 ToneMatch® audio engine in the future?

Yes. You can add the four-channel T1 engine at any time. To connect it to the L1 Compact system, you'll need a T1 power supply and an analog cable.

Where can I find more technical information and discussions about L1 systems?

Visit the L1 Systems Users Forum for extensive technical discussions, interactive tools, videos and other helpful resources for L1 systems. Visit the forum »




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