I haven't really had this system for that long but I'm loving it so far. It's a little heavier and more work than the Bose was to cart around but it's nice to finally have the problem of too much power.
Friday night I played one of my favourite bars with my main band, I used a single L3s with my two L3t's and 3 L2t's for monitors. I had all the channels bouncing around 0db mark and the main volume at about - 5 db. It was a good mix and plenty loud for that bar. I pumped out some canned music between sets and it was just thumping with the single L3s.
Saturday night I had a gig doing sound for another band, it was in a hotel conference room and the room was probably 3 times the size of the bar I played the night before. I rented a second L3s just because I knew the room was going to be a lot bigger and I wanted to make sure I had it covered.
Now here is the strange thing, I had the channels running about the same all dancing around 0db. I figured I would have the mains up higher than at the bar just because room was so much bigger. So I started out with the mains at about 0db. It was crazy loud, I ended up dialling it back bit by bit, hovered around - 5db and then eventually settled for most of the night at -10db. Now it's quite possible that my band was a little louder out front on Friday night, than I had the band on Saturday, but I doubt by much.
Would a second L3s make that much difference in head room? All of this didn't sink in until today as I rest, watch the leafs beat the bruins and reflect on my busy weekend. If I had have thought of it at the time, I would have maybe tried taking one of the L3s's offline to see how much overall volume difference it makes.
At any rate I was happy to have a happy band and happy audience for my first gig doing sound with this system. It's so easy with this mixer. And sitting out front with my ipad was really cool. I was just surprised by the difference a second L3s can make. Now obviously, this isn't a controlled comparison, but just ballparking the difference, room 3 times the size needing 5 db less overall master level. Food for thought....