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Portable and clear, ideal for medium-size venues.

The Fender EXPO SYSTEM is a powered speaker array with an integrated subwoofer that delivers audiophile clarity and sonic detail in a portable, smallfootprint design easily set up in only seconds. The EXPO SYSTEM is the perfect sound system for DJs and instrumental performers. It's also ideal for education, worship and many other presentation applications. Line array systems offer more controlled, focused sound versus traditional loudspeakers that radiate sound in all directions at once. This focused sound translates into improved intelligibility and more consistent sound while reducing the potential for feedback. 

The Fender Expo System powered speaker array features dual 6.5” subwoofers matched to a 1” neodymium horn and eight custom-designed 3” midrange drivers, delivering audiophile clarity and sonic detail with ease. The portable, small-footprint design easily sets up in only seconds, thanks to the multi-pin connection system with steel stability bars. The Expo System’s ultra-wide wedge-shaped sound dispersion pattern covers audiences of up to 300 with full, even sound and can be easily daisy-chained with multiple Expo Systems to cover larger audiences and spaces.

FEATURES
Lightweight and easy to set up
Power, subs and main speakers in a single unit
Professional quality sound
Versatile inputs
Expandable

Order today and your next show will sound better and you'll get home earlier.

SPECIFICATIONS
Series: Fender Audio
Amplifier Type: Class-D
Weight: 52 lbs.
Audience Capacity: Up to 300
Speakers: Eight - Custom-Designed 3" Neodymium Midrange Drivers (MHF Array),
Two - 6.5" Ferrite Magnet Speakers (Subwoofer)
Horn/Tweeter: One - 1" Neodymium Tweeter w/ Horn
Channels: Two - Left + Right
Inputs: Stereo XLR 1/4" Combo Jacks (Line Level) and Stereo RCA Line Inputs
Controls: Main Level, Sub Level, Power
Line Out: Two - XLR Line Level
Other Features: Ultra-wide dispersion pattern, balanced line outputs for daisy-chaining multiple systems together, lightweight Class "D" power amp,
small-footprint design for space-challenged venues, detachable vertical
array for easy transport, integrated sub with isolation stabilizers and
reinforced handle, universal operating voltage, optional bag and
protective cover are available.
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FenderExpo System
 
4.3

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (23)
  • Compact (22)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Versatile (14)

Cons

  • Limited functions (8)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10)
  • Home studio (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (15), Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Fender Expo PA system is great!

The irony that at age 22 I was strong, but the band was popular and we had roadies. Now I'm 71, not as strong or popular, and NO roadies! The Fender Expo...Read complete review

The irony that at age 22 I was strong, but the band was popular and we had roadies. Now I'm 71, not as strong or popular, and NO roadies! The Fender Expo PA is the perfect solution. Small, powerful, easy to set up and a clear sound with both good highs and heart-thumping lows. I love it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good System, but !!

First off, I want say, this a great system. I am currently a Bose Compact and Bose L1 Model II w/ 2 B1's owner. So, with that being said, I...Read complete review

First off, I want say, this a great system. I am currently a Bose Compact and Bose L1 Model II w/ 2 B1's owner. So, with that being said, I will say this falls in the middle of the two systems somewhere. Guessing, comparable to the Bose L1 Model S1 with a single B1. So, if you are looking into this particular Bose system, the Fender Expo would be a great alternative at a much lower price point. Also want to put this at a 3 1/2 to 4 if I could. Trying to be honest with my rating.
It fell short for me, because I was really hoping it would stand up next to my bigger Bose system. The Fender Expo is much more portable and easier to set up, so that is a big bonus. Not to sure of the construction of how the line array mounts onto the sub bottom. Not very stable. In most cases you would think that this should not be a problem, but in my case, others in the bar or club seem to think these line array systems are a pole and always want to lean on them. So I am always on the defense. As long as you are able to keep them at of harms way, it won't be a problem.
My other fuss, is the bags or covers are extra and don't come with the package. Bose systems offer the covers and bags in the deal. For the Fender though, they are not that pricey and I have ordered some up and look forward to getting them.
As I said, set up and break was that much more of a breezes with the Fender Expo. I ran a DJ and karaoke show with it and found my sweet spots with it on adjustments. I use my Bose T1 mixer in front of it. I also have a Allen and Heath Zed10 that I put in front of it at home as well. I found the system to clip out a little sooner than what I expected, but carefully paying attention, I made sure to stay out of the red, to play it safe. The Bose has stood the test of time for me and I can't say that about this Fender Expo as of right now, but will report back later on that. I judged the bass by heading to the other side of the club. Everything projects well, but surely is not as dominant as the Bose Model II with 2 B1's.
So, I know I have mentioned the Bose a lot, but this is to only make a comparison, because many are more familiar with the Bose systems. All in all, I would recommend this Fender Expo system, and would like to purchase another in order to run one stage left and stage right. I think the system would shine in this manner.
Also want to mention I run a three piece band through these but have not yet done so with the Fender Expo. It would depend on the Venue. I now know I have a close and comparable back up to my Bose Model II system.

