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Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System  

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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 perfo... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 be”education 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.

Features
  • Amp type: Class D
  • Woofer (per cab): 10"
  • Driver: (per cab): 1.2" horn-loaded
  • Inputs: 6 Mic/Line inputs, 2 stereo inputs
  • Output: 500W Class D power amp
  • Line Out: 1/8" mini stereo Out, subwoofer out
  • Channels: 8 (6 mic/line, 2 stereo)
  • 6 mic lines with XLR and 1/4" inputs
  • 2 stereo inputs with 1/4" and 1/8" (for MP3 player) inputs
  • 1/4" subwoofer out with 120hz High-Pass Filter on Speaker Out
  • USB port that lets you record your performance with CD-quality (WAV) straight to a USB flash drive
  • CD-quality WAV and MP3 file playback
  • Controls: High EQ, Low EQ, Master Volume, System Tone, Level Control for each channel, Reverb Send for each channel, 20dB pad on input channels
  • Effects: Selectable and adjustable reverb
Specifications
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
    Dimensions (HxWxD): 25" x 32" x 14.5"
    Weight: 44 lb.

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FenderPassport 500 Pro Portable PA System
 
4.0

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome for Solo/Acoustic Performers

Owned the 500 for about 8 months now. Using with a Vocalist Live 3, my Washburn acoustic/electric, sometimes my little Yamaha APX500... this system is perfect. I use an inexpensive...Read complete review

Owned the 500 for about 8 months now. Using with a Vocalist Live 3, my Washburn acoustic/electric, sometimes my little Yamaha APX500... this system is perfect. I use an inexpensive Samson mic and it sounds fantastic. I play mostly classic rock and Britpop (Beatles, Oasis, Stones). The sound quality is crystal clear, and as for power and volume, more than enough for small to medium size venues (coffee houses, small bars, rec halls). Many of the bad reviews for the 500 complain that it is not powerful/loud enough for large venues?? Read the product description... good for small and medium sized venues!!! It's not made for big clubs or theatres... or outdoors. Why do people write bad reviews for a product when they are trying to use it for something otherthan what is reccommended??? Oh well. I have yet to use the subwoofer output but I will say that I love the Flashdrive recording. I just wish I could somehow boost the recording volume level... that is my only complaint, but I may be doing something wrong. The volume seems very low upon playback. Oh - I have played my Les Paul through this but you have to run through an effects box of somekind - I use a Vox Tonelab. Overall, for sound quality and portability - this is an AWESOME SYSTEM! If you are a solo act or acoustic duo or trio, this is the system for you.

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Great portability, Poor sound output

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Love it

By Stan

from St. Charles, MO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

    Professional puppeteer; using it with 2 SURE microphones for live puppet performance and using other functions for music and sound.

     
    3.0

    It's OK.

    By micaiah masterson

    from boston, MA.

    Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

    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.

    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Would not buy again... More toy than pro

    By Steve27

    from Ontario Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

      I had high hopes for this system for performing coffee shop gigs of <100people.
      While it is compact, it is a bit heavy for some to carry one handed. This wasn't the problem for me though.

      My issue is sound quality. Plain and simple it just sounds cheap. No depth and no matter what I did with it I couldn't tune it to have the depth of audio quality that suited. I was using it with the tried and true SM58 mic and a Martin D35 with the new Baggs M80 pickup as well as a Taylor 914CE (both direct into a channel, no DI) and neither guitar could be set to sound nice. It was either tinny sounding or if you dialed back the mids/highs it went muddy and lifeless.

      I made an honest effort to make it work as well. I bought an expensive LR Baggs Venue DI with a good range of EQ built in and it still wasn't making enough improvement.

      I sold this unit luckily losing only a couple hundred and spent 4x the amount on a Bose L1 model 2 system. Let me tell you it is night and day improvement. With the Bose tonematch preset eq's for the Taylor the guitar sounds sweet. Vocals are full and warm, basically everything the Passport should have been.

      Not going to make this into a Bose Fanboy plug either. While I love the Bose system for acoustic gigs it is overpriced (more than 3-4x what the passport runs). The biggest plus with the bose is it's pretty much plug & play AND you don't need to mess with monitors due to it's design.

      To compare the Passport to 'real world' gear, I had better sound from an average powered mixer and a pair of passive 15's and that setup would run around the same cost as the Passport. All it means is 2 trips to the car instead of one.

      Another drag with the Passport was that you still need monitors if you are playing any sort of gig where there will be people being people. As the crowd volume goes up your stage sound goes down and you need a monitor. There was no easy way to do that with the passport. I tried standing in front of the speakers but had feedback problems.
      It has no output for a passive monitor either.
      I had to use a powered mackie SRM and buy a special cable with a 1/8" plug to a 1/4", why couldn't they have just made it accept a standard patch cord??

      Bottom line is this system is great for someone that wants to play Karaoke in their basement or at parties. Hook in a laptop, a mic and your good.
      If you are an acoustic soloist small group looking for a system to play small listening room gigs look elsewhere as you will never sound like you want to through this box... it is a toy.

       
      3.0

      not as good as the previous model!

      By 1327510

      from boston, MA.

      Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outreaches in Central Africa

      By Harvest Vision Ministries

      from Washington state

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

          We have been using these to support outreach ministry in 5 countries in Central Africa where they are transported by bus, bicycle, canoe and on the backs of the people. Reliable, rugged and give the sound that we need for the music, movies & sharing.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Own it & Love it

          By Betty DeYeso

          from Boston, MA

          Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

          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 !

           
          3.0

          Heavy and awkward to carry

          By Tspoon1

          from Fort Morgan, CO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

          I wanted more portability but 47 lbs. in one grip is harder to carry than my larger Peavey system individually. I would recommend detaching the speakers & carrying separately or getting a cart (if stairs aren't involved.)It is easy to set up and has good sound quality for the price. Don't buy a factory refurbished model like I did, the master volume dial had a short in it and fizzled out on it's first performance.

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Raymond Jones

          By Raymond Jones

          from Benson NC

          Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

          I would not buy another one.
          I had the Passport 250, which sounded great. My bluegrass group needed more inputs so I bought the 500 ,because I figured we would also have more power.The truth is that even though I have 2 more inputs,I wish I would have saved my money.The system is 9LBS lighter,but the power is just not there.Lot's of nice features,but no bang for my buck.I wish I had'nt sold my 250.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Much Better than expected

          By Betty DeYeso

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

          We were looking for a portable PA System to use at small to medium size gigs . Tried the Fender Passport 500 at a local store using our mikes , guitars, &amp; drum machine. We were pleasantly supprised with the Sound. Needless to say we bought it and used the 500 Pro at a Super market store open house gig the next weekend, We only had the main volume half way &amp; was plenty loud.

          Great clarity for voice and the drum machine actually sounds better out of the Fender 500 Pro than some of the other portable PA systems. Has separate channels , reverb, and tone to mix to your liking.

          The 500 Pro fits the bill for small to medium gigs i.e. coffee houses, dinner parties, medium to large rooms. It's compact, easy to set up , tear down, easy to transport and does not weigh a ton. Highly reccomend it and is a "back saver"

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Skeptical on dBA numbers provided by reviewer

          By Gary Cursi

          from Seatlel, WA

          Comments about Fender Passport 500 Pro Portable PA System:

          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.

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