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News From NAMM: Mackie Announces FreePlay Personal PA

Mackie today announces an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere – FreePlay Personal PA. Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications. “FreePlay is perfect for everyone […]Read More »

Yamaha DBR12 800-Watt Active PA Speakers Review

Yamaha DBR12 800-Watt Active PA Speakers – $499/each PROS: Great sound, flexible applications, lightweight, affordable. CONS: None. PRICE: $499/each The new DBR loudspeakers from Yamaha are quite a sweet surprise. Out of the box, they’re incredibly lightweight, yet powerfully-voiced with no compromise to sound quality. If your back aches after a few weeks on tour […]Read More »

Yamaha STAGEPAS 400i Portable PA Review

PROS: Compact, good sound, nice reverb options. CONS: Limited EQ options. PRICE: $699 Back in the day, even small PAs were big enough to fill up a tour van or station wagon. Those days are thankfully behind us and Yamaha has a PA system that can fit into a Fiat. The STAGEPAS 400i system contains […]Read More »

Electro-Voice ZLX-12P Powered Speakers Review

In the past, even a minimal PA system could fill the better part of a band’s van, was a mega kluge of wires and hardware, and possibly featured questionable reliability.  EV’s new ZLX system provides a small, great-sounding sound system for the 21st Century. Size-wise, they’re not over-the-top, and they’re easy to handle; the molded […]Read More »

Line 6 L3T Speaker

PROS: Simple to use, great sound, modular, advanced feature set CONS: None PRICE: $1049 Since most bands usually just run vocals through a PA, “personal” PA systems have become in vogue. Line 6 uses that idea as a building block for a full on, scalable PA system that includes the L3T loudspeaker. Considering its sound, […]Read More »

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