Bose Pro8 Portable Line Array Speaker System


Lightweight portable Bose performance speaker system.  Perfect for musicians, DJs, wedding celebrants.


Which L1 system does this replace?  The Bose Compact.

This is the new generation of portable Bose Professional products.

More bottom end and more power than the original Compact, easier to transport.

Plus – new features from Bose:

  • Wireless control via L1 mixer app
  • Tonematch port for T4s or T8s connection and control
  • 124 dB SPL peak
  • Racetrack driver subwoofer built in
  • 180 degree coverage
  • Bluetooth connection


Bass without the bulk
An integrated subwoofer with a unique RaceTrack driver design gives you powerful bass, has an optimised centre of gravity and saves a lot of space. This slim 17.8 cm × 33 cm driver gives you performance that rivals a conventional 30.5 cm woofer without the cumbersome size, freeing up room in your vehicle and on the stage, and making every carry in between—home to car, vehicle to venue—much easier.

Mixer onboard and on your phone
Each L1 Pro system features a built-in mixer, so you can connect various instruments, microphones and other sources easily. You get two combo XLR-6.4 mm phantom-powered inputs, 6.4 mm and 3.5 mm (1/8″) aux inputs, plus Bluetooth streaming capability. Illuminated rotary encoders give you instant access to volume, tone and reverb settings per channel. Select between optimised system EQ presets for live music, recorded music and more. And add in even more instruments and other audio sources via a dedicated ToneMatch port—one cable provides both power and digital audio between the system and a Bose T4S or T8S mixer (optional).

And with the intuitive L1 Mix app, you get complete wireless mixer control from your smartphone or tablet too.

Intuitive and instant wireless control
With the L1 Mix app, you can adjust mixer settings instantly from your mobile device or even walk the room, hear how the mix sounds and fine-tune as you go. Change volume and tone settings in the app and watch the LED encoder on your L1 Pro move to match—the mixer and app are always in sync, in real time. Plus, you have access to the entire ToneMatch library of custom EQ presets. With the L1 Mix app, you get the connectivity that empowers your performance, giving you greater flexibility for on-the-fly tweaks via controls that are intuitive and instant.

Premium sound on stage. Practical portability everywhere else. With an L1 Pro system, you can get from parking to performing with ease and from setup to setlist in minutes. It’s the power to sound your best and simply perform.


  • Can I run a pair of L1 speakers in stereo?

    Yes, stereo is definitely an option.

    With the older L1 Model 1s and Model II, running in stereo was a lot more challenging than traditional powered speakers.  The only simple mixer option made for the Bose L1 at the time was the T1 Tonematch mixer.  It was mono, but to run that in stereo was a real mission requiring you to adjust settings, send a signal to the AUX out independently of the MASTER out.

    With the introduction of the T4s and T8s digital mixers which have dual MASTER out (or – left and right, stereo), suddenly stereo became a lot easier.

    But do you really NEED to run in stereo?

    The downsides to running “stereo” as a DJ or band

    1. Unless they’re in the “sweet spot”, your audience won’t get stereo. If they’re not dead centre of the dancefloor, they’ll get predominantly more of either the left or right channel.  They probably won’t notice.
    2. You can get bass cancellation if the subwoofers are too close together.
    3. You will get cancellation (particularly less bass) if the L1 speakers are too close together if you end up running “dual mono”, ie exactly the same signal on both speakers. Bose recommends spacing the two speakers 6 metres apart.
    4. Even in stereo, you’d want to try to put the subwoofers together to avoid cancellation.


    I’ve been using the Bose L1 systems since 2007.  Be it a Compact, a Model 1, L1 Model II, or the 1s, and now the Pro8, Pro16 and Pro 32.  I’ve only needed a pair on less half a dozen occasions.  Unless it’s a massive room or huge crowd, the long throw and wide dispersion of of the L1 system means two “sticks” really is often just overcomplicating matters with no real advantage, certainly none that the client/audience will ever notice.





    Nick Logan – Corporate and wedding DJ 

    Running in stereo is probably a lot easier now with the new L1 Pro series, you can use them without the Tonematch mixer.

