A long-time solo and band singer/guitarist, I've begun gigging again (20 dates) in the last year, in restaurants and taverns around northern New England. One of the major intents, given I'm 'solo' this time around, is limiting the amount of load-in / load-out work required to get the job done. I'm not getting any younger, and I work a full-time job during the day, with long commutes. So, in looking for a 'B' system to cover smaller/quieter venues, I've meticulously researched just about every small system out there, and either owned or demo'd a good half-dozen. Bose, Fishman, EV, QSC, JBL, etc. Of all the systems I've heard, thus far, The BA-330 seems to have nailed the "smaller is the new huge" market segment. I demo'd this unit last week and will pick it up today.
The demo took place in a large, high-ceiling room that could easily have accommodated 80-100 people, had it been an actual venue. I used Shure Beta for vocals, and played my usual gigging axe - a CC-48 Ovation (thru a Zoom A2 pedal), along with backing tracks pumped in through the BA-330's RCA inputs, provided by a small netbook computer.
Less brittle, and more ballsy than an L1 Compact, and far warmer than the Fishman SA-220, I was flabbergasted by very broad and equal dispersion, as well as the raw volume provided by a piddling 30 Watts of power. In fact, I am entirely confident that this unit will handle all but the very loudest/largest venues I play. And for those places, I have a larger system. But for my money, the BA-330 provides, by far, the best feature set and performance per purchase dollar value presently available on the market.
If you're looking for a small, great sounding compact & fully portable PA for solo/duo applications, you're crazy if you don't at least demo this rascal. Well done, Roland!