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sethb
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I demonstrate and sell (pitch) pocket magic tricks at street festivals and craft fairs. I’m now investigating a few different PA systems for next season. My goal is not amplification, just “sound reinforcement” –- I need to be heard without shouting, but cannot be so loud as to disturb nearby vendors. I need to talk almost constantly for 6 or more hours, and want to be heard clearly without straining my voice.

So I need a small, wireless, battery-powered rechargeable 15-30 watt PA system with a lapel or collar mic, so that I can work hands-free. It should also have more than one receiving frequency (to avoid possible conflicts and interference), because I eventually hope to use it for trade show work as well. Ideally it would either sit on, next to or even under the pitch table, and would cost less than $500.

I looked at the Florida Magic system, which only has one frequency, needs an external battery, and didn’t receive many favorable reviews on the Café. The Passport P10W is a 25-watt wireless system that looked good, but also only operates on one frequency. The Paso system at 30 watts and 11 pounds fits all of the above requirements, but has seen some negative comments on the Café about its reliability, especially in colder weather.

I also looked at the Anchor Mini-Vox, a 15-watter that runs about $600 but presumably only operates on one frequency. Also, it runs on 9 optional rechargeable “C” batteries, which costs another $75 and sounds a little dicey. Another contender and perhaps a better value is Anchor’s MegaVox 6000U1, about $630, a 20-watter with a built-in rechargeable battery and multi-frequency reception. However, it’s somewhat industrial-looking (remember, this is probably going to sit on my pitch table) and a bit on the heavy side at 20 pounds. But if it’s reliable and durable, that would be a definite plus.

I’d appreciate hearing from anyone with experience with any of these PA systems, or any other suggestions for me to explore. Thanks! SETH
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Chad C.
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I use the Florida PA system in my b-day party shows and have used it in library shows a few years ago before using a larger system, it worked fine. I have also always used the Florida system when I do street magic in Downtown Augusta, and it does very nicely - it's light and the battery last a long time. Of course, there is only one frequency, but I have never had a problem with that. Hope that helps a little.

I have seen the small fender system in action as well and it would work - it's not quite as loud as the Florida system ,but it does a good job for what you are wanting it for.
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Pyle Pro PWMA120 Smile

Best.

Rich
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Fender PW-10
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Get a Fender PW-10 system, run it on single frequency and run it with wireless headset.

Get another headset, with it's own transmitter and receiver of a different frequency. Plug the system into Fender's audio input jack.

In that way, you will always run on ONE frequency and if you want to change frequency, plug in your alternative headset.
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I believe the Crate company that made the popular Limo amp now makes a smaller one.
The Crate Limo is popular.
The Carvin StageMate seems like a killer buy for $350 or so.

The Carvin and the Fla. system are the same price.... there is no comparison.
The fla system sounds like a cheap transistor radio compared to the Carvin.

3 words would come out of your mouth if you could compare them side by side....

"oh my god"

I think it's worth getting the larger box for better sound. Much more useful in different venues.
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Ken Dumm
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I second the Carvin Stagemate. Had it for about two years and have never had a problem. Order the second battery. It will double the charge time. A little heavier, but well worth it. Check it out here:

http://www.carvin.com/products/single.ph......CID=SYS1

Great customer service as well....


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Ken,
What wireless mic did you use with the Carvin?
todd75
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SethB:

What you are looking for is a little system made by Anchor that is called an AN130. It is very loud, sounds great and is very reliable. It does not come with a built in battery but otherwise, it has everything you need. It comes with a built in receiver and your choice of mics. You can even get it with a little head worn mic. that looks like a countryman.
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I second the Pyle Pro PWMA120! This little battery operated unit comes with three wireless mics, a headset, a lapel and a hand held microphone. The price ranges from 119 to 130 US.

Cheers,

Robert.
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On 2006-12-22 21:54, donsmagic wrote:
Ken,
What wireless mic did you use with the Carvin?


I use a hard wired mic for now. I'm looking into the wireless mics in the near future. Any advice?

Ken
sethb
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Thanks, folks, for all the responses and helpful PA information.

I did look at the Anchor 130, which meets all my requirements except for the fact that it has no battery. I suppose I could get a marine battery and an AC converter, but that would defeat the purpose of trying to have an all-inclusive unit.

The other Anchor battery-powered units look nice, but on closer examination, I saw that a transmitter and mic are extra, which pushes the price up well beyond what I can afford at the moment. [I'd have to sell an awful LOT of Svengali decks and Magic Fuzzles to pay for that!] The Carvin StageMate looks nice, too, but is pretty heavy to lug around, and has more capabilities and power than I really need at this point.

So it probably looks like it will be the Paso system by default at this point. I'll let everyone know what I think and how it works out. SETH
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FYI, if anyone is looking, I have a Pyle Pro PWMA120 for sale. I have only messed with it a couple times, never have needed it for any of my shows. $100 shipping in the US. Send me an email at magicofdand@centurytel.net if interested. I have pictures as well.

Thanks,
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Hi Seth,
I use the Anchor Mini Vox. I never leave home without it. All Mini Voxes have 2 frequencies that you can choose from and you can buy a wireless headset/lapel mic for it. I love it!! Smile

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Hi gang I skipped to the bottom of the list so I hope I'm note copying another suggestion. Califone makes some very good products that would work for this situation. Their main market is the school market so the products are built to last, most products will have a 2 to 3 year warenty. Check them out http://www.califone.com

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I use the AmpliVox Portable Buddy, hands down beats the Anchor and Califone systems. Better sound coverage, clear voice projection, longer warranty and more wireless options. Can use a/c, regular and rechargable batteries which I liked over the other systems.

Todd75 and mghia used one and turned me onto it. They loved it. See http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=30 page 2 (bottom).

I think their web site is http://www.amplivox.net and you can buy right on their web site.
sethb
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Thanks again to everyone for their helpful thoughts and information.

As I noted above, I decided upon the PASO system, ordered it last week and received it yesterday. I've set it up and am experimenting with it; I also have a craft show next weekend, and will put it to the "real world" test at that point.

Meanwhile, I'm working on a review of the system and will post it once I've had a chance to get my thoughts together and a little more experience with the unit. But I will tell you that my preliminary impressions are generally good. SETH
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I use a wireless mic with an appollo system (available at Staples online). Been cartint it around for years and I've really beat it up, dropped it an so on. It works great. Only costs a few hundred.

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sethb
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Thanks, Abby, this is helpful information, I was not aware of this particular brand.

As I've noted elsewhere, I decided to go with a PASO system, which has somewhat more wattage, because I generally work outside. We'll see how it performs as soon as the weather warms up a bit and my Spring bookings start coming in. SETH
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Has any one bought the small P.A. from hocus pocus and if so how is it. The cost is 390.
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