PA Systems have evolved from the big bulky speaker and amplifier combo and is now available in different form factors to cater to different uses. Today’s PA systems are robust, efficient, and are rugged enough to handle abuse. For sizes, there are personal PA systems that are handheld or fits in your pocket for small crowds or use in classrooms. There are also full-sized PA systems that form a compact package that’s easy to transport. If you’re looking for the best PA system, then your search is over.
ION Audio Tailgater iPA77
Compact and powerful, the ION Audio Tailgater portable Bluetooth public address speaker is a versatile little box that comes with a free microphone. The small form factor of the speaker packs a lot of versatility such as various ports for input and output as well as wireless connectivity via Bluetooth. The speakers light enough to be carried around and even comes with a built-in carrying handle on the sides for easy handling.
On the more technical side of stuff, the speakers boast a 50-watt amplifier to make your voice be heard even on open spaces with loud crowds. The ION Audio Tailgater isn’t only for public address use; thanks to the many handy features and portability of the speaker, it can be utilized as a powerful source of audio during picnics or outings and even backyard parties. Capable of Bluetooth connectivity of up to 100 feet, you can play your music from your Bluetooth-enabled device without the hassle of cables. You can also plug in your music device via the aux port using a standard headphone jack.
You can be guaranteed that whatever the event, the Tailgater is capable of keeping up with you. Equipped with a battery that’s large enough to last up to 50 hours of straight use, the speaker has enough use to continue throughout a full day of use plus pack extra to power up your audio device that’s connected to the speaker thanks to a power bank feature and a built-in USB port.
Pyle PWMA200 Compact & Wireless Microphone PA Speaker System
For an affordable price, you can get a decent-performing PA system with convenience in mind. The Pyle PWMA200 is ready to use straight out of the box and comes with two types of wireless microphones and a built-in receiver on the speaker unit so you can set it up cable-free. The microphones include a standard wireless mic as well as a lavalier type microphone for hands-free talking and hands-on working. At 6.2 pounds, the PWMA200 is light enough to be easily transferred from place to place with the integrated carrying handle on top of the unit. To add to the convenience, the unit can be powered solely by rechargeable batteries, so you don’t have to fumble around looking for power outlets and dealing with cable tangles when setting up; you just set it down, and let it run.
For additional features, you have an FM radio capability, and an included ¼-inch jack for a wired mic or other inputs using a quarter inch adapter such as a guitar or an external wireless mic receiver. Additional inputs include a standard eighth-inch input jack for plugging in an audio device as an aux input.
As a clever feature, the 3.5mm jack that’s built into the unit allows you to daisy-chain multiple speakers to enhance the audio output or create a surround sound sensation.
LyxPro SPA-8 Compact 8″ Portable PA System
As one of the larger not-so-portable PA system in this list, the LyxPro SPA-8 delivers a powerful 100-watt output along with a crisp and clean sound quality that’s sure to let your voice be heard. At 14 pounds, the SPA-8 Compact PA System is not a featherweight, and setup is not as straightforward as a truly portable PA system. However, the loud volume and multiple input-and-output options make the LyxPro SPA-8 included in this list.
For features, the LyxPro SPA-8 has a lot of them. Starting with input ports, you get a USB slot, an SD card slot, Bluetooth, a ¼-inch jack, XLR jack, RCA connectors, 3.5mm input, as well as an external XLR port that allows you to connect multiple SPA-8 systems for better sound and versatility. For sound quality, the LyxPro delivers a balance of quality and loudness through the use of an 8-inch subwoofer combined with a 1-inch titanium tweeter that’s configured like a bullhorn for maximum sound distribution.
Despite the weight and size, the unit is relatively easy to transport thanks to the built-in carrying handles and simple, compact design. You can let it stand on the floor or plug it to an extension pole for height and setup is as easy as twisting a knob to tighten the fit.
At the same price point as the LyxPro SPA-8, Pyle’s 6-inch PA system may be smaller in size in both dimensions and woofer diameter, but the Pyle PWMA170 delivers a powerful 400-watt output that blows the 100-watts of the similarly priced SPA-8 out of the water. The Pyle PWMA170 does not only produce more power than the SPA-8, but it also comes ready to use with all you need such as two types of wireless microphones.
The microphones are your standard type microphone as well as a lavalier style microphone that’s connected to a body pack and wirelessly connects to the PA system for a hands-free and cable-free experience. For features, you get a standard set of input and output ports plus you get a rechargeable battery to power the portable amplifier. Speaking of portability, the Pyle PWMA170 weighs just over 10 pounds and is easy to transport with multiple handling points.
Versatility is the PWMA170’s main selling point. It can fulfill a variety of roles from a standard PA system with a mic, to a guitar amp and even a large battery-powered music player. If we were to talk about the cons of this product, the PWMA170’s battery leaves something to be desired, as well as Bluetooth connectivity’s absence me scratching my head.