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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good System, but !!

By macheted01

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Sounds great

Cons

  • No Bags Or Cover Included
  • Not Sure About The Build

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Expo System:

First off, I want say, this a great system. I am currently a Bose Compact and Bose L1 Model II w/ 2 B1's owner. So, with that being said, I will say this falls in the middle of the two systems somewhere. Guessing, comparable to the Bose L1 Model S1 with a single B1. So, if you are looking into this particular Bose system, the Fender Expo would be a great alternative at a much lower price point. Also want to put this at a 3 1/2 to 4 if I could. Trying to be honest with my rating.
It fell short for me, because I was really hoping it would stand up next to my bigger Bose system. The Fender Expo is much more portable and easier to set up, so that is a big bonus. Not to sure of the construction of how the line array mounts onto the sub bottom. Not very stable. In most cases you would think that this should not be a problem, but in my case, others in the bar or club seem to think these line array systems are a pole and always want to lean on them. So I am always on the defense. As long as you are able to keep them at of harms way, it won't be a problem.
My other fuss, is the bags or covers are extra and don't come with the package. Bose systems offer the covers and bags in the deal. For the Fender though, they are not that pricey and I have ordered some up and look forward to getting them.
As I said, set up and break was that much more of a breezes with the Fender Expo. I ran a DJ and karaoke show with it and found my sweet spots with it on adjustments. I use my Bose T1 mixer in front of it. I also have a Allen and Heath Zed10 that I put in front of it at home as well. I found the system to clip out a little sooner than what I expected, but carefully paying attention, I made sure to stay out of the red, to play it safe. The Bose has stood the test of time for me and I can't say that about this Fender Expo as of right now, but will report back later on that. I judged the bass by heading to the other side of the club. Everything projects well, but surely is not as dominant as the Bose Model II with 2 B1's.
So, I know I have mentioned the Bose a lot, but this is to only make a comparison, because many are more familiar with the Bose systems. All in all, I would recommend this Fender Expo system, and would like to purchase another in order to run one stage left and stage right. I think the system would shine in this manner.
Also want to mention I run a three piece band through these but have not yet done so with the Fender Expo. It would depend on the Venue. I now know I have a close and comparable back up to my Bose Model II system.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Expo PA System

By autogenious

from Sioux Falls, SD.

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Expo System:

    I now own two of these systems now and we use them for professional venues of all sizes. They are every bit as good as the Bose l1 systems. At first I tried one and I was so impressed with the sound of that one I had to buy a second one and I gotta tell you the results was great. I would definitely recommend this system to anyone who is looking for something that will more then compete with the Bose system at a much better price. By the way this system sets up much easier then the Bose system.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Fender Expo PA system is great!

    By The Old Rocker

    from Lynchburg, VA

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Expo System:

      The irony that at age 22 I was strong, but the band was popular and we had roadies. Now I'm 71, not as strong or popular, and NO roadies! The Fender Expo PA is the perfect solution. Small, powerful, easy to set up and a clear sound with both good highs and heart-thumping lows. I love it!

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it

      By CA

      from Central Wisconsin

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Expo System:

        I am a bass player and use my Expo in two different bands. One a 3 pc acoustic group and the other in a local classic rock/country cover band that's 4 piece, guitar/bass/singer/drums. Our usual gigs are 75-100 people, and on occasion double that number.

        Collectively we own 3 of these Expo systems along with one Behringer powered sub and they have plenty of punch and power for us to perform. The system is very simple to use, one line out of our mixer, daisy chain the Expo's together with the sub last in the chain and away we go. For our purposes the system has eliminated the need for monitors, heavy power amps, seperate mains. We set the Expo's up along the back of our stage, one to the far left and right, and one in the center just behind our drummer. As for the placement of the sub we put that on stage left and my bass amp on stage right, this configuration balances the bass frequencies from my amp and kick drum and allows me to run sound while playing.

        For our acoustic group we play many of the same venues, or at least similar size, and we use only two Expo's and the sub for our singer who also plays cajon.

        We were seriously looking at the Bose L1/2 systems but opted to try this based on the far more reasonable price range.

