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Do any of you use the Bose L1 systems for weddings?

legacy1281 3:23 PM - 25 September, 2013
Hello Serato Fam!

I am wondering if any of you use the Bose L1 systems for weddings. The model II says it is for rooms of up to 500 people. What are your experiences? Do you use one or more of them? Does the bass module provide a decent amount of low end? Do you use it with other subwoofers to getter serious bass?

I already have a couple sets of powered systems. The QSC HPR 2x12" tops + 15" sub, EV LiveX 2x15" tops + 18" sub, a QSC KW 18" sub, and two makie thumps.

Thanks all, hope to hear about your experiences!

- Legacy
deezlee 5:13 PM - 25 September, 2013
I have the same qsc hpr setup as you. At the beginning of the gig I always wish I had a Bose setup but at the end of the gig when the qscs are turned way up I'm glad for them. I do have a L1 compact and it is dope for weddings for ceremony dinner speaces etc.
skinnyguy 5:20 PM - 25 September, 2013
used to. got tired of it. went back to traditional speakers.

model ii with the b2 bass bin for 500 ppl? if you're open minded, sure.

i've only heard the b2 in a small room (bose store) so not sure how it would be in a bigger room. it probably does equal 4 of the b1's...or maybe a bit more. but still, it's all subjective.

coverage is nice. and the look is pleasing to the eye. and that's it.
legacy1281 5:42 PM - 25 September, 2013
I am mainly just trying to simplify things without sacrificing quality. I know the Bose spread the sound around a room pretty nicely, but I just don't know if it won't stack up to a full traditional rig.

It would only be for weddings. Everything else, I would always use a regular system. I'm also wondering if having the L1 Model II, with say a Qsc KW sub would work well to get that low end
skinnyguy 3:51 AM - 26 September, 2013
yea, you can always use another brand of sub. i think best setup with that would be to have at least one b1 with the bose to have it crossed over right (it's all done internally and the bass bins are powered by the stand). and the other brand sub on a booth out so you can control the level of bass.
DJMark 4:11 AM - 26 September, 2013
I did a cocktail/dinner hour thing where the sound guy had set up these powered Bose cabinets that looked like larger versions of the Bose Waveradio. Think he used eight of them around the periphery. They sounded fine, but even at "lounge" verging into "people want to dance a little" kind of levels the speakers' volume limitations were becoming noticeable.

Definitely consider Bose as "not high good value per $ spent". They were always sort of a "Monster Cable" marketing-heavy kind of speaker company, even long before Monster Cable existed.
Dj Wunder 7:58 AM - 26 September, 2013
There's a lounge I spin at every once in a while with this system, and I've never heard coverage like that. Amazing, at low to cocktail hour levels. Beyond that, forget about it. If you're planning on moving them anywhere, like from gig to gig, forget about it. Things things do not last, not on the road.
RobDJ dotcom 5:39 PM - 26 September, 2013
To "think outside the box" for a minute: I was out of the game when I got married and I hired a DJ I barely knew on purpose (long story). When she showed up with a Blows system I was kinda pissed. As DJ's we realize that we need to worry about stuff like sound quality, etc. I Let us not forget that the people paying us to DJ are commonly NOT DJ's and therefore probably focus on different things. Here in Cincinnati it wouldn't matter if that Blows system sounded like liquid gold. If I showed up to a $700 gig with a sissy looking little sound system like that I don't care what it sounded like, the client would demand a refund and run me off. Which is exactly why I was pissed at my own wedding. The Blows sounded fine but it looked sissy and not being a DJ at the time, for the money I paid I wanted big mean speakers to be part of the scenery. I would say maybe it's just me but I see the way my clients' eyes light up when I start rolling in four foot tall cabinets. Maybe it's just a Midwest thing, I don't know.
Taipanic 7:36 PM - 26 September, 2013
If you are going to use the Bose system, I think it would work best with a regular subs - Bose has never been known for it's earth shaking bass. Really, though, if you are spending that kind of money, you might want to look at the small form speakers that Danley & JTR make - big sound, little boxes (pretty big $)
JTR Triple 8 - 1200 watts, 129db, 49 lbs
Danley SM80 - 1600 watts, 134db, 63 lbs.
These are unpowered but a pair of either (with subs) could fill a good sized hall with loud, quality music.

