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Jerry Dycus

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Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« on: October 02, 2019, 08:39:10 am »

I have a church quartet that each singer uses a Sennheiser E835. I'm thinking of lightening my equipment load by using a Bose L1 Compact. Audience size: 15-20 people; Room size: 20x30. Would it work to use one L1 Compact out front of singers as a FOH speaker and a floor wedge for singer monitor? Thank you.
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 09:08:29 am »

For a room that small it should work, but in that price range what's keeping you from things like JBL SRX, QSC K-Series or EV ETX? There's nothing that's any more complicated  about any of those options compared to the L1 and would handily match or exceed their output.
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2019, 09:46:55 am »

For that size audience it could be an all-acoustic show.  No PA needed.
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2019, 12:29:56 pm »

For that size audience it could be an all-acoustic show.  No PA needed.

Agreed. If the band is under control, a PA would not be needed.
It's the size of a living room, not a stadium.
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2019, 12:44:41 pm »

For that size audience it could be an all-acoustic show.  No PA needed.
SOOO many times people look for a solution to a problem that does not exist.

WHY do you need a PA? in that size room?  Do what people did before sound systems-SING!!!!!

That is a lost art it seems.
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2019, 07:43:45 pm »

For that size audience it could be an all-acoustic show.  No PA needed.

THIS

If you must go electric ditch the monitor and get a pair SMALL powered speakers like six or eight inch two ways at most just to give
you a bit of vocal "lift".

Is that size of show the market your going after or do you plan to scale it up over time?

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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2019, 06:20:37 am »

For a room that small it should work, but in that price range what's keeping you from things like JBL SRX, QSC K-Series or EV ETX? There's nothing that's any more complicated  about any of those options compared to the L1 and would handily match or exceed their output.

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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2019, 06:23:45 am »

THIS

If you must go electric ditch the monitor and get a pair SMALL powered speakers like six or eight inch two ways at most just to give
you a bit of vocal "lift".

Is that size of show the market your going after or do you plan to scale it up over time?

Our primary purpose is nursing homes, but several times a year we get asked to sing for much larger groups in larger venues. Trying to reach a happy medium.
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2019, 10:34:49 am »

Our primary purpose is nursing homes, but several times a year we get asked to sing for much larger groups in larger venues. Trying to reach a happy medium.

What is the largest venue you currently perform in where you must provide your own sound and cannot make other arrangements with the event coordinator (for them to provide the sound)?

The Bose product is not terrible. Some just look down on it because Bose seems to charge a premium price for a product that doesn't always exceed expectations for performance, even though it sounds nice and is certainly acceptable for most of what you want to do. You came to a pro audio forum, not a working musician forum, and the Bose L1 systems are targeted at the working musician ("prosumer"), not the more serious audio provider (and arguably have taken a lot of small gig work away from audio professionals as people now believe they can provide their own sound in situations where that's not advisable for other reasons).
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Re: Bose L1 Compact As FOH Speaker
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2019, 07:38:04 pm »

If you want a Bose form factor speaker for you largerish jobs look at the RCF Evox J8Mix sounds better than an L1 for not much more.

For bigger as in outdoors, or bigger indoor couple hundred people events as Rory said have the promoter book a proper system and a tech to run it.

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