Yamaha has introduced the STAGEPAS 400i and 600i, successors to the 300 and 500 in the company’s popular STAGEPAS portable PA line.
Combining high-efficiency amplifiers, newly designed loudspeakers and high-performance DSP, the new STAGEPAS models deliver a significant increase in power output with substantial improvements in sound quality and reliability. They also include the addition of iPod/iPhone connectivity, SPX digital reverbs, an onboard feedback suppressor, and more versatile EQ in meeting a wider range of applications.
Both the STAGEPAS 400i and 600i include two lightweight loudspeakers and a detachable powered mixer, along with a pair of loudspeaker cables and power cord. The mixer also fits into one of the loudspeaker enclosures, creating an even smaller footprint when in use.
Delivering 400 watts and 680 watts respectively, the 400i and 600i offer a substantial increase in power output compared to previous models, with vital components protected by advanced limiter circuits.
The mixers include four mic/line inputs and six line inputs (the 400i includes four line inputs). Channels 3 and 4 feature a combo jack that can accommodate XLR and 1/4-inch cables.
In addition, both models offer RCA jacks, a 1/8-inch stereo mini jack and an iPod/iPhone USB input, allowing for a wide variety of connectivity options. The iPod /iPhone connection offers users high-quality playback while charging their devices.
The detachable mixer includes different high-resolution SPX reverbs that are available with the twist of a knob, while Yamaha’s 1-knob Master EQ offers optimized settings to match the sound with its environment via a single control. An onboard feedback suppressor lets users remove unwanted squeals with the touch of a single button.
Basic mixer functions have also been upgraded. The 400i offers a 2-band channel EQ, while the 600i adds mid-range control for 3-band EQ that particularly benefits guitar and vocal performances. A flexible new feature, switchable stereo/mono inputs, can transform each stereo channel into two independent mono channels if an application requires more input capability.
STAGEPAS also offers switchable Hi-Z inputs for hassle-free connection of passive pickup instruments, as well as phantom power for condenser microphones. The user can also turn the reverb off or on instantly using an optional footswitch, a handy feature for MC-ing an event or speaking during solo performances.
Both the 400i and 600i come equipped with monitor and subwoofer outputs, providing seamless expandability. For applications requiring a more powerful front-of-house setup, a monitor mix or a more prominent bottom end, plug in powered speakers such as Yamaha DXR Series loudspeakers or a DXS Series subwoofer.
“We designed these new models to offer high quality sound that anyone can dial in quickly so public speakers, presenters and musicians can get to what they do best,” said John Schauer, product manager, Yamaha Live Sound. “The STAGEPAS 400i and 600i continue the legacy of providing everything necessary to easily transform any environment into a personal stage.”
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA)