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Designed for the singer/songwriter, the SA220 Solo Performance System is a powerful, yet lightweight, system-providing exceptional sound quality and ...Read More

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Powerful, professional quality sound in a lightweight, portable package.

Designed for the singer/songwriter, the SA220 Solo Performance System is a powerful, yet lightweight, system-providing exceptional sound quality and coverage in a wide variety of venues. 220 watts of clean, lightweight power drive a line array of six custom high-excursion speakers and a soft-dome tweeter. This unique combination delivers incredibly full sound, ultra-wide dispersion, and deeper sonic penetration than the common speaker cabinet. Better yet, the enhanced bass response of the custom-designed speakers means there's no need for a subwoofer.

With the SA220 system, the performer and audience hear exactly the same sound, meaning there's no need for separate wedge monitors or a combo amp backline. The SA220 is voiced for the singer/songwriter, acoustic instruments and vocals are projected with superb depth and clarity.

The ultimate in portability

The SA220 weighs only 25 lb., ships complete with a padded bag equipped with wheels, and includes a rugged speaker stand. Set up takes less than a minute, with only one trip to the car. Plus full-digital universal power means that its amplification system is ready to travel anywhere in the world (compatible with international power systems).

Features that performing musicians demand

Fishman didn't make the SA220 this portable by scaling back on features or tone. It's also equipped with two mic/instrument channels featuring high-quality preamps, each with 3-band EQ, phantom power, built-in reverb, effects loop, and feedback-fighting notch filter, and phase controls. In fact, Fishman included all of the prized elements of the Loudbox family amps and added a unique monitor feature designed to revolutionize an acoustic duo's ability to hear each other on stage.

FEATURES
  • Solo Performance System with exceptional sound quality and coverage for a wide variety of venues
  • Fully digital (Class D) power amp And power supply
  • Universal voltage allows operation outside the U.S.
  • Ultrahigh excursion custom drivers and a servo power amp implementation eliminate the need for subwoofer support
  • Compact line-array design for ultrawide horizontal dispersion and deeper sound penetration than traditional acoustic combo amplifiers
  • 2 mic/instrument input channels with 3-band EQ, phantom power, and high-quality preamps accept a wide range of input sources”from acoustic instruments to microphones to line level sources
  • Mic/instrument channels offer independent reverb level, effect loops, plus feedback-fighting phase and notch filters
  • Drivers: 6x4" cone midrange (200W), 1" neodymium soft-dome tweeter (20W) with tweeter level control
  • Auxiliary stereo input with level control
  • 4 Digital reverb effects with master level
  • Balanced XLR D.I. outputs for both channels, plus main mix
  • Unique monitor I/O for better on-stage ensemble monitoring
  • Channel Mute with remote footswitch input
  • Tuner output
  • Includes stand and padded carry bag with wheels
  • Two Mic/Instrument channels:
  • Input gain with 10dB pad and clip indicator
  • 48V phantom power for each channel
  • Shelving bass and treble
  • Resonant-style midrange
  • Effects level
  • Notch filter (feedback control)
  • Phase switch (feedback control)
  • Dedicated effects loop
SPECIFICATIONS

SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp

  • Dimensions: 5.6"W x 41.5"H x 6.6"D
    Weight: 25 lb. without stand (35 lb. with stand and carry bag)
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FishmanSA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • Portable (28)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Warm / comfy (19)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (19), Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

LOVE THE FISHMAN!!!