Fender Passport Conference PA System
As one of the premium and recognized brands in this list, the Fender Passport PA system does not play around when talking about quality and performance. Already recognized with their stage-worthy electric guitars, Fender also provides quality amplification components such as the Fender Passport. While costing multiple times than most of the items on this list, Fender does not skimp on the features of this compact package, and it begins with the two sets of speakers you get.
The speakers and amplification unit come together to form a compact and easy to transport package. The said speakers deliver 175-watts of power each and are tuned to deliver clear voice output for use in a public address, or for occasions such as parties and more. For the amplifier, it has a built-in 5-channel mixer that caters to multiple channels of input and output as well as gives each channel fine controls to ensure clarity and quality.
Where the Fender Passport Conference excels in sound performance and control, it falls short on connectivity options. Considered as barebones when compared to the portable powered PA systems on this list, the Fender Passport PA System only has XLR and ¼-inch jack inputs as well as a 1/8-inch input for aux; but aside from those mentioned, and that’s it. You won’t find any Bluetooth or USB and SD card support here.
GAMPRO Car Siren Speaker
If the Fender Passport Conference is a dedicated PA system, then the GAMPRO Car Siren Speaker is the unique item in this list. Aside from being the cheapest product in this compilation of best PA systems, the GAMPRO Car Siren Speaker more bullhorn than a speaker. Designed as a car-mounted horn/siren with a built-in coiled mic for use as a PA system, the GAMPRO Car Siren does is meant to be used primarily as a police car loudspeaker for addressing the public. I mean what else is the siren function there for right?
The GAMPRO Car Siren Speaker is not meant to be used in a handheld fashion as a megaphone or a bullhorn. The speaker has mounting points for vehicles, and it’s too heavy to be comfortably carried for a long time. To further justify its vehicle-centered use, it requires a car’s electrical system for power; no built-in batteries are to be found here.
When it comes to quality and volume output, the speaker screams at 80-watts and can produce a loud volume of 130 decibels. However, due to its limited range speaker and bullhorn setup, the sound quality isn’t very clear and is more of an ultra-loud bullhorn than a decent speaker system. The sound is tinny, and voices sound like it’s coming from an old-fashioned radio.
Pyle Dual 8-inch 2-Way Powered Active Speaker PA System
If you want big sound and ready to go, then you’ll get it with the Pyle Dual 8-inch 2-Way PA system. For a fair price, you get a full set of two speaker cabinets with 8-inch woofers and full range drivers as well as two lightweight and durable speaker stands if you want to add height to your setup. Also, these full range speaker cabinets offer a plethora of input and output options that you’ll have a hard time choosing which PA system to get as this package from Pyle offers a very impressive package.
If you’re not convinced about the whole package, try turning the volume up and prepare to be wowed by a powerful 700-watt maximum output that only puts more expensive portable PA system to shame. For connectivity, we’ll start out with the input media options. For starters, you get a USB port, and an SD card slot. You can also use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect your audio device and enable easy connectivity and music playback. For standard connections, you get a ¼-inch jack and a 3.5mm aux jack.
The whole package is reasonably sized if you omit the speaker stands. If I were to mention the cons of this package, it would be the fact that the two speakers don’t combine or connect to one another to form a compact package that is easy to transport. With that in mind, when carrying the set, you need to carry individual speakers. It’s not a big issue, but it could have been thought of during the development of the speaker system.
PRORECK PARTY 15
If you’re looking for power and power alone, then head straight for the big boy PRORECK PARTY 15. Even at while sporting 15-inch diameter woofers, the folks at PRORECK still considers the 26.5-inch by 17.5-inch cabinets as “portable” with that said, the noticeably large 15-inch diameter woofers offer the best power output than any other product on this list and have the largest woofers also. Rated at a mind-blowing 2000-watts, the PRORECK PARTY 15 is the speaker you need when you need to change the volume way up and make sure your voice is heard.
If you though power is the only thing that the PRORECK PARTY 15 has, oh, it doesn’t stop there. The PA system features a suite of connectivity options that include Bluetooth, a USB port, an SD card ready, FM radio, and even has an IR sensor for use with the multi-function remote controller. For standard inputs, you get a ¼-inch jack, a stereo RCA set of ports, 3.5mm aux port, and mic input. Speaking of microphones, the unit includes a free wired microphone which further adds to the value of the package.
Additional features include a set of LED lights on the main 15-inch woofer to light up your party if you feel like it. To top it off, PRORECK thought of the portability aspect of this set by adding a set of wheels on the base of the speaker cabinets for easy transport as well as adding multiple mounting points on the cabinet which add convenience.
Depending on what purpose you’re after, choosing a PA system is easy. If you’re going to utilize it for personal use such as backyard parties, then a decently-powered set will be sufficient to do the role. However, if you’re looking to address larger crowds or want to use it for a conference, you ought to look at more robust sets to let your voice come out clear amidst the crowd. I’ve made sure that the list includes mostly similar features so it would be easier on your part to choose which PA system to go for; just check the price and power output and you’ll settle for the perfect PA system for you.