There are some interesting features to the Yamaha STAGEPAS Portable PA System that make it stand out, such as the 680W power output, the detachable 10-channel mixer, simple 1-knob EQ for greater ease of use and the digital connections.
According to the designers of this PA, this is an “attractive, compact package” with the ability to provide the sort of portability that roadies would apparently not “ever dare to dream of”. This is a massive statement that makes this system sound amazing but are real musicians showing this level of enthusiasm in their reviews?
A simple, all-in-one PA system like the POWERWERKS PW100T PA System is a must for musicians, speakers and other professionals looking for a convenient way to add volume to their performance as they travel from show to show but the price tag of this particular model has led to some low expectations on sound quality and options.
It claims to have four 4.5” drivers, a wide range of inputs, channels and outputs, a high and low EQ and a built-in stand-mount adaptor, but is this enough?
While it may seem rather small and simplistic at face value, the Samson Expedition XP40iw Rechargeable Battery Powered Wireless PA System has enough features and accessories to make it quite an interesting prospect for anyone that wants a small sound system for the garden or simple amplification at small events and gigs.
The inclusion of the rechargeable battery, microphone and speaker stand will be the immediate plus point for many prospective buyers but it is the 40w Class D amplifier, 6 inch woofer and numerous jacks and controls that shows that there should also be some power and quality within this little product. Samson say it is “everything you need to to deliver a professional and memorable presentation” but do buyers agree?
The ION Tailgater Bluetooth Portable Speaker System is a simple speaker with some neat little features that is designed to make wireless music streaming much easier. It has a rechargeable battery so it can be used with ease in gardens and car parks, Bluetooth connectivity for simple streaming from tablets and phones and inputs for a microphone and other equipment to add to the functionality.
The name suggests a clear purpose here of simple sound amplification for music from portable devices at tailgating parties: does it provide this and what else can it do?
Music has a cool and placating effect that can make you forget your troubles for a while, Yamaha STAGEPAS 600I Portable PA System is a powerful acoustic system that will keep listeners entertained for many years to come. Setup is fast and easy usually taking less than 5min, all without sacrificing the machine’s sound quality. It packs 680W of power and delivers a crystal clear sound that will grasp your attention.
Whether you’re planning to use it for simple music rehearsals, school band vocal training or the church, Yamaha 600I would serve its purpose and even surpass them.
The Samson Expedition XP150 150-Watt Portable PA System boasts dual 2-way speaker enclosures, 6-inch woofers and a Class D amplifier capable of 150 watts of stereo power in its specification; however, this is the sort of model where the fine technical details actually don’t matter as much because users are more focused on four other, more simplistic aspects.
This model claims to be able to suit a lot of different performers and scenarios, it has an small, interesting design that suggests portability, it has enough features to suggest a high-quality performance without being too complicated and it is a fair price. These are the perceived benefits that are attracting buyers but are they coming through when the Expedition XP150 is in use on stage?
The Samson Expedition XP308i Portable PA has an impressive sounding specification including dual 2-way speakers, two 150W lightweight Class D amplifiers and 8” and is advertised as being compact and portable while also offering a great sound. According to Samson, this is the “ideal single system solution for a variety of live sound applications”.
This, combined with the range of features and numerous inputs, leads buyers to believe that everyone from acoustic performers, public speakers and full bands could use this with great success. This makes the XP308i sound like a truly versatile product but what is it really like?
The Bose L1 Compact Portable Line Array System is an interesting concept for any performer working in small venues because it is advertised as a modern product that takes away the bulk of sound equipment and transforms a PA system into a compact, transportable product that still has the quality of sound expected from this brand.
This system includes an integrated bass speaker and amp and has four inputs and two outputs for increased versatility. This all sounds like a lot to ask of a tiny system like this so what do buyers actually think of it?
The specification for the Behringer EUROPORT EPA150 Ultra-Compact 150-Watt 5-Channel Portable PA System is quite impressive considering it is seen as a low-end model by so many. This compact, 2x 75-Watt, 5-channel PA system has a stereo, 7-band graphic equaliser, multiple settings and a special “Planet Earth” power saving mode and also comes with a BEHRINGER XM1800S microphone, clip and cables.
Among the many promises in the product description are that it can offer “enormous power”, “precise frequency correction” and “incredible sonic performance”; all of this sounds rather appealing, perhaps suspiciously so, but have buyers actually reported that any of these claims are realised?
Understandably, the main reason that consumers will turn towards the Fender Passport 150 PRO PA System is that it is a Fender product; however, there is enough in the specification and sales pitches to really convince performers that this is the best option around.
The system offers four channels, a range of specialised controls for tone and volume and a class D amp and is designed to minimise feedback and be easily transported. These features are apparently all part of an “ongoing evolution” that makes Passport systems the best around: do their users come to the same conclusion?