PA Systems

by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 08/05/2021
Mobile PAs have some endemic problems—limited inputs and outputs, limited built-in effects, subpar Bluetooth performance, and acoustics that leave a lot to be desired. JBL is hoping to change that with its PRX ONE mobile PA system for midsize live events. With a clear and powerful performance, an extensive seven-channel mixer built in, a full suite of effects from renowned manufacturers, and more, the JBL PRX ONE is sure to be a hit
by Jason T ·Posted 11/25/2020
If you’re a musician who is thinking about taking your show on the road, a sound mixer may be on your wish list. If you don’t know where to start, I have some good news—you’re in the right place. What’s a Mixer Anyway? In simple terms, a mixer allows you to blend or “mix” multiple audio signals together from different sources, such as microphones, guitars, and keyboards, and you can polish each sound independently with tools such as equalizers, and effects like reverb and echo. You can then send that audio to external devices, such as powered
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 10/27/2020
Mobile DJs, singers, performing musicians, and bands running their own PA systems need high-quality sound reinforcement that can reach their audiences without sacrificing portability or simplicity. So, if you want that and you're hoping to avoid lugging around a vanload of speakers, stands, and cables, you should strongly consider the Bose® GrandPrix family, which offers three L1 Pro™ line array systems and two modular subwoofers to satisfy the demands of various live performance
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 02/17/2020
Is your audio system lacking oomph or pizzazz? Are you trying to add extra bass to your full-range speakers with EQ, but not achieving acceptable results? Are you in awe of large-scale club systems and festival shows? If you are looking to increase the low-end of any PA or sound system, read on! A subwoofer is a loudspeaker designed to reproduce low-pitched audio frequencies known as bass and sub-bass. These frequencies are often much lower than those that can be (optimally) generated by a woofer in a full-range speaker. Even full-range
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/07/2020
Sorry live-sound engineers—JBL is giving content producers, fitness instructors, and presenters-on-the-go a sound quality heretofore reserved for the concert hall: the IRX108BT and IRX110BT loudspeakers. These speakers sound great, play loud, suppress horrible mic feedback (a headline unto itself), and remain surprisingly wallet-friendly to boot. They also give you Bluetooth 5.0 streaming at the touch of a button. The IRX108BT, the smaller of
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 12/03/2019
Need something to pick up the pace at parties? Everyone knows that music is key, but why not kick it up a notch or two? Snag a sound system with bright lights and a microphone, then make way for a night of killer karaoke; it’s a great way to grab attention, get people involved, have some laughs, and even incite friendly competition. Plus, DJs can bring a bit of the ol’ razzle dazzle to their shows and special events with a properly lit sound system. B&H has plenty of solutions from brands such as 808 Audio, Behringer, ION Audio, LG, and
by Staff Writer ·Posted 10/09/2019
JBL has released a new compact, rechargeable, personal PA. Called the EON ONE, this PA has many uses. A singer-songwriter can take it to small gigs, or busk on a street with it. Fitness instructors can amplify their voices over the music. Educators, presenters, corporations, and hotels can all make use of this all-in-one PA systems in their endeavors. With a 112-dB output, the PA can be quite loud, louder than its 8" woofer would belie.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/15/2019
It's NAMM 2019, and Mackie is going whacky! Well, not really—the company is announcing some sensible, new, and exciting loudspeakers in its lineup. Called the DRM series, these loudspeakers come in configurations suitable for all sorts of users, and offer both actively and passively configured models. But how does it sound? Well, each loudspeaker explicated herein provides a clear, crystalline timbre that goes hand in hand with the durability you've come to expect from Mackie over
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 10/02/2018
QSC has been making high-quality, affordable pro-audio equipment for live sound, cinema, and install markets for more than five decades. The announcement of a new Compact Powered (CP) series will surely turn some heads, because QSC has leveraged its technology for high-quality powered speakers into an even more affordable and lightweight package. Aimed at portable and installation markets, the CP8 and
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 09/06/2018
For any live event, quality amplified sound is crucial to crowd enjoyment. Bands in clubs, musicians in houses of worship, DJs at parties, theater troupes on stage, and singers at open-mic nights—they all need audiences to hear them clearly. The Yamaha CZR and DZR loudspeakers offer a powerful combination of portability, versatile configurability, and clean sonic performance. Whether you need passive speakers to connect to existing amplifiers or active speakers for direct hookup to mixers, Yamaha has a solution. If power amplifiers are already
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 10/05/2018
The EON ONE and EON ONE Pro are compact, all-in-one linear-array PA systems well suited for singer/song-writers, small live events, bars, clubs, meetings, and conference rooms. Both systems consist of a powered subwoofer module with an integrated mixer and wireless Bluetooth streaming. The Class-D amplifier in the sub module powers the subwoofer and linear-array
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 08/15/2018
Yamaha, a company with fingers in many musical pies, has released a baker's rack of loudspeakers and subwoofers to address all of your public-address needs. First, there's the DZR line, with each speaker offering a high SPL, sophisticated DSP with FIR filters, and a relatively lightweight design. These 2-way powered monitors are sized to fit various needs, coming in 10, 12, and 15" low-frequency driver configurations. Each model can handle up to 2000W and sports combination
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 07/20/2018
If you’re in the market for a new PA system, take a seat. QSC offers a wide range of speakers, from portable models to full line arrays, designed to meet your needs whether you’re the quintessential wedding DJ, a performing musician, a karaoke master, or an audio engineer. There are many factors to consider and many options to choose from. Traditional Passive Loudspeakers When all the mixing and
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 07/09/2020
For over 70 years, JBL has been on the forefront of audio technology. Their design goal is “create the best tools for better, more accurate sound”, a motto that has proven the test of time, resulting in numerous audio achievements, groundbreaking technologies, and revolutionary advances in the art and science of professional audio. It’s no wonder that JBL are still popular today and with this JBL portable PA buying guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at their latest offerings, including the
by Eric Calvi ·Posted 07/10/2018
Anchor Audio, the leading US manufacturer of battery-powered portable sound and public address systems, is now offering its second generation of portable audio products. The new portable sound systems, wireless PA systems, speaker monitors, and portable lecterns promise to deliver clear, dependable sound with improved simplicity and reliability. Changes include AnchorLink wireless technology, which operates in the 1.9 GHz wireless frequency range with automatic channel switching, to ensure a clear signal with reduced interference and up to 300