PA Speakers

Hands-On Review: QSC K Series Powered Speakers

Significantly raising the standard for powered portable PA speakers



Stage Monitors Buying Guide

How to choose the right stage monitor speakers or in-ear monitors to match your budget, music and shows



Hands-On Review: BOSE L1 Model II System

The Model II System builds on an already category-defining portable LI PA platform from BOSE with extended output, control and configuration options.



Tech Tip: Using a Powered Subwoofer to Augment Your Existing PA

Expand the power of your current setup without breaking the bank



Hands-On Review: Fender Passport Event

An all-in-one PA rig that’s easy to use and ideal for mid-sized venues



Hands-on Review: Yamaha DBR Powered Speakers

We give these newest budget-friendly and super-portable active PA speakers from Yamaha a thorough workout



iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

How to choose the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to keep the beats coming seamlessly



Hands-On Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker Series



The DJ Buying Guide to Live Sound Gear

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How to choose the right PA equipment to match your music, gigs and budget



Hands-On Review: Line 6 StageSource L2t/L3t Speakers

Backline, Front-of-House and Monitor in One Box



How to Choose the Right PA System

From live sound mixers to PA speakers and monitors to mics, get the info you need to take your show to the people.



How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

Learn the differences between active and passive DIs, how they work, and how to harness them onstage and in the studio for better sound.



Hands-On Review: Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixer

A low-cost mixer with a surprising array of features



Hands-On Review: QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker

A triple threat in powered speakers



Wireless Microphone System Buying Guide

How to Choose a Wireless Microphone, Monitoring, or Instrument System



Hands-On Review: Cerwin-Vega P1500X & P1800SX Active Speakers

DJ System, or is it suited for Live Sound too?



Hands-On Review: JBL EON 515XT Powered Speakers

Evolving powered speaker solutions for musicians on a budget



Product Spotlight: Electro-Voice RE320 Dynamic Microphone

Faithfully Delivering Your Tone



Audio Mixers: How to Choose

In the most basic terms, the audio mixer, or mixing console as it’s sometimes called, combines audio signals, processes them, then routes them to wherever they need to go. Nowadays, many different devices offer some mixing capabilities. Even tablets and smart phones teamed with the right apps and interfaces can perform some mixing functions. And of course, all DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software includes mixing capabilities.



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