I can safely say that nowadays, portable PA systems designs copy mostly the Yamaha Stagepas or the JBL one (the name escapes me). But even the JBL one is based on the Stagepas so I can safely say that the design began with Yamaha. This Gemini ES-210MXBLU portable PA system goes one additional step further by not just copying the JBL 210p (finally got the name) portable PA system but takes part of the JBL’s model number as well! In any case, this is what this offering from Gemini is able to, uh, offer:
- Ultra lightweight and extremely compact
- Integrated MP3 player with connections for USB, SD, and Bluetooth
- 2-way high power passive PA speaker
- 600W peak, 150W RMS Class D built-in amplifier
- 10” LF woofer with 2” voice coil
- Pure Titanium 1” HF compression driver
- Wide dispersion horn with forward firing bass reflex ports
- ABS impact resistant nylon fiber cabinet
- 8 channel powered mixer with on board digital echo effect
- Individual bass, treble, effects and volume controls for 4 line/mic inputs
- 1 microphone included
- 15V phantom power for capacitance microphones
- All needed cables included
- Top and side handles for easy carrying
- Flyable & Stand mountable
This is what the mixer looks like, at a glance. It does not have the simple layout of the Yamaha Stagepas but I suppose it will work ok. I like the fact that they actually “admitted” that the phantom power is only 15V. Yamaha does not admit that. I found out by myself. I do not really in specs because companies have the tendency to exaggerate performance and Gemini is no stranger to that.
I have read a couple of bad reviews online about this product. Anything from being extremely low-powered and bad quality control. One person said that the catch mechanism for the mixer to snap to the back of the mixer broke off pretty easily. So as one can see, you do get what you pay for. It costs about SGD$500 thereabouts, half the price of a brand new Stagepas. As usual, you get what you pay for.
Yamaha started a revolution of sorts with the Stagepas system. Many, many others have tried to copy its design since then. I can say the same about the Alto Mixpack 10 above. It looks the same as the Stagepas series with one speaker to store the mixer and the other for cables. In any case, with this Alto Mixpack 10, this is what you get:
- High performance all-in-one portable sound system for any event
- 400-watt peak power output
- Removable 8-channel powered mixer conveniently stows for transport
- (2) Alto Professional loudspeakers with 10-inch woofers and
- 1-inch HF compression drivers
- Integrated storage compartment for cables and other accessories
- 4 XLR + ¼-inch mic/line inputs
- 2 stereo line input channels (1/4-inch and RCA)
- 2-band EQ per channel
- Switchable digital reverb and phantom power on channels 1-4
- Separate EQ contour modes for speech and music playback applications
- 1/4-inch speaker outputs (cables included)
- 1/4-inch line level monitor outputs for adding additional powered speakers
Now when they sat 400 watts peak output, I suppose that they are referring to the whole system, not per channel. From what I can see, these are like an almost perfect replica of the Stagepas series but I am sure that they do not have the audio clarity of the Yamaha. In any case, I do not think Alto products are that popular in Singapore anyways so the chances of getting one here is pretty remote
I did not know that Peavey had a portable PA series. As a matter of fact, I only just found out. I have yet to try this out and have yet to see this being used in Singapore…in the sea of Yamahas and Mackies and the occasional Fender Passport. The PVi features 300 watts of power. This eight channel system includes four XLR or 1/4″ microphone inputs and two stereo inputs featuring 1/8″, RCA or 1/4″ inputs. Each channel includes three bands of EQ along with a variety of digital effects with LED display. This feature beats my Yamaha Stagepas hands down. In addition the PVi portable is capable of playing back MP3 audio tracks via USB. This is like the Fender Passport. Recording audio out can be done via the onboard analog record RCA outputs. It also has a seven-band EQ. Speakers and cables are included in this portable PA system, featuring rugged metal latches. These are the features of this unit:
- 300 watts
- 2x stereo channels
- Media inputs
- Record outputs
- Full 3-band EQ per channel
- Built in digital effects and delay
- Seven-band master Graphic EQ
- USB input for MP3 playback
- EFX send and return
- Includes speakers and speaker cable
- 8 channel powered mixer
- Assignable stereo power section
- Analog and digital record outputs
- Weight Unpacked: 46.30 lb(21 kg)
- Weight Packed: 55.12 lb(25 kg)
- Width Packed: 23″(58.42 cm)
- Height Packed: 34″(86.36 cm)
- Depth Packed: 17.25″(43.815 cm)
But I do not think you can get this in Singapore…or I could be wrong. But it looks mighty interesting
This was released recently at NAMM 2015 and I must admit that I was intrigued by it. Now, before you all think that this is something revolutionary, you all need to know that this design was copied from Yamaha’s Stagepas line. But nevertheless, it does look interesting. What is it all about?
Well, for starters, the XP1000 is part of Samson’s Expedition Series of portable PA systems. I have done some write-ups in the part about their previous offerings. How about this one? Well, for starters, the XP1000 is Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your smart phone, tablet or laptop. This is an interesting feature indeed. No more hunting for Bluetooth receivers for just this purpose. Even Yamaha does not have this feature. Some people may call it a gimmick.
