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Don't take this the wrong way, but you need a reality check on what a system can and cannot do. The Compact CANNOT provide enough sound for 150 people, PERIOD! AND neither can a pair!

I have DJ "old peoples" parties with 60's and 70's music with about 100 people with a pair of compacts, and it was maxed out. RED light coming on, and it started to sound really harsh. For hip hop, I tried DJing a teen party with 30 guests outside in a small tent, and it did not cut it!

Bose can continue to make outrageous claims on how many people the system can provide for, but real world application always tell the truth. In case you were no aware, Bose also claims the L1 Model I can provide up to 500 people. I rest my case. I think you and I know what kind of sound it takes to provide for 500 people, and Bose is not the answer.

Btw, I use my L1 with B2 nearly every weekend for weddings up to 250 guets. Couldn't be happier, but i know their limits!

Use the right tool, for the right job. If you need more power, stop using the compact, step up to the Model II.
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I think it would be beneficial if the DJs would set their L1s up behind them, then crank them up and spend the evening in front of them. You might find that you are beating the audience to death, especially the ones on the dance floor.

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I agree. Never found I was beating the audience to death. I actually feel it is quite perfect with a pair of L1 Models with B2s. I only had to rent twice last year for more bass.
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Hi Midnite,


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Jaswrx replies that the L1 Compact would only be good for 10-15 people using modern dance music! Bose claims it is good for 100-150 people!

I've seen Bose say "up to 100" but I don't think I've seen any formal materials from Bose that suggest that the Compact can do more than that.

I think that for live music, an audience of 100 could be fine if we are talking about a concert setting for an attentive audience. You could also be talking about background music at an event where the music is not the main focus of the event.

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I would use it mostly for Wedding Receptions of 100-150 people playing mostly Country, Classic Rock, 50-60's-70-80's Dance Music, Line Dances & some Hip-Hop!
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I had no problems this week with a pair of compacts and 150 people...actually, I was only running @ 1/2 volume...and it sounded great. For the rare occasion I need more bass, I use a pair of 15" Alto powered subs. Overkill and heavy, yes, but it's what I have available. for my weekly gigs, I use either a single or pair of compacts with no problems. When I do an event on the weekend, I add the subs under the table. Much more inexpensive and cost efficient solution than buying an L1 w/B2's for one or 2 gigs a month. I am interested in the ZXA only to save my back. These Altos are HEAVY! Smile
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I have DJ "old peoples" parties with 60's and 70's music with about 100 people with a pair of compacts, and it was maxed out. RED light coming on, and it started to sound really harsh. For hip hop, I tried DJing a teen party with 30 guests outside in a small tent, and it did not cut it!


You had to have been overdriving it. I had a karaoke show with just under 150 people this past week...heavy rock and pop (Ozzy, AC/DC, Pink, Rihanna)...no subs, no clip light, no issues with volume at 1/2. Got compliments all night on the sound...HOWEVER, the compacts were in the corners of the room (reverberated bass) and they were up on a 3ft stage putting the sound just over people's heads...
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Thanks Scott, I would only use the system once or twice a month mainly small to medium weddings! I would only use one of the L1's compact! I agree spending $2,700-3,000 is a over kill unless you have the green & I don't! I saw a guy on the net testing a single L1 Compact with a sub the brand I don't remember on his drive way & it sounded good!
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You are right, I was over driving it.

I play at weddings where people want to dance their *** off. When I attempted to use Compacts, I always got asked to turn it up, and it was embarrassing to say, I can't.

For Hip Hop, the red came on the 1st song.
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karaoke show


Karaoke s nothing like hard music playback.
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I have been looking at this sub as well. I like options. I have a Compact, Fender Expo, and an L1 Model II with 2 B1's. Not long ago, I sold both my powered subs. A JBL powered 18 and a Yorkville powered 10. I used to pair the Yorkeville with my Compact and it worked nicely. Still easier setup than Model II with two B1's.
The Expo is a very easy setup, but falls in between the Compact and Model II. Sometimes, I would like to add a sub to it. So now, I am back in the market for a new powered sub. The two I had, were overkill and heavy. I just recently purchased a Packlite. Also, want to get a B2. Nice to be able to add this to the model II, when needed. Does no good for Compact or Expo without a crossover. There is another thread that discusses this on the site. Too much setup involved, and defeating the purpose, of what these systems are all about.
The EV comes in about the same specs as the B2, size wise. I think it would be a great option. You work at the same place often and know your limits and what you can get away with, why not. If the Compact with a little more punch, does it for you, go for it. Example: I work every Friday at the same place for 5 years. I could just leave the sub there, and not have to worry about humping it around. The Expo and this sub, would be all I need to get the job done. Even if you had to carry this around, it's not that bad, compared to my old ones.