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What to Expect for $153
on September 18, 2013
If you are hoping for similar sound quality, build quality and durability as the JBL EON, Yamaha MSR, Mackie Thump or QSC K-series, then you may be disappointed. But at 25% to 50% the cost, what do you expect?
I needed something to get me through a birthday party with a bunch of old fogies (like me) who don't know a dB from a Hz and couldn't care less; and so, at $153 I simply couldn't resist the urge to try the PPHP103MU. It's not great, but it's pretty darned okay.
HITS: Pyle had done a good job differentiating this product from the rest of the crowd based upon price and nifty features:
- Built-in MP3 player with a full suite of clearly-labeled control buttons, and nice legible LED display. The player reads from either SDHC cards or thumb drives.
- 3.5mm mini-stereo jack for directly connecting a personal media player or PC. NO ADAPTER NEEDED.
- switchable mains power for international use
- plenty loud
MISSES: (I almost hate to list any given the price)
- noisy microphone preamp
- no phantom power (for condenser microphones)
- very short power MAINS power cord (threw it away)
- 1/4" Line Output jack is way too loose. When I plugged in a TRS cable it popped right back out with just the slightest tug. This is not normal.
- uneven sound coverage. The hotspots appear to be on-axis and 30-45 degrees off-axis.
CONCLUSION: Neat product for the money. Typical consumers will probably be pleased; whereas, prosumers and pros most likely will not.