We round up a selection of the best PA systems for bands that can be set up quickly, controlled easily and provide the massive sound you need
We’re experienced in choosing the right PA systems for bands here at PMT as we help plenty of acts, from fully fledged wedding bands to acoustic duos and even festival organisers get the PA system they need for the job.
So today we’ve rounded up 10 of what we feel are the best PA systems for bands and performers that can be set up quickly without too much fuss and can pump out some serious sound.
Here they are in price descending order ranging from all-in-one PA systems to PA speakers with mixing capabilities and multiple inputs.
1. RCF EVOX JMIX8 Column PA System with Digital Mixer
First up we have the RCF EVOX JMIX8 Column PA System with Digital Mixer, which is one of the best PA systems for bands who need to set up quickly and without too much fuss. We love it because it’s got an 8 IN digital mixer built in so you can make tweaks on the fly without having to use an external mixer. However, you can also take control of the PA via the EVOX iOS/Android-compatible app which allows you to manage the JMIX8 from anywhere in the room via Bluetooth connection and even stream music in between sets.
The RCF EVOX JMIX8 is lightweight at only 24.4 Kg, so it wont break your back on the way to gigs, has a 1400 watt 2-way peak power, so it’s loud enough for indoor and outdoor gigs and can also be expanded with RCF Evox J8 Black Portable Array PA System should you want a stereo sound.
- Wattage: 1400W
- Price: £1,256
2. Bose L1 Compact Active PA System
Next, we have the Bose L1 Compact Active PA System which is another line array system that benefits from 2 input channels and an integrated mixer that you can use to tweak your sound. You have one microphone XLR input on channel 1 as well as one instrument input on channel 2, one RCA stereo input and one 0.31 cm stereo input so you can play a wide variety of different musical sources.
This is designed for crowds of up to around 100 people delivering nearly 180 degrees of horizontal sound coverage, so it’s perfect for wedding bands, acoustic duos, and one of the most portable PA systems for bands here as it weighs in at a mere 13.15 kg.
This eliminates the logistical issues of bigger PA systems for bands and lets you set up in a minute or less.
- Wattage: 130W
- Price: £729
3. JBL EON One Portable PA System
We think the JBL EON One Portable PA System is easily one of the best PA systems for bands as the amount of control you get over your sound will keep even the most ardent of tone snobs happy. This has a 6-channel mixer built in, as well as Bluetooth connectivity to stream audio and backing tracks.
One of the key benefits comes in the form of the 3 different listening positions which range from the compact single speaker set up, to two different heights when you connect the line array. This makes it great for a wide array of different environments and an easy one to set up for when you’re in a hurry.
The SPL of 118 dB and Class D power pumping out 250W LF + 130W HF means you’ll be heard too!
- Wattage: 380W Total
- Price: £679
4. Fender Passport Event Portable PA System
Fender have created yet another useful product for bands with the Fender Passport Event Portable PA System. This all in one PA system is conveniently self-contained and features an ingenious suitcase style design that clips the PA speakers to the mixer so you can carry it easily.
There’s 8 inputs i.e. four XLR mic/line, 1/4" instrument/line, 1/4" stereo, 1/8" stereo and stereo Bluetooth, so you have enough channels to play with a band and the separate volume, treble bass and reverb controls on each channel make it a dream for performers who just want to plug straight in.
It’s a Fender product so obviously it’s been designed for guitars which is why the Instrument/Line Switch allows you to select the correct impedance for each one and the 375 watts of power makes it perfect for smaller gigs, venues and coffee shops. Lastly, the portability is ideal for travelling musicians and function bands.
- Wattage: 375W
- Price: £649
5. QSC K8.2 Active PA Loudspeaker
We’ve picked the QSC K8.2 Active PA Loudspeaker as it’s ideal for travelling bands and musicians due to the high portability and the fact it’s got a pair of balanced combo XLR/F inputs plus a 1/4-inch TRS connector. This makes it a great option for those who want to plug directly into a PA system or use them as part of their onstage rig.
This pumps out 2000 watts of power via an 8" Cone Transducer and 1.4" titanium compression Driver, so it may be small, but it packs a serious punch.
Very handy DMT (Directivity Matched Transition) technology also makes sure the power response and listening area is consistent so everyone hears what they need to! It's 200 watts, has a bunch of connections and is lightweight - ideal for pro set ups.
