After the discussion on my previous question, "If I want to use a microphone with a portable mini amp, will a preamp/mixer significantly improve the sound quality? This is for small live gigs", I'm leaning towards getting an active powered speaker with multiple inputs and basic EQ/mixing for my small live gigs. It certainly simplifies things if I can just plug sources (microphones, instrument) directly into one small box that handles everything.
Here's what I'd like in a compact portable active powered speaker:
- weighs less than 10 lbs
- costs around $200 or less
- multiple inputs: at least 2 microphone inputs (hopefully with built-in mic preamps and phantom power so I have the option for either condenser or dynamic mic) and at least 1 instrument input (for bass, guitar, looper, or voice live touch)
- basic EQ/mixing (at least, individual level controls for all inputs)
- line out/thru (can also be used as a monitor)
- can be powered by plugging in, or charging, or battery
I am willing to spend more if there's something out there that meets all my requirements and provides great sound quality!
The Behringer 205D looks like my best bet, so far, because it only lacks the last one (it can't be battery powered). The Mackie SRM150 looks very similar, however, it's pricier, and according to reviews, the sound quality is just the same, is that true? I was also looking at the Vox Mini 3 or ZT Lunchbox Acoustic for my purposes, but these only have one microphone input, although, do they have better sound quality?
I found these sound demos for the Behringer 205D on YouTube:
Speaking demo indoors --
Speaking demo outdoors --
Singing and guitar playing outdoors --
Why is the sound quality of the Behringer 205D much better in the singing demo as compared to the speaking demos which sound muddy? Is it because of the microphone type (not specified in the demos)? Is it because the singing demo had the mic going through a separate vocal effects pad first before going to the Behringer 205D?
I'd be happy with the sound quality of the Behringer 205D as presented in the singing demo, can I do that by plugging a good microphone directly into the speaker? How else can I improve the sound quality and prevent noise/humming/muddiness? Can I do so without additional equipment (or if I need additional equipment can you recommend something portable or in-line)?
Do you have any particular microphone to recommend (I prefer bright tone) for my purpose? I haven't chosen a microphone yet, currently I'm considering:
- Shure 55SH Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone
- Electro Voice ND767A
- MXL V87 or V89 Low-Noise Condenser Microphone
- Sennheiser 835