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Anchor liberty or beacon with a countryman E6i/DPA 4066/4008 would be a great (albeit expensive) choice
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Hey PS- don't forget the amplivox portable audio buddy. Light powerful and durable
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Here's my wireless setup.

Instead of a lav mic. I use a hyper-cardiod headset which is a high output, low feedback mic.

Besides being small, all-battery, easy to set up, it can be used on any PA system:
street cube, fender, or plug it right into the house sound system. As I said before,
I often just hand the receiver/cable to the DJ at an event, do a quick sound check, and I'm ready to go.

95% of the time that is all I take to a gig now.

If you're using it at a busking gig (or anywhere, really) you can keep the receiver in a padded camera case to protect it while in use. Just zip it up and leave the antenna sticking out the top.
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I was in Sam's Club today and saw this one:




Could anyone tell me if this might be a good buy?
It looks much more sturdier than Happie Amp except Happie Amp comes with a few extras like wireless headsets.
So it's much more rugged and sturdier than happie amp and it has a 12 hour battery but it doesn't appear to include the wireless mics...
Bobby Maverick has a yellow one that looked very good. I've been to some music stores but their's all seem too sophisticated or don't have a battery...
Please advise...

PS I just clicked the link in the very first post & I believe it is the same as the picture I posted.
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The ion block rocker is way too.....BLOCKY. It's like trying to haul a cinderblock with you everywhere. The samson tech is cool, almost James Bond cool, but it's got an OOOCH! price tag. The sound quality from the street-cube is crisp & awesome, but there are a LOT of add-ons & accessories you gotta get. What I love about HappieAmp is the fact that you get the whole package: system, speaker,head-mics, belt-pacs & lapel-mics for under $250, and it's light as can be! True, it dosent exactly have a diamond-crystal amp sound quality, but I've never had a problem being understood.
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Well, without a doubt, the best that was ever available (since it's not available anymore) is the VSM iCue2 SoundBox PA, HOWEVER...in place of that and for larger venues, I use an Anchor Explorer Pro, with built-in wireless mic. For the mic, it's an E6i from Countryman. I got a steal of a deal on the package from Todd McKinney when he was selling his. Awesome sound.

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Megavox Pro by Anchor. extremely light weight. 126 decibels is unbelievable and 15 lbs is even more amazing.


Why is this post in F/X and what does a sound system for busking have to do with science fiction?
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On 2011-01-16 12:09, Tom Frank wrote:
Love my Crate Limo • http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/produ......u=487761

That's what I use. I bought mine in 2000, if I recall right. I replaced the battery, as a precaution, in 2009 - easy to do it yourself. The batteries are available at Batteries Plus and don't cost too much. Mine weighs in at about 35#, but I understand that with the new plastic enclosures, they weigh much less now.
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Well I bought my Ion Block Rocker today, and I love it. Next month I plan on buying Sampson Airline Micro.
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Now I bought an I-Jet I-pod remote to go along with my Ion Block Rocker.

I also have a Bose Portable I-pod player. I know I'm crazy, but I always like having backups if need be.

I already had 2 older portable PA's, and the rechargeable batteries on both of those have died. On my Nady, I can still put regular batteries in it if need be. I very seldom need a truly portable PA, but once I get my Sampson Airline Micro, I'll have the Ion Block Rocker as my main unit and my Nady as a backup.
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On 2011-01-12 16:32, Mysterious wrote:
The best portable PA system!

I’ve 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 isn’t 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 & it’s got to sound good.

After four years of looking everywhere I finally found it.

Ion Block Rocker PA System:
It’s reasonably affordable, I’ve 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.

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 it’s just a small piece that fits behind your ear.

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!

Thanks for the suggestion. These are awesome!!! Smile I got both of them and love them so far!!!

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I know I'm crazy, but I always like having backups if need be.

Crazy? No, Smart? Yes.
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I use the yamaha stage pass 400. There is no battery, it's not wireless but there are quite cheap and work very well.
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I am using the latest Yamaha Stagepass 600i. So far, no problems, and I am satisfied with the sound.
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I am still using the Happie Amp.
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I use a Bose L1 Compact, and a Sennheiser EW500-965 hand held mic. Awesome sound!! No batteries, but I don't do outside gigs!!
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For small shows I use a Roland Street Cube. Runs on AC or AA batteries, for up to 16 hours. Only downside, it's built for being on the ground (street), not really built to be on a tripod. 3 inputs if you use the auxillary input.


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If anyone is interested in an airline micro headset mic. I have a brand new unit for sale.
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Does anyone use/recommend the smaller 'ROLAND CUBE MICRO GX PORTABLE BUSKER AMP' ?
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