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Published by grex on August 9, 2018.
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PRORECK PRORECK PARTY 12 Portable 12-Inch 1000 Watts 2-Way Powered Speaker System image
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PRORECK PARTY 12 Portable 12-Inch 1000 Watts 2-Way P...

  • Portable 12-Inch 1000 Watt 2-Way Powered Dj/PA Speaker System with Bluetooth ...
  • 150-Watt rms,1000 Watts Peak; 12 Woofer and Compression Driver with 1.35 Tit...
  • Xlr and 1/4 Mic Inputs for balanced and unbalanced microphones ; rca Line ...
Monoprice Monoprice 130 Watt 8 Channel System image

Monoprice 130 Watt 8 Channel PA System with 2 x 10 I...

  • All-in-one system with two speakers (1x 10 1x 1 each) and an 8-channel m...
  • 100 watts rms per channel 200 watts peak per channel
  • 4 mono channels with balanced xlr and unbalanced 1/4 TS inputs plus 2 ster...
Pyle Speaker DJ Mixer Bundle image

PA Speaker DJ Mixer Bundle - 300 W Portable Wireless...

  • 8 channel mixer: This portable stage and studio PA speaker system and DJ m...
  • 300 watt power: The dual heavy duty PA loudspeakers are equipped w 300 wat...
  • Bluetooth audio streaming: The PA loud speaker set features bluetooth for wi...
MUSYSIC Complete Professional 2000 Watts Complete System image

Complete Professional 2000 Watts Complete PA System ...

  • 6 Channel Power Mixer with Build-in amplifier 2000 Watts Peak
  • 2pcs 10 2-way plastic body speakers 800 Watts Peak Power 400 Watts Progra...
  • Dual Wireless Microphone System With 2pcs Handheld Mics
JBL Professional JBL EON206P Portable All-in-One 2-way System image

JBL EON206P Portable All-in-One 2-way PA System with...

  • Easy to Use
  • Powered Mixer Input Panel
  • Ergonomic soft touch top grip for easy handling
Ignite Pro 2x Ignite Pro 10

2x Ignite Pro 10" Pro Series Speaker DJ / PA System ...

  • 10 Active Passive PA DJ Speakers - Includes (2) Speaker Tripods and Wir...
  • Complete Party Pack Set Includes 10 2-Way Active Speaker 10 2-Way Passive ...
  • Built-in usb/sd Card Slot for mp3 Audio Playback FM Radio Transmitter for ...
Fender Fender Passport Conference Portable System image

Fender Passport Conference Portable PA System Bundle...

  • All-in-one PA system with five-channel powered mixer and full-range speaker
  • 175 watts
  • Nine inputs (three xlr five 1/4 one 1/8 stereo)
Rockville Rockville RPG2X10 Package System image

Rockville RPG2X10 Package PA System Mixer/Amp+10" Sp...

  • Rockville rpg2x10 Package PA System With Mixer/Amp 2 10 Speakers Stands Dual...
  • Compact and light weight system delivers distortion free sound even at extre...
  • Two 4 Ohm high power long-throw 10 woofers with 1.5 aluminum voice coils a...
Yamaha Yamaha STAGEPAS 400BT Portable System image

Yamaha STAGEPAS 400BT Portable PA System Bundle with...

  • Ultimate portability: Compact and light enough to carry by hand
  • Fast and easy set-up: stagepas 400bt can be setup and ready to perform in ...
  • A PA for any occasion: Cover a wide range of environments and applications
Alto Professional Alto Professional Trouper image

Alto Professional Trouper | 200W Bi-Amplified Blueto...

  • Compact high-performance PA system with 3-channel mixer for small venue perfo...
  • Lightweight (23 lbs) with built-in rear handle rubber feet and pole socket ...
  • Wireless Bluetooth connection with up to two linked units for stereo and xl...
PRORECK PRORECK Club 3000 12-Inch 3000 Watt DJ/Powered Speaker System image

PRORECK Club 3000 12-Inch 3000 Watt DJ/Powered PA Sp...

  • Wireless connection & operation: Instantly pair with iPhone,iPod iPad andr...
  • Huge compatability & versatile connections: The powered system set feature...
  • Wide range OF USAGE:The PA system has 3000 Watt Peak 750 rms and can acco...
PRORECK PRORECK PARTY 15 Portable 15-Inch 2000 Watt 2-Way Powered Speaker System image

PRORECK PARTY 15 Portable 15-Inch 2000 Watt 2-Way Po...

