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Outdoor PA - A Guide to Playing Music Outdoors

Outdoor PA Guide
Outdoor PA Guide
Outdoor Party Gear

Summer is the season for spending time outdoors, so we've compiled this guide to help you choose the perfect outdoor sound system.

The sun is shining (fingers crossed) and it’s time to take the party outdoors! Whether you’re having a BBQ, beer festival, outdoor gig, or you’re taking to the streets to busk, we’ve got the perfect PA gear to get your music heard.

The Different Types of PA System

PA Systems take on many different designs. From the biggest speaker arrays at outdoor festivals to compact 'boom-box' style units, each system serves a similar purpose; getting your music heard.

So, which PA System is the one for you? This is mainly dependent on electricity! If you have access to a mains power connection, you’ll have the widest choice of systems. No power on hand? Check out our battery powered systems – you may be surprised how sophisticated they can be.

For outdoor events, we recommend compact portable PA systems, column PA systems, and traditional PA setups. Read on to see some of our top picks.

Portable PA Systems

Portable PA systems are built to grab and go. Ranging from single-speaker units to dual-speaker systems, they are perfect for a quick setup. Many portable PA systems feature multiple instrument/microphone inputs and a battery powered design – ideal for making music outdoors.

ION Offroad Wireless All-Weather Speaker System

ION Offroad Wireless All-Weather Speaker System

50 hours of battery power and a water-resistant design makes this the ultimate outdoor speaker. Stream your music wirelessly via a Bluetooth connection and use the included microphone to make a speech or sing. Karaoke anyone? 50W of power is enough to get your party started, wherever you are.

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Alto UBER PA Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker

Alto UBER PA Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker

If you need two microphone inputs (or line level) in a portable PA speaker with 50 hours’ battery life, the Alto UBER PA is for you. Stream your music wirelessly with the Bluetooth connection (or wired via the Aux in) and get your music heard with 50 Watts of power. This is the ideal system for musicians, public speakers, or anyone needing a compact and rugged music playback setup.

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Alto UBER FX Portable PA System

Alto UBER FX Portable PA System

Like the look of the Alto UBER PA for its dual inputs and battery power? Need more volume? Check out the Alto UBER FX with double the power at 100W! Not only do you get more volume, the UBER FX also features completely independent EQ controls for each channel, as well as an assortment of on-board effects. You’ll be able to stream your music via the Bluetooth connection and aux-in, while the built-in battery will provide up to 45 hours of power, wherever you are.

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SubZero SZPA-P12 Portable PA with Bluetooth + Wireless Mics

SubZero SZPA-P12 Portable PA with Bluetooth + Wireless Mics

Combine a PA speaker with a suitcase and you’ll get the perfect portable sound system. The SubZero SZPA-P12 is built to travel with its retractable handle and incorporated wheels. 6 hours of battery life is ideal for almost all performances and parties, while the included dual wireless microphones and built-in digital media player make setting up a breeze. A 12” speaker provides a deep low end, and the 60W of power is ideal for small venues and intimate performances. Onboard reverb and EQ are provided to shape your sound.

Shop now | SubZero SZPA-P12 Portable PA with Bluetooth + Wireless Mics

Need more power? Check out the SubZero SZPA-P15 Portable PA with Bluetooth + Wireless Mics – it features a similar rugged and portable design but with a larger 15” speaker and increased 80W of power.

Need even more power and increased battery life? The SubZero SZPA-P10X Battery Powered Portable PA System with Bluetooth offers 120W of power with 8 hours of battery life. This system also includes a remote control for its built-in media player, as well as a wireless microphone for live performance.

SubZero SZPA-P15 Portable PA with Bluetooth + Wireless Mics
SubZero SZPA-P10X Battery Powered Portable PA System with Bluetooth
Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System with Battery Pack

Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System with Battery Pack

Bose is renowned as a home audio expert and a live sound master. Now you can get that legendary Bose audio quality in a compact unit with 6 hours of battery life. Two combi inputs allow you to plug in microphones and instruments, while the renowned Bose ToneMatch presets let you get the perfect sound for guitar or vocals at the slide of a switch. You’ll also be able to shape your sound with EQ and a reverb effect, as well as play music via dedicated Bluetooth/aux playback channel. Multiple positioning angles with automatic optimisation makes this system ideal for portable and fixed locations.

Shop now | Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System with Battery Pack

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Column PA Systems

Column PA Systems are super portable yet have incredible projection. You'll be amazed at how far their sound can project without needing to be turned up as much as a traditional speaker.

By using a linear array (combining multiple compact speakers mounted at different angles inside a column), these PA Systems are renowned for their wide sound-field and low drop-off in volume the further you move away from the speaker.  

Many column speaker systems include built-in mixers for connecting music players/microphones/instruments. They are easy to set up with interconnecting parts and they are perfect for outdoor events when you need maximum clarity, even at large distances. You can even combine two systems together to create the ultimate stereo rig.

Behringer C200 Column PA System

Behringer C200 Column PA System

This 200-Watt PA system has a column design which ensures your music will be heard right across the soundstage. Plug in instruments and microphones to the twin inputs, and stream your music via Bluetooth, SD card, USB, and even FM radio! Ideal for small to medium-sized venues, the C200 has a big sound with a compact size.

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SubZero Battery Powered Portable Column PA, with Bluetooth

SubZero Battery Powered Portable Column PA, with Bluetooth

Need the wide sound coverage of a column system? Perform in locations without mains power? The SubZero column PA is for you! This portable system has 6-10 hours of battery life and 350W of peak output power – enough to get you heard both indoors and outside.

This PA also has a built-in 8-channel mixer, so you can plug in all your instruments and microphones and get amplified with just the one portable device. Channels 1-6 feature independent EQ and reverb effects, while channels 7-8 are dedicated for music playback via aux-in or wireless Bluetooth. This is the ideal system for outdoor performance and parties.

