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Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System

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  • Solo Performance System with exceptional sound quality and coverage for a wide variety of venuesFully digital (Class D) power amp And power supplyUniversal voltage allows operation outside the U.S.Ultrahigh excursion custom drivers and a servo power amp implementation eliminate the need for subwoofer supportCompact line-array design for ultrawide horizontal dispersion and deeper sound penetration than traditional acoustic combo amplifiers2 mic/instrument input channels with 3-band EQ, phantom po
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Read the SA220 User Guide [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 45 x 9.5 x 16.5 inches ; 40 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 42.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001E96UMS
  • Item model number: SA220
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,063 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System

Designed for the singer/songwriter, the SA220 Solo Performance System provides exceptional sound quality and coverage in a wide variety of venues. 220 Watts of clean, lightweight power drives a line array of six custom high-excursion speakers and a soft dome tweeter. This unique combination delivers incredibly full sound, ultra-wide dispersion, and deeper sonic penetration than the common speaker cabinet. Better yet, the enhanced bass response of the custom-designed speakers means theres no need for a subwoofer!

Its a P. A., and an Amp

With the SA220, the performer and audience hear exactly the same sound, meaning theres no need for separate wedge monitors or a combo amp backline. And because the SA220 is voiced for the singer/songwriter, acoustic instruments and vocals are projected with superb depth and clarity.

The Ultimate in Portability

SA220 weighs only 25lbs*, ships complete with a padded bag equipped with wheels, and includes a rugged speaker stand. Set up takes less than a minute, with only one trip to the car! And full-digital universal power means the SA220 is ready to travel anywhere in the world.

Features Performing Musicians Demand

Fishman didn't make the SA220 this portable by scaling back on features or tone. In fact, theyve included all of the award-winning elements of the Loudbox family, and added a unique Monitor feature designed to revolutionize an acoustic duos ability to hear each other on stage. The SA220 is also equipped with two mic/instrument channels featuring high-quality preamps, each with 3-band EQ, phantom power, built-in reverb, effects loop, and feedback-fighting notch filter and phase controls.

  • Compact Line Array = Ultra wide horizontal dispersion & deeper sound penetration
  • Two Mic/Instrument Channels
  • High-quality preamps
  • 3-band EQ
  • Phantom Power
  • Independent Reverb level
  • Effect Loop
  • Feedback-fighting Phase and Notch filters
  • Six 4" mid-woofers, patented dual gap, high excursion design, neodymium magnets (200W)
  • One 1" neodymium soft dome tweeter with level control (20W)
  • Auxiliary Stereo Input with Level control
  • Four Digital Reverb effects with master level
  • Balanced XLR D.I. outputs for both channels and main mix
  • Unique Monitor I/O for improved on-stage ensemble monitoring
  • Mute with remote footswitch input
  • Tuner Output
  • Ships with Stand and padded Carry Bag (w/ wheels)
  • Dimensions: 41.5" H x 5.6" W x 6.6" D
  • *Weight: 25 lbs without Stand, 35lbs with Bag and Stand

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I love this unit and it sounds and works really well.
By running the amp line out to the Fishman, I get the wide dispersion that we enjoy for the vocals for the guitar as well.
David J. Bezinque
I was blown away by the sound quality and the range of sound.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By jazmaan VINE VOICE on April 30, 2009
I've owned one of these for just a few weeks. I use it as a vocal P.A. for rehearsals with a jazz combo. It's rather tall and imposing. And rather bulky to cart around. The included rolling case is pretty tipsy when you roll it and will not stand on end (that may be intentional, forcing you to lie it down so that it can't accidentally be tipped over.) It's not that heavy (only about 25 lbs.) so rather than rolling it you can just as easily use the shoulder straps to carry it around.

As for the sound, I give it only 4 out of 5 stars because it has a quiet but noticeable buzz or hum even before you plug any mics into it. (I've actually listened to two of these amps and they both had the buzz.) It's not a terribly loud buzz, but you probably wouldn't want to use it in a quiet recording studio.

UPDATE - ALMOST FIVE YEARS LATER and this great little P.A. is still going strong. The nylon case is starting to wear, but the roller and straps are still strong. And the electronics have never given me any problems. Too bad it hasn't come down more in price over the years, but it's still a great buy.

