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Fender Passport Deluxe PD-250 Portable PA  

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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

    Order today and never waste another minute troubleshooting a troublesome PA.

     
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    4.3

    (based on 39 reviews)

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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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    Buy something else

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    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.

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    3.0

    the good news and the bad news

    By happy,hurting musician

    from Plattsburgh, N.Y.

    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.

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    4.0

    Active Gospel, Blues, & Oldies

    By Tommy Taylor

    from Madison, WI

    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.

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    5.0

    Love my Fender Passport

    By Shelia15

    from Abingdon, Va

    I am a Southern/country Gospel singer songwriter in full time ministry. I have owned a Fender Passport 250 fo appr. 8 years. I do 100 concerts a year and use my sound on most of those concerts. It is alittle heavy, but I take it apart to carry it. Like some of the other reviewers I think it needs handles in the speakers.It has wonderful sound, and all the power I need.It works qwell for me.

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    1.0

    Buy something else

    By Sine9

    from Yuma AZ

    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.

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    5.0

    Pleased!

    By V-2owzDdI

    from Undisclosed

    I bought a set of "_ose" speakers 9 years ago. Two years ago I bought the Fender system. What a sound difference! The fender beat the other system hands down and the "other" system of course is know for their sound. This system is heavy the my other speakers where about 50 lbs each speaker. I can handle the Passport. Very easy to set up and take down. These speaker do need a handle.. eventhough they are not heavy individually... they could slip out of your hand.This is a great sounding little set up that can blow you away even outside! I would purchase another... if needed!

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    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.

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    5.0

    great value and quality

    By MJ from Chucktown

    from Charleston, SC

    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.

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    5.0

    PD-250 - Excellent Sound

    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.

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    5.0

    Almost everything I need

    By Ticky Tacky-ccJVk

    from Elizabeth City, NC

    The guy with the loud drummer needs to get a new one. If you can't hear over him with this PA, maybe you forgot to connect the speakers or something. This little guy SCREAMS! I've owned it for over five years, and I've used it for small gigs the entire time. The only drawbacks are: It's pretty darn heavy when it's all buckled up.It won't run unpowered monitorsAnd it doesn't have phantom power.But you can use powered monitors, and if you need, you can buy a phantom power supply for your condensers.I'd buy it all over again for sure. I'd sell you mine used... but you can't have it :P

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