NAMM 2018

Yamaha Releases New STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT

Yamaha has released the two latest models in the popular STAGEPAS lineup of portable PA systems and the successors of the 400i and 600i, which have sold over 400,000 units worldwide – STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT.
With the addition of Bluetooth audio streaming to the high-efficiency amplifiers, speakers, Yamaha DSP and comprehensive suite of onboard features, the new STAGEPAS will expand the system’s already versatile capabilities for an even broader spectrum of uses.

Both the 400BT and 600BT feature two sleek, lightweight speakers and a detachable powered mixer, along with a pair of speaker cables and a power cord, giving users a complete, portable sound solution that can be set up quickly and easily in a variety of configurations and environments. The new Bluetooth feature allows users to remotely stream audio from up to 10m away from the amp/ mixer unit, giving musicians, public speakers, instructors and any other STAGEPAS user instant access to any audio they choose.

The STAGEPAS 400BT. The speakers are equipped with an 8″ and a 1″ compression driver powered by a 2×200 W amp.

Producing 400 watts and 680 watts respectively, the 400BT and 600BT offer a significant amount of power output, considering the size of the system. Yamaha’s DSP technology ensures every STAGEPAS delivers consistent, high-quality sound at any volume level, while simultaneously extending the life of vital amplifier components using advanced limiter circuits. The innovative speaker design delivers evenly-distributed, high-quality sound throughout a wide coverage area.
The new models feature four mic/line inputs and six line inputs (STAGEPAS 400BT features four line inputs). Inputs 3 and 4 feature a combo jack that can accommodate either XLR or ¼” cables. In addition, both models feature a stereo RCA pin jack, stereo mini jack and, of course, a Bluetooth input, allowing for wireless audio playback from smartphones, tablets and computers.

The STAGEPAS 600BT. The speakers are equipped with a 10″ and a 1.4″ compression driver powered by a 2×340 W amp. Tha black module on the far right of the mixer takes care of the Bluetooth link.

Featuring an updated rotary control design that improves visibility for mixing and console management in low-light situations, the detachable mixer features simple, intuitive controls that deliver high quality sound in a matter of seconds. One control provides access to four different high-resolution SPX reverbs, while Yamaha’s 1-knob Master EQ™ offers optimized settings to match the sound with its environment from a single control. Even the onboard feedback suppressor allows users to remove unwanted feedback with the touch of just one button.

The STAGEPAS 400BT features two-band channel EQ, while the 600BT adds mid-range control for three-band EQ, which especially benefits guitar and vocal performances. Switchable stereo/mono inputs is a flexible new feature that can transform each stereo channel into two independent mono channels if an application requires more input capability.

A rear wiew of the 600BT where takes place the detachable mixer. The second speakers carry all of the wiring.

STAGEPAS also offers switchable Hi-Z inputs, allowing for hassle-free connection of passive pickup instruments, as well as phantom power, enabling direct connectivity of condenser microphones. It also allows users to instantly turn the reverb on or off, using an optional footswitch – an ideal feature for MCing events or speaking during solo performances.
Additionally, both the 400BT and 600BT come equipped with Monitor and Subwoofer outputs, providing seamless expandability. For applications requiring a more powerful front-of-house setup, a monitor mix or a more prominent bottom end, simply plug in powered speakers such as Yamaha’s DBR, DXR and DSR Series speakers or DXS Series subwoofers.

The DXS15mkII sub. A 15″ powered subwoofer with a band-pass design and a 1020 W class-D power amplifier and a selectable X-Over (80/100/120 Hz)

Newly upgraded DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII models make a perfect compact and lightweight option for STAGEPAS users that require bass-heavy mixes for their live performances or playback.

Yoshi Tsugawa, General Manager of the Yamaha Pro Audio Division says : “Ever since its release in 2005, STAGEPAS has been a staple of live music performances, events and public speaking or instruction applications for audio engineering beginners or musicians who prefer to set up their own sound,”
“With the addition of wireless audio playback, via the new Bluetooth audio streaming feature, we hope that the additional flexibility and freedom will inspire more creative usage and success with our best STAGEPAS yet.”

For more information, please visit Yamaha website

Crédits - Text et Photos: Yamaha

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