8 Best Portable PA Systems For Musicians, DJs & Duos

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PA systems don’t have to be heavy and difficult to transport, so we decided to round up our favourite Portable PA systems & speakers so you can play music anywhere, anytime in high quality!

best portable pa systems Pictured: Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System

Whether you’re a musician, DJ, busking performer or public speaker, chances are you’ll need to use a portable PA system at some point. Having your own portable PA system is vital as it gives you the power to perform anywhere and at anytime, providing music to the masses (or a select few) on your own terms.

For DJs, portable PA systems are an ideal option as you are able to take bookings free from the constraints of the house audio system, buskers can perform anywhere and public speakers know they can rely on their own PA rather than risk difficulties when the venue’s sound system decides to freak out and start causing problems. It happens!

Fortunately, long gone are the days where you would have to drag a massive PA system around with you as there are many fantastic portable PA options from brands such as QSC, Alto, Bose and many more. So today, we’re going to look at the best portable PA systems for musicians, public speakers DJs – in fact EVERYONE!

1. QSC K10.2 Active PA Loudspeaker

QSC K10.2 Active PA Loudspeaker

First up we’ve got the QSC K10.2 Active PA Loudspeaker, an impressive active PA loudspeaker that is designed for both static installations and those in need of a portable PA system that is easy to carry and still extremely powerful.

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

The QSC K10.2 Active PA Loudspeaker builds on the already impressive K series of speakers from the leading brand in PA, doubling the power of its predecessor and including a huge library of presets that you’ll actually want to use!

You have 2000 watts of power pumping out high-quality music, spoken word or instrumentation via high-performance woofers and drivers. The inclusion of DMT (Directivity-Matched Transition) makes sure that your sound is relayed smoothly across the entire listening area – something which many low budget PA systems might struggle with. This means that your entire audience, whether you’re DJing at a wedding, presenting in an auditorium or busking on the street are hearing everything the way it was intended.

The presets within this portable PA system have also been expertly designed for commonly used applications such as Stage Monitor, Dance Music, Musical Instrument Amplification, Hand-held Microphone and more. This means you can select the appropriate setting confident in the knowledge each preset will bring out the best sound for the appropriate application. Just plug in, set your preset and you’re good to go.

You have 3 input connectors such as a balanced Mic/Line: XLR/TRS Combo, a balanced Hi-Z/Line: XLR/TRS Combo as well as a Stereo: 3.5mm TRS (Mono Summed) so you can connect, guitars, line level instruments, microphones an MP3 player for jamming along to backing tracks, a laptop for playlists or anything else you might need to! A host of effects such as EQ, delay and frequency contours also allow superb control over your sound.

With a 6-year warranty and weighing in at only 14.5kg/32lbs you can carry it around easily, safe in the knowledge that you’re covered by an extended warranty!

2. Korg KONNECT Portable Stereo PA System

Korg KONNECT Portable Stereo PA System

The Korg KONNECT Portable Stereo PA System is one of the newest options in this portable PA rundown, but is also one of the most impressive smaller-scale PA’s available today. The small and extremely portable construction makes it ideal for those who need to provide background music, perform live or present at corporate speaking events. If you're in need of high quality DJ speakers - this ticks all the boxes! You have a simple interface which can be controlled by your smartphone, Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful output that far exceeds any expectations for a PA this size are all part of why we think you really need to try this out!

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

If you like the sound of being able to control your PA system via your smartphone, hook up a variety of different sound sources and carry it in one hand, then the Korg KONNECT Portable Stereo PA System is the right choice for you.

Packed with a 6.5-inch woofer and two tweeters, the Korg KONNECT delivers a total of up to 180W of power – more than enough for DJs, musicians and for use in parties, dance studios, exhibitions, seminars or presentations. Best of all you can make adjustments to your sound on the fly via your smartphone thanks to the "KONNECT App" which allows you to wirelessly control the mix anywhere in the room.

The key feature with this portable PA system is its ease of use. Anyone can use this PA system quickly and easily and get the best sound within seconds – you don’t need years of experience to create a fanatsic sound mix!

You have a separate Mic and Line jack in channels 1 and 2 each with independent volume, EQ and effects controls as well as the channel ¾ which contains L/Mono Input jack, R Input Jack and Stereo Input Jack so you can use to pair your Bluetooth device or run a regular line level sound source. With 4 reverb types, compressor, chorus and delay effects, you have further tone sculpting options at your disposal.

Weighing in at a mere 5.3 kg/11.68 lbs this is probably one of the best portable PA options ever crafted. Available to pre-order now!

3. Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System

Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System

The Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System is more than just a PA, but one of the best portable PA systems available today thanks to the fact it’s an all-in-one option that can be used as a floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary music system.

