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Mysterious
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The best portable PA system!

Iíve tested a few different types of portable PA systems, after about four years of researching this is what I came up with.

Fender Passport & Peavey Escort:
Both sound awesome! BUT they are too expensive and a little too bulky for a one man show or Busker, plus you have to plug it in i.e. you HAVE to have electricity. Electricity isnít always easy to find for a Busker or birthday party magician etc.

Happie Amp:
Affordable, battery operated, small, easy to carry and convenient! BUT it sounds like you are in a tin can and does not get the best reception from the mic.

Home Built PA System:
Speaker(s) + cordless mic & receiver + power inverter + deep cell marine battery = A LOT OF $$$ & A BIG MESS!
But it does work!

The need for the everyday performer is a portable PA system that is wireless, battery operated, affordable, convenient & itís got to sound good.

After four years of looking everywhere I finally found it.

Ion Block Rocker PA System:
Itís reasonably affordable, Iíve seen it sell for less than a hundred bucks new.
It has a rechargeable battery built in.
Medium weight & size, convenient handles & wheels, good sound.
http://www.ionaudio.com/blockrocker

SAMSON AirLine Micro - Wireless Earset System (mic)
This is meant for aerobics trainers!
It is a little expensive but worth every penny!
Light weight & small, everything included is small enough to fit into a deck of cards.
Rechargeable battery (mic)
Rechargeable battery (receiver)
Receiver is wireless & the mic is wireless, the mic has no body pack itís just a small piece that fits behind your ear.
http://www.samsontech.com/products/produ......randID=1

Ion Block Rocker PA System and the SAMSON AirLine Micro - Wireless Earset System (mic) together will give you an easy portable PA system with mic that %100 battery operated!
Imagine taking it anywhere!
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I apologize if this is the wrong area to post this!
That being said, I love this set up & yes I have used it busking!
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That Block Rocker looks awesome and it sure is cheap! I need to check some stores from Finland if they sell those.
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Great products!

Wireless systems with the sender from your ear have always been crap. Perhaps this one is not. That would be great!

The blockbuster looks nice. Weight?
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On 2011-01-13 04:22, Arkadia wrote:
Great products!

Wireless systems with the sender from your ear have always been crap. Perhaps this one is not. That would be great!

The blockbuster looks nice. Weight?


I googled this and one site tells that it's about 20 kilograms = 44 pounds.
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22 kilos, that's a lot! I don't think it is worth it then.
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Our Club Prez has used the "Block Rocker" for the last several years for his programs & loves it! He hasn't had to replace the battery yet! There is a handle that telescopes out like on luggage and it has wheels as well, which aids in it's portability. I'm planning on getting one later on.

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Ion Block Rocker is a little too heavy for sure but considering that it has an internal rechargeable battery, & good sound, I think that itís worth the trouble.
Keep in mind that it has a handle on each side for easy pick up and luggage style extension handle on the back with wheels on the bottom, it makes it pretty easy to get around. To me everything about it is perfect except the weight, so Iím very happy with it.
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The SAMSON mic is incredible I love it, only down side is that itís a little expensive.
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Ion Block Rocker = CRAP

I buy one years ago, and I can tell you, is really expensive!!! because them you see some like this

http://www.zzounds.com/item--ROLCUBEST

and you realize that the ion is verrrrrrrryyyyyyy expensive...

The best regards

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I have that street cube and it is perfect for busking.
the low wattage keeps the battery from getting used up quickly.
it takes 6 AA batteries (can't beat that)
the efficient speakers allow for the low wattage to work without being to quiet
it's light weight
great sound for it's size

I use a similar battery wireless transmitter/receiver by sennheiser (meant for camcorders) that is not cheap $600 or so
but it's so convenient not having to plug in a receiver anywhere that it's totally worth it.

I use a cheap hyper-cardioid headest by sennheiser as well.

I use this same setup (transmitter/receiver/mic) for all my corporate gigs as well and it all
weighs less than a pound. more often that not, that's all I take to a corporate gig these days.
Just plug right into the house system with it in seconds. so I get a lot of use out of my mic setup.
Makes it worth the price.
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I'm considering an upgrade from my old, yet perfectly serviceable, Hisonic HS210 20 watt amp. I just want something with a little more umph and also a better wireless mic. Right now my system is a bit of a mish-mash, and a little more integration would be nice. A channel for my mic, a channel for my mp3 player and, possibly, one more channel for another mic for any speckie I might want to use. All from one unit would be best.

So this is all very good info and a great discussion to be having at the moment.
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On 2011-01-15 17:29, gaddy wrote:
I'm considering an upgrade from my old, yet perfectly serviceable, Hisonic HS210 20 watt amp. I just want something with a little more umph and also a better wireless mic. Right now my system is a bit of a mish-mash, and a little more integration would be nice. A channel for my mic, a channel for my mp3 player and, possibly, one more channel for another mic for any speckie I might want to use. All from one unit would be best.

So this is all very good info and a great discussion to be having at the moment.


The street cube will suit your needs...

As Frank said, its a great amplifier!!!!

good hats

Eduardo
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Hey Frank,

I have a question about the street cube...

Can you play an iPod through it? I know it has a 1/4" input which I guess you could get a cable that goes from a stereo mini pin to RCAs then a Y adapter. Would this work? Not sure if it would amplify the signal enough.

I'm looking to run music from an iPod and a mic.

Oh and BTW, the bag you made me is awesome! Can't believe how well it works for me!

Thanks!
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Yes, you can. there's an 1/8" jack on the street cube.

the crate limo is also great and very popular with street performers (like tom).

I had a crate taxi 15W but left it on and the battery died and the entire amp was rendered useless even after a battery replacement. apparently that is not unusual. that's when I bought the street cube.
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Thanks Frank,

Looks like I'll be getting a street cube...

my anchor system finally crapped out after 6 years. :0(

I've been looking for something that was lighter and felt more durable.

Looks like the street cube is the answer.
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Street Cube is GREAT!!!
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Amp choices are pretty straightforward. Wireless mic systems are a whole other ball game...
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