Perfectly matched with the likes of the QSC TouchMix mixers.
- Wattage: 2000W
- Price: £551
6. Yamaha DXR15 Active PA Speaker
For just under £500 you get 1100 watts of power and a maximum SPL of 133dB with the Yamaha DXR15 Active PA Speaker – that’s a LOT of power for not a lot of money.
Aside from the high power and low cost, we think this is one of the best PA systems for bands as it features road tested enclosures which have been equipped with steel grilles and ergonomic handles. This not only helps to protect all the inner workings of the speakers but also makes it easier to carry around and set up!
An integrated 3 channel mixer accepts both mic and line level inputs so you can connect a variety of sources and change the level of each channel when you need to. Best of all, there’s a 7 year warranty too!
- Wattage: 1100 Watts
- Price: £499
7. Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Bluetooth Portable PA System
Well we obviously have to have the Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Bluetooth Portable PA System in our best PA systems for bands blog! This thing is essential for touring bands, acoustic duos and acts who want to set up in minutes and have complete control over their sound.
With this package you get two 8” PA speakers as well as a detachable 8-channel Powered Mixer that includes four mic/line inputs, two line in inputs that can be changed to Hi-Z for guitarists and two extra channels as well as Bluetooth connectivity. You also get 400 watts of pure power, an onboard feedback suppressor which stops problems before they occur and a 1-knob master EQ to make quick changes.
At just over £400, this is easily one of the best PA systems for bands on the market when you’ve got a strict budget.
- Wattage: 400W peak
- Price: £442
8. Wharfedale Titan 12D Active PA Speakers, Pair
This exclusive offer here at PMT bundles 2 x Wharfedale Titan 12D Active PA speakers for the awesome price of £349. These are perfect for bands who travel a lot as they features a custom heavy duty moisture-proof 12" LF driver which helps reduce any damage or sound quality issues when you’re playing outside or in a sweaty, damp room. They’ve also got a really rugged, protective grille that keeps all the inner workings safe.
You have two channels to play with, both with combi jack/XLR inputs and one of which has been designed specifically to handle line level and microphone settings – just flick a switch and you get a tailored response to these instruments. We love the Proprietary 90 x 60 Elliptical Wave Guide Horn design which means the entire crowd hears every detail of the 127dB and 500 watt peak power!
- Wattage: 250W / 500W peak power
- Price (Pair): £349
9. Alto Truesonic TS315 Powered Loudspeaker
Next up we have the Alto Truesonic TS315 Powered Loudspeaker which pumps out a whopping 2000 watts of power. This 2-way powered loudspeaker makes our best PA systems for bands as it includes an integrated 2-channel mixer with dual XLR/1/4” combo Mic/Line inputs and independent level controls. This allows for a simple plug and play experience whether you’re in a band, need it for front of house at café’s or just need something to take to function gigs. A useful XLR link output also lets you expand the system should you need to go for a stereo sound.
We think this is a particularly great option for bands as you get a lush low-end sound from the 15” LF driver. This in conjunction with the 3” high temperature voice coil means you get all the lows and all the crisp clear high to get a full-bodied sound.
Finally, the pass cooling design and ground lift which eliminates interference from other electronic devices makes sure your PA system runs smooth and sounds crystal clear.
- Wattage: 2000W peak
- Price: £291
10. TOURTECH PSM5 Powered Monitor Speaker
The TOURTECH PSM5 Powered Monitor Speaker is the cheapest PA speaker on our list, but don’t let the small price tag fool you as this packs a serious punch. For just over £100 you get a portable active PA speaker that pumps out a whopping 150 watts of peak power and allows you to connect your music source via two combi mic inputs and an Aux input.
At just 2.8KG this is ideal for weddings, house parties and functions where a big PA might not be suitable, but quality of sound is still paramount. You can tweak your sound via the 3-band EQ and enjoy a built-in Echo effect for your vocals or instrument – you can even hook a up a condenser microphone thanks to the on-board phantom power.
This is a perfect PA system for beginner bands and bands just starting out in their garage as well as pro-level musicians in need of something portable.
- Wattage: 150W peak
- Price: £119
Shop a full range of complete PA systems for bands, PA speakers and more over at PMT online or call in to your local PMT store to speak to our PA experts about your bespoke needs.
Prices correct as of 2019-06-12