Bose L1 Compact - perfect portable PA system
Could there be a more polarizing company in the universe of audio than Bose? Bose's marketing slogan is "Better Sound Through Research". Critics have restated that as "Better Sound Through Marketing" and have derided the product with chants of "No Highs, No Lows, must be Bose." Frankly, I like Bose products, in general, and have wondered what I've been missing that others have found so easy to dislike. Sure, they've had some dud products, but so has every other manufacturer on the planet.
Let me introduce you to the Bose L1 Compact by telling you my story. A couple months ago, our Bose sales rep dropped off the L1 Compact and left it. He said "Just try it someplace, and I think that you'll like it." A week went by, and then another, and then two more. I hadn't touched it, and I knew that he'd want it back. Plus, I had given my word that I'd try it.
At the church I attend, we were planning an outdoor service to dedicate our community garden and I had been asked to make sure that we had a sound system capable of accommodating both acoustically-flavored live music and the spoken word for about 150 people outdoors. And any of you who don't have a dedicated portable sound system at your church (and who know what a pain it is to round up a system in order to take something outside) will appreciate what I'm about to write.
I had spent the better part of two hours going down to church, looking through the youth system, the main system extra gear, even the old gear, and thinking about how to get the system outside while still being ready inside for the regular service. That day, I would be the lone sound technician for both locations and there wasn't another experienced tech to be found, even to carry a speaker. Thinking about what might have been unassisted set-up and tear-down, I was a little bit stressed and maybe a tad bit grumpy. Maybe. Most of you have probably never felt that way.
Then it dawned on me.