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Fender Passport Deluxe PD-250 Portable PA
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The Fender Passport Deluxe PD-250 Portable PA gives you convenience, portability, reliability, and amazing ease of use. What more could you ask for? How about high-fidelity audio to rival a home theater? That's the Fender Passport Deluxe Series. A highly evolved loudspeaker design, the Deluxe Speaker Array, delivers wide horizontal projection, remarkable clarity, and truly impressive imaging via 4 speaker drivers per cabinet (x2 cabs).
- 250W (125 per channel) of stereo power with digital reverb
- Proprietary DSA speaker design with 4 custom speaker drivers per cab
- 4 mic/line inputs
- 2 mono/stereo inputs
- Works on batteries or AC wall current
- 2 P-51 microphones with stand clips, speaker cables, and individual carrying pouches
- 4-channel, 8-input mixer
- 2 additional stereo channels
- Selectable main-monitor operation
- Tape-out jacks for performance recording
- Speakers can be tripod-mounted, installed, or floor standing
- Unique one-touch EQ
- Vocal Input Priority (lowers music when someone speaks in the mic)
- 33"W x 24"H x 12"D
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A Clean Machine
In terms of sheer raw sound energy, I am sure there are cheaper solutions that would output more sound. But the advantage of the Fender PD250 is how sparkling clean and beautiful the sound...Read complete review
In terms of sheer raw sound energy, I am sure there are cheaper solutions that would output more sound. But the advantage of the Fender PD250 is how sparkling clean and beautiful the sound is. It really is a much higher fidelity PA than what people are used to. Here?s how I?ve used the system so far:1) For running vocals at a rock band practice. This PA is a jewel for this purpose. The vocals sound cleaner and clearer than they?ve ever sounded. Feedback is almost non-existent because the sound is so clean. And singing is a joy because you can hear yourself so well. It really lets you concentrate on the finer details of your performance.2) Small rock band performances. It?s great for running vocals to bring them up to the level of the drums and guitar amps. You can use one as a monitor, or just turn both of them a bit toward the center so that you can hear your singing and it works pretty well. Please note, my band is not a loud punk-rock band, but we rock. The PD250 has plenty of juice to get vocals in the zone.3) Acoustic duo. Shure beta57's on guitars and Shure beta58's on vocals. OMG, this is the cleanest most amazing sound ever. People were coming up telling us we sounded incredible!I have a sense that this PA would handle some more rigorous use than I've given it, but I have nothing yet to report there. A couple of things that I dislike: The digital reverb is lame, but you can use an external one instead (highly recommended). No phantom power. Only one tone control per channel. Some more EQ would be nice, but you'd be surprised how little you really need if you have the right mics for the job. This thing is a workout to carry, but it's amazing that one person can carry the whole PA! And it fits in my Ford Escort's trunk with plenty of room to spare.Yes, I'm happy with it.
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Who designed this thing?
Who ever designed this unit never tried to carry or transport one. They are heavy and hard to handle. Although they do a fairly good job of handling sound the features are only...Read complete review
Who ever designed this unit never tried to carry or transport one. They are heavy and hard to handle. Although they do a fairly good job of handling sound the features are only average. The gimmicky priority control on the lead channel is rediculous! The output jacks barely grab the 1/4" plugs and feel really "iffy" in terms of holding up. My biggest beef though, is with the shape of the unit; it is simply the most awkward thing to carry, transport on a dolly or in a vehicle and to top that off, the case is easily scarred. A simple square cabinet design would be infinitely better. Forget the cutsey latching of the components into one hard to handle unit.
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I am 70 year old volunteer musician who performs in various senior settings about ten times a month. I needed a system that could function well in the small and large environments with equal sound quality. The good news is that this prouduct lives up to the "Fender" name. The sound quality is exactly what I wanted.The bad news is that I injured my back while attempting to carry it in the suit case-assembled configuration. I wish that I had opted for a similar "lighter" model.