  • Portable 15-Inch 2000 Watt p.m.p.o 2-Way Powered Dj/PA Speaker System with B...
  • 1/4 Mic and rca Line Inputs and Output as well as speakon output; 115 v/2...
  • 200-Watt rms 2000 Watts p.m.p.o; 15 Woofer with 1.35 Titanium Diaphragm Comp...
Fender Fender Passport Conference Speaker System image

Fender Passport Conference PA Speaker System

  • 175 watts of power - ample for small to medium-size audiences
  • International voltage operation (100v-120v 220V-240V).Connectivity Technology: ...
  • Five-channel mixer lets you intuitively mix lecture panels and small musical ...
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PA System Buying Guide

As a musician, I can't convey how important your PA system is to your performances. The first thing to consider is how many members are in your group? You will need a mixing board with enough channels to handle all of the instruments and microphones and whether you need a powered board or not. If your speakers have their own power then you can purchase a less expensive board with more channels. This all comes down to how much you have to invest. If you have an unpowered board and speakers you can also choose to run a power amp. The next is the size of venues you are playing at and whether you are playing indoors, outdoors, or both.

Our group plays small venues to outdoor festivals so our PA is a versatile Roland that can support the larger venues. Many years ago we had a five-piece band that included drums and bass and we had a 16 channel mixing board with powered speakers and monitors. Now, however, we are an acoustic duo and we run our system on a Roland that runs both my guitar and vocals and my other guitar player has a Line 6 amp. Occasionally we have other players sit in with us and they will run on their own amps and if they sing they typically have a small 4 channel mixer such as a Behringer with a powered speaker.

Another very important point to factor in when choosing your PA system is the genre of music you are playing. If you are playing heavier music to a larger, louder crowd you are going to want a bigger system with enough watts to handle a lot of volume. If you are a smaller group playing folk or softer songs then a smaller system with less wattage should suffice for both indoor and outdoor venues. One system that has become very popular is the Bose PA system for solos acts or duos. It's a stand-alone system that has excellent sound. However, the drawbacks are, it is very expensive and I have heard from friends that it's not a great system for outdoor venues.

Whatever your choice of music or use for your PA it's a good idea to do your research and get with one of your local music audio technicians that can help you get the PA that best suits your needs. I am going to review some systems that I have had experience with and some that I haven't, but that I have been curious about.
1. Bose Compact Portable PA Systems

The fabulous thing about the Bose system is that it allows you to cut down on the gear you are toting around with you because it is a stand-alone system. It cuts down on the setup and breakdown time. The downside is the price. Many customers have complained about the price and the sound quality. Others have been very happy with the sound. It isn't intended for large venues or outdoor use. Prices on the low-end range from about $850 to approximately $2600 + on the high end. Overall rating were 5 stars, however, one keyboard player said it wasn't useable at all for his keyboard.

2. Roland Acoustic Chorus ac-60

This is the PA that I use and I absolutely love it. I run both my guitar and vocals through this. I was running a similar Ibanez unit and was never satisfied with the sound quality of either my vocals or my guitar. This little PA is surprisingly heavy but comes with a great carrying case that holds both my mic and my CD player that I use when I am on breaks that plugs right into the system. I have used this little amp in both indoor and outdoor venues and it packs an amazing amount of sound. For some indoor venues, I never get above a 3 on the master volume and I have never had to push it over a 7 or 8 master volume for outdoor venues. It averages about a $500 price tag and got 5-star reviews down the board. I would give it 6 stars.

3. Peavy Audio Performer Portable PA

This system is popular for the sound quality and the price tag of around $400. It has a powered mixer, PV microphone, 2 speakers, cables, stands, a carrying case and much more. Many people have used this great little system for everything from auctions to rock performances and it has received great reviews. One customer did state that it didn't have enough power for larger venues. It says it has 100 watts but to them, it seemed closer to 20 watts.
4. Fender Passport Venue PA System
This PA system has an amazing 600 watts of power for medium to large audiences. It has a 10 channel mixer, 2 band EQ, reverb and volume control for each channel. For such a small system it is considered incredibly powerful for running an entire band. It has USB ports to allow you to record, playback and mix your sound. It has a price tag of about $950 and has received 4.4 out of 5 stars.
5. Behringer EUROPORT EPA900

At 900 watts, this portable PA packs amazing sound in a compact system. It has 2-450 watt speakers with built in amps, It has 8 channels, 10"woofers to get the best sound out of your low end, FX Processor, and an FBQ feedback detector. It comes in at around $790 and packs great sound for the price and portability. It got 3.5 out of 5 stars. One customer said that one of the speakers blew after just 7 uses. I would recommend buying it with consideration paid to how loud you intend on playing.
6. Yamaha Stagepas 600i

680 watts of power push this system with a 10 channel powered mixer, and 2 speakers. It can run indoor and outdoor venues easily according to the manufacturer. It has a variety of different configurations and can be used with other pieces of PA equipment. It was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars and has a price tag of $900. There was one complaint that the mixer stopped working after 5 months.
With that being said, there are obviously a lot of factors to consider when purchasing a PA system, whether you are a professional musician, karaoke DJ, a preacher in a church, or an auctioneer. I highly recommend going to a couple of different audio engineers at a music store and going over your needs as well as what venues you play or intend on playing. Your sound can make or break you and it's not something to consider lightly for the pro musician. You may have to throw the budget out the window to get exactly what you want, depending on how picky you are.
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