Portable PA?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Rapier, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Anybody use a portable mains/battery PA sytem for jobs?

    If so, what do you use? Wattage,etc.

    Looked through Ebay and found several that I think would be suitable, but thought I'd ask opinions first.
     
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  3. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Yes, use a Yamaha Stagepas 300 (300W) and a BOSE L1 Model I (no wattage disclosed!!) dependant on gig.

    Or sometimes just a Yamaha MSR100 (100W) if it's a single Microphone/smaller venue.
     
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  4. Andrew Norman

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    I use the Peavey Escort 2000 - excellent value, compact and reliable.
    Now discontinued but there is a 3000 model . Thomanns offer good prices and fast delivery but you may need to buy a UK lead or adaptor.
     
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  6. Mattytheshark

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    This is a fantastic recommendation. I bought one of these myself a couple of years ago and it's light, compact and has plenty of power for what you seem to need it for.
     
  7. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    What part of mains/BATTERY has caused the confusion here? ;)

    It must be capable of battery only use.
     
  8. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Erm, the way it implies either, not exclusively one?
     
  9. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Member

    I guess the mains part - you're unlikely to find anything that is battery powered and is powerful enough to be of any use.
    Possibly running from a car battery...
     
  10. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Nope, there are loads about. I just wondered what type people here have.
    They can run for several hours on a charge and would be perfect for the announcing role in parks and fetes etc.
     
  11. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Member

    Good luck in your search - let us know if you find something that works..
     
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  14. Mattytheshark

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    We have something similar at school although I don't think they are very powerful. All depends on the type of job I suppose. Might not be great for a bandstand type job.
     
  15. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Would have thought 70watts was noisy enough. It's only for the compere to do their thing.
     
  16. Sparky

    Sparky Member

    What about the Behringer Europort EPA40. We use one. 40 watts, rechargable battery, supplied with Mic, ultra portable and retails at about 80 quid. Works well for us
     
  17. Andrew Norman

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    Interesting - the Behringer stuff is usually good value. EPA40 available here.
     
  18. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Tried a 50w Amp at a concert in a large hall (rugby club) and it wasn't powerful enough. Looking at 70 to 100.
     
  19. davethehorny

    davethehorny Member

    We bought a small re-chargeable PA system from Maplins for £99.

    It had enough power for bandstand type gigs and lasted for three seasons before the battery packed up.

    It came with a headphone mic, a clip on mic and a proper mic. Our MD loved it and so did all the other bands that borrowed from us.

    We are having problems getting a replacement battery for it however and will probably end up buying another one this year.
     

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