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Not every live sound situation calls for a huge line array and racks of equipment. When it comes to band practice spaces, small outdoor events, or open mics, a powerful-yet-portable PA system is generally all that's required.

These compact, all-in-one systems give you a powered mixer to input your instruments and microphones and power the included speakers. Toss it in your car, show up to the gig, and be set up and ready to fill the room with sound in minutes.

Shop Reverb's selection of new and used portable PA systems above. If you're looking for more about what kind of PA system is right for you and how best to set it up, check out our Basic PA Systems Buying Guide, which features a video walkthrough of some of the best PA options and setups from Reverb's Joe Shadid, as well as some great picks to get you started.

What Kind of PA Speaker System is Right for Me?

PA systems come in various shapes and sizes and with different power thresholds and features. What kind of PA system will be right for you will depend on what you're planning on using it for. Below, we'll briefly lay out the types of PA systems on the market:

  • Plug-and-Play PAs: As you can likely tell by its name, the plug-and-play PA is configured to be an all-in-one system, featuring a speaker, built-in power amp, and onboard mixing options. Sometimes these portable PA systems will come with a wireless microphone. These are ideal for karaoke nights, singer-songwriters, and other applications that would only require one or two inputs—though, if you end up needing more inputs down the line, you can always add an external mixer.
  • Passive Mixer and Powered Speakers: If you're in the market for a PA, that doesn't necessarily mean that you need a dedicated unit. You can also opt to use a passive, non-powered mixer in conjunction with a pair of powered speakers. The non-powered mixers remain pretty light without a power supply and can be found with more than two inputs for those trying to accommodate a larger number of mics and instruments.
  • Powered Mixer and Passive Speakers: The inverse of the choice above, this is another popular option for players—especially those who need more than two inputs. This puts the power into the mixer, which makes them heavier and more expensive, while the pair of passive speakers become lighter.

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