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Bose Unveils New L1 Pro Portable Line Array Family

All offer wireless mixer control while models L1 Pro8 and L1 Pro 16 – plus both subwoofers – equipped with proprietary RaceTrack woofer design for extended bass response with less bulk.
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The new L1 Pro portable line array family from Bose Professional.

Bose Professional has introduced the L1 Pro, a new series of portable line array PA systems comprised of the L1 Pro8, L1 Pro16, and L1 Pro32 joined by a choice of two subwoofers.

A unique RaceTrack woofer design integrated into the L1 Pro8 and L1 Pro16 as well as the Sub1 and Sub2 subwoofers is intended to provide extended bass response and less bulk for easier transport, carry, and fit onstage. Built-in multi-channel mixers offer EQ, reverb and phantom power. Also included are Bluetooth streaming capabilities and access to the library of ToneMatch custom EQ presets.

“The new L1 Pro family gives users an ideal balance of performance and control on stage and portability everywhere else,” states 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.”

Components of the L1 Pro8 system.

The L1 Pro portable systems are complimented by the L1 Mix app places wireless control in the hands of users via controls that are designed to be intuitive and instant. Volume and tone settings can be changed in the app as well, with users able to watch the LED encoder move to match — the mixer and app are designed to stay in sync in real time.

The L1 Pro8 is designed for intimate spaces, weighing in at 38.9 pounds (17.7 kilograms). It’s C-shaped line array incorporates eight articulated 2-inch neodymium drivers. Horizontal coverage is stated as 180 degrees accompanied by wide vertical dispersion. The integrated 7- by 13-inch subwoofer has a high-excursion RaceTrack woofer.

The L1 Pro16 is built to serve small-to-medium applications, with a weight of only 53.7 pounds (24.4 kilograms). It’s J-shaped line array is loaded with 16 articulated 2-inch neodymium drivers, and it too has 180-degree horizontal coverage designed to offer tighter vertical control on top and wider dispersion on the bottom. The integrated 10- by 18-inch subwoofer has a high-excursion neodymium RaceTrack woofer.

Back panel view of the L1 Pro8.

The L1 Pro32 is for larger audiences, with a weigh of 28.8 pounds (13.0 kilograms). Meanwhile, the Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers weigh 35.5 pounds (16.1 kilograms) and 51.7 pounds (23.4 kilograms) respectively. The straight line array incorporates 32 articulated 2-inch neodymium drivers and stated 180-degree horizontal coverage as well as focused vertical coverage. It combines with the Sub1 or Sub2 powered bass module via a single cable, and SubMatch connectivity is included for both power and audio. Both subs offer a Cardioid Mode for focused, directional performance for more focused output and less rear-firing energy.

All systems have a built-in mixer, two combo XLR-1/4-inch phantom-powered inputs, and 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch (3.5 millimeter) aux inputs. Illuminated rotary encoders provide access to volume, tone and reverb settings per channel. There’s also an option to add in additional instruments and other audio sources 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).

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The new L1 Pro portable line array systems will be available starting October 2020. Go here for more information on the systems and where to purchase.

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