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Topic: Sound System
Message: Posted by: greggtheballoonguy (Feb 28, 2014 11:28AM)
After extensive research I have finally found the winning portable sound system. This one is high quality, fully battery operated, small enough to carry around, and loud enough for a moderate size audience and very reasonably priced. I wouldn't use it for 500 people from a big stage, but if it were a library room with 200 people, it would work great. OK, so what is it? The Samson XP40iW. Then you need to get the Samson Transmitter that is paired with your unit. They come in at least 10 different frequencies (both the speaker and the transmitter). And finally the headset mike, also by Samson. For some crazy reason I have never found these items listed as a set. They are not available in any Guitar Center or Sam Ash store I have visited. The speaker is, but not the transmitter or headset. The folks at both those stores don't even know about the matching headset and transmitter. They will pull out the very expensive ones, but not the ones I got. In fact the high end mike headsets are too power hungry to work well with the transmitter. The Samson XP40iW with built in receiver costs $300, the Samson ST5 transmitter pack is $45 and the Samson HS5 headset is $38--so the full set up is around $380. You can't compare this to the Chinese imports. I ordered 2 different ones from Chinese makers and sent them right back (thank God for Amazon's return policy). I highly recommend this system--it's much louder than my previous MiPro system.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Feb 28, 2014 01:45PM)
YES...finally someone talking some sense around here. It's tiring always reading posts about the latest piece of ^&%*) and how great the sound is. The Expedition Express is a wonderful speaker with a nice rich full sound. It's perfect for in home birthday parties. No need to carry extension cords, move furniture around to look for outlets and light weight and portable. I've used it for school shows and would say it's good up to about 150 people. Outdoors it does the job depending on competing noise. I have two for better outdoor coverage. When show is done it's a simple matter to pick them up and move them backstage. I have a Shure mic that I converted to battery power and use Show Cues for the music.

Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Feb 28, 2014 02:11PM)
If only they made those with built in wireless! It would be the ultimate system!

Thanks for sharing!

- Kevin
Message: Posted by: bunkyhenry (Feb 28, 2014 02:44PM)
Check out the Go Getter Anchor Audio

Message: Posted by: John Martin (Feb 28, 2014 08:12PM)
On Feb 28, 2014, dearwiseone wrote:
If only they made those with built in wireless! It would be the ultimate system!

Thanks for sharing!

- Kevin

I believe the model Gregg mentions above does have built in wireless capabilities. The model I mention does not, but does have bluetooth. The speakers themselves are the same in booth models. http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/portable-pa/expedition-rechargable/xp40iw/

Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Mar 7, 2014 02:38PM)
Thanks for pointing that out. It looks like I have to buy the speaker first, then buy the transmitter that corresponds with the speaker, is that right?

The go-getter seems a bit pricey for what it is, plus I can't find it online anywhere besides one on Ebay.

Thanks for your help!

- Kevin
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Mar 10, 2014 05:46PM)
I believe the model Gregg mentions comes with the wireless handheld. But yes I think your correct to say you'd have to buy a transmitter if you wanted a headset mic.

Message: Posted by: bunkyhenry (Mar 10, 2014 06:18PM)
On Mar 7, 2014, dearwiseone wrote:
Thanks for pointing that out. It looks like I have to buy the speaker first, then buy the transmitter that corresponds with the speaker, is that right?

The go-getter seems a bit pricey for what it is, plus I can't find it online anywhere besides one on Ebay.

Thanks for your help!

clik the

click the link and the "ready to buy" takes you to descriptions and distributors
turn two buttons to on and you are in business

- Kevin
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Mar 24, 2014 04:27PM)
Just bought one to test it out, wow, that's guy is great!

The only thing is, I'm not totally happy with the sound from the hand-held microphone. If I'm holding it, it's fine, but otherwise, I think I'll need to order the wireless headset and try that one.

Thanks for the suggestion, it's a great sound system for anyone looking!

- Kevin
Message: Posted by: greggtheballoonguy (May 16, 2014 07:54AM)
B&H Photo carries all the parts. The speaker (and yes, the model I mentioned is wireless) the transmitter pack and the headset. They clearly list which frequency each speaker is and have a different picture for each one. I am continuing to use this with great satisfaction. I almost never pull out my larger plug in speaker any more. Set up and pack up time is very quick. In the past, I only used a speaker if absolutely necessary and my voice would be raw at the end of the day. Now, my default is I always bring it in, and if it is a rare party with 5 quiet children and two nannies helping to care for them and keep them orderly, then I simply don't use it. In other words, I always use it.
Message: Posted by: QuailCreek (Jun 5, 2014 07:39PM)
I have a similar system as John. Show Cues and a Shure head set mic. John, how did you go about converting your mic to battery? If it's cheaper then $38 maybe I'll convert mine. Other wise it wouldn't make sense. I have some Bose speakers but they're kind of a pain. The wireless route sounds nice and simple.

Gregg, I see the Samson XP40iW on their website but I can't find the transmitter or the headset.
Message: Posted by: greggtheballoonguy (Jun 5, 2014 09:01PM)
for the body pack and
for the headset.