If I had the money or could justify it to myself, I would have 4 Danley Th-118 subs and two SM80s - that would be good for club level sound for 500+
DJ Nin 9:19 PM - 26 September, 2013
LOL @ "The Blows System"






No misquote you asshats.
the_black_one 10:48 PM - 26 September, 2013
No high, no lows, must be Bose


NM NH
tudjarmani 6:24 PM - 22 September, 2014
Just used it for the first time good sound deep bass l1 s with b2 sub!!
Apha1 6:05 PM - 2 October, 2014
Currently running a pair of L1 Model 2s w/ 4 B2s & 2 A1 packlites pushing the extra subs. This configuration replaced 4 JBL eon 515xt & 2 JBL S18 powered subs. The clarity is UN-REAL & the bass is clean. Sure, the BOSE does not have the raw thump of the JBLs, however, this arrangement is lighter & cleaner. Much easier to load in & set-up. You can place the L1s w/ the B2s just about anywhere & you will have full coverage…no matter the size of venue. I noticed if you place the B2s about 2 feet from a wall, you get better bass response. The L1s send out a near 180 degree wave of sound 7 feet high. They cut right through a packed dance floor to the back of house. They are ideal for weddings where you have the ceremony & reception in the same room. No feedback from your mics either….I could go on & on. Superior reproduction & easy all around. They are pricy though. Excellent investment for road dogs.
Joee 9:57 PM - 2 October, 2014
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Currently running a pair of L1 Model 2s w/ 4 B2s & 2 A1 packlites pushing the extra subs. This configuration replaced 4 JBL eon 515xt & 2 JBL S18 powered subs. The clarity is UN-REAL & the bass is clean. Sure, the BOSE does not have the raw thump of the JBLs, however, this arrangement is lighter & cleaner. Much easier to load in & set-up. You can place the L1s w/ the B2s just about anywhere & you will have full coverage…no matter the size of venue. I noticed if you place the B2s about 2 feet from a wall, you get better bass response. The L1s send out a near 180 degree wave of sound 7 feet high. They cut right through a packed dance floor to the back of house. They are ideal for weddings where you have the ceremony & reception in the same room. No feedback from your mics either….I could go on & on. Superior reproduction & easy all around. They are pricy though. Excellent investment for road dogs.

this right here sh!ts all over bose IMO
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 6 10:55 PM - 2 October, 2014
How much is that RCF set up?

nm
Joee 11:17 PM - 2 October, 2014
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How much is that RCF set up?

nm

whats this 6 wants to buy speakers? it's retail is about $2,000 i got it for $1,350
 6 11:43 PM - 2 October, 2014
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How much is that RCF set up?

nm

whats this 6 wants to buy speakers? it's retail is about $2,000 i got it for $1,350


Nope. Don't need to. Just a simple question.

nm
Joee 11:58 PM - 2 October, 2014
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Nope. Don't need to. Just a simple question.

nm

well you know it is quite expensive considering what you're getting one 12" sub & eight 2" tops in one box but it sounds really good, you pay for convenience the system fits in this bag poles wires & power cord
www.rcf.it

it's sounds better than a lot of popular 12" & 15" tops
dj_soo 9:16 PM - 3 October, 2014
How loud does it get?
Joee 9:23 PM - 3 October, 2014
pretty loud specs say 128 db max same as the art 312-A MKIII
 6 10:14 PM - 3 October, 2014
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pretty loud specs say 128 db max same as the art 312-A MKIII



Mmmh. Even the old PRX500's reach 135.

nm
Joee 10:27 PM - 3 October, 2014
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pretty loud specs say 128 db max same as the art 312-A MKIII



Mmmh. Even the old PRX500's reach 135.

nm

jbl likes to exaggerate there numbers as do most brands now a days, according to jbl there prx715 reaches 136 db…….so that would make it louder than the ev zxa5 who's specs are 133 db

guess what it's not…..now rcf don't exaggerate numbers

come on 6 you have to come better than that over here, i actually know what i'm talking about
 6 10:32 PM - 3 October, 2014
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pretty loud specs say 128 db max same as the art 312-A MKIII



