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Bose L1 Pro Portable PA Family Unveiled

Bose has introduced its new L1 Pro line array systems, comprised of three new portable PAs and two subwoofers.

The Bose L1 Pro portable line array family
The Bose L1 Pro portable line array family

Framingham, MA (October 27, 2020)—Bose Professional has launched the new Bose L1 Pro portable line array systems. Intended for use by singer-songwriters, mobile DJs and bands, the line consists of three new systems — the L1 Pro8, the L1 Pro16, and L1 Pro32 — along with Bose Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers.

All of the systems offer built-in multi-channel mixers with EQ, reverb and phantom power; Bluetooth streaming capabilities; and access to the complete library of ToneMatch custom EQ presets.

Intended for intimate spaces like cafes, the L1 Pro8 ($1,199 US) weighs 38.9 pounds and sports a “C-shaped” line array behind the grille, built around eight articulated 2” neodymium drivers. It offers 180-degree horizontal coverage with wide vertical dispersion, all placed above an  integrated 7″ × 13″ subwoofer based around a high-excursion RaceTrack driver.

Aimed for use in small-to-medium spaces, the L1 Pro16 ($1,799 US) ups the ante. It weighs 53.7 pounds and features a “J-shaped” line array of 16 articulated 2” neodymium drivers. While it, too, offers 180-degree horizontal coverage, it also has tight vertical control on top, and wide dispersion on the bottom, helping it to cover audiences whether set up on the floor, an elevated stage and even off to the extreme sides in medium-to-large venues. Here, an integrated 10″ × 18″ subwoofer in used, featuring a high-excursion neodymium RaceTrack driver.

View from the Top: Glenn Burack, Bose

“The new L1 Pro family gives users an ideal balance of performance and control on stage and portability everywhere else,” comments Craig Jackson, portable PA category manager for Bose Professional. “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. We are excited bring the L1 Pro family to market can’t wait for our customers to experience them.”

As the flagship of the line, the L1 Pro32 weighs 28.8 pounds; it can be used independently or with the Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers, which weigh 35.5 pounds and 51.7 pounds respectively. The L1 Pro32+Sub1 is $2,699 US, while the L1 Pro32+Sub2 runs $3,099; the Sub1 is $799 on its own, while the Sub2 is $1,199.

The L1 Pro32, unlike the other two models, doesn’t have a shape to its line array; rather, it is a straight line with 32 articulated 2″ neodymium drivers and reportedly the highest SPL over distance in an L1 ever. The unit combines with the Bose Sub1 or Sub2 powered bass module via a single-cable, and SubMatch connectivity is included for both power and audio.

Each L1 Pro system features a built-in mixer, allowing creators to connect various instruments, microphones and other sources. Two combo XLR-1/4” phantom-powered inputs, 1/4″ and 1/8″ (3.5 millimeter) aux inputs are included. Illuminated rotary encoders provide access to volume, tone and reverb settings per channel, too. Additional instruments and other audio sources can be optionally added 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).

Additionally, the Bose L1 Pro portable systems can be controlled via the L1 Mix app. Performers can adjust mixer settings via phone or tablet from the stage, or walk the room, hear how the mix sounds, and fine-tune on-the-go. Volume and tone settings can be changed in the app as well, with users able to watch the LED encoder move to match.

Bose Professional • http://pro.bose.com

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