[SCA-Dance] Powered speakers

Ginevra Boscoli ginevra.boscoli at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 28 11:51:57 EDT 2011

I just picked up a Block Rocker, and while it is heavy, it has the benefit of wheels and a retractable handle like a rolling suitcase. It will also charge iPods during playback, which is a huge plus in my book.

I haven't yet had the opportunity to try it out to test the sound projection, but I like that it comes with a microphone so can be used as a general loudspeaker at demos where we might be competing with the noise of other groups.

Ginevra Boscoli

On Aug 26, 2011, at 3:37 PM, "Michael L. Squires" <mikes at siralan.org> wrote:

> Ion makes a battery-powered box called the "Block Rocker" which is really 
> a small battery-powered keyboard amplifier.  This appears to be selling 
> for about $180 new.  It is loud enough for even large rooms and the usual 
> outside demo venue, and has an iPod jack (plus RCA inputs).
> I noticed that many of the musicians at Pennsic were using a 
> battery-powered keyboard amplifier from Roland which was suitable even for 
> the Pennsic performance tent (medium size venue in a tent with no 
> reflective walls).  I don't know anything about model or price, but it 
> can't be cheap (nothing from Roland is really cheap).
> On the other end - I now own an Alesis Sumo 300 keyboard amp.  It has a 
> four-channel mixer, mic inputs, line level inputs, minimal EQ facilities, 
> and a 300 watt power amp driving a 15" bass driver and horn HF driver.  It 
> has wheels and a handle and is not very heavy, but is definitely not 
> battery powered.  It can be slaved with another Sumo as a stereo PA 
> system.  The Alesis Sumo 300 is no longer made, but can be found used for 
> $150-$200.
> I have fond memories of a demo 30 years ago where we used a pair of 15" 
> coaxial monitors driven by a Marantz 1060 power amplifier and cassette 
> tape player.  The rock band nearby came over and asked us to turn down our 
> system....
> Alan Culross
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