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Review: Fishman SoloAmp Portable PA

For under a $999 street, the SoloAmp is an ideal solution for singer/songwriters and those that gig with them on a regular basis.
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Weighing less than 25 lbs., the SoloAmp comes in a very nice padded nylon soft case with casters, stand, and room for all the cables you would need while gigging with it. Based on a compact line-array speaker design, SoloAmp ($1,539 list) features a Class D amp producing 220 watts for its six 4-inch woofers and one 1-inch tweeter. It measures 6.7" X 5.6" X 41.5" in size. In other words, it's incredibly portable.

I/O includes two mic/instrument input channels with three-band EQ, phantom power and preamps accepting a wide variety of input sources; Monitor Input/Output; aux stereo input with level control; balanced XLR DI outputs for both channels; and main mix out. Each channel also offers four digital reverb effects, an effects loop, and phase and anti-feedback controls. A "set break" mute is also included.

In standard singer/songwriter applications, the SoloAmp doesn't disappoint. I've used it on a variety of acoustic guitartoting artists for rehearsal applications to small live clubs. It's plenty powerful, and its low-end handling capabilities raise eyebrows — those 4-inch woofers can deliver full, undistorted lows, even when pushed surprisingly hard. On a singer/songwriter whose live instrument is an electric piano, the sound became comparatively muddy in instrumentally dynamic passages; however, this was the only instance of any weakness I heard in hours of discriminating use.

Further, the four reverbs available per SoloAmp channel are very usable and pleasing. Based on a variety of vocalists' tastes in reverb, I was always able to get something that sounded very good and perfectly appropriate. Having used many PAs with built-in effects, let me emphasize that this is a big compliment.

For under a $999 street, the SoloAmp is an ideal solution for singer/songwriters and those that gig with them on a regular basis. I can't think of a better PA solution for those that would like to leave a gig with their instrument in one hand and their PA in the other.

Contact: Fishman | www.fishman.com