Mmmh. Even the old PRX500's reach 135.

nm

jbl likes to exaggerate there numbers as do most brands now a days, according to jbl there prx715 reaches 136 db…….so that would make it louder than the ev zxa5 who's specs are 133 db

guess what it's not…..now rcf don't exaggerate numbers

come on 6 you have to come better than that over here, i actually know what i'm talking about


I don't believe your opinion. I will have to hear them and compare to actually hear the difference. 3 db difference vs 7 db difference. Mmmmh

nm
Joee 10:42 PM - 3 October, 2014
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I don't believe your opinion. I will have to hear them and compare to actually hear the difference. 3 db difference vs 7 db difference. Mmmmh

nm

you go do that i'll be right here, i'm off tonight……i won't hold my breath waiting thou, i mean we are talking about sixxx here like i said earlier i know better :-)
 6 11:34 PM - 3 October, 2014
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I don't believe your opinion. I will have to hear them and compare to actually hear the difference. 3 db difference vs 7 db difference. Mmmmh

nm

you go do that i'll be right here, i'm off tonight……i won't hold my breath waiting thou, i mean we are talking about sixxx here like i said earlier i know better :-)


Why would you hold your breath? It's not like this is a priority to me. Like I've said before, most gigs I do already have an existing PA system for me to use.

Don't get all butt hurt just because I don't believe you. I mean, it's not like you've actually done a side by side comparison to know better.

nm
Joee 11:58 PM - 3 October, 2014
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I mean, it's not like you've actually done a side by side comparison to know better


you're a funny guy sixxx, unlike you i actually own zxa5's along with a hooooolllllleee lot of other speakers--> imageshack.com


this is a situation were you put you're foot in you're mouth, because i have done a side buy side with the prx715 the dxr15 & the ev zxa5 the jbl lost to both the ev & yamaha



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Why would you hold your breath?

exactly i won't cause you will never have a zxa5 & prx715 in the same room to test, unless you're locale retailer has them both in stock


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Don't get all butt hurt just because I don't believe you.

why would i be but hurt? i actually own some of the speakers we are talking about….save that reverse sycaloge for someone else ……you're a funny guy bro…….lmao
 6 12:18 AM - 4 October, 2014
" this is a situation were you put you're foot in you're mouth, because i have done a side buy side with the prx715 the dxr15 & the ev zxa5 the jbl lost to both the ev & yamaha"

mmmh... I did say PRX500. Didn't I? So... yeah. Whatever. lol

Again, what speakers are you comparing and what are we talking about?

I'm talking about this speaker system that you posted a link for. Come on man. Follow the thread.


" exactly i won't cause you will never have a zxa5 & prx715 in the same room to test, unless you're locale retailer has them both in stock"

Again, who is wanting to compare those two? lmao!!!! Your reading comprehension is very low.

" why would i be but hurt? i actually own some of the speakers we are talking about….save that reverse sycaloge for someone else ……you're a funny guy bro…….lmao "

Again, look up and please read what comparison I'm looking for.

You're dense.

nm
 6 12:20 AM - 4 October, 2014
Btw, there is a place locally where I could make any speaker comparison happen. :)

nm
Joee 12:59 AM - 4 October, 2014
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" this is a situation were you put you're foot in you're mouth, because i have done a side buy side with the prx715 the dxr15 & the ev zxa5 the jbl lost to both the ev & yamaha"

mmmh... I did say PRX500. Didn't I? So... yeah. Whatever. lol

Again, what speakers are you comparing and what are we talking about?

I'm talking about this speaker system that you posted a link for. Come on man. Follow the thread.


" exactly i won't cause you will never have a zxa5 & prx715 in the same room to test, unless you're locale retailer has them both in stock"

Again, who is wanting to compare those two? lmao!!!! Your reading comprehension is very low.

" why would i be but hurt? i actually own some of the speakers we are talking about….save that reverse sycaloge for someone else ……you're a funny guy bro…….lmao "

Again, look up and please read what comparison I'm looking for.

You're dense.

nm

LMAO……….

