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Topic: Small speaker system
Message: Posted by: kenscott (May 22, 2007 10:50PM)
Ok guys need some imput. I have used anchor explorer for years for events like libraries, or shows 200 or less.

I want something similar but not an anchor. I own the PASO and it is great for birthdays but it stil does not sound as good as the explorer IMO.

So can you guys suggest another small speaker system like the anchor explorer?

Message: Posted by: Bairefoot (May 22, 2007 11:28PM)
I have the Fender Passort.

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 22, 2007 11:33PM)
What about the yamaha stagepas 300? Seems like the perfect PA to me for that size.or

Or the fender passport PD-150?
Message: Posted by: kenscott (May 23, 2007 05:41AM)
Ok I have the pd 150 and love it I am looking for a one speaker setup like the achor explorer maybe 75watts (less or more)

Message: Posted by: MAGICBYTIM (May 23, 2007 06:18AM)
I use a powered JBL Ion 10. I have two but I use one all the time. I plug my board into it but it has two inputs if you do not want to use the board.
Message: Posted by: evanthx (May 23, 2007 06:32AM)
Hey Ken!

I've got the iCue Portable PA system if you want to hook up and take a look at it. It seems quite nice.
Message: Posted by: robertwong (May 23, 2007 09:17AM)

I am waiting for the Mackie SRM150 to come out. This little unit has the following;

• Extremely portable active loudspeaker system
• Built-in Mackie mixer for superior sound quality with:
3-channel mixer with 3-band active EQ
Two high-headroom Mackie Mic/line preamps with 48V phantom power
Instrument-ready input (no DI required)
Dedicated stereo channel for keyboards, CD, MP3, iPods, etc.
Neutrikฎ Combo "line in" for linking or adding inputs
XLR "thru" with mic/line switch for linking more SRM150s or direct send to main PA

• 150-watts of high output, Class-D power
• 5.25” premium-quality, full-range neodymium driver
• Frequency Response: 100Hz to 17.5kHz
• Complete system protection with built-in limiter
• 120 dB Maximum SPL@1meter
• Built-in top carry handle
• Integral aluminum heat sink
• Mic stand integration system for use with stand and boom
• Tough, impact-resistant,

The features that I especially like are:

Weighs only 7.6 pounds
Can be mounted on a microphone stand.
150 watts
It's a Mackie Speaker.


When this product is available, you should find it for 299.00 US. The music store I am ordering it from here in Calgary informed me that the speaker is late in production and distribution and I should be able get one in the beginning in June.


Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 23, 2007 09:51AM)
I love the JBL EON 10G2. And it does have 2 inputs like the man said above.
I have a pair of these for outdoor shows or large indoor shows.

The sound is awesome. They blow away the PD-150.

Maybe you can test-drive the Carvin StageMate. Runs off battery too.
Seems like a great one-speaker system and you can add a second speaker too.
Message: Posted by: robertwong (May 23, 2007 10:15AM)

I too love the JBL EON 10G2s, however I decided on purchasing the Fender PD-150 due to it's size and weight. I work alone and the less stuff I have to carry the better.

This Mackie speaker has a lot of power and is very portable. I love the fact that it mounts on a mic stand, how easy is that?

I discovered that if I am performing a large corporate event, usually the client supplies the PA system, in fact I demand it on my audio request from. (one less thing I have to carry and set up!!) The only times I have used my Fender is during school shows or in community halls where the system is very old or there is no system.

I can see myself using the Mackie speaker for my shows in between birthday parties and larger stage shows.


Message: Posted by: Regan (May 23, 2007 02:09PM)

Don't decide until you check out the Carvin Stagemate. I don't own one, but I;ve heard good things about it. I have owned lots of other Carvin gear and it has alwaus been reliable. They sell direct, so their prices.......value for the money.......bang for the buck.......whatever you want to call it.....it's near impossible to beat.

Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (May 23, 2007 11:35PM)
I'm a big proponent of the StageMate. The only problem I see with it is the weight. The StageMate weighs 34 lbs. with the built-in sealed lead acid battery. I added a second battery to go longer without recharging but now it weighs about 40 lbs.

If the weight isn't a problem, it's one of the most practical systems around. I could get by with using it for nearly all my shows. (I have the extension speaker so I can set it up with two speakers for greater coverage.)

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 24, 2007 02:01AM)
In this case invest in a collapsable cart from musiciansfriend.com
like this...

This makes sure you're one trip to/from the car. Very very convenient. Priced right.
Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (May 24, 2007 07:27AM)
I actually go a lot cheaper! I bought a couple of these when they were on sale for $19.99 each - http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=2758 (They go on sale regularly so don't pay $29.99 for one!)

Message: Posted by: Regan (May 24, 2007 11:01AM)
I have one of those Rock 'N Roller carts but I only take it with me if I am using my large PA system.

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 24, 2007 11:24AM)
Yes, me too. I have the small one. When I use my big PA that's when I use it and I can load everything!!!

