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Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System  

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The 8-channel Fender Passport 500 PRO Portable PA system is Fender's most powerful portable PA system and offers the greatest clarity. But now Fender...Read More

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The top of the Passport line.

The 8-channel Fender Passport 500 PRO Portable PA system is Fender's most powerful portable PA system and offers the greatest clarity. But now Fender has added an input for recording your performances with CD-quality (WAV) straight to a USB flash drive. The Passport 500 also offers CD-quality WAV and MP3 playback, and a sub-out jack has been added for an external powered subwoofer.

This Pro 500 is also 9 pounds lighter than the previous version with reduced, more portable dimensions. The redesigned speaker system features two molded plastic cabinets with a 10" woofer and a 1.2" horn-loaded tweeter in each to deliver better definition than before. When not in use, the speaker clips to the mixer for a convenient, one-piece portable system.

Take a close look and listen and the Passport PRO 500 will take you places like never before. Fender kept the best of previous Passport generations and added new features and functionality so that this Passport system is ideal for whatever your PA application may be—education and presentations, party gigs, small clubs, and coffee houses. It even gives you two ways to record. The first is a Stereo Out that allows you to hook it up to a recording device without it being affected by master volume changes. The second is a USB recorder which lets you insert a USB memory stick or flash drive. This drive can also be used for playback.

FEATURES
  • Amp type: Class D
  • Woofer (per cab): 10"
  • Driver: (per cab): 1.2" horn-loaded
  • Inputs: 6 Mic/Line inputs, 2 stereo inputs
  • Output: 500W Class D power amp
  • Line Out: 1/8" mini stereo Out, subwoofer out
  • Channels: 8 (6 mic/line, 2 stereo)
  • 6 mic lines with XLR and 1/4" inputs
  • 2 stereo inputs with 1/4" and 1/8" (for MP3 player) inputs
  • 1/4" subwoofer out with 120hz High-Pass Filter on Speaker Out
  • USB port that lets you record your performance with CD-quality (WAV) straight to a USB flash drive
  • CD-quality WAV and MP3 file playback
  • Controls: High EQ, Low EQ, Master Volume, System Tone, Level Control for each channel, Reverb Send for each channel, 20dB pad on input channels
  • Effects: Selectable and adjustable reverb

If you want your groove to be easy, order a Passport 500 PRO.

SPECIFICATIONS

Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System

  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 25" x 32" x 14.5"
  • Weight: 44 lb.
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FenderPassport 500 Pro Portable PA System
 
3.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Awesome for Solo/Acoustic Performers

      Owned the 500 for about 8 months now. Using with a Vocalist Live 3, my Washburn acoustic/electric, sometimes my little Yamaha APX500... this system is perfect. I use an inexpensive...Read complete review

      Owned the 500 for about 8 months now. Using with a Vocalist Live 3, my Washburn acoustic/electric, sometimes my little Yamaha APX500... this system is perfect. I use an inexpensive Samson mic and it sounds fantastic. I play mostly classic rock and Britpop (Beatles, Oasis, Stones). The sound quality is crystal clear, and as for power and volume, more than enough for small to medium size venues (coffee houses, small bars, rec halls). Many of the bad reviews for the 500 complain that it is not powerful/loud enough for large venues?? Read the product description... good for small and medium sized venues!!! It's not made for big clubs or theatres... or outdoors. Why do people write bad reviews for a product when they are trying to use it for something otherthan what is reccommended??? Oh well. I have yet to use the subwoofer output but I will say that I love the Flashdrive recording. I just wish I could somehow boost the recording volume level... that is my only complaint, but I may be doing something wrong. The volume seems very low upon playback. Oh - I have played my Les Paul through this but you have to run through an effects box of somekind - I use a Vox Tonelab. Overall, for sound quality and portability - this is an AWESOME SYSTEM! If you are a solo act or acoustic duo or trio, this is the system for you.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Would not buy again... More toy than pro

      I had high hopes for this system for performing coffee shop gigs of <100people.
      While it is compact, it is a bit heavy for some to carry one handed. This wasn't the...Read complete review

      I had high hopes for this system for performing coffee shop gigs of <100people.
      While it is compact, it is a bit heavy for some to carry one handed. This wasn't the problem for me though.

      My issue is sound quality. Plain and simple it just sounds cheap. No depth and no matter what I did with it I couldn't tune it to have the depth of audio quality that suited. I was using it with the tried and true SM58 mic and a Martin D35 with the new Baggs M80 pickup as well as a Taylor 914CE (both direct into a channel, no DI) and neither guitar could be set to sound nice. It was either tinny sounding or if you dialed back the mids/highs it went muddy and lifeless.

      I made an honest effort to make it work as well. I bought an expensive LR Baggs Venue DI with a good range of EQ built in and it still wasn't making enough improvement.

