Bose Professional has announced the L1 Pro line-up of portable line array systems, claiming ‘next-level advancement of a PA category invented by Bose 17 years ago with the release of the original L1’.

The three new L1 Pro systems are aimed at singer-songwriters, mobile DJs and bands – the L1 Pro8, L1 Pro16, L1 Pro32 with a choice of two subwoofers, and the accompanying L1 Mix app.

Bose Pro L1 Pro portable line array systemsOffering 180° horizontal coverage, the L1 Pro8, L1 Pro16 and the Bose Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers use a unique RaceTrack woofer design that provides extended response and less bulk, making the subwoofers easier to transport, carry, and fit onstage. Built-in multichannel mixers offer EQ, reverb and phantom power, while Bluetooth streaming capabilities and access to the complete library of ToneMatch custom EQ presets, allows performers to play with recording-studio tonal quality.

The ultra-portable L1 Pro8 addresses intimate spaces; the portable-with-punch L1 Pro16 is designed for use in small-to-medium spaces; and the peak-performance L1 Pro32 is for entertaining large audiences. With a modular design, each system is easy to pack, carry and set up.

‘The new L1 Pro family gives users an ideal balance of performance and control on stage and portability everywhere else,’ says Bose Professional Portable PA Category Manager, Craig Jackson. ‘We took what our customers loved about the original L1 systems and focused on making improvements in almost every dimension. The L1 Pro family delivers more output and bass extension than ever before and doesn’t compromise on portability. We’ve expanded the I/O and integrated ToneMatch technology allowing users to quickly optimize the sound of their instruments and microphones. And with our new L1 Mix app complete control of all mixing functionality is available from your mobile device.’

The Bose L1 Pro portable systems are complimented by the L1 Mix app, placing complete wireless control in the hands of users for on-the-fly tweaks via controls that are both intuitive and instant. Performers can adjust mixer settings via phone or tablet from the stage, or even walk the room, hear how the mix sounds, and fine-tune on-the-go. Level and tone settings can be changed in the app as well, with users able to watch the LED encoder move to match – the mixer and app are always in sync, in real-time.

Bose Pro L1 Mix appThe L1 Pro8 weighs in at 38.9lb pounds (17.7kg), with its C-shaped line array employing eight articulated 2-inch neodymium drivers for 180° horizontal coverage with wide vertical dispersion, allowing audiences to hear clearly whether seated or standing, and off to the extreme sides in small to medium venues. Its integrated 7-inch × 13-inch subwoofer features a high-excursion RaceTrack driver whose performance rivals a conventional 12-inch woofer in a smaller footprint

The L1 Pro16 balances power and portability, offering a streamlined system with high output and extended low frequency. At a weight of 53.7lb (24.4kg), it is suited to use by DJs, singer-songwriters and small groups performing in small-to-medium sized venues clubs and bars, with users benefitting from portable system that offers extra room in a vehicle and on stage, alongside expanded bandwidth.

Its J-shaped line array features 16 articulated 2-inch neodymium drivers; 180° horizontal coverage, tight vertical control on top, and wide dispersion on the bottom, covers audiences whether set up on the floor, an elevated stage, and off to the extreme sides in medium-to-large venues. Iits integrated 10-inch × 18-inch subwoofer features a high-excursion neodymium RaceTrack driver.

The L1 Pro32 weighs 28.8lb (13.0kg). The Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers weigh 35.5lb (16.1 kg) and 51.7lb (23.4 kg) for DJs, singer-songwriters and bands performing in medium-to-large-sized venues and at events such as weddings and festivals. Its straight line array, features 32 articulated 2-inch neodymium drivers giving 180° horizontal coverage. It pairs with the Sub1 or Sub2 powered bass module via a single-cable and SubMatch connectivity is included for both power and audio. Two Sub1 or Sub2 subwoofers may be stacked for more bass, or used in Cardioid Mode for directional performance that negates rear-firing bass energy, steering the bass out front, and reducing feedback

Each L1 Pro system features a built-in mixer, allowing creators to connect various instruments, microphones and other sources with ease. Two combo XLR/jack combo phantom-powered inputs, quarter-inch and 3.5mm) aux inputs are included. Illuminated rotary encoders provide instant access to level, tone and reverb settings per channel too. There is even the option to add in additional instruments and other audio sources via a dedicated ToneMatch port – one cable provides both power and digital audio between the system and an optional Bose T4S or T8S mixer (sold separately).

The first L1 Pro portable line array systems will be available in October 2020.


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