For 17 years, Bose’s L1 PA systems have been trusted by singer-songwriters, bands and DJs to deliver high-quality audio to their audience. The brand hopes to further enhance its reputation for live performance with the unveiling of five new loudspeakers, including the three new L1 Pro systems accompanied by a choice of two subwoofers.
Bose says that this release “ushers in a new era of on-the-go” PA speaker solutions, with 180-degree horizontal coverage and pristine clarity and tonal balance. The L1 Pro8, Pro16 and Pro32 – with its Sub1 and Sub2 – feature a unique RaceTrack woofer design that provides an extended bass response as well as extreme portability. The L1 Pro range sports a modular design, making each system easy to pack, carry and set up.
EQ, reverb and phantom power are all built into the Bose L1 Pro’s multi-channel mixers, with Bluetooth streaming capabilities and ToneMatch custom EQ presets. Two combo XLR/quarter-inch phantom-powered inputs, quarter-inch and eighth-inch aux inputs are also included on each model. Rotary encoders offer control over volume, tone and reverb settings per channel, too.
The L1 Mix app gives users wireless control of mixer settings via phone or tablet to make adjustments onstage, or to walk the room and fine-tune the mix for their audience. Volume and tone settings can be altered with a constant real-time partnership between mixer and app.
Bose’s L1 Pro8 is the most portable of the bunch at 17.7kg and is ideal for intimate spaces and small venues – think coffee shops and small bars. Its C-shaped line array features eight articulated two-inch neodymium drivers and 180-degree horizontal coverage with wide vertical dispersion. This ensures that audiences get a pleasant listening experience whether seated, standing and even off to the extreme sides. An integrated 7×13-inch subwoofer features the aforementioned RaceTrack driver. You’ll be able to grab this for an RRP of £1,119.
The Bose L1 Pro16 weighs in at 24.4kg and is primed for DJs, singer-songwriters and small bands in medium-sized venues. Its J-shaped line array boasts 16 articulated two-inch neodymium drivers and 180-degree horizontal coverage that offers tight vertical control on top and wide dispersion on the bottom. The Pro16 features a 10×18-inch subwoofer, packing a bigger punch than the Pro8. Bose L1 Pro16 has an RRP of £1,845.
Last but not least, the Pro32 is touted by Bose as “the peak of portable PA”, weighing 13kg and accompanied by the Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers – weighing 16.1kg and 23.4kg, respectively. A straight line array on the Pro32 features 32 articulated two-inch neodymium drivers and 180-degree coverage with the most focused coverage pattern and highest SPL over distance in any L1 ever. The Pro32 is ideal for achieving supreme clarity in larger venues. Stack two Sub1 or Sub2 subwoofers for even more bass, or deploy Cardioid Mode for a focused, directional performance. The Pro32 with a Sub1 will cost around £2,769 or £3,111 with a Sub2.
The Bose L1 Pro portable line array systems are available now. For more information head to pro.bose.com/L1.
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