I can’t answer about the difference between the two systems, haven’t seen a new one yet.
I would think that as a band amp, they would be awkward since their dispersion pattern would wash all other players in the same sound as yours. If everyone is using one, that might be different as all would (theoretically) seek a balance, but considering the forward beaming of most amps, the L1 would be very different.
However, I have seen people use a pair as a PA, and they work quite nicely. You don’t get the big blast of audio directly in front that is customary with most FOH rigs, but the dispersion is really broad. When I first set my L1 up on a solo gig I’d been doing for years (along the long wall of a bar, with the bar stretching about 30 yards to my immediate left), I was amazed that people at the far end of the bar, nearly a hundred feet away and almost ninety degrees off center point to my left, were laughing at the impromptu comments I always make. This never happened with previous amplification.
They also project differently, as what seems like a fairly nominal sound pressure manages to be very present out in the room. Again, it’s not the in-your-face decibels of a horn+woofer cabinet, but setting up a multi-instrumental loop and walking around any room I’m playing gives me a good soundcheck. Usually I only tweak the bass/kick signal and tone in any application as it always makes everything else work automatically. It’s also wonderful in small rooms.
They are expensive, and they do take a little setting up (and lugging), but they are smaller than two FOH, two wedges and a rack or head. Quality is high fidelity, as you will hear when you play a CD through the system.
Another item—their customer service
is excellent. Just after my system went out of warranty, I began to note
a bit of distortion in one of the three power amps that are built in to the
base. I called Bose in
i've always been interested in these, but they're very expensive and I find myself wondering
- how useful they are if just one member of a band has one for personal sound/monitoring onstage.
- How they work with a number of signals going through them - using them as a kind of PA in themselves - instead of the one per musician approach.
- it's a lot of setting up and taking down if you are playing as part of a multi-act line-up.
I'm still not entirely sure of the differences between the L1 models 1&2 - looks like the model 2 uses more efficient drivers(?).
Are they so good that they are worth the investment. You could buy a pair of good powered FOH speakers and a couple of wedges & more for the price of one of these!
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