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Yamaha STAGEPAS 600i All-In-One Portable PA System

1/30/2014 10:13:24 AM
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At $899 street, there’s not a better all-in-one PPA option for under $1k.

As 1000 W Class D amps in near-bullet-proof cabinets become the unofficial rule in pro-grade portable PA (PPA) systems, lightweight all-in-one systems are growing up, too—just in slightly different ways. Case in point, the 600i Yamaha’s latest incarnation of its successful STAGEPAS Series—offers appropriate, thoughtful product refinements to the all-in-one category, as modern PPA buyers have become spoiled by the overall better-sounding, more efficient powered speakers currently in the marketplace. I’ve used previous STAGEPAS PPA incarnations and can attest that this one is—by leaps and bounds—the best yet.

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Yamaha STAGEPAS 600I 680W Portable PA System

Features

Out of the box, Yamaha has refined its top player for the all-in-one format with a proprietary flair. The company has been manufacturing STAGEPAS rigs for years now, and the careful evolution shows—from overall improved materials and parts (seemingly influenced by its higher-end PPA speakers such as DXR) to the sleek, user-friendly layout of the Yamaha powered 10-input mixer (with published specs of 280 W + 280 W, 4 ohms @ 10 percent THD at 1 kHz), which snaps easily into the back of one of the rig’s two Model 600S two-way passive enclosures. Compacting to two fairly balanced pieces for one-trip PPA load-ins, the 600i is a “just add mics” rig, also featuring a perfectly-sized storage compartment to hold four handhelds and cables, plus the included speaker cables and AC cord, in the back of the second Model 600S.

In Use

Cutting to the chase, this is now my favorite PPA to recommend to singer/song-writers and one- to four-person acoustic or vocal-based groups playing small to mid-sized bars and clubs. Why? Most importantly, it’s an all-in-one model that (finally!) provides enough power for “real” gigging—you know, those nights where you and the vocalist still have to be louder than two big TVs, dueling bachelorette parties and that jukebox the bartender keeps forgetting to turn off. In all seriousness, I’m amazed at the power packed into the small 600i mixer, perfectly angled when positioned for tabletop use.

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The new STAGEPAS 400i and 600i are complete, all-in-one sound solutions that are extremely portable and easy to set up

Further, load-ins can now truly be no more than two comfortable round trips—all PPA gear in one, and stands and instruments in the other. Sonically, the Model 600S cabinets are voiced well, if not just a bit carved out in midrange frequencies; I hear low end power, fullness, articulated thump and detail in this speaker pair that is more along the lines of Yamaha’s higher-end powered PPA cabinets of comparable size, though not quite as accurate frequency response-wise. Add in its wisely chosen I/O, four channels featuring “actually good enough” Yamaha SPX reverb, and the master bus variable EQ (try cranking to Bass Boost for between-set dance and hip-hop tunes via iPhone), and 600i users aren’t even breaking a sweat (but sound like it).

While I mainly used the 600i as the sole powered product in several acoustic gig evaluations, I did pair it with Yamaha’s DXS12 Active Subwoofer for one relatively high-volume cover rock band gig in a medium-sized, long and skinny venue with tall, tin-tiled ceilings—a place always ripe for feedback and generally cavernous acoustics. This time around, there was no feedback found (I just set and forgot the Feedback Suppressor) and the addition-al fullness added by the subwoofer was essentially what I’m used to hearing when gigging via a DXR/DXS speaker configuration. So, in summary, two words: “wow,” and “sold.”

Summary

Not that long ago, most all-in-one PPA systems were notoriously underpowered with a comparably “plastic,” hollow sound. The STAGEPAS 600i is leaps and bounds beyond this old stereotype, providing marquee-level features truly designed to serve the modern DIY

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Specification Detail

·         Price:$899 street

·         Contact: yamahaproaudio.com

·         Number of Speakers2

·         Speaker Drivers    1 x 10" LF, 1 x 1.4" HF

·         Number of Mixer Channels10

·         Number of Mic Preamps4

·         EQ 3-band channel EQ, 1-knob "Master EQ"

·         Inputs2 x XLR (Mic), 2 x XLR/TRS combo (Mic/Line), 6 x TRS, 1 x Stereo RCA

·         Outputs2 x 1/4" (speakers), 2 x 1/4" (monitors), 1 x TS (subwoofer)

·         Power Amp680W

·         Frequency Response55Hz-20kHz

·         Play back iPod dock

·         Microphone No microphone included

·         Manufacturer Part Number Stage Pas 600i

 

 
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