Is it a PA or a Boombox?

4th in a series about boomboxes

In this day and age, the idea of having one tool that can perform multiple functions has become commonplace and audio visual equipment is no different. Traditionally, features on a media player have included headphone jacks, cassette players, CD players and radios. While each of those features is important in their own way, one other aspect can prove to be valuable in a classroom setting.

I use the 2455 as a PA system because it has enough power to be clearly heard – the external mic jack is a good feature that you don’t find on many other boomboxes!

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But if you happen to have a Performer Plus™, you can also use it as a mini public address system! By simply plugging a microphone into the boombox’s ¼” mic input (on the back), you’ve a portable PA system powerful enough to address 100 people (read more about using a wired mic with a PA system.)

Know that like a lot of larger portable PA systems, this one also has two separate controls for the the volume. To adjust the output level of the microphone, first use the control knob adjacent to the input jack on the rear of the unit. Once that’s been set to the desired level, then you can adjust the main volume control of the Performer Plus (located on top of the unit). Understand also that the volume level set by the dedicated knob for the microphone (on the rear) cannot exceed the volume level set by the main volume control function (on top).

The mini PA system’s use in diverse settings such as dance studios, gymnasiums, classrooms, outdoor activities and even emergency response situations coupled with its 14 watts of power will ensure that the presenter’s voice can be heard by all students. Shares highschool Physical Education Coordinator Carol Wegner from Willmar, MN, “I use the Performer Plus as a PA system because it has enough power to be clearly heard during gym classes. The external microphone jack is a good feature that you don’t find on many other boomboxes!”

The microphone input can also be used to enhance voice recordings for differentiated learning, language instruction and even sing-along situations.

Read the next article in the series or read the previous one.

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