NAMM 2018: Yamaha PA
Yamaha’s new STAGEPAS 400BT (400 Watts) and 600BT (600 Watts) PA systems gained Bluetooth wireless audio connectivity at this year’s show. Stereo audio can be streamed directly to the STAGEPAS system from any Bluetooth-paired device such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, from up to 33 feet away. This allows musicians who incorporate backing tracks, break music, loops, or even software instruments in a live setting to do so without a cable. Audio is routed to the final stereo line input pair on the system’s mixer: channels 7/8 on the STAGEPAS 400BT and 9/10 on the STAGEPAS 600BT.
The STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT feature two lightweight speakers and a detachable powered mixer, a pair of speaker cables, and a power cord for a complete portable sound solution that can be set up easily in virtually any environment. The mixer can also fit into one of the speaker enclosures, making for even easier transportability and a smaller footprint when in use.
Features include onboard feedback suppression, one-knob Yamaha Master EQ, Channels 1 through 4 feature independent sends for the four high-resolution reverb types (Hall, Plate, Room, and Echo) and the reverb can be turned on and off using an optional footswitch, which is ideal if the host of an event is speaking between songs.
Both new STAGEPAS models offer extensive connection options. Four mic/line inputs feature XLR jacks with phantom power on channels 1-2 and XLR-1/4” combo inputs on channels 3-4, with channel 4 switchable to Hi-Z impedance for passive-pickup instruments. The STAGEPAS 400BT offers two stereo line input channels that are switchable for mono operation; the STAGEPAS 600BT offers three stereo inputs. Both models support RCA inputs, and 1/8” stereo mini jack. Monitor and subwoofer outs on the 400BT and 600BT provide easy expandability: For shows requiring a monitor mix or a more robust low end, simply connect powered speakers such as Yamaha’s DXR Series full-range speakers or DXS Series subwoofers.
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