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Bose Professional F1 Flexible Array Loudspeaker system

Date: 01/13/2016

Earlier this year, I visited Bose HQ to experience the company’s entrée into what I consider pro-grade portable PA (PPA) territory—their new F1 Flexible Array Loudspeaker System.  MORE

Mackie Reach All-In-One Portable PA System

Date: 01/13/2016

Having recently evaluated Mackie’s unique FreePlay Personal PA, the subsequent arrival of a Reach portable PA (PPA) system for review made a lot of chronological sense.  MORE

Review: Crown XLS Drivecore 2 Amplifiers

Date: 01/07/2016

The affordable XLS 1502 is clean, powerful, quiet in operation and flexible in use  MORE

Review: Bose F1 Flexible Array Portable PA

Date: 12/11/2015

Strother Bullins. The F1 is a completely different PPA beast from Bose.  MORE

Electro-Voice EKX Series Powered Loudspeakers

Date: 12/04/2015

I’ve relied upon an Electro-Voice portable PA (PPA) for the past few years as my “workhorse” system—two E-V ZLX-12P powered cabinets serving as main monitors, stage wedges and all purposes in between.  MORE

Review: Mackie Reach Portable PA System

Date: 11/25/2015

Strother Bullins. Just one Reach enclosure will deliver main and dual stage monitor duties and much more.  MORE


Date: 11/10/2015

In my review-based pursuits, I’ve auditioned most portable PAs (PPAs) currently available in the marketplace: many great ones, some very portable ones, some not-so-portable ones and a lot that fall somewhere within those ideals.  MORE

Review: Electro-Voice EKX Series Loudspeakers

Date: 11/04/2015

Strother Bullins. EKX offers powerful-yet-efficient performance, simple DSP, road-worthy construction, and great value.  MORE

Allen & Heath GLD-80 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer

Date: 10/14/2015

A&H has continued to update software and firmware for the GLD range, adding support for remote control, offline editing and other features we’ve come to expect from modern digital consoles.  MORE

Review: beyer MCE 86 II Electret Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Date: 10/06/2015

A shotgun microphone is simply a tool worth having in any “workhorse” microphone collection, and the MCE 86 II is an ideal specimen.  MORE

Review: Mackie Freeplay Personal PA

Date: 09/22/2015

By Strother Bullins. The quick scoop? FreePlay is my favorite boom box, ever.  MORE


Date: 09/14/2015

Yamaha emerged as a leader in high-end live sound mixing with its digital offerings long before many stalwart analog-centric live console companies dipped their toes in the digital pool.  MORE

Review: Yamaha TF Series

Date: 09/08/2015

Touch-centric with an intuitive proprietary OS, the TF is capable yet easy.  MORE

Review: Hammond USA Leslie Studio 12 Cabinet

Date: 08/31/2015

Rob Tavaglione reviews the portable, good-sounding Studio 12 cabinet.  MORE

Review: Avalon V5 Preamplifier/DI/Re-amping Box

Date: 08/26/2015

Rob Tavaglione. The V5 boasts incredibly wide tonal versatility.  MORE

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