Magazine article Guitar Player

Bose L1 Model II, B2 Bass Module, T1 ToneMatch

Magazine article Guitar Player

Bose L1 Model II, B2 Bass Module, T1 ToneMatch

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WHEN WE EXPERIENCED THE FIRST-generation Bose L1 system a while back, it was like a small and groovy miracle. The wide, almost psycho-acoustic dispersion of sound was awesome, the footprint of the system was slimmer than a supermodel, it was portable enough to cram into a Mini Cooper, and the whole shebang set up in under five minutes. For small clubs, you could even use the L1 towers as both mains and monitors, delivering enough volume to keep fans and musicians rocking--and all without being pummeled by aggressive volume or constant feedback. The only downer about the system was its high cost. Otherwise, we couldn't imagine dub musicians not crawling all over each other to put an L1 to use.

Now, the Model II is out, and it's more of the same (which is good), but better (which, duh, is obviously even more of a benefit). We tested a system with a 24-speaker line-array tower boasting 180-degree sound dispersion, a B2 bass module loaded with two 10" drivers, and the ToneMatch four-channel digital mixer. Pricing for a system remains on the tuxedo side of the street, with the L1/B2 combo going for $2,59g retail and the ToneMatch coming in at $499 retail. But, once again, that's the only "gulp" moment for musicians on a budget, because the L1 Model II absolutely rules.

Our test system is recommended for audiences. up to 500 fans, and given its clear, transparent sound and massive headroom, it can definitely fill a small club if your band is loud and rocking, and perhaps even a medium to large venue if your backing Is acoustic instruments and percussion. The single B2 module does a great job of delivering full, meaty lows to backing tracks, keyboards, drum modules, and percussion, and if your bassist forgot his rig, he or she might be able to get by plugging into the system if the stage volume is kept relatively low. …

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