Samson Expedition XP308iItem ID: XP308i
Portable PA System with Two 150-watt Speakers, 8-channel Powered Mixer, Integrated iPod Dock, and Reverb Effect - 37.43 lbs.
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The PA System You Can Carry in One Hand!When you pick up the Expedition XP308i, you're going to immediately notice how lightweight it is — definitely important for a portable PA system. The second requirement, though, is clear and powerful sound. And the Expedition XP308i certainly delivers in that category. You can hook up an entire band using the 8-channel mixer, and there's even a built-in iPod dock, so you can play music between sets. When the show's over, both speakers and the mixer fit together into an ingenious, carry-it-with-one-hand package: the Expedition XP308i.
Samson Expedition XP308i Portable PA System at a Glance:
Ingenious design lets you carry a PA in one hand
There's no joking about this one — this portable PA system really is portable. In fact, the whole thing weighs under 40 pounds and it joins together into a portable package that's smaller and lighter than the last suitcase you packed. Everything you need to get heard, though, is right there — tucked neatly into the Expedition XP308i's innovative case design. The speakers join together and the included mixer fits right into the back of one of the speakers. It's the perfect take-anywhere system for singer/songwriters, schools, businesses, bands, theater groups, community groups... you name it.
Instantly optimize the sound for speech or for music
Cool trick here. It can take a while to dial in the right sound for speech and the right sound for music — especially if anyone unfamiliar with EQ is going to be running the system. To make things easy, Samson added a Music/Speech button. It's a set-it-and-forget it way to make sure you've got your system optimized for the application. Now you can be sure the speech or presentation is crisp and articulate for everyone out there... and that the music sounds full and rich when it's on. DJs are going to love this feature- flip it when you go to make an announcement or announce the next artist- flip it again when you go back to the music.
Connect a band — and dock your iPod — with the 8-channel powered mixer
With the 8-channel mixer, you've got enough channels to get the whole band heard. Up to four vocalists, in fact, can sing right through the Samson Expedition XP308i. You've also got a set of stereo inputs to plug in a keyboard, a drum machine, a CD player, or whatever you need. How cool, though, not only can you get the whole band heard, you've also got a dock for your iPod. That way, you can rock tunes between sets or you can quickly cue backing tracks. Maybe you need to play a "please turn off your cell phones" message before the meeting or performance begins? Whatever you need to do, just load it onto the iPod the way you load up your music, dock it on your Expedition XP308i system, and hit play — simple and very handy. Good work, Samson.
Add reverb to any microphone channel for a professional sound
One of the secrets behind a professional "live sound experience," is adding a bit of reverb — especially to each vocalist. The Samson Expedition XP308i has that feature built-in, so you don't have to go out and buy an expensive effects processor to get that pro "sheen." Just flip the switch on any vocal channel you want to add reverb to, and you're done. It's yet another example of how the Samson Expedition XP308i makes it easy to create an awesome live sound experience.
Powerful system comes with dual 2-way speakers, so the whole crowd can hear
In the end, it's about getting sound to the crowd's ears, right? And Samson definitely didn't skimp on the speaker side of things. With the Expedition XP308i, you get two 150-watt speakers that pump out a surprising amount of power... an even more surprising amount when you take in how lightweight the whole system is. From the low notes to the high notes, you can be sure the sound is coming across. Also nice, the speakers pump out sound at a wide angle — that way, even if you're pretty far out to the left or the right of center stage, you're still getting the benefit of clear, intelligible sound.
The mixer tilts for desktop use, the speakers tilt for monitor use
Samson really thought this one through. The Expedition XP308i does the job, yes... but it also does it with finesse. The 8-channel mixer, for example, can sit flat on your desktop, or you can use the kick-back stand to set it up so it's easier to see and use. Likewise, you can use one speaker to get the sound out to the crowd and another speaker to get the sound to the stage. Both of the Expedition XP308i's speakers tilt back and send the sound right to your ears, so you can use them as floor monitors.
Samson Expedition XP308i Portable PA System Features:
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Reviewsbased on 8 reviews
Great small system
by Bill Ebner from Lisle, IL. USAIt sounds great!
March 24, 2013
Music Background: Guitarist, Recording engineer.
It is a pretty loud fo small PA system, clear sound, and at a very good price.
The layout is simple; basic eq, and the features allowed me to use the ipod dock, a lapto... read more [+]p, and a wireless mic all independantly at the same time for a tradeshow.
It's compact, and stores all the cables is the back of 1 speaker, and the pa mixer in the back of the other. Perfect little portable PA,
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Samson Expedition XP308i PA System
by Eddie D. Cunningham from Deatsville, ALThis is the best portable system I have ever heard, the sound seam like it should be comming from a much bigger system. Love it. Thank
October 5, 2011
Music Background: DJ
Keith Schreiber for your suggestion.
Great All-in-One PA
by Ryan Miller from Oklahoma City, OK USAThe sound from this PA blew me away. Crystal clear vocals, deep, resonating guitar, and very little ambient noise. Ingenious design that allows the two speakers to be hooked together and the mixer and... read more [+] cables to fit right into the back of the cabinets for ease of carrying. Perfect setup for singer songwriters wanting to start live gigging, and plenty of punch for full band as well. close [-]
November 10, 2010
Music Background: Singer-songrwriter
Samson Expedition Rocks!
by Ed Schultheiss from San Juan , Puerto RicoFor $500 this portable PA system is working great. I bought it for a DJ gig in a fairly large restaurant space, and I never had to go above 60% on the master volume. Clear as a bell, no giant boomin... read more [+]g bass, but bass responsive is fine. I'll get a subwoofer later to add to the system. Ipod dock is a major plus! console has a really small footprint. Also used with live band (power trio) and worked great! Total bang for the buck, you won't be disappointed. close [-]
December 29, 2009
Music Background: Composer, DJ, Musician
Easy, Compact, and LOUD
by Tina Campos from Delano, CAI pleased with how complact and LOUD this PA system is. Everything stores right within the system. I LOVE IT and my cheerleaders will love it to transport and setup.
February 24, 2012
Music Background: Advisor
Samson Expedition XP308i
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