The XP1000, like the Yamaha Stagepas Series, has a removable 10-channel mixer with a 1,000-watt (2 x 500) Class D amplifier which powers the speakers. Remember all, this is 1000 watts peak music power, not RMS. The mixer features four Mic/Line input channels, each with XLR and 1/4″ inputs for connecting microphones or active line level instruments. It also includes three stereo input channels for connecting external devices like MP3 players, keyboards and more. Each channel features Bass and Treble controls, and the first two Mic/Line channels have a selectable compressor to even out levels while preventing overload and distortion. The XP1000 even has a USB Wireless port. I do not know if it serves the same purpose as the USB port on the Stagepas 600i .
For precise control over your sound, the XP1000 provides 16 presets of DSP effects. For larger applications, the XP1000 provides stereo monitor outputs with level control to use the system with additional powered speakers. In addition, the mixer has a Phantom Power switch to enable the integration of condenser microphones into your PA setup. This is where the Samson system trumps over the Yamaha Stagepas series. The Stagepas has no selectable DSP.
Speakers-wise, the XP1000’s 2-way vented speakers look pretty good. Their drivers complement consist of 10″ low-frequency drivers and 1″ high frequency drivers attached to a horn which gives a dispersion pattern of 60 x 90 degrees. These ABS enclosures feature integrated 1 3/8″ speaker stand mounts, as well as a 30° kickback design for use as floor monitors.
Not bad eh? Something to thnk about!
There are times when I really wish that there were more options as far as portable public address system choices in Singapore, like it is in the USA. Like this one by Harbinger for instance, the HA120 pictured above. This 120-Watt portable PA system features a four-channel mixer/amplifier with mic and instrument inputs on each channel, plus a pair of two-way speaker cabinets. Each channel has its own input, Low and High EQ, and effect send control. Master Section includes Master Volume, FX controls, and AUX Input for CD and MP3 Players. Its Recording Out feeds recorders, tape decks, computers, and more. The two-way speaker cabinets, each with a 12″ speaker and a high frequency horn, provide full-frequency audio. And I must say that it is pretty affordable too. I saw a shop’s online website selling this complete package for the Singapore dollar equivalent of $350. I also have read some horror stories about this portable PA system and I have said before that you do get what you pay for. But the price point, coupled to using it for simple gigs, make this a system that is hard to beat price vs performance-wise.
I came upon this system while searching for some information about speakers over the Internet. Why you may ask. Well…something about it caught my eye, especially the double woofer setup in the speakers. From what I could glean from the Internet about this system, this is what I found out. The Profile Two 300W PA System is the big brother of the Profile System One, with increased power and more inputs. The Profile Two is built around a 5-channel powered mixer, which pumps out 300W, 150W per channel stereo. It comes with an 8-band master EQ which to me is rather unique. Each individual channel also has 2-band (bass & treble) EQ controls. The 5 mixer channels all have balanced XLR and 1/4″ combo inputs, with stereo inputs on channel 5. All channels feature monitor volume controls and stereo panning controls. An additional discrete AUX channel has stereo mic and line (1/8″) inputs. A 24-bit digital processor delivers 16 effects, including Double Take Vocal, which makes one vocalist sound like 2. An effects loop allows insertion of external effects units. Each speaker cab features 2 heavy-duty 8″ speakers, plus a neodymium compression driver with 1″ exit. The Line Array design gives your sound enhanced projection and performance that reaches deep into the audience.
Looks pretty interesting, I thought. I like the look of the speaker cabinets. Looks like they are made of plywood. I am not sure if they really are made of plywood but it would be a plus if they were. That is why I love the USA so much. They have so many sound-systems that you can get for a pretty good price, and this is one such example. It would make an ideal second system to my Stagepas 500
I was walking around Plaza Singapura a couple of days back. At the Yamaha shop there I chanced upon this portable PA package selling for about $400. Not too shabby, I thought to myself. The speaker complement looks a but like the Phonic Powerpod 410 package that I had posted about some time back. The CDPA-2 pack bundles a 2 x 80 watts stereo Laney CD200 Concept mixer with a pair of Dual purpose 10” + HF loaded 150W cabinets plus a mic and all the cables you need to get everything up and running. The power house of this pack is the CD200, which features 5 input channels each with XLR & Jack inputs, treble and bass EQ, FX send and individual Level controls. Onboard Digital delay and echo effects, a record out (RCA) plus an AUX in (RCA) with a dedicated level control and a master volume which sets the overall listening level. The pack also contains a pair of dynamic microphones each fitted with a cable and all the speaker cables required to get everything connected. Features-wise:
- 1 x CD200 mixer head
- 2 x Dual purpose 10″ (wedge/PA) 100w speakers
- 2 x dynamic microphone with on/off switch and lead
- 2 x 3m Professional speaker cables
That is a pretty good package if I do say so myself. For the price you get some good stuff but I would question the piezo horns. I had similar ones on my old Peavey 112H’s and I can tell you, they are a bitch to find should a horn blow. But for the price, and fr small gigs, this cannot be beat.