Review: Bose L1 Model 1S with B2 Sub
Performing your original material is often so much about getting your sound right. Since 2003, Bose Corporation has offered the L1 system, a great portable PA package that’s ideal for the singer-songwriter. What’s so great? In addition to their portability and outstanding sound quality, the L1 systems essentially eliminate the need for monitors in most venues. How they do it is a bit of audio engineering science, but the effect of having an array of small speakers arranged to deliver wide dispersion is that the room coverage is very even—up close, far off, even to the sides you get the same full-range sound.
The latest addition to Bose’s L1 line is the Model 1S with accompanying subwoofer (B1 or B2 model). Our test unit featured the B2, a ‘big brother’ model targeted at the performer who needs a bigger sound and more bottom end. If your songs need to shake the room, this is the sub for you. I’ll discuss more about that in a minute. First, let’s talk about the system’s overall size. Bose likes to describe the size of their L1 models by how many people you might have in the audience (100, 300 or 500), which gives you a feel for what venues the system might be best for covering. You’ll also want to consider what kind of original music you are performing—acoustic solo, singer with tracks, full band, heavy synth sounds, etc. – to pick the right L1 system for your music.
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