        My only complaint with the Expo's is regarding the cases for them. First, that they aren't included which at the time we purchased them one year ago at approx two hundred more than this price, one might expect. And second, the covers/bags that are made for the Expo's are very low quality. We returned the one case we purchased and improvised with some bigger speaker stand bags, big gym-type bags and upholstery foam.

        Everyone has their own opinion but we've had success with the Expo's and are glad we made the decision to buy them.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent Line Array for Deal of the Day price

        By Chris

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Expo System:

        I'm a semi-pro musician playing live for more than 30 years. I've had many PA combinations over the years. My current rig is a pair of QSC K10's for FOH with an EV ZLX12P for the monitor. I run this through a Mackie Pro FX8V2 and an EV N/D967 vocal mic and Taylor 410CE acoustic guitar. This setup sounds AMAZING and is the bar by which I measure my sound and anyone I hear live. 1000 watts can fill any room and cover a large outdoor gig.
        I bought the Fender based on two factors - 1) Deal of the Day price and 2) the desire to NOT have to drag all this gear to my smaller shows.
        Fender claims this can accommodate a venue of 300 patrons. Hahaha - it can barely cover my living room. Plugging directly into the unit does NOT give the level of volume and control that the average gigging musician needs to play out - hence the need for the mixer. When using my Mackie I can tailor the sound and take advantage of the VITA mic preamps for better sound and volume. I can also use an external powered monitor to augment/enhance the sound.
        But wait, the purpose of a line array is so that you DON'T have to drag all that extra gear out. Well yeah but we singer/guitar player types want to be able to hear ourselves. I'm going to try this without the monitor for a country club gig. (I'll have the monitor in the car however).
        The Sound: Direct into the unit it's only good. When using the Mackie mixer it's very good. You have much more control over the tone/sound with an external mixer. Again, I'm comparing this to my current gigging rig - QSC K10s which are the best speaker I've heard for this purpose. BUT remember I'm looking to pair down my gear and reduce setup time and back aches.
        Setup: Yep, it's that easy. Plug the units together, plug in the power, plug your cables from the mixer and you're done. That's a HUGE plus and the reason why people move to line arrays.

        Conclusion: It's what I expected. Not as good as the current rig but good enough for all my smaller gigs.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome System

        By Henry

        from Valley Alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Expo System:

          I have a one man band. I use MP3 backing tracks, I sing and play rhythm & lead guitar. I use an RP500 pedal for my guitar and play everything through a Mackie FX Pro Mixer into the Expo. This system has a great sound; clear and full with plenty of bass. The vocals, guitar, and sound tracks all sound rich and full. It is very compact and simple to set up. There is no system I would rather use for what I am doing.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little system

          By Scott

          from Blaine, WA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Expo System:

            I originally bought this system for my studio but last weekend I used it in a smaller venue where space for my 4 piece band was tight. It worked great and will be nice for medium sized rooms as well. I already have a Bose L1 with two bass modules but I purchased the Expo instead of buying another Bose. The Expo has a lot more features and is a lot louder than I thought it would be.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            DOA after 20 minutes

            By Jorge The Guitar Player

            from San Jose CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Expo System:

            Tested it when I received it and it worked fine. Took it to an acoustic gig a couple of weeks later and it died 20 minutes into a two hour show. Powers up but no sound. Called Fender and they had me take it to a local repair shop.

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            REBOXED WITHIN 1 HOUR - BAD UNIT?

            By Jimmypagejunior

            from Syracuse, NY

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Limited Functions
            • MEGA-HUM WHEN TURNED ON
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Expo System:

            I gig with an 8 year old Bose L1 Classic 2-3 times a week. I loved the old Fender Passport, so I was excited to try this product. Unfortunately, it is an inferior copy attempt at the Bose, and it does not deliver. When inserting the top into the base, there's no "click," and it rocks about way too easily atop a thin flimsy plastic top plate. Still, for the price, if it sounded 2/3 as good as my Bose, I was going to keep it and maybe order a second unit. Sadly, when I hooked up anything- and all my stuff is top end no hum/loops/noise whatsoever- the unit just hummed. When I turned up the sub, the hum got super loud. The vendor has an excellent return policy, thank God.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            By far the most bang for the buck in its class!!

            By Brett

            from Lewisville, NC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Best Value
            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Expo System:

              By far the most bang for the buck in its class!! Terrific low end response. Using for acoustic/electric duo with rhythm track and the sound separates nicely with even distribution throughout small to medium-sized venues.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Awesome if you understand its limitations!