I've been using this for 4 months now, playing solo gigs 3 - 4 times a week. I LOVE IT!!! I have the Bose tower and I was tired of lugging around...Read complete review

I've been using this for 4 months now, playing solo gigs 3 - 4 times a week. I LOVE IT!!! I have the Bose tower and I was tired of lugging around the floor piece, the speakers (which I have in a heavy hardshell case), and the subwoofer, plus the guitar, mic, and vocalist harmonizer I use. The Fishman is so lightweight, it's like the size of a golf bag. I make 2 trips now, one with the Fishman and the Taylor, the other with my 2 stands, (mic & guitar), gig bag (containing vocalist harmonizer and chords) & tip jar. That's it! I can literally have it all set up and ready to go in 10 - 15 minutes. The sound is rich, full and clean, and it carries well. I've used it in venues from 50 to 350 people and in odd shaped places, and still, the surround sound carries well to every corner. People sitting 3 feet in front of me are not blown away and people sitting the furthest away can still hear a nice clear sound. I was partial to Bose since I used that for years, but now I love the Fishman and rarely even use my Bose anymore. This is so much better!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK

I'm not sure what the big hoopla about this unit is. After using a friend's for a couple gigs and thinking it was decent, I took the plunge and bought one for myself for...Read complete review

I'm not sure what the big hoopla about this unit is. After using a friend's for a couple gigs and thinking it was decent, I took the plunge and bought one for myself for pub gigs, decent-sized bars, weddings, etc. The great thing about this unit is that it is very portable, and discreet when set up. However, I didn't find the sound quality to be that great at this price. The mid EQ on this unit is very odd and pretty well useless. A friend of mine rented the unit for a wedding that I was a part of, and we both agreed that the mids were awful, on several guitars. I would have thought it was the guitar used but I'm running a great Larrivée with a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup, so quality there is not an issue. I also find the tone to be very "boxy", perhaps due to the small speakers. I didn't find that bringing the tweeter in or out of the mix did anything to help it's cause. Definitely not worth the price tag. The Bose L1 with an external mixer, or the paired Bose mixer for more money (so that you have more EQ options and reverb, delay effects) seems like it would be a better idea. I've tried the L1 and it's definitely got much more boom than the Fishman, and much more multi-directional. Usually I'm a Fishman fan, but this unit isn't a glowing example of their brand.

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1.0

My experience with two of these SA220 amps was very negative

By Jen

from New Mexico

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

I have two of these SA220 amps and both repeatedly fail. I'm a professional musician playing every weekend solo. I bought a second SA220 as a spare after having some technical problems with the first one. I figured it was an isolated problem and I liked the sound quality so much that I stuck with the Fishman. However, both systems have repeatedly failed me at gigs... Without warning. These things were priced at over nine-hundred and I only got three years light use out of the first one before it started failing. The second one failed within the first year. Sending the product back to Fishman for service resulted in no resolution at all. I opened it after receiving it back from Fishman tech support, only to find it still didn't work. I had to send each one back to Fishman for repair and neither time did the unit come back fixed. My experience with this unit and with Fishman customer/technical support has lead me to steer ALL of my musician friends away from Fishman altogether. At the time that I bought this I was considering the comparably-priced Bose solo amp. I chose the Fishman and deeply regret it. It is not reliable for a professional musician and is too high-priced for a hobby amp. I will be avoiding Fishman products from now on!

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5.0

Exactly what I was looking for

By JohnnyO

from NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is everything I wanted. Recently a friend and I started an acoustic duo band (two acoustic guitars and two vocalist) and couldn't justify buying a heavy and expensive PA system. If you are looking to do small to medium gigs or just set up in your living room or back deck this is the acoustic/vocal amp for you. We've played through $3000 PA's and this is comparable as far as sound quality and warmth. I would not recommend this for bumping rap music at a club but would highly recommend it to anyone looking for the above uses. We set up last weekend for a house party and had nothing but compliments and smiles. We highly recommend this amp! Note: We did need a small mixer considering the amp is only two channel.

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    5.0

    Super sound and easy to transport

    By Jim

    from Oconomowoc, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

      I listened to a performer who has this product and was amazed at the quality and super sound. He highly recommended. I purchased and enjoy every minute. Great sound and versatile.