Micheal, yours is only 19x29. that seems too small to use if you want a one-trip to the car and you have a PA. Is that so?
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (May 24, 2007 09:39PM)

I have to ask, you have the Anchor Explorer (you didn't say if it was the "PRO"), what's wrong with it? I use the Anchor Explorer Pro with a Countryman earset.

Message: Posted by: kenscott (May 24, 2007 09:56PM)
Steve not sure if it is pro or not. I have had it for about 7years and it has been a work horse. Starting to get some crackling sound in it. Thought I would see if there was anything else to see
Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (May 24, 2007 11:57PM)
Michael, yours is only 19x29. that seems too small to use if you want a one-trip to the car and you have a PA. Is that so?

I can't do one trip for a show no matter what I do. I use two Lefler Suitcase Tables for nearly all my shows so they are one trip. Then, I bring in the PA stuff. The 19x29 cart is perfect for my StageMate, wireless mic, iCue Duo and a duffle bag with balloons and cords (electrical and PA.) The folding hand truck also has enough room for the StageMate and the extension speaker as well as the accessories mentioned above. (I put the mic, iCue and bag on top of the speakers.)

I also use the same size cart (I have two of them) for my JBL Eon G2 10 speakers. Two of them will fit on it just perfectly if they're face to face.

For my bigger PA system, I use the larger folding hand truck. I couldn't find it on Harbor Freight's site but there is another one that is 24 x 36. Here's a site that carries those: http://www.shop.com/op/~CART_24X36_400LB_FOLDING_PLATFORM-prod-34856784-45455328?sourceid=298

I bought the larger carts years ago to haul in my illusions that don't have casters on their cases. The only problem with the bigger carts is they weigh a whole lot more than the smaller ones and they're harder to fit in the van!

Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Jun 1, 2007 08:55PM)
I used a Carvin Stagmate for over a year in Taiwan for busking and other shows. It is a really good unit and packs a lot of power. Yes it is a bit heavy on it's own. What I liked about the Stagemate was you could individually adjust each mic or cd player or guitar you plugged into it. The effects were also very good as well. All around I gave it a 9 out of 10, only due to it's weight.

All the best,

Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jun 2, 2007 04:56AM)

I like the Roland CM 30 for a small system that fits into my Leftler type table,, however, I too am waiting for the Mackie SRM150, which should be coming out June 24th according to a Mackie administrator.

If you can wait until July several of us will give a report on it.

The manuel looks great

HAve you looked at these posts:
[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=208157&forum=11&0][b]Sound System Links[/b][/url]
[url=http://www.mackie.com/products/srm150/][b]Mackie SRM150[/b][/url]
[url=http://www.mackie.com/pdf/SRM150_OM.pdf][b]Mackie SRM150 Manual (pdf)[/b][/url]
[url=http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.aspx?ObjectId=663][b]Roland CM 30[/b][/url]

Message: Posted by: robertwong (Jun 2, 2007 10:40AM)

I ended up purchasing a cart to help me move my magic gear. I found a Rubbermaid 3-1 platform truck. What I like about it that it can move a lot of heavy gear and it only weighs 25 pounds.


Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jun 2, 2007 11:39AM)
Dennis sounds great. I think this is what I am looking for.

Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jun 12, 2007 09:32PM)
I just bought a 15-watt Crate Taxi TX15 PA, which runs on an internal battery, and a Samson Airline 77 wireless headset. I was out the door for about $475.

The PA has a lower wattage than what I wanted, but I really couldn't spend any more. I put the bulk of my money into the headset thinking that I could step up to a larger PA later when I needed to.
Message: Posted by: TV Magic Pal (Jun 12, 2007 11:57PM)
The TX15 is a nifty little unit, but it was built in China and the solder on it is not quite as beefy as it could be. When I worked as a factory tech for Crate we would regularly resolder any of them we saw and then secure the pots with silicone caulk. It'll take a competent tech less than an hour (closer to 15 minutes) to do and it will save you from crackly pots and dropped signals in the very near future. If you feel handy with a soldering iron then do it yourself; it is extremely easy. We considered it "hangover work." Skip the 30 and go straight to the TX-50 "Limo" when you are ready for an upgrade.
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jun 13, 2007 05:09AM)
Thanks for the advice Michael! I'm not too bad with a soldering iron actually. So, I'll get at that.

Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jun 13, 2007 07:09AM)
When again is the Mackie SRM150 going to be available?
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jun 13, 2007 11:49AM)
The Mackie forum administrator say June 24th... I am waiting very patiently!

The most recent post (June 1st) from a Dealer said, "I checked on our order for the SRM 350's yesterday. My Mackie rep told me late July." Now, I don't know if that SRM 350 is a typo or did he ask about the 350 and not the 150?

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 13, 2007 02:43PM)
Looks like the 50 watt Taxi is back in production? I thought that item was discontinued. Looks like it's now back at musiicansfriend.com but many days to delivery. Anybody know the scoop about this amp? Also, can you hook two together like you can the Carvin Stagemates?
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jun 15, 2007 05:31AM)
I opened up my speaker to fix the solder last night and it had already been done! Also, all of the larger components on the circuit board had been caulked...so, I guess someone else is continuing your legacy Michael!

