Bose L1 Pro16 Portable Line Array System review

The future of PA systems? This portable and powerful unit lets you take your performance anywhere

Bose L1 Pro16
(Image: © Bose)

Guitar World Verdict

The Bose L1 Pro16 is the complete package for a portable and powerful “next-gen” PA system with remarkable 180-degree horizontal sound coverage for small to medium venues and even outdoor spaces.


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    Integrated design makes for smaller footprint.

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    16 articulated neodymium drivers offers wide 180-degree horizontal coverage.


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When Bose invented the L1 system 17 years ago, no one could have imagined how indispensable its game-changing design and intended purpose would be today, considering the current musical landscape. 

With most soundmen sidelined and music venues shuttered due to the pandemic and social distancing, the need for a portable and powerful PA system – like the L1 – as an ergonomic sound solution for peripatetic performers having to adapt to where they play has never been more crucial. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.