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Bose L1 Pro16

Portable PA system with 16-driver line array speaker module and subwoofer/mixer module

Item # 201L1P16

When Bose introduced the L1 Compact portable PA systems, their innovative line-array design combined simplicity,...

When Bose introduced the L1 Compact portable PA systems, their innovative line-array design combined simplicity,...

Item # 201L1P16

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About the Bose L1 Pro16

More tower, more power

When Bose introduced the L1 Compact portable PA systems, their innovative line-array design combined simplicity, portability, and the flexibility to work almost anywhere. With the L1 Pro16 system, they've upped the ante with more speakers for better coverage, more power, Bluetooth audio streaming, and remote control from your smartphone.

More tower, more power

When Bose introduced the L1 Compact portable PA systems, their innovative line-array design combined simplicity, portability, and the flexibility to work almost anywhere. With the L1 Pro16 system, they've upped the ante with more speakers for better coverage, more power, Bluetooth audio streaming, and remote control from your smartphone.

The system's most obvious characteristic is the tall, slim line-array tower which holds sixteen individual 2" full-range drivers. The system also includes a vertical extension column which allows you to elevate the speaker array when you need the extra height. With or without the extension, the speaker module covers a full 180° arc, letting you set up without worrying about aiming your speakers for the widest dispersal.

Bass in the case

The line-array tower is driven by a powered amp/mixer with an integrated 10"x18" "racetrack"-style oval subwoofer which delivers performance that's comparable to a standard 15" sub while saving space in your system and your trunk. The Class D amplifier supplies 250 watts to the tower and 1000 watts to the sub, giving you the power to fill spaces over 100 feet deep.

Dial in your sound

The L1 Pro16's mixer features two input channels with illuminated control knobs for volume, tone, and onboard reverb. Each channel has a 1/4"/XLR combination input jack with phantom power for condenser microphones. The mixer's ToneMatch feature offers EQ presets for microphones or instruments with pickups, and the System EQ feature lets you select from a menu of master system presets. You'll also get handy line-level and AUX-level inputs and a XLR output to connect to a second bass module. A ToneMatch port allows you to connect your L1 Pro16 to Bose's T4S or T8S ToneMatch mixer (sold separately) via a proprietary ToneMatch cable.

Mix by phone

To make operating your system even simpler, Bose offers remote control over Bluetooth LE via their L1 Mix app. You'll be able to fine-tune your sound from the room, including volume, bass, treble, and reverb adjustments, plus muting. You'll also be able to access the ToneMatch library of custom EQ presets and save preset scenes. You can also stream audio to the PA simultaneously via Bluetooth Classic. With a total weight of only 55 pounds, the L1 Pro16 is easy to load and set up. When you can have great Bose sound with a feature set like this and ease of use, what more can you ask for?


Product highlights:

  • compact portable PA system
  • articulated line array speaker module with sixteen 2" drivers
  • included tower extension elevates speaker array over the bass module
  • bass module includes amplifier, 10" x 18" bass speaker, and 2-channel mixer
  • Bluetooth for audio streaming and for control through L1 Mix app
2-Channel Mixer:
  • illuminated volume, treble/bass, reverb control knobs
  • clip indicator
  • 1/4" and XLR inputs with phantom power
  • ToneMatch EQ presets for vocals/instruments
  • 1/4" and 3.5mm stereo AUX inputs
  • ToneMatch port connects to Bose's T4S or T8S ToneMatch mixer (sold separately) via proprietary cable
More Information:
  • integrated carrying handle on bass/mixer module
  • carrying bag for tower components included
  • total weight: 54.8 lbs.
  • assembled height (with extension): 79.2" (6'9"')
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 840920-1100

What's in the box:

  • L1 Power Stand/Bass Module
  • Mid-high array
  • Array extension
  • Zippered nylon carry-case
  • 6.5' Power cable (IEC 3-pin)
  • Quickstart guide
  • Safety instructions
  • Firmware update information

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Features & specs

Mic inputs (2) XLR/1/4"
Line inputs (2) XLR/1/4", (1) 1/4"
Phantom power Yes
Channel EQ Y
Master EQ Y
Monitor outputs 0
Built-in effects Y
Number of speakers 2
Drivers per speaker ---
Woofer Size (inches) (1) 10x18"
Tweeter Size (inches) (16) 2"
System Frequency response N/A

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Overview: The Bose L1 Pro16 is a powered, portable two-way loudspeaker system featuring a 16-driver Articulated Line Array speaker tower and a Power Stand/Bass Module, all of which can be assembled and disassembled quickly for easy setup and portability. Designed to provide full, high-quality sound, the L1 Pro16 is ideal for a wide range of indoor applications such as mobile DJs, singer-songwriters, small ensembles, and live music performances.

