Need to setup in a hurry but not compromise on sound quality? HK Audio may have the solution -says Chris Kennedy
Item: HK Audio SoundCaddy One
Price: US 4,000?, UK £1649
At A Glance: HK Audio’s SoundCaddy One is a portable 600W active PA system with integrated 4-channel mixer. It is perfect for singers and small ensembles who want a quick and easy gig setup and it provides enough volume to fill small venues with ease.
High Notes: The system features a clever design whereby the mid range drivers and speaker pole fold into the sub cabinet for transportation and then pneumatically extend with the push of a single button to make it ready to play a gig. This means setup is incredibly simple and fast and it is very easy to transport. Inside there are three 6 inch subwoofers and six 3.5 inch mid-range drivers that work like a small line array, helping it to deliver a clear and full sound that spreads evenly through the audience. The onboard mixer has two mono inputs for either microphone or guitar and two stereo line inputs for connecting keyboards, CD/MP3 players or a secondary mixing desk.
Off Pitch: The mic channel could do with a little more gain; especially if you are a quieter singer in a noisy setting. Also, some may feel that the system is quite expensive as it is only really suitable for smaller venues.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: HK Audio is a manufacturer that is synonymous with audio quality and, as such, the SoundCaddy One features impressive performance for its small size. Its onboard mixer provides a good range of inputs that will suit most users, however its EQ section is very basic and it does not contain any effects such as reverb. The SoundCaddy One is well suited to pretty much all singers performing in small venues, whether you are singing with backing tracks, performing with a guitar or keyboard or even singing in an acoustic band. Prospective buyers may also want to check out the Fishman SA220, LD Maui 28 and HK’s Elements and LUCAS series.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.hkaudio.com