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Btw, there is a place locally where I could make any speaker comparison happen. :)

nm


STOP LYING!!!!!


BAAWWWHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAH
 6 1:05 AM - 4 October, 2014
So now you accuse me of lying.

I don't know what you have against me but whatever.

Look up Freestyle Entertainment Bakersfield. I'm sure they have a lot more than whatever you own. lol

;)

nm
Joee 1:15 AM - 4 October, 2014
so sensitive!

bawahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
 6 1:20 AM - 4 October, 2014
lol @ senstive.

So, what? You didn't have a come back for me not lying? Made you shut up? lol

Yeah. I thought so.

;)

nm
Joee 1:38 AM - 4 October, 2014
bawahhahhahahhaahahahahahahah

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 6 1:42 AM - 4 October, 2014
I know I hurt your feelings because I didn't believe your opinion.

It's okay. You'll get over it. ;-)

nm
Joee 12:43 PM - 4 October, 2014
LMAO @
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I know I hurt your feelings because I didn't believe your opinion.


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this should keep you regular ;) be sure to get plenty of fiber in you're diet
rayjthedj 1:45 PM - 4 October, 2014
Why make audio opinions personnel???????

Can't we all just be friends :)
 6 4:18 PM - 4 October, 2014
Keep going Joee. You're not there yet. ;-)

lmao

nm
Joee 2:45 PM - 5 October, 2014
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Why make audio opinions personnel???????

Can't we all just be friends :)


these are not opinion, there fact

the jbl prx500's 135db & the prx715 136db rated

can not come close to the output of the ev zxa5 133db rated, personnel? man the is what we do for fun nothing personal here


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Keep going Joee. You're not there yet. ;-)

lmao

nm

where?
CMOS 6:51 PM - 6 October, 2014
reverse sycaloge is my new fav term on this site.
SoundJunkie 10:43 AM - 22 May, 2016
First, I deal in P.A. and pro audio gear, use and new. I'm a sound engineer, live musician (keyboard and vocals). I have a small sound rental business and also provide live sound for DJ's, cinema and some top notch music acts. I've done shoot outs with a lot of gear in the last 10 years. I'm always constantly upgrading my band and personal setup. There's a place for a lot of gear in the market. Bose has great marketing. They've got a lot of other companies to jump on board with small line array on a sub. They are great for small rooms or if you want a low throw system. I've owned K-array K1 system, Bose L1 compact and classic, Fender Expo, BagAmp BA875. None of these will get to concert levels. They are used because they are lightweight and convenient. Do they sound good, to me yes and in the right situation. I compensate the Bose L1 subs on occasion with other subs. The Bose L1 subs are terrible value. Comparing Bose L1 systems to higher end QSC, JBL, EV, RCF, etc is like comparing apples and oranges. The Bose L1 systems could be right for a lot of situations but absolutely wrong for others. I use my Bose L1 system because they are aesthetically pleasing, lightweight, convenient and I got them cheap. I only use them for audiences under 200 and for the client that doesn't want it too loud. I love having them in my inventory, but I think there are better values out there, especially in the used market.
577er 3:22 PM - 22 May, 2016
To the original question of using them for weddings, for background music, satellite systems, toasts, ceremonies yes absolutely. I've heard them in these situations and they are great. Their physical shape is pefect for weddings where tripods are a tripping hazard and looks are actually as important as the music. For dancing they cant keep up with 12" tops. If I found a pair used for a good price i'd grab them for the aforementioned uses absolutely.
deezlee 3:56 PM - 22 May, 2016
For small high end weddings showing up with a small sack of Speaker bags that say "Bose" on them works well. They sound good in small venues with awkward shaped rooms, rooms w no room for a monitor etc. 9 out of ten wealthy (or sorta wealthy, or aspiring to be wealthy) people will walk up and say "Bose has the best sound" even if 10/10 crusty sound guys would say the opposite. They're also really good for outside situations where you need a lot of coverage and a lot of throw but not concert sound. You can cover a huge field with background music and still hear the highs at distances that you'd only hear bass from a normal speaker.
bdtheolddj 7:17 PM - 2 July, 2017
I've used the Bose L1 system along with a 1,000 watt QSC Bass speaker...Blows away anything I've ever used before.
Kiwiseerco 9:49 AM - 4 July, 2017
yes, I have used it, but actually I just know few things about Bose L1
TAbands 9:21 PM - 8 July, 2017
finally grabbed my first L1 compact this past Spring...we do a lot of wedding events..my primary biz is providing sound for full bands..ie reception bands, etc, as well as ceremonies which typically include maybe a keyboard, wirless lav, etc