              By Mickey

              from Cabot Arkansas

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy
              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Expo System:

              I am a DJ for local events and weddings. I got the Expo for an awesome SDOTD price. At my last gig I had to provide sound for the preacher, background music for a pre-reception gathering and the party at the reception (3 different locations). At the reception one channel on my "Big Rig" blew out and I couldn't mix the music. I ran outside to the pre-reception area, grabbed my Fender Expo and brought it into the reception. I then fired up an Ipad with a mixing app, connected it to the Expo, cranked it up and crowd never new anything was wrong. When the Groom came over to say great job, he was blown away that my big rig didn't have any sound coming out of the speakers (LOL). With that being said, the venue had perfect acoustics for the Expo and there were only 125 people in the crowd. The Fender is awesome if you recognize its limitations. First, it is not for huge crowds. Second, it has very limited inputs (My situation worked because I plugged an Ipad into one channel and a microphone into the other, you need a mixing board to support anything more than that) Third, I think it is heavy at 52 pounds (The Bose L1 weighs 25 pounds). Forth, it is bulky (Top line array is 4 1/2 feet long, transporting it is a pain). HOWEVER...I love the Fender Expo. It saved me when it needed to. And it rocked, I cranked it up and shook the rafters in that place. It was very quick to unplug, move and set up again. At home, I play my acoustic/electric through it and it sounds sweet as molasses/smooth as butter. When I am not playing guitar through it, I use it with an ipad as my home stereo system. Would I recommend it...if you understand its limitations...yes, yes I would!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I would consider buying this system again...

              By duane

              from pitts. pa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Expo System:

              I used this expo for a crowd coverage of 150 people in a medium/large venue. The coverage was good but not enough to over-power talking/chatter of the audience. Not that a system for this use has to totally dominate the audience's ability to converse but from where I was performing and the system setup the audience was louder than what I was hearing from the expo. It was maxed to the feedback threshold so no more could be squeezed out of it. I was hoping for a little more oomph than I got...and would like to A-B the expo and the turbo sound iP1000 to get a clear idea of which to spend my $$$ on....

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very Impressed

              By Sohnostudios

              from Avon CT

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Expo System:

              We bought this system to use for open MIcs that we host but after seeing its capabilities I think we are going to buy a second one and use it for large gigs .This system does need a board and really cant be used as a stand alone with out one. We were able to put a keyboard , Bass, and Acoustic Guitar along with three Mics all through the board and system and it worked extremely well.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Buy but it could have been a Spectacular Buy

              By Heysarge

              from Cabot Arkansas

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Looks Great
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Accessories almost required
              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Solo Acts

              Comments about Fender Expo System:

              First, I love my Fender Expo and got a great SDOTD price. The day it arrived I was like a kid at Christmas. I tore into the boxes, set it up, and after a little balancing with the limited control knobs, WOW did it sound awesome in my living room! Two night later, I brought it to an open mic/DJ night on the 4th of July and found some ways Fender could have made it much better. My first wrinkle was the inability to move the darn thing easily. It is pretty, you can't just throw it around or strap it down. The Sub is light and isn't much of a problem, but the line array is 4 feet 6 inches long and has 2 prongs and an electrical plug thingy sticking out the end. 4'6" does not sound like a lot, but it is when it does not bend and you want to make sure it is safe. I eventually laid it across the back seat wrapped in a blanket with a pillow protecting the sensitive parts. My second rub occurred when one of the open mic night folks asked if it had inputs for 2 guitars and 2 mics...Ah, no! The Expo only has single channel inputs (1/4" L & R or RCA)! As far as playback, the EXPO was brilliant. Deep rich bass with accurate highs and mids. Be careful...unfiltered the Expo will let you know how badly you play or sing. We had zero microphone feedback all night long and lots of folks told me that it sounded great! All in all it does exactly what it is supposed to do...look and sounds awesome. Is there room for improvement? Yes! The basic Expo is awesome, but it is still just a 2 part powered speaker with a single channel input. Other powered speakers have lots more inputs and channels and seem tougher.... BOTTOM LINE I love my Fender Expo it looks and sounds fantastic but I wish Fender would have spent money on a tiny 4 input integrated mixer and a padded bag for the Line Array (I would have gladly paid for them)! Worth every penny even after you spend some change on a mixer and padded bag!!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely More Than I Expected

              By Selmo

              from Alamogordo, NM

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Expo System:

                Due to the fact that I'm not as young as I used to be (65+), I grew weary of hauling and lifting heavy speakers onto speaker stands and hauling a monitor speaker. I decided to buy the Fender Expo and tried it out at a recent gig. The overall sound blew me away! I do a one-man band MIDI thing with my laptop going to a sound module and thru to the drum machine. I play guitar and do some sax work on some of the songs. I ran everything into a little Mackie mixer and then into the Expo. The low end really kicks and the mids & highs are definite and crisp. No need for a monitor! I was disappointed to learn that Fender has discontinued the product and the carrying bag and cover are no longer available.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy a second one of these!

