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User reviews on Bose Live Sound products

Good anywhere you use it (Bose - L1 Model II with B1 Bass)

By JimboSpins, 07/10/2012
Anytime you are dealing with Bose, the first thing you should look at is the price tag. This speaker system is very expensive! It cost almost 3000 dollars. The sound on the Bose L1 Model II system is very good, it is clean and the bass is amazing. The design of this system is worth a lot of money alone, you can fit this whole system in the trunk of your standard size sedans trunk because its not a big system and it looks a lot bigger in a picture than it really is when it shows up at your doorstep. The base speakers alone weigh 25 pounds and the two loud speakers weigh a little over 15 pounds a piece. They are all well built and beautifully constructed.

The balance of Tone is amazing and the sound is great for multiple home purposes. The sound that will come out of this system seems to spread and fill a room very well. If you are just trying to listen to some tunes from home, then you have got to have this system. You can take this system from room to room with you or wherever you want and it will deliver a top of the line sound that only Bose knows how to do it best.

Setting up the Bose L1 Model II was actually pretty easy though it does look difficult when you are looking at the manual. For some reason the manual for this system makes it look like rocket science but you don’t even need a manual to set this up. Using this system it wont matter where you take it, it will sound great. From outdoors , clubs, or home use it will give you a big clean sound for your listeners. But the bad part is that the price is so high, there are other systems out there that do not sound as good as the Model II but they can get close, but the best part is they cost about a 1000 dollars less than the Model II. So if you are tight on money I would not stress over having these. There are other systems out there that have similar sound. Everything from Bose is just so expensive.

For the Model II or L1 Systems (Bose - B2)

By JimboSpins, 24/01/2013
If you are looking for powerful bass, this is the sub you need to get. I have always been a huge fan of all Bose products so it was not an issue for me to spend the money on this one. If you have the Bose L1 model system or even the Model II system then this is the sub you need to go with those set ups.
This sub looks great and sounds even better. If you need to get more low end out of it you can easily switch it to the + position and make your bass even deeper for your drums which is mainly what we used it for. You can leave it in the – position for normal modes. This is one of the most powerful subs that Bose has come out with and definitely is for the Model II and L 1 systems.
You will get very low frequencies and deep hard hitting bass with this woofer and it is all packed into a woofer that only weighs 45 pounds. This is what Bose does; they make the best possible products using the best possible materials! You will pay for it though because it is not cheap, and nothing from Bose is ever cheap. I have used Bose products for over 15 years and everything they make is very good and has never given me any issues. If you buy from them the customer support is absolutely free and cost you nothing. Someone will be able to assist you on the phone without a problem. I also recommend purchasing directly from them for the best possible customer service, because if any issues arise the place where you purchased it form will most likely tell you to call Bose anyways so you mine as well save your self some time and purchase directly from them and that way you can even get a warranty plan (which I recommend when spending this kind of money).

Thundering (Bose - L1 Model II with B1 Bass & ToneMatch Engine)

By ernan1, 15/08/2014

Very good, but still some annoying details (Bose - L1 Model II with B2 Bass)

By alcools, 24/01/2016
Being a satisfied user of the L1 model 1 (two L1 systems with two B1 each at the mixer’s out), I switched to this model II with a B2 for each.

The cons (yes, there are): P
- No possibility to mix 4 ins without Tone match like with the model I. A jack in, and this is it. Not a problem for me as I do the mix before, at home.
- No more column locking system (at its base and between both), so it’s more sensible in case someone would inadvertently push it.
- The B2 sub is heavier, but I knew that from the start and it remains very easy to transport

The persisting flaws:
- still no secure in (like XLR or speakon). For the price…
- still no detailed technical specs
- connectors still unprotected (in case someone spills a drink for instance)

The improvements:
- The base is lighter and easier to cram in reduced spaces
- The horizontal sound dispersion is more homogenic thanks to the staggered speakers, and less full-on when facing exactly the system (with model 1 you had better be off-center)
- More aesthetical (especially the base), and the B2 look much better
- The B2s: a real change! Didn’t try the “-” mode but standard mode offer at least as much volume as a B1 but wider, and you start to feel the physical effect of the low frequencies – something which almost didn’t happen with the B1s. In “+” mode the bass level is getting serious, yet a little less accurate (which may still be fine for some kinds of music or DJing, but for rock I still have to try it in a live situation). Anyway, finally the kick really kicks…!

After this small comparaison, my quick review on the whole system:
Always clean and accurate, almost hi-fi, the different instruments sound distinct. True to the concept of this PA, the sound very slowly decreases with the distance (you can stand 3 ft away without getting too much right in the face, even at high volume).

Very easy to set up, transport and equalize, it sounds well easily and the sound is not too much distorted when listening from the side or move. It’s not too much feedback-prone either. In a nutshell, it’s almost a dream system for a 150 to 300 attendance (with two L1/B2). Others tell me it can work for way bigger crowds… I didn’t have an opportunity to try so won’t take a stand on this. I never needed a stage monitor so far. Of course, not needing it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a little more comfortable using one, but you really can do without for at least, this way, there’s no feedback problem at half-power with the vocalist’s mic 7ft from the columns (using Sennheiser e855 and e945 dynamic hypercardioid microphones).

The columns are better, but nothing revolutionary
The bass are getting really good!
I believe model 1 users should only switch to model 2 if they need more low end presence (drummer, full band to mix, possibly a synth although it’s my case and it’s not really a necessity for that).

For the record, the B2s can be used on a model 1 after upgrading the system (through Tone match or at your retailer’s), but it’ll only work in “normal” mode (no – or + mode).