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Andrew Broughton

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Portable Public address system
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:43:22 pm »

What's decent quality in a small portable system that can do the following:
1-2 Speakers on stands with integrated wireless, 2 hand held W/L mics, 1 iPod/Phone input for music (BT would be a bonus)
Something that packs together but has decent quality as well as able to withstand a bit of rain and keep working. Bonus if it's lightweight and easy to carry around.
For a community center for meetings and outdoor announcements (<50 people), so operated by non-technical folks. Something that sounds good out of the box.

What's decent these days?
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 01:57:56 pm »

What's decent quality in a small portable system that can do the following:
2 Speakers on stands2 Wireless hand held mics1 iPod/Phone input for music (BT would be a bonus)
Something that packs together but has decent quality as well as able to withstand a bit of rain and keep working. Bonus if it's lightweight and easy to carry around.
For a community center for meetings and outdoor announcements (<50 people), so operated by non-technical folks. Something that sounds good out of the box.

What's decent these days?

Yamaha Stagepas 400BT or 600BT
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 02:05:51 pm »

Yamaha Stagepas 400BT or 600BT
Thanks, Tom. I had looked at those. Too complicated and overkill for non-techies, and too expensive. Also doesn't have built-in wireless...

I'm looking at the Galaxy Traveler Quest or Anchor Go Getter 2 system, wondering if anyone has any opinions about those?

Any other manufacturers make something that has 2 wireless receivers built in? (The Sennheiser LSP500 system looks amazing, but at $2500 without wireless makes it a bit too expensive...)
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 02:20:32 pm »

Never used one so can't speak to quality.....Fender Passport system??
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019, 02:36:37 pm »

Thanks, Tom. I had looked at those. Too complicated and overkill for non-techies, and too expensive. Also doesn't have built-in wireless...

I'm looking at the Galaxy Traveler Quest or Anchor Go Getter 2 system, wondering if anyone has any opinions about those?

Any other manufacturers make something that has 2 wireless receivers built in? (The Sennheiser LSP500 system looks amazing, but at $2500 without wireless makes it a bit too expensive...)
The Anchor stuff is pretty bulletproof (and weatherproof) and simple to deploy, though the wireless quality leaves a bit to be desired. Given your specs that shouldn't be an issue, though. Worst case you can supplement with a dedicated wireless setup. They're pretty standard issue for most school systems with outdoor extracurriculars, hell, when I was in high school we had an anchor system we used in marching band. Got plenty loud to address a hundred or so kids stretched out across a football field, so I would assume they have enough oomph to work with your use case.
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2019, 02:45:43 pm »

What's decent quality in a small portable system that can do the following:
2 Speakers on stands2 Wireless hand held mics1 iPod/Phone input for music (BT would be a bonus)
Something that packs together but has decent quality as well as able to withstand a bit of rain and keep working. Bonus if it's lightweight and easy to carry around.
For a community center for meetings and outdoor announcements (<50 people), so operated by non-technical folks. Something that sounds good out of the box.

What's decent these days?

I donít think that anything Iíve ever seen can be operated without some degree of understanding, certainly not for what you are looking for.  Everything in this field needs some understanding of gain structure, and balancing.
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 03:44:30 pm »

Galaxy Audio is headquartered here in Wichita and I've seen the Traveler but not auditioned it.  Based on my experience with Galaxy products, I'd expect it to do what Galaxy claims, no less and no more.
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2019, 03:45:09 pm »

The Mipro MA708 is pretty decent.

I just had a client needing a battery operated 2 speaker system with 4 wireless mics. I tried the Galaxy TV10 first, but the noise floor of the wireless was awful so I returned it all. Then put together a setup with the MA708 that is probably 30%  more expensive but FAR better in function and apparent build quality. The handheld mics in particular are the standard issue Mipro ACT3 series with condensor capsules.

My recommendation would be to stick with no more than 2 or 3 wireless channels operating with one of these systems. We were able to get 4 handhelds working plus a wireless link between the two systems using an ACT3 bodypack, but it took some channel juggling to avoid interference. I think the fact these built-in receivers have no external antennas limits their performance.
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2019, 05:20:06 pm »

I donít think that anything Iíve ever seen can be operated without some degree of understanding, certainly not for what you are looking for.  Everything in this field needs some understanding of gain structure, and balancing.
That doesn't necessarily have to be the case. If the wireless mics are part of the system, they can be internally eq'd and gained appropriately and "just work".

Let's not go into a discussion about how small committees should be hiring technicians or whether not-for-profits need to have an A/V person on staff, just looking for opinions on the best system that's user-friendly, will last and sounds good.
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Re: Portable Public address system
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2019, 05:22:10 pm »

Fender Passport system??
I've heard they are awful. Have you used that one?
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