I manage an acoustic music venue and use 3-PD250s. 2 sets for mains ? 3rd set for monitors. I consistently get compliments from both musicians and fans. Reverb ? leaves a lot to be desired. I use the Lexicon MX200 with capability of 2 separate effects. I use a little reverb and a little compression.EQ ? is pretty limited, but you can get a very nice balanced sound out of the Passport. You won?t be able to do much shaping. I use the Behringer XL1600 for a mixer with great results. Mics ? Fender mics are low quality. I use one for my talkback mic, but I would not put one on stage. My mics include Shure 87Cs, Beta 58As, KSM 109s and Beta 57As. The PD250 is extremely efficient and runs for a long time on DC power. Fender DC-DC converters have been discontinued by Fender. But you could use a small power inverter. Service ? Hope you never need service. I have talked to a few several technicians who worked on one ? once. I personally don?t know anyone who owns one that has needed it repaired.
This is a great little PA. It has big sound that carries well. The new speaker design was co/engineered with a top ranked co. (not sure I can mention their name on here, but it rhymes with hose)I do acoustic gigs and the portability is very key for me. Limited trips to the car before and after gigs is a big plus. It's a bit heavy, but manageable. The sound quality is great and it spreads well. I haven't used it with my full band, but I'm sure it could handle it, it's got some good power. My only beef is the lack of effects and the quality of the reverb. I use some external effects to achieve the sound I want, so it's not a big deal. Overall, This is a great value. It's durable, potable and LOUD. If this one ever craps out on me, I will likely get another to replace it.
This is a decent little system for use at small gigs. The sound is OK, but the reverb is hideous. You'll have to use outboard effects. Light weight and compact, it travels easy.
I was at a party one time and a friend had this system setup with a radioshack mixer board and 2 handheld cd players as a small dj setup. The sound that comes out of this system is so clear and sounds so hifi. Bass is not that powerfull but it resonates so much that you shouldnt have a problem. This thing cranked,when the master volume was on 3,the mixer board was on 2 and the cd players were on about half volume and this was also on an open field on a farm. Overall great product!
The PD 250 is a totally awesome PA system. It compares to much larger systems in terms of its ability to reach audiences consisting of 200 or more people. In fact the manufacturer states that it can play to audiences of 500 people. The overall quality is excellent. Pumping in music from a CD is truly wonderful. The highs and lows are where they need to be and a singer's voice at no time struggles to be heard (over the music). If you want a light weight system with heavy weight sound, this is the one for you!
This system sounds just as good or better than my $5,000 system more bass at least.
The bass, clarity and overall sound totally rivals and in some areas beats my other sound system which includes 2 high quality 15" cabs and a top of the line 1200W powered mixer. Looks great, fits in the trunk and is extremely easy to use.
I have owned this PD 250 for several years now and have found it to be very good for small to medium venues. Nice clear sound and I occasionally use my Fender Acustic 180 as my primary and use the 250 PD to expand power and sound. It is an awesome combination. I do have one "beef" I wish the engineers would have spent more time on the carry handle. It's awkward to carry, and not especially lite. I would buy another one.
First of all, I'm not just some hobbyist who bought this and thinks it is cool. I have put this system through the ringer on the road, both solo and with full bands, and after over 400 shows with it, I am completely sold.This is hands down the best sounding PA system in the price range. These speakers may be the best cabinets on the market. It even blows away the Bose tower systems in most applications (the Fender PD-250 speakers were designed and manufactured by Bose...)BUT, they are not easy to figure out as far as making them sound good. The single EQ knobs, while convenient, are not intuitive. But once you figure it out (I suggest a cut for vocals, and a boost in the System EQ) it is very cool.Plug a mixer into this system, and you've got yourself a vocal PA that can keep up with a full band in most venues.And as a stage monitor system, it is beyond incredible.I can't say enough about it. But DON'T buy any other Passport except the PD-250. The rest of them pretty much suck.