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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? ...Click To Read More About This Product

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One-box transport convenience; component-like sound quality.

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).

FEATURES
  • 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
  • 55 lb.
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4.3

(based on 39 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

the good news and the bad news

By garius

from Plattsburgh NY

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent

By Straphangin'

from Milwaukee, WI

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PD-250 - Excellent Sound

By VenueMgr

from North Dakota

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great value and quality

By MJ from Chucktown

from Charleston, SC

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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.

 
5.0

Great sound

By nick-g0pRV

from wantagh, ny

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!

 
5.0

You'll love it!

By Singer Dude

from NY

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!

 
5.0

wow

By dm's djing

from Jackson County, TN

This system sounds just as good or better than my $5,000 system more bass at least.

 
5.0

Amazing

By aaron-9.FJb

from Woodstock, GA

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.

 
4.0

Active Gospel, Blues, & Oldies

By Tommy Taylor

from Madison, WI

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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.

 
5.0

The BEST bang for your buck

By J. Mancine

from New england

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.

 
1.0

DO NOT WASTE YOUR CASH!

By Paul

from Seoul, Korea

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This system sucks ***. We had one but it couldn't handle what we needed for a damn practice, let alone small clubs. My band was playing a show with some other bands and this was the house PA and you couldn't hear a damn thing.Don't waste your cash on this, it costs far too much for what you get and doesn't have enough power to scare a kitten.

 
2.0

Who designed this thing?

By Opry Flash

from Texas

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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.

 
1.0

Left on my own!

By GRV

from Melbourne, Fl

I bought the Fender Passport 250 Deluxe about 5 months ago. I gig with this unit about 4 to 6 times a month and practice with it almost every night. The unit has developed a loud noise when you sing or speak through the mic. I have tried several mics and all channels. The problem in in the unit. It increases with more reverb and decreases with less reverb. I have contaced Fender and their local service center and Musicians Friend. I have been left on my own with a useless piece of equipment. No one replies to emails or returns phone calls. Lesson learned, buy your gear from a local shop!

 
4.0

Fender Passport

By Gunner-9HJJW

from Lula, GA

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This is my second passport unit, the first lost a stereo send after 5 years and I replaced it with a 250 deluxe. Like the controls on the old head better, more speaker connections for one. As for the free gifts have not received them from MF and they won't answer my emails or live chat!!

 
5.0

Portable quick setup with great full sound

By SprdngThGspl#1

from Atlanta, GA

I highly recommend the Fender PD-250 as an affordable, dependable portable PA for it's quick, easy setup, great responsiveness, and full sound. I've used several other sound systems, but needed a more compact, lighter system that would reach a maximum audience of 200-500. I previously owned the Fender P-250, so I knew about the great quality and I wanted to upgrade to the PD-250 for fuller sound. We get great remarks from our audiences and many folks who are interested in purchasing their own.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Buy something else

By Sine9

from Yuma AZ

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We used this system four or five times a year for two years. It was used indoors, for speaking presentations only in medium to small-sized venues. A month ago, we had a community presentation scheduled in conjunction with several state and county departments, and had offered this PA as the primary address system. How embarrassing. The day before, we were preparing for the sound check and tried to turn the unit on...no power, and the led was red instead of green. The manual said check the air inlet filter...clean. Then it said contact an authorized Fender dealer...he said "buy a new one." No thanks. It's not like we were gigging nightly at volume with this piece of junk. I'll be getting something else for my next portable, and you should too.

 
5.0

Thanks Fender

By Songboy and Trash Dog

from Denver Colorado

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I have had my Passport for 2 years. I mike 2 Blues Juniors one Drum machine and one SM58 for vocals.( I dont put the Bass Guitar through it)This is a very good sounding PA system. Crystal Clear loud enough for small gigs and easy to set up.I change about 4 guitars during our sets and never have to touch the settings.We get a very big sound from this small package.I have compared our sound to a Yamaha with JBLs at a GIG and the Passport sounded better. More definition and midrange.I bought this thinking it would be great for quick set-ups and hauling around.But I have no plans on purchasing something larger for our Bar gigs. We have had no complaints about our sound. In fact most musicians who have heard the system have told us that it sounds great.A lot of thought went into this unit I tried the Peavey and some small Systems before this purchase but now I am glad I choose the Passport.Thanks Fender for another great product..

 
5.0

Fantastic little PA

By Trucktrail7

from Marion, OH

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The passport I used was a P-250, but its pretty close to this one. I DJ'd a little cast party where they only wanted to hear rap all night, and everyone knows the heavy low end in rap. This thing went for 3 hours straight and I never had any issues with it clipping. Sounds fantastic. I am thinking about investing in the PD-250 myself now.

 
5.0

Fender Passport Deluxe PD-250 Portable PA

By drswing

from PA

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This portable PA system is great. Took it to some small gigs in W.Vir. And the people commented to say it has the best sound they ever heard. But, I do add some more mix with my 507-Zoom effects pedal. That's the only reason I gave it a 9 on overall. I felt the on-board effects needed a little help. All-in-all, a great piece of equipment.

 
5.0

PD 250

By rex30256

from Hutcinson, Ks

I bought the PD 250 to play along with as I practice drumming. Sound quality is very good at low or high volumes . It is very durable. Have owned for 10 months. Very Pleased.

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