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Good choice Ken. Looks very nice and reliable Smile

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On 2008-01-02 20:30, magicman812 wrote:
Ken, where did you get the Carvin Stagemate? I tried to google this but just got a bunch of magic Café hits. Also, any how would you say this compares to the PD-150.


I had a Fender P-150 before I went with the Carvin StageMate so I can compare it to that. (The P-150 was the predecessor to the PD-150 and it didn't sound as good as the PD-150.)

The Fender P-150 had more volume as it has twin 75-watt amplifiers built-in (same as the PD-150) while the Carvin has a 60-watt amplifier. (When used with the extension speaker, the Carvin StageMate is rated at 100 watts.)

While the Fender was more powerful, it didn't fill a room nearly as well as the StageMate because of the larger speaker in the cabinet. The Passport PD-150 speaker has a single 5.5" woofer and two 2.75" tweeters while the StageMate has a 10" woofer and a larger horn tweeter.

Because of the larger woofer, the StageMate can reproduce bass better and bass is what fills a room with sound. If you are just using the PA system for voice reproduction, it won't make much difference but with music, it will be noticeable. (That's why DJ's and bands use those monstrous sub-woofers so you can "feel" the music.)

Although the Fender is more powerful, I think the StageMate with the extension speaker will cover pretty much the same area. I've used mine in a large gym with more than 700 kids in attendance and I had plenty of power.

Although comparable in many ways, the big difference is when you need to go without access to electricity. Sure, Fender makes an a battery converter kit and sells a battery to use with the Passport series but it's reasonably expensive and it's more to transport. The StageMate has the battery (or batteries as I opted to add an extra one for longer life) built-in.

Also, the StageMate is less complicated to set up. For many of my shows, I just use the StageMate without the extension speaker. I don't need to plug into an electrical outlet. I just plug in my wireless mic receiver, plug in my iCue Duo music system, turn on the StageMate and I'm ready to sound check. Even adding the extension speaker isn't complicated. Just plug in a speaker cable from that goes from the StageMate to the extension speaker.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the Passport PD-150. If you don't need the battery option and you don't mind setting up both speakers, the Passport PD-150 is a great system. The complete PD-150 weighs a lot less than the StageMate by itself. (My StageMate with both batteries installed weighs approximately 40lbs whereas the Passport PD-150 weighs only 28lbs.) Plus, the Passport sounds great for it's compact size.

I chose to go with the StageMate for the battery convenience, the all-in-one amplifier/speaker convenience and the excellent sound quality. I do quite a few outdoor shows and many times have no access to an electrical outlet. On top of that, I find it much more convenient to set up for medium size shows where I don't use the extension speaker.

Finally, Carvin has great customer service. They make their equipment in the U.S. so parts are not a problem. (I needed a replacement air filter for my Fender P-150 when I had it. I waited more than three months to get it and when I received the package, they had sent the wrong part! I didn't ever get that filter. The music store I bought it from gave me one from their demo model.)

Hope this helps.

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The only issue I've had with the Stagemate, (and it's a small one), if your volume needs to be adjusted throughout the show, the controls are up on the tripod. It's a bit awkward if you have the tripod extended to it's fullest, and it's difficult to reach the volumes, which are the top of each row of the panel....

Very small issue, just a bit awkward at times...

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I've been very happy with my AT-892 earset mike on my PD-150. It's hardly visible and the pick up works fine for me.

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Thanks Ken and Mike for your responses. Very helpful!!
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I'm a Countryman E6 fan. Lapel mikes are great for studio work, but bad for live work. To much feedback since you need to turn up the gain to pick up your voice.

People really get stuck with the concept of the tiny lav - it is not effective for live performances.
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I was forced to use a lapel mic (didn't know I was doing a standup show. They told me it was a strolling event) for an audience of about 500.

It ended up being just fine. I'm not sure which brand it was but it ended up being just fine. I still would not choose one but I was happy that it worked out.
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