Message: Posted by: QuailCreek (Jun 5, 2014 09:41PM)
Great Gregg thanks a lot. I'll check around the Seattle area to see if I can find these.
Message: Posted by: Carlos Hampton (Dec 4, 2014 10:05PM)
I did ordered this system from B&H and received yesterday. I also have a mipro system and I will say that this SAMSON is amazing. The wireless head set system is the most minimalistic I have ever used and it is great. The charging dock for my ipod nano works like a charm even with the ijet connector in between. I also picked up a bluetooh adaptor at B&H photo that connects to the ipod dock and then by magic you can connect via bluetooh. It is also made by SAMSON.

The only thing it will make this system better it will be to have an RF controller included but my ijet is doing a great job. Also I am surprised that SAMSON does not have a carrying bag for this beauty. Guys, if you are doing shows of less than a 100 I will recommend this beauty. All in one system, long battery life, great microphone and charger for your ipod with no wires. B & H shipped fast and they have the right combination for magicians
Message: Posted by: wwhokie1 (Dec 4, 2014 11:58PM)
How many hours of battery life do you get on a charge? Does it have the option to plug in if the battery dies?
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Dec 5, 2014 12:11PM)
I have and use and Anchor Explorer PRO w/DPA headset.

I use it for a Birthday Party and for large crowds in large rooms.

No plug in needed.

I replace battery every 3 years.

But not with battery plus batteries.

I use the company Anchor recommends.

Also use MP3 Tech. I love this thing.

MP3 Tech is powered by Three 9V Batteries.

I do my show in the middle of a field if I have to.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Dec 5, 2014 12:45PM)
George is the fellow who told me how to make the battery pack for the MP3 tech. Since I now use Show Cues instead of the MP3 tech, I starting using the battery pack with my Shure mic. Of course it works great. I think of George every time I plug it in.

Message: Posted by: ChrisPilsworth (Dec 5, 2014 09:22PM)
I've purchased a Samson xp106. It is the same size a bit lighter and 100 watts as opposed to the 40 watt speaker mentioned above. There are two versions: one has Bluetooth and a Bluetooth microphone, the other has a regular mic and plug in xlr connection. I like it a lot.
Message: Posted by: Carlos Hampton (Dec 5, 2014 09:39PM)

In theory you get 8 hours of battery life. I still did not have an opportunity to test this out. What I like about this particular one is that everything you need is in one pack. You get your speaker, your ipod charger, your mic receiver...all in one single unit...no cables to connect. You just need to worry about having a 9V battery for your mic and your ijet remote and you are in bussiness. The other Samsons mentioned here do not have an ipod dock...at least I have not seen one besides this model. If more power is needed this model can be linked with either a second speaker of the same model or a bigger speaker from the same brand as the one proposed by Chris.
Message: Posted by: Carlos Hampton (Dec 5, 2014 09:42PM)
Also...on another note. Let's face it, most of us rarely work for groups larger than 100 in the audience, so getting anything bigger can be overkill. But like I said, if more pwr is needed it can be added. The microphones is just freaking AWESOME!!!!
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Dec 8, 2014 02:12AM)
The mic is ok, not great. VHF gets lots of interference so the built in wireless mic is often unusable.
Message: Posted by: Carlos Hampton (Dec 8, 2014 04:50PM)
Dearwiseone, I guess that will depend on a couple of things. First on what channel you end up getting and second on what channels are beign used where you are performing. Your argument can be equally used for UHF channels.

In any case I was referring to the mic itself which can be attached to any samson transmitter be it VHF or UHF ;)
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Dec 9, 2014 06:41PM)
That's just about right. UHF will be better because there are more available channels. UHF is better for nearly every situation (schools, homes, rec centers) because many of those venues will get interference from VHF sources. Also, true diversity UHF will switch channels if interference is detected. I haven't found a VHF system that can do that. I use several UHF and VHF systems and UHF is always better.

Hope that helps!
Message: Posted by: Nem (Apr 27, 2019 10:02AM)
Does the Samson XP106 have voice over music, or is it just one or the other at a time?
Message: Posted by: Don (Apr 27, 2019 02:15PM)
1 or the other.
Message: Posted by: Nem (Apr 27, 2019 02:38PM)
Thanks Don,
I watched some videos of the unit and read up on it, but never saw anything that cleared that up.
Looking for something that allows both at the same time.
Message: Posted by: Don (May 16, 2019 04:45PM)
Back to your question again.The Mic and music are on 2 different channels so music will play with voice.However when music is playing it will not automatically lower when you start talking.Did I answer you're question?
Message: Posted by: Nem (May 19, 2019 01:43AM)
Yes, thanks for that.
Message: Posted by: bsears (May 23, 2019 10:32AM)
I LOVE my Sampson Expedition XP106 speakers! They sound fantastic with the wireless headset they can come bundled with (instead of the hand-held). In terms of power, I'm happy to say that I bought two units and run them together (with a 1/4 cable) and have done many schools shows with them in gyms and auditoriums for up to 600 people. Yep! 600 people! I've also run pre-show music through both an ipod and my phone via blue-tooth with great success. I have never had any issue at all with these units and recommend them without reservation. One of the best equipment purchases I've ever made.
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Aug 28, 2019 11:24AM)
So a while back I was using my Anchor Audio Explorer Pro and I had some intermittent static when I would talk
and just figured it was a tower or ham radio. (did not know)

Then I was doing a show and the interference was so crazy, I had to shut off my mic. Very embarrassing.

I called Anchor Audio and they told me the Government sound the frequency that my belt pack mic was on to T-Mobil Cell Phone company.

So I was basically screwed.

I got a new set up now.