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

That’s an easy one. The Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System offers a huge range of connectivity options and best-in-class sound quality for everyone. This can handle all applications including DJs, church, community and athletic events, business presentations and spoken word applications, or wherever easy-to-use sound amplification and high sound quality is needed.

If you’re in need of a portable PA system, this should be on your list to try out as the optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows you to perform anywhere for hours, making it an especially great option for buskers, public speakers and even DJs in need of a reliable system with a decent amount of back up should the power go down.

You have an on-board 3-channel mixer which offers independent ToneMatch, reverb, and EQ controls on two channels. In addition, you also have a dedicated channel for either wired (3.5 mm) or wireless music sources. Not to mention the ability to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth enabled device! There’s not a lot you can’t do with this portable PA.

One of the really cool things about the Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System is the fact you can position it in a variety of different ways for different applications. The Tilt-back option is best for those times when your audience is closer to you whilst the Monitor-Mod is ideal for when you need to use the PA as a monitor speaker. For DJs, the Elevated Surface position is ideal as this position ensures your sound is projected clearly and evenly throughout the audience and that audience members enjoy the full frequency range - they’ll definitely hear the music and the dancing will be in full swing with this PA! If you need extra power, the Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System can also be mounted on a speaker stand (sold separately) and hooked up to an additional S1 Pro system for sound reinforcement.

A highly portable PA system that provides superb quality sound and can be used across a huge range of applications.

4. Alto Transport 12 Portable PA System with Wireless Mic & USB

Alto Transport 12 Portable PA System with Wireless Mic & USB

Time and time again, the Alto Transport 12 Portable PA System makes it into our best performing PA systems lists for the likes of DJs and more. High quality sound applications, versatile connectivity options and the included wireless mic are just the tip of the iceberg!

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

The Alto Transport 12 is one of the best portable PA systems for applications such as sporting events, churches, business presentations, DJs and busking due to its useful retractable handle and tilt-back wheels for easy transport – you can take this anywhere with you! Best of all the internal lithium ion battery provides 6–8 hours of battery life at regular usage and only takes 4 hours to fully charge.

You have 400 watts at your disposal pushing some serious air around via the 12-inch woofer and 1-inch HF compression driver – ideal for each channel whether you want to use the included wireless mic, the USB media player channel or the XLR 1/4-inch combo mic/line input for the likes of a guitar, keyboard or extra microphone.

This makes a great option for DJs and public speakers thanks to the nifty Voice Priority feature which automatically lowers any music during announcements, making life a lot easier and ensuring you can be heard at all times – the crowd will hear you whether you’re presenting to an auditorium full of people or announcing that the buffet is open!

Thanks to weighing in at 17.0 kg/37.5 lbs. this is a highly portable PA system capable of providing high quality sound anywhere and at anytime.

5. JBL EON ONE Pro All-In-One Portable PA System

JBL EON ONE Pro All-In-One Portable PA System

The JBL EON ONE Pro All-In-One Portable PA System has been designed for professionals on the move and musicians in need of a high-quality sound system that is simple, easy to use and even easier to set up.

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

A unique speaker configuration, Bluetooth connectivity and lightweight construction are all highly coveted features and some of the main reasons we’d recommend this for people looking for a portable PA.

The Bluetooth connectivity within the JBL EON ONE Pro allows you to connect your smartphone or Bluetooth enabled device and stream high quality audio directly to the PA – ideal for those who utilise backing tracks or need to play music in between sets or performances.

JBL’s own Directivity Control Geometry technology within this unit ensures consistent directionality and the same sound quality whether you’re standing in front of it or the other side of the room, providing extra wide coverage at all times. An unobstructed 8” bass-reflex subwoofer provides all the low end frequencies that are clear and well-defined.

The team at JBL have designed the EON ONE pro with the gigging musician in mind, including a lithium-ion rechargeable battery which gives you 6-hours play time a large comfortable handle to carry the system away and a built-in 7 channel analogue mixer.

4 of the channels have combo ¼”/XLR inputs, each with a switch allowing you to select between mic and line sensitivity so you can dial in your perfect sound quickly. On top of that you have dedicated volume dials, a reverb control knob and bass/treble adjustment knobs within the first 4 channels to further tailor your sound. The other 3 inputs include TRS, RCA and standard 3.5mm AUX so you have a huge range of connectivity options at your disposal.

Weighing in at only 17kg/37.5 lbs., you’ll find it easy to take with you to gigs, set up and pack down – an ideal portable PA for the gigging musician and professional.

TourTech TTPSM5 Active Portable PA Speaker

tourtech tt-psm5 portable pa speaker

When you need a smaller scale portable PA system the TourTech TTPSM5 Active Portable PA Speaker is a great choice – especially when you have to set up and pack down quickly and throw this in the boot of your car!

