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Author Topic: Best "packaged" PA for foolproof setup and easy transport. Fender Passport?  (Read 961 times)

John Roberts {JR}

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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.
The Fender passport used several small speakers in series-parallel so had a strong midrange output but suffered for highs and lows. The Peavey Escort used a 10" woof and piezo tweeter so covered more of the audio range without requiring corrective Eq.

I like the single powered speaker idea too... Something like the Anchor which has surely been knocked off for less money by now, or just buy an Anchor (cry once).

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Thanks for the suggestions...most of you anyway. You've broadened my product consideration pool a bit.

A couple of others that I have used, in addition to both the Fender and the Peavey are;
The Yamaha Stagepas series.

http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/global/en/products/pasystems/stagepas_400i600i/

The Sennheiser LSP-500 Pro.  It has many advanced features but it is not inexpensive.  Built in iPad control, Bluetooth, WiFi, dual hot swap-able batteries plus corded power, etc.

https://en-us.sennheiser.com/sound-systems-wireless-loudspeaker-lsp-500-pro



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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. 
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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. 

A neat package and ease of use is what I'm looking for as indicated by the OP and title of this thread. Sending untrained people out with multiple components to hook up and wireless networking to troubleshoot is out of the question. The less cables the better.

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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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.

I've heard the Bose twice. I'd rather have my K12 any day. Basically sounded like all the HF was coming from the floor. They win in ease of setup and probably transportation. Also being able to put sound 'everywhere' might be an ease of use factor, though I'm not so sure that is a good thing.
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