                By DJ Jamie

                from Auburn Hills, Michigan

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Expo System:

                This is a perfect set up for the smaller venues of 100 to 200 people. Maybe more, but have not had that large of an audience yet to try out on. There is only one draw back is you can only run one item at a time. I play keyboards and DJ in between. I thought I would be able to plug my keyboard and laptop in at the same time. You can, but the volume on each device is cut in half. So I use my small Mackie mixer, and it works just fine, I was hoping to eliminate that piece of equipment. Other wise I love it so far.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Darn good speakers, excellent clarity.

                By David

                from undisclosed

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                Comments about Expo System:

                This is my second one of these. I don't think you can beat them at the current price, although I got mine on a SDOTD for 399, which is a bargain. They have a very nice, musical sound, exceptional clarity, and a small footprint. Although I do worry a bit about the column being knocked by some drunk, it hasn't happened yet, and not having the big tripod of a speaker stand sure is nice. Bass response is good, I wouldn't hesitate to run an acoustic bass guitar straight through the board. Again, as with the bose L1, monitors haven't been necessary anymore, which simplifies the whole setup. (I do sometimes run a small speaker to the drummer, if he sings)

                Just one comment on clarity; I ran sound for a trio with one of these; 3 part harmony, acoustic instruments, and it was great. People came up to tell me that they finally understood all the words to songs that they had heard a dozen times before. That's worth something to me.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best BANG for the buck!!

                By Kova

                from San Diego, ca

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fender Expo System:

                  As a professional musician and former sound engineer, I'm 10 times more picky about sound than the average musician and I make no apologies for it. When I perform, I strive for PERFECTION. I want the mix and separation to be flawless. That being said, this system really impressed me strictly from a price point approach. When compared to the Bose "Compact", there is no comparison. This system is 50% cheaper, gets much louder and sounds better. You still need a separate mixer to use it but who cares!! With technology being so good today, you can pick up a high quality Yamaha mixer for a hundred smackers and your system is complete. You need nothing else. What surprised me the most was volume. This thing can get LOUD before the amp starts to clip, but I never had to push it that hard to get the volume I needed. If you're an acoustic soloist (or duo) or a keyboard player who also sings, this is all you need to get by. This system will easily handle most bars and restaurants where you're loud enough to be heard but people can still talk to each other.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Jase Owens

                  from Myrtle Beach,S.C

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Expo System:

                  All I can say is WoW! I have been researching back and forth on all the different systems Bose,Ld Maui....then I saw the fender Expo system . The reviews were great , YouTube videos were good so I said "Why Not?" I've played to gigs with it and my vocals have never been so crisp ...love this system . Well worth the money ! It's a great buy!

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                  5.0

                  A solo musician's dream come true.

                  By dcmiike

                  from St Pete Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Fender Expo System:

                    I SORELY needed a second sound system for smaller venues. When I say sorely, I mean I am a solo act and schlep all equipment alone. As I am getting older, the lifting and toting is taking a BIG toll on me. After setting up and playing three or four hours, tear down and load out had become a dreaded reality.

                    A big plus is, it is a powered speaker system - not a "compact PA" with a dinky little mixer. I did, in my desperation, consider that option. But I already have a great 1 rack space mixer and Lexicon FX - why would I not prefer to use that?

                    At my larger outdoor jobs it can't possibly compete with two full cabinets with 15" speakers, powerful horn drivers and a crown amplifier. BUT - as a solo, I play more small venues than large. On one particular two day a week gig. I am setup very close to the people, In this case, the Fender is SUPERIOR to the big setup because of its throw characteristics - the difference in volume is not so drastic from front to back of audience. This system is less directional than conventional speakers.The stack configuration sends mids and highs out over the heads and the less directional bass sits down low.

                    You can set the Expo right to your side and hear perfectly - I was amazed at that.

                    At first I thought it lacked bottom - that was because my backing tracks were mixed for the big speakers. I then put on a commercial album and there was plenty of thump. As it turns out though, my mixes work out better for the small venues. Keep in mind, I am playing full band tracks and my guitar through it, as well as vocals. As for just my vocals, they actually sound better with the Expo, it's crisper.

                    Be sure to get the optional cover for the stack, if not for both. The top stack is much easier to carry with a handle and strap. Bigger than it looks - over 6' tall !

                    I now have a totally modular PA. Quick in and out with the Fender Expo, and the heavy lugging ONLY for the larger venues - both using the same familiar compact mixer and effects.

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