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Bose L1 v LD Maui

GUEST,Ian Hendrie 17 Nov 14 - 05:28 AM
Musket 17 Nov 14 - 11:26 AM
michaelr 17 Nov 14 - 08:52 PM
Musket 18 Nov 14 - 03:26 AM
GUEST,Graham Bradshaw 18 Nov 14 - 06:17 AM
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Subject: Bose L1 v LD Maui
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie
Date: 17 Nov 14 - 05:28 AM

I've read on-line reviews but would like to hear any personal opinions of these (or similar) PA systems.


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Subject: RE: Bose L1 v LD Maui
From: Musket
Date: 17 Nov 14 - 11:26 AM

I recently bought the Bose L1 Compact.

For small venues where acoustic is not quite enough, but you wish to retain a clear HiFi like sound, it is wonderful. It is also easy to carry around,

The LD Maui is very similar of course, and I didn't make my decision lightly.

I am happy with my purchase all the same, and if I go back almost 30 years, I had some Bose horns on tophat posts and they were a revelation so I may be biased.

I love mine, I really do.


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Subject: RE: Bose L1 v LD Maui
From: michaelr
Date: 17 Nov 14 - 08:52 PM

My bass player, who is also a sound tech, is fond of saying "No highs, no lows - must be Bose." Do you find that to be true?


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Subject: RE: Bose L1 v LD Maui
From: Musket
Date: 18 Nov 14 - 03:26 AM

The original Bose PA horns (two round holes in a rectangular "landscape"box) were sold on clarity and how small they were yet could drive a large venue. The top and bottom did suffer somewhat, but only by today's standards. They were a revelation back then.

These L1 units have a sub woofer and high end horns with a crossover that makes "decisions" at the frequencies they split. They have excellent top and bottom.

What I would say, and this is also true of LD Maui, is that the mid and treble is powerful enough for much larger venues than the sub woofers so whilst it is tempting to use yours rather than the theatre PA, check the size of the theatre! That said, if you are emulating acoustic work, voice and guitar, that limitation is far less than if you are putting a band through it.


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Subject: RE: Bose L1 v LD Maui
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 18 Nov 14 - 06:17 AM

You'd do well to look at the HK Audio Elements system. Similar design and principle, but it's scaleable, more flexible and, when compared with the L1, sounded much smoother and well-balanced.


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