Another problem that others have noted is that the reverb is too strong to be useful on anything but the lowest settings. In fact, eventually I'll probably ditch the built-in reverb altogether and use one of TC Helicon's outboard vocal processors. (Thankfully the Fishman does have an FX send loop.)

Okay, now that all the negatives are out of the way, let me tell you that I've tried LOTS of portable P.A. "solutions" and NONE of them even begin to match up to the Fishman. It really does sound good, clear and loud. And compared to a quality guitar amp, its not that expensive. Bite the bullet, pay the money and you won't regret it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cassard on February 14, 2011
We bought this unit for our 4-piece folk-rock band Soulfolk [...]. Our hope was to replace a large and heavy B-52 unit that includes a 15" subwoofer and satellite speakers (about the size of a small refrigerator, and definitely as heavy).

While the SA-220 couldn't be expected to match the low lows of the other system, the overall clarity and volume of this portable PA is pretty astounding. It doesn't sound wimpy in the least. We put it through the paces at a gig with 2 acoustic guitars and 3 vocals running through a Mackie board, all mixed in mono into the SA-220. We used no monitors, just placed the unit a little off to the side behind us.

We were able to get the volume up surprisingly high before beginning to experience feedback. (Especially considering the mics were placed in front of the speaker array.) The phase button and anti-feedback notch filter are very helpful.

The even dispersion of sound was remarkable throughout a sizable venue filled with numerous art booths and shoppers. I must say, I love the way this unit reproduces acoustic guitar, providing plenty of attack and dynamic range. It inspires the player to play more aggressively and take risks because the are rewarded with gorgeous tone. Overall, very satisfied and impressed. Tempted to buy a second unit for large venues! (I wish Fishman made a powered slave for a little less money...)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By F. Aguilar on July 4, 2009
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As a classical guitarist, I am often under the mercy of the venue's acoustics and/or sound system on any given performance. To say that this is frustrating is an understatement. I wished that there was a way for me to be freed of this tyranny and be able to carry my own sound system. When I read about the Fishman Solo Amp, I immediately thought this could be it - the ultimate solution. It is truly compact and you can carry the guitar in one hand and the amp on the other in one trip from your car. And it does fit inside my trunk nicely. Set up is quick and easy.

Admittedly, all the reviews I read was for the use of an acoustic steel guitar, all glowing, but I didn't find a review using nylon classical guitar. Nevertheless, it got me really excited and finally pulled the trigger to buy it.

I use a Fishman under-saddle transducer on a world-class guitar. When I plugged it into the Direct Input, it sounds fantastic! But only when the gain is low. On high volumes, you lose the natural and charming sound of the classical guitar. This would be true of any other amp.

Needing more power for a more natural sound, I decided to buy the DPA 4099 clip-on condenser mic. This made it sound a lot more natural on higher volumes, and feedback issue is minimal which is huge by itself!

But I have mixed feeling regarding the sound, at least when it comes to classical guitar. It is rather flat and not very warm. You may be able to use a mixer to achieve a warm sound, but that defeats the simplicity of set-up purpose. Also, there is a background hiss that may be unacceptable to some classical guitarists playing a lot of quiet passages. I contacted Fishman regarding the hiss and they acknowledged that it is a known issue.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fleahead on August 15, 2010
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I bought the SA220 after considering the Bose L1. Having never heard either, I decided on the SA220 based on other reviews and the price. After I got it, I was not blown away by the sound, but found it was still pretty good. However, in the back of my mind, having previously owned a Bose 802 PA system, I still suspected that the Bose L1 would simply blow the Fishman out of the water. So, I finally returned the Fishman and ordered the Bose L1 Model I.

After getting the Bose, I found the sound was indeed superior, but I'm not sure it is $1000 better. If I had them both to choose from now, I'd probably have to choose the Fishman based on the sound and all the features that comes standard with Fishman. The Bose is pretty bare boned. On top of that, I used the Bose last night for the first time, and the darn thing blew up. I realize that any system can have a component failure, but I just expected more from Bose.

* Good sound quality (vs excellent sound of Bose L1)
* Notch filter for pesky feedback gremlins (none with Bose)
* Very lite weight (L1 is surprisingly heavy and large)
* Built in reverb (none with Bose)
* Plenty of aux in's and out's (none with Bose)
* Fast setup
* Reasonably priced

* Can't think of anything that bugged me
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