I'm in the process of connecting my Samson reciever (currently A/C only) to the 12-volt battery in the Crate, so I can be completely free of cords and A/C. This was an ingenious idea that I got from Bobby (BAH1313).

My father spent his career working with electronics and is my wingman on the project, so I'm feeling pretty confident that the surgery will be a success.

Geesh, how many analogies can a guy fit into one sentence?!?!?!?
Message: Posted by: MikeRaffone (Jun 18, 2007 10:10PM)
The Mackie SRV150 would be perfect if you could connect a wireless mic such as the Countryman.


Message: Posted by: Magicalpro (Jun 18, 2007 11:22PM)
Why would you think you cannot hook a wireless mike to it?
On 2007-06-18 23:10, MikeRaffone wrote:
The Mackie SRV150 would be perfect if you could connect a wireless mic such as the Countryman.


Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jun 19, 2007 01:10AM)
On 2007-06-15 06:31, Chad wrote:
I opened up my speaker to fix the solder last night and it had already been done! Also, all of the larger components on the circuit board had been caulked...so, I guess someone else is continuing your legacy Michael!

I'm in the process of connecting my Samson reciever (currently A/C only) to the 12-volt battery in the Crate, so I can be completely free of cords and A/C.


Do you need to do more than solder one wire to each side of the battery terminals and then have those run into the appropriate DC connector and into the wireless receiver?

That's what I'm picturing, anyway.
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Jun 19, 2007 05:07AM)
Heya Frank,

The connection was done in-line as opposed to at a termimal. The wire is from a second A/C cord with 12-volt transformer purchased at Radio Shack. I didn't want to use the one that came with the receiver. That way I still have an A/C option.

My father suggested that I drill a hole and use a grommet to allow the wire passage out of the cabinet. Time ran out so it's just passing through an air vent slot and secured with electric tape.

The system worked without flaw. I used velcro tape to secure the receiver to the speaker and put some eyescrews into the side of the speaker cabinet so I could chain & lock it to something else. It's really just a visible deterent though, as opposed to a good anti-theft system.

I ran the system on and off from 11:00-3:00 without any problems on Sunday. However, that's only half the time of the battery at a low volume. So, I don't know yet if the receiver is going to have a major effect on battery life or not. I doubt I'll be using it more than 4-5 hours at a time though. So, I think that will be a non-issure for me.
Message: Posted by: Cesar Munoz (Nov 17, 2019 11:51AM)
Does anyone have experience this this system? https://www.amazon.com/Giecy-Amplifier-Bluetooth-Rechargeable-Locations/dp/B07PRF5WKB/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
Message: Posted by: MagicalEducator (Nov 19, 2019 09:01PM)
This gets my vote...150 watts and up to 15 hours on better. Control it with the Mackie Freeplay app.


Love it!

Message: Posted by: kcmagic1 (Jan 25, 2020 09:25AM)
I use the Bose S1 Pro. It has by far the best sound quality out there. Even at high volumes the sound doesn't distort. One speaker can easily play for over 300 people outdoors. It is battery powered also which makes it very portable.
Message: Posted by: Nickoli Sharpe (Feb 2, 2021 04:58PM)

Bose all the way!!
Had a taxi OK
Had a fender really heavy
Had a create. Wore out

Then a few years ago I was working a festival and all the acts were using the Bose.
So I now have the Bose and could not be happier.

Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Nov 6, 2021 07:51PM)
I have two of the Bose S1 Pros: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Bluetooth-Speaker-System-Battery/dp/B07BLZX73S/ref=pb_allspark_purchase_sims_desktop_6/143-7471118-0163422?pd_rd_w=1OaA0&pf_rd_p=4f6ede29-aed4-4f33-a7d7-13f5c2fee003&pf_rd_r=Z6YXDRQ63FB2C8F91B68&pd_rd_r=8657a9d2-a115-4834-b5be-6465d645cd45&pd_rd_wg=qiycg&pd_rd_i=B07BLZX73S&psc=1 Music can be paired to both of them. A cord must be used to translate the one with the microphone receiver to the other one. They have good quality in sound. They have 1/4 inch and XLR inputs. Small and light to carry.

You can purchase a slip cover to translate it around: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Pro-System-Slip-Cover/dp/B07GSFZVQT/ref=pd_bxgy_2/143-7471118-0163422?pd_rd_w=Yfrz6&pf_rd_p=c64372fa-c41c-422e-990d-9e034f73989b&pf_rd_r=Q41EYSRTQCPTCVSJQKT9&pd_rd_r=96b6b095-27b3-4a74-9dbd-9681035f91cf&pd_rd_wg=YGAfU&pd_rd_i=B07GSFZVQT&psc=1 But I purchased the backpack instead for transportation: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D7HC4XV?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

Eleven hours of battery play time are mentioned when fully charged. It is bluetooth.

The cost is pricey compared to other speakers. But it is worth it.