Yamaha has introduced the latest portable PA system in the STAGEPAS series, the STAGEPAS 1K.
The new system features modified versions of the 1.5 inch (3.75 cm) drivers with the high-end neodymium magnets that contributed to the success of Yamaha’s VXL series line array loudspeakers in the professional sound installation market.
In STAGEPAS 1K, an array of 10 of the 1.5 inch drivers work with a 12” subwoofer are said to deliver uniform, high-quality sound with clear highs and punchy lows. The subwoofer features Yamaha’s Twisted Flare Port technology, which reduces wind noise in the bass reflex port, making for a distortion-free low end.
Complementing the loudspeakers is a 1000W Class-D amplifier, delivering 119 dB SPL.
The back of the subwoofer houses a digital mixer with three mono mic/line channels (two with Hi-Z connectivity for direct input of electro-acoustic guitars and other instruments), plus stereo inputs which support playback from Bluetooth devices.
The mixer also features professional sound engineering tools, including 1-Knob EQ that handles multi-band processing simultaneously, high-quality SPX digital reverb and a Mode feature to adjust optimised compression settings (such as speech or music) to match different applications. Each of these functions can be set via a single rotary control, simplifying tasks like EQ and compression.
Users can also download the dedicated STAGEPAS Editor app for iOS/Android, allowing remote adjustment of the system’s volume and EQ, and it’s also possible to bring up previously saved settings.
Setting up STAGEPAS 1K needs the user to affix the array speaker to the subwoofer cabinet, using none, one or both of the provided spacers. No other cables or speaker stands are needed. The included carrying case protects the whole system during transportation and storage, including the power cable and any microphones or cables used by performers. An optional DL-SP1K lightweight dolly allows for more convenient transport, with a mechanism to lock down the speaker cover.
For users requiring a greater coverage area or increased sound pressure levels, two STAGEPAS 1Ks can be easily linked together in stereo or in mono. When in mono, the inputs of both systems can be used, providing a total of six mono and two stereo inputs.
STAGEPAS 1K will be available from September 2019, priced at 999 euros.