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Daryl -the other brother
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I bought a Soundtech Voyager 4 PA system a few months ago. It is designed for rooms of up to about 100-150 people. After using it in several live shows I can't praise it high enough! This little dynamo is 160 watts of stereo sound and comes complete with 4 channels, each with independent control and effects, dedicated channel for CD player with in & out aux inputs, 5 band graphic EQ, 2 microphones, and speakers with stands. And the best part is...when packed it is 1 hard-shell case with wheels on the bottom and extendable handle on the side (like most luggage). It fits on the back seat of my Toyota Corolla with half the seat to spare. It packs small and plays BIG!!

At a cost of $400 I reccomend it to anyone in need of this type of PA.
Jim Snack
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I'm currious about how it compares to the Fender Passport PD150, a system that has won much praise with magicians.

Also, do you think the Soundtech Voyager handle a room of 300 people?

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Daryl -the other brother
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Hi Jim,

I've never used the Passport so I can't make a comparison. The reason there isn't much buzz about this PA is because it's brand new. (Soundtech doesn't even have it on their web-site)But IMHO this is the most user frindly PA I've seen. For a look check out the link below or google search - Soundtech Voyager 4.

http://news.harmony-central.com/Newp/200......ity.html

As for people, it's 80 watts per channel. I used it at an outdoor picnic for about 125 people with wireless lapel mic and a CD sound track and had no problem being heard. Hope this helps.
Magical Dimensions
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Hi Jim,

The reason that the Fender Passport gets so much praise is because it is heavily endorsed by just a few magicians here at the Café. People who are in the market for a PA read these post and think, yeah, this must be good because all these (really a few) people have endorsed it.

I am sure that the PD models sound good. But I could never get over the image of a kid on a skateboard holding a boom box on his shoulder. The Passport looks just like a boom box only bigger!

There are many PA’s to pick from and some are better then others. We are a small community when it comes to magic. And just because a hand full of people have endorse it does not mean it is the Holy Grail. There are many entertainers out there doing their thing without a Passport.

It you find a system that meets your needs then that is the system for you.


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I had the original Passport 150 for several years, but that I sold it recently with the intention of upgrading to the PD 150. While the original model suited my purpose for shows up to 300 people, I always felt the sound quality was a little thin.

I had not heard aboout the Soundtech Voyager, but I do like the fact that the speaker stands pack inside the case (one less thing to carry in). If the sound quality is close to the Passport PD150, then I will consider it. I am now waiting to get an email from the factory technician with specifics regarding frequency response, distortion etc. so I may campare the specs to the Fender unit.

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For those interested I just received a little information regarding the Soundtech Voyager from one of their customer service reps. The Voyager frequency range is 20 Hz to 20KHz. The Passport PD150 is 30Hz to 30kHz +/1dB.

So it sounds like the Voyager has a little more low end, while the Passport has a lot more high end. Unfortunately, they did not provide any information about distortion.

I would love to hear someone who understands this a bit more chime in.

Jim
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I've got the PD-250 Deluxe. It is hands down in my opinion the way to go. The speakers were done by Bose, so assuming you get a good mic, the sound quality is excellent. I've used it with crowds of up to 900 or so with plenty of volume for everyone. It's worth the money, and my iPod plugs right into it which I run via wireless remote. Again, hands down the best system. I was able to get mine at an overall cost of 496.00 brand new! If anyone is curious as to how let me know.
Marshall Thornside
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P-150...I use it as a musician not a magician,
but my dad likes it so much that, if he was still
able to do his show, he'd use it too. I only
wish it had a phantom switch on it then I could
use my 87A mic. Ah well, can't be choosy. I've
had it for almost 4 years and love it. It's very
durable and works and packs great.
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chmara
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If you mount the Soundtech (or any other speaker) on stands -- you end up killing the bass response which is a floor traveling wave. The difference in response between 20/30 is miniscule unless you also carry subwoofers.

Where the PD-250 shines is in putting voice THROUGH music not just putting music under voice and letting transient distortion take its toll on both.

My main system horns are high end Renkus-Heinz because they have engineered a voice coiled horn inside/through the major bass diaphram.

While the PD-250 is engineeered differently -- I found its Bose based system offers similar clarity in rooms of 300 or less.

But realize that the music/sound business is moving at light speed -- and today's technology will be obsolete but usable within 5 years.

BTW - check my reviews of professional sound equipment and software on AudioBlog(TM) at audiogroupltd.com Check with Danny at AudioMidiMall.com on the march of progress and costs of equipment for portable set-ups.


PS - Just found out that friend John Shryock just got a PD-250 after years of looking. He is using it for Casino Gigs when he is not working cruises. Got it just after Jasmine was born to he and Mari last week.
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Has anyone any thoughts on a Peavy Escort for around $600. I have been told it is better than the Fender or Soundtech.
Michael Messing
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As with anything in sound, you really have to listen to the system to decide for yourself. I used a Passport P-250 with a pair of extension speakers for a couple of years. (I also had a P-150 for smaller shows.) I was never satisfied with the depth of the sound. Jim had it right when he described it as thin.

I then heard about the JBL Eon G2 10 self-powered speakers. I went to a local Guitar Center store, where they had all three units: Passport P-250, Passport PD-250 and the JBL Eon G2 10. I took my mini disc player with me and plugged it into each of the systems in succession and adjusted for the best sound.

My decision was to sell both of my Passports and the extension speakers and purchase a pair of the JBLs and a mixer. I found that the JBLs had a lot more depth than the P-250 and still sounded better than the much-improved PD-250.

The important point is that everyone has to decide what is right for them. The PD-250 is considerably larger than a PD-150 and, for that reason, many aren't interested in it. Although the PD-250 sounds better, the PD-150 sounds good enough for some people to choose it for their needs.

I think the JBLs sound best but not everyone wants to have a pair of powered speakers that each need to be plugged into an AC outlet and then have to have to be connected to a separate mixer, as well. The PD-250 is more convenient than that.

The Voyager may be just right for you but the only way to know is to check it out. It doesn't sound like there have been enough people here who have compared it to other available systems to get a consensus of opinions.
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