Portable PA Systems
Jul 1, 2014 11:26 AM, By Bennett Liles
Recording studio features and wireless connectivity have brought a new dimension to taking sound on the road in highly mobile, quick setup sound systems. Wi-Fi remote control and DSP presets can be found on many of the portable PA systems listed here. We also have a look at small but powerful speaker enclosures that can form a great foundation for a custom-made road rig used by musicians, presenters, and educators, allowing them to push a button or two and then concentrate on the task at hand.
Small enough to get around but big enough to handle high SPL, the Point12 from Adamson Systems can be used for speech systems or live bands. The two-way cabinet has a rotatable waveguide to provide a variety of coverage angles and its anisometric hexagon shape makes it easy to use as a floor monitor. For more punch in the bass, the Point 12 can be combined with the Point 215 Sub and its two 15in. NeoKevlar LF drivers.
Alto Professional allows users to get a signal to the Black 10 two-way speaker even when it may be hard to reach for control. Equipped with a 2400W (peak) amplifier and featuring wireless connectivity, it works with the free Live Drive app for wireless sound-shaping control (level-match, adjust EQ, and time-align), which allows easy integration into new venues or performances. The unit is stand- or pole-mountable and can be flown with 12 M10 rigging points.
Looks small, sounds big, and it can go off-road on batteries. Anchor Audio has put 109dB SPL into a 23lb. injection-molded polypropylene enclosure that can be configured in a number of variants depending on the features needed. The Go Getter has two mic inputs on XLR/TRS jacks and a 1/4in. TRS line in. It can house two wireless mic receivers with an MP3/CD player, and it has both line and speaker outputs. The sound is delivered by a 6.5in. woven-fiber woofer and high-output horn tweeter. Charging status and low-battery warning are visible on a panel-mounted LED.
The L1 Model 1S and B2 bass module from Bose pair up to make a PA system that is the ultimate in quick setup while producing a wide coverage pattern for crowds up to 300. The articulated line array sits in its low-profile power stand and contains 12 drivers to provide 180-degree horizontal coverage. The B2 bass unit is also connected to the power stand, and a second B2 can be added. Four more audio inputs are available by using the optional T1 ToneMatch audio engine.
Cerwin Vega has introduced a brand new, more compact version of the original P1500X loudspeaker, the P1000X, a two-way, bi-amped, full-range, bass-reflex speaker that employs a 10in. woofer and a high-frequency compression driver. It is powered by a 1000W Class-D amp. It has a mixer, enhanced EQ, VEGA BASS boost, and a high-pass filter. The cabinet can be flown using the built-in rigging points.
The Solutions SLS960 three-way, electronically controlled, full-range loudspeaker system from Community Professional has an integral one-piece fiberglass baffle of Wavefront Coherent design. Capable of handling 1000W program power and connecting on two Neutrik NL4MP and two banana jacks, the system can be used in passive mode or switched for bi-amped operation. It is available in black or white with a white grille cover, and with or without handles.
A star in the Action Series from D.A.S. Audio, the Action 215A is a self-powered system with twin 15in. speakers and a Class-D amp using a switch-mode power supply. It delivers 45Hz to 20kHz frequency response (-10dB) over a dispersion angle of 80°x50°. The birch plywood cabinet is equipped with an XLR loop-through. Fitted with rigging points and a tight mesh black grille, the cabinet weighs 88lbs.
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