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Billy Bo
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http://www.portablepa.co.uk/

what does anyone think of this, purely for kids parties
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Ordinarily, I'd suggest Radio Shack, but you're in the U.K.? Over there it'd be Radio Hovel, I think...

Anyway, this will do nicely for small parties:

http://www.cybermarket.co.uk/ishop/923/shopscr4829.html

...and you can use all the money you saved to buy me somethin' purty. I'm a 46 long...


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Hi Steve:That looks pretty good.It has many of the features that my newly aquired system has.
http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?icat......name=403

If you decide to go for a waistband speaker may I suggest:
http://store.cousinsvideo.com/cal-pa-285.html

I have had this for 3 years now and it is a quality and reliable item.

With due respects to jjg's suggestion:I had two of that style that lasted less than a year.(they just went dead on me!)I really do not think the sound and quality is even close to the Califone.I clip the Califone on my belt at the small of my back under my jacket and it is perfect for small parties or even noisey walkaround events.Best.

Rich
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At least consider scaling back to the 282 model:

http://store.cousinsvideo.com/cal-pa-282.html

Again, the less you spend on yourself, the more you can spend on me.

I look great in earthtones...


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Jjg:I like your sense of humor! Smile
I have the 282 and it is meant for voice enhancment only,not actually as a speaker that can project sound from under a jacket.I highly reccommend the 285.

Looks like you are going to have to settle for a pair of brown socks.Best.

Rich
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I have used this one before. I borrowed it from the guy at Kenoshamagic.com (he's a friend, and my PA was not working). Now I just ordered a new one from him. It is very cool. It has a seperate control for mic and music volume. Completly battery operated.

This is the unit I am getting and have used
http://www.avlex.com/mipro/ma_101.html

This is the entire line
http://www.avlex.com/mipro_products.html


This is the dealer where I bought and borrowed mine, you have to call him to discuss the sound system, its not on his site
http://www.kenoshamagic.com/
262-652-0300 speak with DJ. Tell him I sent ya!

The unit I borrowed was for a school gym show. Sounded great, loud enough with plenty to spare. I ordered mine with the headset.

hope this helps,

scott
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Thanx for all your advice. I wanted a larger model so could hook up my I pod.
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Steve,

If you are doing kids parties and want to hook up an iPod, I recommend the Fender P10W. It is battery operated and comes with a wireless handheld mic. You can also purchase a headset/lav separately. It is loud enough for up to 100 people. It has an AUX input for your iPod.

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Would you say that 20w is loud enough for different venues?
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No. I have the pd-150 for larger venues and it seems to be ok.
20w? no way.
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Beats me. But it looks like just one speaker.
For a system that powerful, I would think you'd need 2 speakers to reach
a large audience. otherwise it would be very loud for some to reach the others.

How about a fender pd-150 or pd-250

or a create limo? that has one speaker and is well received.
is also battery operable if I'm not mistaken.
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Where can I see these fender systems.
I have also looked at the peavey pa systems
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Everywhere.

look on ebay for starters.

or probably http://www.fender.com


I love the pd-150.
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Steve,

No, this is it:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/L......u=480664

Before you spend your hard-earned money, I recommend you think about the type of venue you'll be using your sound system. You will not find a single unit that works for all performing situations.

Your original post mentioned kids parties. The Fender PD-150 is not suitable for small groups.

Here is what I use:

1.) For small groups up to 50 people, I have a beltpack amplifier that I usually sell at http://www.magicsells.com but am currently out of stock (although I am currently evaluating a couple of new models I should have available soon). It is about 6W and gives me just enough amplification so I don't need to strain my voice.

2.) For larger groups, 50-150 people, I use a Fender P-10W. It is surprisingly powerful and it runs on a rechargeable battery which is very convenient.

3.) For school shows and larger outdoor events, I use a Fender PD-150. Like Frank, I just love my PD-150. It is suitable for audiences from 100-500 people.

There are lots of other good alternatives out there. Many people don't bother with a smaller unit for home parties, but my vocal chords really feel the strain after a full day of birthday parties if I don't use it.

As for plugging in your iPod, the size of the unit doesn't matter. The question is whether it has an AUX port to plug in your iPod. Both the Fender units have this.

Good luck!
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Thanks a lot james. what do you think of the one in my original post?
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I'd need to listen to it. Is there a music store anywhere near you that you can go take a listen?

Going by the wattage alone can be misleading. If they use a very cheap speaker you won't get the clarity you need.

You might want to take a gamble and order it. You can always sell it on eBay if you don't like it!

And if it is any good, let us all know!

Best,
James
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Great info James.
And Steve, don't be fooled by the Fender P-150.
You do not want that. That is the older model and does NOT have
the same quality. You WILL see those cheaper.

You want to look at the PD-150. The speakers in there were designed by Bose,
and there are other niceities that the older model does not have.
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You may also want to consider the Yamaha StagePas 300.This system will give you 150 watts per side.Plenty of power, more importantly plenty of headroom.In other words you don't have to crank your volume levels to be heard.

I know that some of you are going to say that it's too much power for children's parties.For one thing, the number of watts doesn't necessarily mean loudness.In fact, the higher the wattage the more clarity a system will have.In the case of a kid's party or other smaller gathering, you can always lower the volume to a suitable and comfortable level.Sometimes it's better to have too much power than not enough.Like I said , you can always lower the volumes.There's nothing more grating on one's ears than a performer with an inadequately powered sound system trying to cover a room . It simply doesn't work.

In any event, the Yamaha system is still relatively small and very portable.Plus it has the Yamaha name.If I had to purchase a small p.a. system for under $600.00 this would be the one. Certainly worth your consideration.
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