      I sold this unit luckily losing only a couple hundred and spent 4x the amount on a Bose L1 model 2 system. Let me tell you it is night and day improvement. With the Bose tonematch preset eq's for the Taylor the guitar sounds sweet. Vocals are full and warm, basically everything the Passport should have been.

      Not going to make this into a Bose Fanboy plug either. While I love the Bose system for acoustic gigs it is overpriced (more than 3-4x what the passport runs). The biggest plus with the bose is it's pretty much plug & play AND you don't need to mess with monitors due to it's design.

      To compare the Passport to 'real world' gear, I had better sound from an average powered mixer and a pair of passive 15's and that setup would run around the same cost as the Passport. All it means is 2 trips to the car instead of one.

      Another drag with the Passport was that you still need monitors if you are playing any sort of gig where there will be people being people. As the crowd volume goes up your stage sound goes down and you need a monitor. There was no easy way to do that with the passport. I tried standing in front of the speakers but had feedback problems.
      It has no output for a passive monitor either.
      I had to use a powered mackie SRM and buy a special cable with a 1/8" plug to a 1/4", why couldn't they have just made it accept a standard patch cord??

      Bottom line is this system is great for someone that wants to play Karaoke in their basement or at parties. Hook in a laptop, a mic and your good.
      If you are an acoustic soloist small group looking for a system to play small listening room gigs look elsewhere as you will never sound like you want to through this box... it is a toy.

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      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Would not buy again... More toy than pro

      By Steve27

      from Ontario Canada

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

        I had high hopes for this system for performing coffee shop gigs of <100people.
        While it is compact, it is a bit heavy for some to carry one handed. This wasn't the problem for me though.

        My issue is sound quality. Plain and simple it just sounds cheap. No depth and no matter what I did with it I couldn't tune it to have the depth of audio quality that suited. I was using it with the tried and true SM58 mic and a Martin D35 with the new Baggs M80 pickup as well as a Taylor 914CE (both direct into a channel, no DI) and neither guitar could be set to sound nice. It was either tinny sounding or if you dialed back the mids/highs it went muddy and lifeless.

        I made an honest effort to make it work as well. I bought an expensive LR Baggs Venue DI with a good range of EQ built in and it still wasn't making enough improvement.

        I sold this unit luckily losing only a couple hundred and spent 4x the amount on a Bose L1 model 2 system. Let me tell you it is night and day improvement. With the Bose tonematch preset eq's for the Taylor the guitar sounds sweet. Vocals are full and warm, basically everything the Passport should have been.

        Not going to make this into a Bose Fanboy plug either. While I love the Bose system for acoustic gigs it is overpriced (more than 3-4x what the passport runs). The biggest plus with the bose is it's pretty much plug & play AND you don't need to mess with monitors due to it's design.

        To compare the Passport to 'real world' gear, I had better sound from an average powered mixer and a pair of passive 15's and that setup would run around the same cost as the Passport. All it means is 2 trips to the car instead of one.

        Another drag with the Passport was that you still need monitors if you are playing any sort of gig where there will be people being people. As the crowd volume goes up your stage sound goes down and you need a monitor. There was no easy way to do that with the passport. I tried standing in front of the speakers but had feedback problems.
        It has no output for a passive monitor either.
        I had to use a powered mackie SRM and buy a special cable with a 1/8" plug to a 1/4", why couldn't they have just made it accept a standard patch cord??

        Bottom line is this system is great for someone that wants to play Karaoke in their basement or at parties. Hook in a laptop, a mic and your good.
        If you are an acoustic soloist small group looking for a system to play small listening room gigs look elsewhere as you will never sound like you want to through this box... it is a toy.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outreaches in Central Africa

        By Harvest Vision Ministries

        from Washington state

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            We have been using these to support outreach ministry in 5 countries in Central Africa where they are transported by bus, bicycle, canoe and on the backs of the people. Reliable, rugged and give the sound that we need for the music, movies & sharing.

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            3.0

            Heavy and awkward to carry

            By Tspoon1

            from Fort Morgan, CO

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            I wanted more portability but 47 lbs. in one grip is harder to carry than my larger Peavey system individually. I would recommend detaching the speakers & carrying separately or getting a cart (if stairs aren't involved.)It is easy to set up and has good sound quality for the price. Don't buy a factory refurbished model like I did, the master volume dial had a short in it and fizzled out on it's first performance.

