The 8-channel Fender Passport 500 PRO Portable PA system is Fender's most powerful portable PA system and offers the greatest clarity. But now Fender has added an input for recording your per... Read More
The 8-channel Fender Passport 500 PRO Portable PA system is Fender's most powerful portable PA system and offers the greatest clarity. But now Fender has added an input for recording your performances with CD-quality (WAV) straight to a USB flash drive. The Passport 500 also offers CD-quality WAV and MP3 playback, and a sub-out jack has been added for an external powered subwoofer.
This Pro 500 is also 9 pounds lighter than the previous version with reduced, more portable dimensions. The redesigned speaker system features two molded plastic cabinets with a 10" woofer and a 1.2" horn-loaded tweeter in each to deliver better definition than before. When not in use, the speaker clips to the mixer for a convenient, one-piece portable system.
Take a close look and listen and the Passport PRO 500 will take you places like never before. Fender kept the best of previous Passport generations and added new features and functionality so that this Passport system is ideal for whatever your PA application may beâeducation and presentations, party gigs, small clubs, and coffee houses. It even gives you two ways to record. The first is a Stereo Out that allows you to hook it up to a recording device without it being affected by master volume changes. The second is a USB recorder which lets you insert a USB memory stick or flash drive. This drive can also be used for playback.
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Compared to the old 150, is is a lighter/cheaper plastic material and IT DOES NOT COME WITH MICROPHONES. Also, it does NOT HAVE RCA CONNECTIONS! only quarter inch and XLR and an mp3 jack. However, it IS the only product on the market that can combine into a single case with a handle, perfect for mobile gigs like cocktail parties or small events. Having the mixer, amplifier and speakers all in the same unit is excellent but it is not the best for sound quality. If you want basic amplification for small venues this is perfect.
1. it doesn't come with it's own microphones as the Passport 250 did. 2. it is cheaply made. the plastic back of it sometimes does not close properly. 3. I am a DJ and tried to connect my mixer via xlr cables directly into the channel 1 and 2 like I used to do with my old Passport 250. This does not work. It creates incredible distortion! If you are just a musician and need something cheap and convenient and portable, this is the best option I think, but still not as good as the older models.
Own the Fender Passport 500 and have used it for smaller venues for over a year now. Got it basically because we were tired of lugging heavy equiptment to gigs. It's very portable and does not take up a lot of room. Perfect for playing coffee houses / bars and does not blow out your ears or those of the patrons. Voices & electronics , i.e drum machines, sound great through it. Highly recommend it if you want to sound good and save your ears & back !
I realize that decibel ratings are affected by many factors, such as distance, air density, barometric pressure, et,; however, the reviewer that claims only 62 dBA sound production form the Pro 500 seems mistaken. Although these ratings vary somewhat, 70 dBA is generally the measrures sound levels for a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer and 60 dBA a normal conversation. To think that a 500 watt PA system max's somewhere between these two ratings is dubious at best.
I have never been a fan of Fender products being a keyboardist. Their gear mostly centered around guitarist. My first encounter with the Passport was when a friend DJ a party wth the 250 the sound was remarkable. He played a practice CD I had and I was sold. I checked with our local vender and they told me about the 250 being replaced by the 300 Pro Series. I purchased the 300 unboxed it and took it to a rehearsal, the sound was great I ran a portable Hammond B3 through it and the sound was crystal clear with great bottom. I filled a room of aprox. 250 people at about two thirds in volume.I loved the sound but felt a few more bucks a lot more power I exchanged the 300 for the 500 Pro Series. I read all the mixed reviews and was skeptical in purchasing the 500. i am not disappointed. This thing replaces my old rig with a power amp and two 15's. Power and clean. Dont be fooled by the bad reviews the Passport isa keyboardist dream. The Passport plays mid-size venues and with the assistant of a bass sub large venues doing light Jazz. Seeing is believing,
So I read the reviews on this item and was a little torn... It would seem like a two star review emphasizing the lack of sound coming from this unit would be a real red flag. I went down and checked out the 300 (all they had in stock). It was every bit as loud as the similar speaker setups at GC. Since I am using this unit for not only smaller gigs but for speaking engagements as well the portability on this thing kept standing out to me. I went ahead and bought the 500. Once I got this set up in a building which can hold 500 people, I tested it out verses the current sound equipment in the building. I was getting 89db at about 70% of volume and filling the whole building with no problem. I could have tweaked a few things to gain more, but this seemed to be the clearest. The jump after that seemed to be pretty substantial pulling 96db at around 80% - 95% of volume. Here is the catch �ۡ���� if you really want this thing to sound great you need to buy a powered sub. This will change everything including the Hz the system currently runs through the mains (by 140 Hz �ۡ���� I believe). With the sub addition you will have the clearer sound with the gut punch that is currently lacking.
These are great! They sounds great, setup and tear down quickly and have a cool USB feature. Just plug in a USB Flash drive with Music and you are good to go or you can record to the USB drive. Just order some extra speaker cables. They ones included are a bit short for any real event.
I recently purchased a Fender Passport 500 Pro to upgrade from my PD-250. I wanted the 500 to produce more volume for outdoor and large venues. However, I was amazed at how little volume it produces! My old PD-250 blows this thing away! I love the smaller size and lighter weight, but the sound output is pathetic. No complaints about the quality of the sound, it is top notch. Good luck getting people to hear it in a large area. I finally had time to set them up side by side this morning. With the master volume at 50% and the input volume at 25%, the 500 Pro only put out 62 decibels. The old PD-250 put out 110 decibels! So, the Pro 500 is (supposedly) twice the size of the old PD-250, but produces half the volume. For large venues, this thing is worthless. This is my third Passport and I was very excited about the new design. Well, not any more.
The new Fender500 Pro is AWESOME. We were beyond pleased!!! What I like most about it is that you can RECORD the entire event to a USB Flip Drive. It's small, light enough for a woman to carry and very, very powerful. This is a wonderful product - buy it!
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