  • How do I connect my T1 Tonematch to an L1 Pro?

    You’ll need two cables to The original T1 Tonematch mixer will need two cables – an audio cable, and an ethernet cable (or Tonematch power supply).

    The L1 Pro8, Pro16, or Pro32 can power the T1 Tonematch mixer via the ethernet cable. However, unlike the L1 Model II or L1s, there is no audio transferred via this ethernet connection.

    1. Power up your T1 via the Tonematch power supply, or an ethernet cable connected to the L1 Pro Tonematch port
    2. Run a 6.3mm TRS (stereo) cable from the T1 master out, into Ch3 on the L1 Pro.


    Read the full article at the Bose Portable PA Encyclopedia FAQ and Wiki

  • Bose L1 Pro range comparisons

    The Bose L1 Pro range initially consists of three to four systems, depending on the subwoofer configuration.

    Bose have a detailed comparison chart available here.

    Here are the key differences at a glance:


    Volume: 112 dB (cont.) 118 dB (peak)
    Power: 60w main system, 240w subwoofer
    Low frequency: 45Hz
    Weight: 18kg


    Volume: 118 dB (cont.) 124 dB (peak)
    Power: 250w main system, 1000w subwoofer
    Low frequency: 42Hz
    Weight: 24.8kg

    Pro32 with Sub1

    Volume: 117 dB (cont.) 123 dB (peak)
    Power: 480w main system, 480w subwoofer
    Low frequency: 40Hz
    Weight: 13kg (base and array) + 16.1kg (Sub1)

    Pro32 with Sub2

    Volume: 122 dB (cont.) 128 dB (peak)
    Power: 480w main system, 480w subwoofer
    Low frequency: 37Hz
    Weight: 13kg (base and array) + 23.4kg (Sub2)

  • Can I connect the F1 sub to the L1 Pro?


    The F1 subwoofer is a stand-alone active subwoofer with multiple inputs and outputs.

    Connect your source to the F1 subwoofer line-in, then run the line-out from the subwoofer to your L1 Pro8 (overkill, but what fun!), Pro16, or Pro32 which each have multiple input options.

    Alternatively, the Pro8, Pro16 and Pro32 each have line outputs, so you can connect that directly to the F1 subwoofer input.

  • Is the L1 Pro8 the same as the legacy L1 Compact? Bose Pro8 vs Compact Comparison

    The Bose L1 Pro range is the new generation of L1 portable line array systems.  Just as the L1 Model II eventually replaced the Model I and Classic, the L1 Pro system will replace the Bose L1 Model II, L1s, and L1 Compact.

    The Compact is and always will be a reliable, powerful and super portable little speaker.  Great for small venues, smaller crowds (up to 50 guests), and perfect for DIY wedding hire systems, etc.

    Bose L1 Compact vs Bose L1 Pro8 Comparison

    The newer Bose Pro8 portable line array has even more features: 3 input channels, Bluetooth, wireless control via mixer app, T4s and/or T8s input, and of course more bass, more power.

    Read the side by side comparison at the Bose Portable PA Encyclopedia – full article here: Bose L1 Compact compared to Bose L1 Pro8.

  • Can I connect Sub1 or Sub2 with a Pro8 or Pro16?

    The simple answer: YES.

    How?  I recommend running into the sub then out to the Pro8 or Pro16 (or any other active speaker, to be honest).

    1. Connect your source (DJ controller, mixer, etc) to the Sub1/Sub2 via the line input 1 and/or 2.
    2. Connect XLR from line out 1 and/or 2, to jack (6.3mm) line input.

    The Sub1/Sub2 Level Control does not affect the Line Outputs.  The advantage here is you can adjust the subwoofer volume without affecting the rest of the system.

    A real-world use for this might be during the earlier part of a wedding reception, you can have the sub turned down to almost zero, leaving the Pro8 or Pro16 to do all the work (dinner music, speeches etc).  Then as your party picks up, you can turn the sub up through the night for extra “kick” when required.

    Be aware – the Sub2 (and to a lesser degree the SUb1) can easily overpower the Pro16 and definitely the Pro8.