anyway, just did a wedding that had 3 segments - 1 was garden ceremony - 3 acoustic guitarists, wireless lav, reader mic on stand, (2) mackie 450s on tripods easily covered the 200 seated guests.
then they moved to the patio of this large mansion where they wanted acoustic guitar guy on a stool singing...the bose L1 compact covered that, the artist was perched on stool right beside the bose (no feedback) and yet the sound was easily heard and nicely spread over the 200 mingling guests..couldn't be happier with that use of the bose.
live band of course was serious 3-way tops and subs per side

the following weekend was an outdoor wedding..again , full PA for live band, but the ceremony included acoustic guitar, keyboard, vocals and they wanted the sound up front to be "etherical" while still reaching the 150th guest seated in the back...I had originally planned on a couple mackies/eons on sticks and possibly posting 2 more towards the back doing a side fill thing...but we tried the L1 compact... a single L1 compact...and they were completely happy with it...perfect was their word. I'll grab another one at some point..
these are not DJ rigs..but they are great coctail systems.

I have gone up against the original L1 bose... a dJ brought his rig in for a party...when the room was empty it did sound impressive...amazed at how much was coming out of the system..once a couple hundred guests arrived and were laughing, shouting, talking over each other...the bose pretty much got lost for karaeoke time...you could hear it and everyone was yelling and encouraging the singers...but then when it was time for me to bring up my rig for the band.. i ran a quick tune via my iphone into just a single 3-way w/powered mackie 1501 sub per side and it crushed the DJ..not a fair fight...just saying that it took my rig to be able to deliver sound levels to the room at that point.
but yes, i can see having an L1 compact perched on top of mayb a powered 12in EV or similar quality powered sub, run a mixer in front...and you'd have a great small pool party or very small reception fun system for sure..might even find myself doing that one day...long as I know there's the rest of my PA in the trailer if needed.
TAbands 1:57 PM - 21 July, 2017
followup...was at an outdoor vendor event last night...acoustic guitar guy with vocals was out there playing and of course what immediately caught my attention was the L2 he was running through..he was using the Bose mixer that comes with it. First noting, that the Bose had complete command of the area...I deliberately walked a 180 around him and it was even sound all around. it had a bit of a harsh "fuzzy" top end to it...coulda been his piezo on his guitar as much as anything...something I would use a better grade mixer and/or a guitar pedal to help...but my initial impression was that the compact sounds better...but again, I've always run a mackie 1202 vlz pro mixer in front of our unit
Mostly Lucid 12:27 PM - 4 October, 2017
My wife and I use 2 Bose L2's for all of our weddings. We have never received anything less than praise for them. I have several other systems that we use for live sound rental, for a full band with kick etc. nothing replaces some double 18s. But for weddings the Bose does a amazing job. Go listen to them before you run them down. Also, the T1 is essential -- it really makes them shine.
TAbands 6:52 PM - 3 November, 2017
had to circle back around now after adding more L1C to the inventory... I have used the units now for several other outdoor weddings and continue to be amazed...a single L1c has covered up to 185 guests with the usual pastor headset, but also with trax and with live string quartet/trio source...the initial temptation is to hit it hard, and it's a pretty short ride to find the clipping point..but once I dial it back and then walk the area.. I realize it's a different tool and it works so well...the sleek appearance has also helped me score more business..in fact, the unit itself and a power cord are all there is out there... I run wireless sennheiser reciver belt pack at the bose so I'm transmitting to it from whereever is out of the way out of sight for the event... have made white spandex slip covers for the entire unit...top array and the base module..so it's perfect for wedding cosmetics now as well...2nd unit was added recently...in proper spacing, in stereo, these things are really enjoyable.