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            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Raymond Jones

            By Raymond Jones

            from Benson NC

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            I would not buy another one.
            I had the Passport 250, which sounded great. My bluegrass group needed more inputs so I bought the 500 ,because I figured we would also have more power.The truth is that even though I have 2 more inputs,I wish I would have saved my money.The system is 9LBS lighter,but the power is just not there.Lot's of nice features,but no bang for my buck.I wish I had'nt sold my 250.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SV Law

            By S.Law

            from Alexamdria Louisiana

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            inspite of the price i upgraded from the Passport 300 to th Passport 500. The 300 hundred a very decent system which covered the rooms I played 100 to 300 people it provided great sound through out the venues.For larger events I had to take out a larger system. I'm upgrading due to the fact of me seeing and not bebieving, I was at a Dinne/dancer with aprox 800 plus people where the group used the Passport 500 and a small sub i was blown away.My 300 just a week or so old was exchanged with no problems from a local vender. Ive used the Passport as a subsitute for a Leslie Speaker at a worship service and it was unbelievable. Thanks Fender excellent product I and my fans thank you
            Great Unit oustanding power for size
            Good design fantastic quality sound at an excellent volume. Im a keyboardest and saxophonist. I recentlycompleted a CD project inwhich the quality sound the Passport 500 is helping to promote. My audience upon entering the venues think it's a CD playing. Don't be fooled by the bad reviews given on this system. I did my homework researched several PA systems, and designated keyboard amps. Keboardist check out the Passport Pro system QUALITY STEREO sOUND.
            A little high priced compared to its competiters but worth the price differeence. Its a true saying you get what you pay for.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome for Solo/Acoustic Performers

            By retrOasis girl

            from Kentucky

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            Owned the 500 for about 8 months now. Using with a Vocalist Live 3, my Washburn acoustic/electric, sometimes my little Yamaha APX500... this system is perfect. I use an inexpensive Samson mic and it sounds fantastic. I play mostly classic rock and Britpop (Beatles, Oasis, Stones). The sound quality is crystal clear, and as for power and volume, more than enough for small to medium size venues (coffee houses, small bars, rec halls). Many of the bad reviews for the 500 complain that it is not powerful/loud enough for large venues?? Read the product description... good for small and medium sized venues!!! It's not made for big clubs or theatres... or outdoors. Why do people write bad reviews for a product when they are trying to use it for something otherthan what is reccommended??? Oh well. I have yet to use the subwoofer output but I will say that I love the Flashdrive recording. I just wish I could somehow boost the recording volume level... that is my only complaint, but I may be doing something wrong. The volume seems very low upon playback. Oh - I have played my Les Paul through this but you have to run through an effects box of somekind - I use a Vox Tonelab. Overall, for sound quality and portability - this is an AWESOME SYSTEM! If you are a solo act or acoustic duo or trio, this is the system for you.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good but not great...

            By promixaudioM7

            from Ontario Canada

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            Has half the EQ the old PD 500 had and without the incerts this thing would be useless with the headset(Shure SLX) mic my wife uses for corporate events and church settings and camps.. for regular play back its still sounds great but it's preset EQ settings are to muddy for most microphones.. As for volume I would suggest the other customer return it because mine just rips as loud as our previous PD 500 with richer bottom end and thats what might be making my wifes mic muddy...Incert some good eq and tweak it and it sounds great at every thing you can through at it.. Much richer sound verses the older unit...throw a seven or 9 band EQ on it for different mics that will be used on it and I think it would be an easy fix for my problems.. really like the usb recording but it has a bit of hiss that gets recorded off the system.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Go with the PD 250!!!

            By Goo

            from Gilbert, AZ

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            Purchased one of these, tried it out and returned it. Doesn't even come close to the sound of the PD 250. The weight of this thing is the best part but I'll stick with my PD 250 which runs laps around the Passport 500.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great features, great value

            By bobwfritz

            from Edmonton, AB

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            I needed a very portable unit to meet all our church needs (we meet in a gym). This unit stood out because of the rich feature set including USB recording/playback, many different types of inputs, ease of use, and great sound. The speakers output 250W each and find that I do not have any problems with not enough output. One thing to note is that if using an electric guitar or bass you must use a DI box or guitar amp with line outs instead of plugging directly into the line in. Love the USB recording - I can now produce sound and record my church services with one device. The unit does not come with extra peripheral equipment which is actually a good thing - keeps the cost down and allows you to have the choice of mics, etc. Anyways, the design is great and so far it hasn't let me down.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great portability, Poor sound outpus

            By Johnie Fredman

            from Shawnee, OK

            Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

            I recently purchased a Fender Passport 500 Pro to upgrade from my PD-250. I wanted the 500 to produce more volume for outdoor and large venues. However, I was amazed at how little volume it produces! My old PD-250 blows this thing away! I love the smaller size and lighter weight, but the sound output is pathetic. No complaints about the quality of the sound, it is top notch. Good luck getting people to hear it in a large area.I finally had time to set them up side by side this morning. With the master volume at 50% and the input volume at 25%, the 500 Pro only put out 62 decibels. The old PD-250 put out 110 decibels! So, the Pro 500 is (supposedly) twice the size of the old PD-250, but produces half the volume. For large venues, this thing is worthless. This is my third Passport and I was very excited about the new design. Well, not any more.

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