Field Report: Yamaha Stagepas 300
The next four channels are ganged in pairs to provide stereo line inputs and leave off the reverb effect button. Channels 5/6 have the choice of RCA or 1/4" inputs. Channels 7/8 have RCA input only, which is ideal for an MP3 player, portable radio or other audio source.
There are three choices for outputs: Speaker L/R for the included speakers (1/4" phone jack connection from mixer and into speakers), record out L/R (RCA jacks) and monitor out (dual 1/4" phone jacks). Out of curiosity I connected the monitor out jacks to larger PA system and it worked perfectly: no hum, no loss.
On the record out, I would have liked to see a separate level control for added flexibility, but it is (like all the outputs) controlled by the master out level knob.
All in all, I found this to be an ideal remote broadcast PA for medium-sized use. Anyone can operate it with very little training, it is powerful, portable and painless.
Wilson is an announcer, producer, webmaster and promotions guy at WAKO-AM/FM, Lawrenceville, IL.
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