Shop now | SubZero Battery Powered Portable Column PA, with Bluetooth

Don’t need the built-in battery? Check out the SubZero SZPA-L68 8" Compact Column PA System, and the more powerful 800W SubZero SZPA-L812 12" Column PA System.

LD Systems Maui 5 Go Battery Powered Column PA System, White

LD Systems Maui 5 Go Battery Powered Column PA System, White

Here’s a column PA system with up to 20 hours of continuous battery life at 98dB! Plug in two instruments via the Hi-Z input & combi input and play your music with the stereo aux input and Bluetooth connectivity. The MAUI 5 GO also has DSP processing to prevent clipping and shape your sound with EQ.

Shop now | LD Systems Maui 5 Go Battery Powered Column PA System, White

JBL Eon One Pro Portable PA System

JBL Eon One Pro Portable PA System

JBL is world-renowned for its professional PA systems, and the Eon One Pro brings this expertise to a portable column format. This system has up to 6 hours of continuous operation and a wide audience coverage thanks to JBL’s linear array design. The Eon One Pro has a fully featured, built-in 7-channel mixer providing 4 mic/line inputs (1-4), a stereo aux/USB input (5-6), and a dedicated Bluetooth channel (7) for wireless music playback.

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Bose L1 Compact PA System

Bose L1 Compact PA System

Ever the audio pioneer, Bose was one of the first companies to miniaturise the technology of a linear array for portable use. The BOSE L1 Compact is the most portable of the Bose column systems and produces a huge 180-degree of horizontal sound coverage. Renowned for its quick and easy setup, this system has interlocking parts and multiple configurations to get connected in minutes. A two-channel mixer lets you plug in microphones, instruments, and music playback devices, while the Bose ToneMatch technology lets you optimise your sound.

Shop now | Bose L1 Compact PA System

Bose L1 Model 1S System with B1 Bass Module

Bose also produces a more substantial column PA system with a modular bass unit which can be used in pairs. Check out the Bose L1 Model 1S System with B1 Bass Module and the Bose L1 Model II System with B1 Bass Module.

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Complete PA Systems

Need even more volume? With our Complete PA Packages reaching over 1000 Watts in volume, these setups are perfect for outdoor festivals and parties with a DJ. At this level, many systems feature individual components for even more capability. To get this much power, you’ll need mains power or a generator for outdoor use.

SubZero SZPA-410 175W 10 Inch PA System with Stands

SubZero SZPA-410 175W 10" PA System with Stands

This 175W compact PA system includes everything you need to amplify a performance, featuring win speakers, a 4-channel mixer, and speaker stands. The mixer lets you plug in microphones, instruments, and line-level sources, while the independent EQ and master 3-band graphic EQ allows you to shape your sound.  Easily play your MP3s directly from a USB stick or SD card – there’s no need for an external CD player! Fully controlled by the integrated display, it can be used alongside the other audio inputs, making it ideal for parties and events.

Shop now | SubZero SZPA-410 175W 10" PA System with Stands

SubZero SZPA-P88 700W 8 Inch Portable Bluetooth PA System

Need more power? Check out the SubZero SZPA-P88 700W 8" Portable Bluetooth PA System. This powerful, all-in-one system has a comprehensive 8-channel mixer with onboard delay and EQ. You can even stream music from your phone via Bluetooth.

Mackie Thump 12BST Active PA Speakers with Stands and Mixer

Mackie Thump 12BST Active PA Speakers with Stands and Mixer

Here’s another complete PA system from a world-renowned expert in PA equipment. The Mackie Thump 12BST speakers are powered with a built-in amplifier and provide off a huge amount of volume (1000W LF and 300W HF). Each speaker can be used standalone as they feature 2 inputs for mic/line – controlled wirelessly by the Thump Connect™ app for iOS and Android devices. You can also stream music wirelessly through a Bluetooth connection.

We’re offering this complete PA bundle with two Thump 12BST speakers, a SubZero mixing desk, speaker stands and cables. This setup gives you multiple options; whether you want to amplify a whole band or use a single speaker standalone for smaller events.

Shop now | Mackie Thump 12BST Active PA Speakers with Stands and Mixer

Yamaha Stagepas 600BT Portable PA System with Speaker Stands

Yamaha Stagepas 600BT Portable PA System with Speaker Stands

More than just a PA system. The Yamaha Stagepas 600BT is your ticket to incredible sound no matter where you are. With two 10'' speakers complete with a detachable 10-channel mixer pumping out 680W of power, this compact and highly portable PA system is capable of producing a huge SPL of up to 129dB. Don't be fooled by its size, the Stagepas 600BT is a true portable powerhouse.

Shop now | Yamaha Stagepas 600BT Portable PA System with Speaker Stands

Yamaha DBR12 Active PA Speaker Pair with Speaker Stands

Looking for even more power? Check out the Yamaha DBR12 Active PA Speaker Pair with Speaker Stands. These speakers utilise Yamaha's state-of-the-art DSP and technologies from the professional DSR and DXR series, in combination with 1000W of power to bring punch and clarity to your outdoor performance.

See more | Complete PA Systems

Perfect PA for your Party

The sky is the limit when putting together a PA System (let's optimistically say a blue sky this summer!) and hopefully this guide has helped you narrow down your decision.

We sell a great range of pre-configured Complete PA Systems ready for almost any event. If you want to take your sound even further and put together a bespoke rig, see our selection of PA Equipment and Speaker Packages.

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Still stuck? Get in touch with our team of experts, who will be more than happy to help.

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By Matt Wilkinson

Posted on 4 Jul 2019 12:51 to category : Instruments News

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