I'm considering purchasing a small all-in-one PA to be used by untrained people for the occasional "we need to borrow a PA with a mic and iPod input" scenario.
Are there other, better alternatives?
I'm considering purchasing a small all-in-one PA to be used by untrained people for the occasional "we need to borrow a PA with a mic and iPod input" scenario. These are typically for wedding rehearsal dinners (toasts and such), or larger classroom/training groups. There's a chance it'll be used for a singer/songwriter coffeehouse or something too.The Fender Passport seems to be the most popular for this application. I have heard an older one and was impressed with it's size, ease of setup, and functionality. The sound wasn't amazing but it was fine for speech reinforcement. The intelligibility was good.Does anyone have any experience with the new versions, the Fender Audio Passport Venue or Fender Audio Passport Event?Are there other, better alternatives?
This is my favorite. The un-powered version is even more fool proof and reliable!
We use the passport system JR talks about at our church (or similar model). Surely decent, personally I'd rather go with a single speaker with small built in mixer. Not sure what fits the bill, but that'd be what I look for.
Thanks for the suggestions...most of you anyway. You've broadened my product consideration pool a bit.
I've used the Fender system a few times, and disliked it every time. You're paying for a neat package rather than quality sound. Personally I would put my money into higher quality components. Turbo M12, Sennheiser XS wireless, and micro iPad mixer flavor of the month will seriously outperform a Passport system.
The Yamaha and Peavey variants above are on my short list as well as just going with a common powered speaker. The Anchor Audio stuff looks like a fit and I trust the recommendation, but it sure is ugly.I hesitate to ask because I suspect I know the response but the lack of a need to carry a speaker stand would be nice...Any experience with the sub+tower arrangements? (JBL EON One, Bose L1 Compact, Turbosound IP2000, others?) Budget is ~$1k.Again, this is primarily for speaking events set up by untrained personnel. Needs a spare input for an iPod and maybe one for a guitar for rare use.
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