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Sound On Sticks: And In-Depth Review Of A Wide Range Of Portable PA Solutions

Whether you need a complete solution with built-in amps, wireless mics and FX DSPs, or just a couple of compact boxes to hurl in the back along with your favored amp, mics and mixer, we’re here to help with information, perspective and a Photo Gallery tour.

By Andy Wood February 16, 2009

See our Photo Gallery tour for a comprehensive tour of portable PA options.

There are times, quite frankly, when that huge arena rig is simply too much.

Times when the trucks and road crew are not required.

Times when you just want to pack some gear into the trunk of the car and get the gig done.

Forget the laminates and get back to basics.

Thankfully there are solutions, and we’re here to cover those bases.

Whether you need a complete solution with built-in amps, wireless mics and FX DSPs, or just a couple of compact boxes to hurl in the back along with your favored amp, mics and mixer, we’re here to help with this tour of a wide range of portable PA options.

The choice is amazingly varied. However, to help the cause our criteria are simply 12-inch woofer-loaded systems (or below) that incorporate a pole mount. It’s a size thing.

Yes, 15’s maybe do sound better, but will they fit in a Honda Civic? Small is beautiful in the credit crunch era.

Normal rules apply in that this is not an exhaustive list, just a snapshot for your perusal.

Stick them up, add a subwoofer if need be, and then bask in the glory – see our Photo Gallery tour for a comprehensive tour of portable PA options.

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T-Mac says

This is not a great review article because there are no REVIEWS of these PAs!!!! Just pictures and specs. The article suggested by the title would be 1000x more useful. Disappointed.

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