portable battery powered speakers

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  1. tunes4046

    tunes4046 Well-Known Member

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    please don't take this thread in another direction, I have been looking at this for the occasion times whne I have no power at a very remote location for a ceremony, opinions please, I like it due to size and it being a complete package


    http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/portable-pa/expedition-rechargable/xp106w/
     
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    I agree with Steve.. A battery inverter and a set of EV ZXA1's will get the job done nicely.
     
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    100 watts is too weak, even for a ceremony. Not to mention, Samson is crap.
     
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    For a portable PA the Carvin Stagemate is a good choice. It's a 12-volt DC rig, you can power your wireless mic transceivers from the charging jack. I connected a portable CD player to it for music.
     
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    They're supposed to have an even better S600 model sometime this year with a lot more features.

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    Now that is a contender. Velcro a wireless unit onto the side and you're good to go for a ceremony rig. How many bills? I can't even find this on their website.
     
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    Love it - CCD array - "Constant Delivery Dispersion"..wouldn't that be CDD?
     
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    It has a slot for a wireless receiver at the bottom.

    Carvin mentioned on its Facebook page that it is going through final testing now .. and they were taking pre-orders. No word on price (other than from a video at one of the big sows ... ~ $600). Not sure if $600 is the battery or AC version though.
     
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    On 2nd glance, I'm not sure how useful this would be. I'd still need to find power for my wireless receiver and would prefer external power for my laptop as well. I'm not really keen on their built-in wireless units.
     
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    I have heard their UHF mics were decent enough (not sure what the capabilities of the optional receiver is). If that external battery input terminal can ALSO be used as a 12V tap, then you could run any receiver off of it.

    I think once you need other gear (like a laptop), then a battery solution is less intriguing, but from an iPad/iPhone or just as a wireless speaker (using the body packs off of the mixer), could be neat. Can always run them AC powered.

    BTW, I emailed the Carvin guy listed on Facebook to get an update and asked for pricing.
     
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    I think for now my current solution of a car battery and inverter is still likely the best solution. I'm really wondering though if I couldn't use a smaller battery. I currently have the largest marine battery (deep cell) that walmart sells, along with a 400-watt inverter. It's just too bulky/heavy to manage and we only need power for an hour (okay, I'd prefer 4-5 hours to be safe). My power draw for a small speaker, laptop and wireless is usually in the 100-300 watt range.
     
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    A speaker like the S600 could run off the battery (no inverter), plus you could run the laptop and wireless mic receiver off the big battery (most can run 12v) as well.
     
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    My current ceremony rig is a Behringer PMP550m with a pair of peavy pr10 speakers. If I use a single speaker (<125 guests) it's generating 250 watts. With a pair it's hitting 500 watts. I don't see this Carvin speaker setup as an improvement.
     
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    The linear array on the newer Carvins might be key, would like to hear one sometime. Watts don't mean anything really .. chances are at ceremony levels you aren't pushing all that much out of a speaker. And .. you can power a second ampless S600 with the first one ..
     
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    Got a response back from Carvin ...

     
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    Guys, I have a battery power solution for most ceremonies, I have one location that I am at 2 - 3 times a year where it is about a 1/4 miles hike down a stone path with a a natural waterfall as a back drop. no carts allowed needs to be a one handed one trip solution,
     
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    So you already HAVE a system or you need one? If you have a setup, share it please. My current rig would be no problem in this scenario. Just stack the battery, speaker(s), and rack case onto a hand truck and wheel it down there.
     
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    no hand trucks allowed park rules,
     
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    So how do you get the gear to the location down there? Carry each piece by hand one by one? Stupid rule to me but it isn't your park. Just like some venues have rules that I don't like but it's their house. Do you tack on an extra fee for not being able to use a cart to transport the gear to that location? I would if I were a one man operation. Since I have help a lot of times I would just give them the regular price and be done with it.