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By Richardrocker

      from Austin Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • I saw Kevin Welch Use it
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

        It's professional it's powerful not expensive

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Too expensive

        By Pierre

        from La Mesa, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

          Not much to say. Same price tag that overrides the positive. I go with stuff less expensive (like tiny monitors) upstairs, in the corners and my solo, duo or jazz groups are in stereo with a feather touch or just spread the venue. Good unit, just way over-priced.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product

          By Louie McNeal

          from Northern most Southern Mordor

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

            This product has been indespensible for me and my duo partner. When compared to the Bose system of equal quality, I chose the Fishman because it was nearly twice as powerful for the same price (at th time). For the past three and a half years, I have used this system four times a week and always get compliments on how clear it sounds and how much square footage it covers. I have actually convinced about four people that I know of to buy one (with no commission btw). The only major negatives I have with it is the case it comes with. It has wheels but the wheel base is so narrow that it is nearly impossible to manuvure so I end having to carry it by its shoulder strap. One of the wheels has come off and the zipper tab has long broken off. Again, I put it through its paces and have done hundreds of shows with it. My duo partner has bought one just like it and we now run them together to get an even wider spread. It is kind of limited when it comes to effects (reverb with four settings) but I run some outboard gear to get any needed sound modifications, so it's no biggie. To be clear, this is mainly for acoustic guitars and vocals since it has no real bass response to speak of. We add a sub for more dynamics, but that is to taste. It has been a godsend for me since my back surgery. It's relatively light and other than the case, I really have nothing but praise of it.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is Just what I needed !

            By J. MAC

            from Athens Ga.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

              This system is amazing ! It is easy to set up and most of all it sounds better than my bigger system that has 3 monitors. For a single or Duo acoustic performance this is the way to go.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Portable Sound System

              By drlarryross

              from Missouri

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                This system is excellent for small venues, and I highly recommend it. I like it better than the Bose compact system, because the Aux channel is flat, and you can adjust the tone of the microphone better. I used it for an outdoor event, at a school, for the first time and it worked like a champ! I'm keeping my Fishman sa220.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best in its class.

                By Brian Puglisi

                from Phoenix Arizona.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I bought two SA220's for my acoustic show which includes two guitars bass and percussion.
                  One stopped working after the warranty was up.
                  I contacted fishman for the repairs they sent me an RA to send it back. I was prepared to pay for the repair knowing it was out of warranty. To my surprise I sent it to them and within a week They sent me back a new in the box unit. The only thing I paid for is the shipping to the factory.
                  This is a great sounding small PA and the icing on the cake for me is the great customer service at FIshman. I am hooked no punn intended.
                  A helpfull hint if you are looking to add more bottom end as we do we hookup our QSC K-12 powered speakers to the monitor out and hook up a mixer to the monitor in the results are we can set up the full band with the PA behind us with a lot of punch and controll over the volume and tone.
                  We have been using Boss GT-100's for electric guitar sounds the bass direct, and mics on the kick drum and overheads. The sound is fantastic.
                  Try experimenting with these versatile Fishstics.
                  It is everthing that Bose wants to be only with a warmer sound and more power.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  LOVE THE FISHMAN!!!

                  By Singer Strummer Cindy

                  from Pine Island, Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Lightweight
                  • Portable
                  • Quick Set-up

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I've been using this for 4 months now, playing solo gigs 3 - 4 times a week. I LOVE IT!!! I have the Bose tower and I was tired of lugging around the floor piece, the speakers (which I have in a heavy hardshell case), and the subwoofer, plus the guitar, mic, and vocalist harmonizer I use. The Fishman is so lightweight, it's like the size of a golf bag. I make 2 trips now, one with the Fishman and the Taylor, the other with my 2 stands, (mic & guitar), gig bag (containing vocalist harmonizer and chords) & tip jar. That's it! I can literally have it all set up and ready to go in 10 - 15 minutes. The sound is rich, full and clean, and it carries well. I've used it in venues from 50 to 350 people and in odd shaped places, and still, the surround sound carries well to every corner. People sitting 3 feet in front of me are not blown away and people sitting the furthest away can still hear a nice clear sound. I was partial to Bose since I used that for years, but now I love the Fishman and rarely even use my Bose anymore. This is so much better!

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