Articulated Line Array: The L1 Pro16 system includes a Power Stand/Bass Module, with a built-in 10" x 18" high-excursion "RaceTrack" woofer, and a J-shaped Articulated Line Array that includes sixteen 2" high-frequency neodymium drivers, all powered from the built-in amplifier. An extension array piece allows the array to be used at two different height levels: 65-5/8" without the extension, and 79-1/4" with the extension installed. The L1's Articulated Line Array design provides up to 180˚ of horizontal coverage, with tight vertical control on top and a wide dispersion for the bottom section. This provides uniform sound throughout the entire listening area, whether set up on a floor or an elevated stage.

Mixer: The L1 Pro16's Power Stand/Bass Module includes a built-in 3-channel mixer located on the rear panel for quick access. Panel jacks and controls include the following:

  • Channel 1 & 2: Channels 1 & 2 include XLR/1/4" combo jacks that can be used for microphones or instrument- or line-level signals.
    • Phantom Power: A single Phantom button will apply +48V of phantom power to Channels 1 & 2.
    • ToneMatch: Channel 1 & 2 include a 3-way selector switch that can select one of two ToneMatch Presets - Mic, for use with a microphone, and Inst, for acoustic guitar. The ToneMatch selection can also be turned Off. 
  • Channel 3: Channel 3 includes a 3.5mm TRS jack, for audio playback from a portable device (summed to mono), and a 1/4" TS input for line-level signals. Channel 3 can also be used as a Bluetooth audio input, letting you play music from your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device. A Pair button and corresponding LED indicator are provided with Channel 3 for Bluetooth operation.
  • Channel Parameter Controls: Each of the 3 input channels includes a rotary/push-dial that lets you select a function and then adjust it. Each function name will illuminate when selected, while an LED light ring around the dial displays the current level. Channel Parameter options include:
    • Channels 1 & 2: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb.
    • Channel 3: Volume, Treble, Bass.
  • System EQ: Lets you select one of 4 preset sound modes - Live, Music, Speech, and Off, for affecting the overall mixed sound output. Corresponding LEDs will light for each selection.
  • Line Out: A male XLR Line Out jack lets you output the main signal to an optional subwoofer, PA, or amplifier.
  • ToneMatch port: An RJ-45 port lets you connect an optional Bose T4S or T8S ToneMatch audio engine (sold separately). This provides additional input channels and digital signal processing for customizing your sound. The T4S & T8S audio engines include a proprietary cable for plugging it into the Power Stand/Bass Module.
  • Power: The mixer panel includes a push-button to power the unit On/Off and includes a white LED that lights when on.
  • USB Port: A USB-C port is provided for Bose service use only.

L1 Mix App: The Bose L1 Mix app, available from the Apple App and Google Play stores, lets you control the L1 from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet, and includes additional features:

  • Channel Volume adjustment.
  • Channel mixer parameter adjustment.
  • System EQ adjustment.
  • Enabling Channel mute.
  • Enabling Reverb mute.
  • Activating Phantom Power.
  • Access to ToneMatch preset library.
  • Save Scenes.

Portability: Designed for portability, the L1 Pro16 can be broken down into 3 major parts for transportation and stowage. The Power Stand/Bass Module features a built-in carry-handle on the top section, and a zippered nylon carry-bag is provided for the Speaker Array and Extension piece.


  • System Type: Self-powered, 2-way
  • High-Frequency Drivers: Sixteen 2" Neodymium
  • Low-Frequency Driver: One 10" x 18" "RaceTrack"-style
  • System Power Rating:
    • Mid-High Array: 250W
    • Woofer: 1000W
  • Maximum SPL @ 1m: 118dB SPL (124dB SPL peak)
  • Nominal Dispersion: 180˚ H x -30˚ V
  • Dimensions:
    • Width: 14.0"
    • Full Height (w/extension): 79.25"
    • Height (w/o extension): 65.625"
    • Depth: 17.50"
  • Total Net Weight: 54.8 lbs.

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