I am trying to ask this: our trio has been using a L1 model with bass, for several years. We've played small rooms in coffee houses and outdoors at county fairs. The Bose covers both quite well. What I am wondering is if we wanted to, could we connect or add a set of traditional speakers to create a bit more volume for outdoor acts or loud bar. I am not sure I even want, or that we would need to do this, I am just wondering if it is possible. As you can tell, I can run the Bose just fine, but I am not so savvy about sound systems in general. I should add we also use a Mackie mixer with our set up. Any thoughts on this appreciated. Paul
Your L1® is self-contained and can only power itself and up to two B1s.
If you want to add traditional (unpowered) speakers, you would need an amplifier. Or, you could use self-powered speakers.
Either way, you would need to to take a line out of your mixer to provide a signal to the additional loudspeakers.
If you provide us with the exact model number (or a link to a manual) for your Mackie mixer I can get into some more detail.
I'm inferring that you currently only have 1 B1 module; if so, my recommendation is that your first "step up" would be to get a 2nd B1. That will allow you to "get louder" without a lot of hassle.
Bass has a lot to do with the perception of "loud" for many styles of music, and the L1 column, when run "loud", is best matched with two B1's to preserve that great, balanced L1 sound.
Beyond the 2nd B1 ... since you have a trio ... I'd recommend planning for more L1 systems (Compact, Model I, or Model II). Why? Because the additional clarity of sound which will come from separating sounds, rather than having all 3 parts coming from one location. It really does make a difference.
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