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

Although one of the smaller options in this list, this is a fantastic little portable PA system which you can take with you anywhere making it a great option for parties, busking musicians, schools and smaller scale church sound systems. At just over £100 the TourTech TTPSM5 won’t break the bank, but don’t be fooled as this packs a serious punch thanks to 150 Watts peak output through a 5" woofer and 120W RMS power up to 114 dB SPL, thus making it one of the most powerful speakers on the market for its size.

You have 2 x combi mic inputs for XLR and line level instruments as well as 2 x Aux inputs that allow you to play backing tracks or music via an MP3 player or CD – each with dedicated volume controls. Best of all you have phantom power and an Echo effect built in – ideal for vocalists. The dynamic 3-band EQ allows you to sculpt your sound and should you want to expand your sound to stereo, you can use the 8ohm Speaker Out to add another external speaker and provide audio chained from the TT-PSM5.
The 2.8kg weight means you can take it anywhere with you and the small dimensions of W x H x D - 290 x 215 x 170mm ensures you can set up at a moment’s notice.

7. Roland BA330 Portable Active PA System

Roland BA330 Portable Active PA System

Here we have the Roland BA330 Portable Active PA System – the clue is in the name with this one as it has been designed for those on the move and in need of a portable option that still delivers high-powered sound. We also love the four-channel configuration and superb control over your sound!

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

The Roland BA330 has two channels dedicated for microphones and other line level instruments as well as two other channels for standard 1/4” stereo inputs, so you have a large selection of connectivity options at your disposal. To allow for superior control over your sound, you can adjust tone, add effects such as EQ, Reverb, Delay and Widening and adjust volume levels for each channel separately on the back of the unit – a great addition and something duos and performing musicians will really appreciate.

However, it’s all about the sound! The BA-330 has four custom-designed 6.5” stereo speakers and two tweeters built in, all of which provide wide stereo dispersion so your audience can hear every aspect of your sound in high quality, regardless of where they’re standing. The maximum sound pressure level of 109 dB is ideal for audiences of up to 80 people and there’s absolutely no need to worry about that pesky feedback as the feedback eliminator removes any potential unwanted noise immediately, allowing you to get the job done, perform with confidence or get the crowd dancing!

For those in need of a portable speaker with a wide range of applications, you’ll love this one as the built-in tilt-back stand allows you to angle the PA for better monitoring and it can also be mounted onto a speaker stand should you need to.

The Roland BA-330 Portable PA System can run on standard AC power or eight AA alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries so you’re always ready to go portable. In addition, switchable output power gives you the option to switch between the maximum power and the energy-saving Eco modes to preserve battery life so your PA lasts longer.

Best of all, there’s no set up required, just plug in, power up and go!

8. RCF Evox J8 Black Portable Array PA System

RCF Evox J8 Black Portable Array PA System

The RCF Evox J8 Black Portable Array PA System is a particularly versatile and extremely portable PA system crafted with mobile DJs, entertainers, public speakers and musicians in mind. Delivering perfect vocal reproduction, a surprising amount of bass and a quick fuss-free set up and pack down in seconds, you’re in safe hands with this one!

Why do we think this is one of the best portable PA systems?

Don’t be fooled by its smaller size, as the RCF Evox J8 packs a serious punch thanks to a 1400w Class D amplifier which pumps super high-quality sound to 8 x 2" full-range drivers and a 12" subwoofer – your audience will have no problem hearing you!

You have both XLR and Jack inputs for microphones and line level instruments such as guitars, keyboards or for use with live music and a dedicated flat/boost switch and volume control. The control panel is extremely easy to use and takes all the guess work out of setting up. The output link also allows you to hook up another PA speaker or an additional Evox J8 for true stereo sound.

Speaking of sound – the team at RCF have ensured the best sound possible thanks to the inclusion of FIR filtering technology which helps deliver transparent sound, absolute clarity and perfect stereo images to the listener all with minimum system latency.

The ergonomic speaker cabinet is lightweight at just over 20Kg and comes with a built-in carry handle. The subwoofer has been designed to accommodate the steel pole socket for the array speaker and once locked in, won’t budge even when you’re pumping this thing to the max as RCF have really focused on safety and stability with this portable PA.

If you want reliability, superb construction and gig quality sound that is easy to set up and pack down, the RCF Evox J8 Black Portable Array PA System is an ideal option for professionals.

 

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Updated 2019-07-11

2 Comments on “8 Best Portable PA Systems For Musicians, DJs & Duos”

  • Joel
    27th June 2019

    Which would you say is #1 for a musician and public speaker?

    • Lee Glynn
      11th July 2019

      Hi Joel, all of these are perfectly suitable for those applications. -Lee

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