Bose L1 Pro8: The Premier Guitar Review – Premier Guitar


Recorded direct with a Taylor Builder’s Edition Grand Concert 912ce through a Focusrite 2i4 interface.

 

Ratings

Pros:
Immaculate sound. Handy, easy-to-use app. Powerful EQ features.

Cons:
EQ controls can feel vague. Limited reverb control. Only three inputs.

Street:
$1,119

Bose L1 Pro 8
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Nothing can make or break a gig quicker than a temperamental sound system. So it’s nice to be able to eliminate worry about a borrowed or house P.A. by using your own. Obviously, toting your own P.A. can be a cost prohibitive and space intensive for a lot of folks. But the original Bose L1 system was a big step forward for solo acts and small groups confronted with those problems. It was a true grab-and-go line-array PA that was affordable and easy to set up. Better still, it sounded great. The line-array system dispersed sound through a room with remarkable efficiency and it was way more powerful and detailed than its compact dimensions would suggest.

The new-generation L1 Pro8 reviewed here is even slimmer and lighter, thanks in part to a 7″ x 13″ oval RaceTrack subwoofer. The Pro8 is also enhanced by the new downloadable, Bluetooth-enabled L1 Mix app, which can help you mix wirelessly, save your own presets, and access Bose’s ToneMatch library of EQ presets, which are effective and sound fantastic.

Maximum Dispersal, Minimal Hassle
Modern PA systems usually fall into two categories: line array and point-and-shoot (or point source). The main difference between these systems is
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