Written on: 28/09/2007 by ukwarwickdood (5 reviews written)
Absolutely tiny and incredibly easy to set up, the Peavey Escort is a PA in a box. Upon opening the case (removing the speakers) you find a tray containing the mixing console, two lidded trays, and a storage area along the top for the speaker stands.
The system is a breeze to set up - with my PA knowledge, I set up the system in about 5 minutes - but I would imagine even a complete novice could be up and running within about 15 minutes with no problems.
The system makes a totally adequate PA system for very small gigs - although I'd probably shy at putting anything more than acoustic instruments and/or bass through it - and the sound quality is quite stunning for such a small PA. The 10" speakers give some serious bass!
The systems absolute winning point though, is it's size - both packed and unpacked. It's really simple to set up, fairly light for it's power (150 watts), and has reasonable sound within the package. It houses cables, stands, amp and desk.
The mixing console is the weakest point - at 5 channels it's quite good (although the 5th channel has phono inputs which have dubious usability in live gigs - and totally lacks any form of auxiliary send, so monitoring is totally out of the question. Peavey sell it as stereo, but with a lack of pan controls on the mixer this is somewhat useless - stereo keyboards into channel 4 or 5 would be fine for stereo though.
The EQ is very hit and miss and when pushed heavily sounds like what it is - a really cheap nasty EQ - although the feedback killer seems quite effective which did surprise me. 5 bands of EQ is next to useless most of the time.
The system includes Peavey's DDT system, which does a very poor job with high transients and leads to the sound being incredibly compressed if you push the system hard. I'd prefer a CLIP light to be perfectly honest.
The Peavey Escort 2000 is a diminutive system which would fit in the boot of the average hatchback car, and would get you through an acoustic gig, disco, conference or karaoke without much problem. It's clean, simple and effective at what it does, and is an ideal one box solution.
It would be very effective for keyboard monitoring, small gigs, monitor set-up for slightly larger gigs, or rehearsals and provided you don't expect too much out of it in the way of volume it would be a good purchase for any musician who needs a small PA.
The price is a slight issue - you can get far more watts per £, but the design is what makes the system worthwhile. It's definitely better than the Fender Passport as systems go, although the Yamaha Stage Pass is louder (and more boxes and doesn't come with stands!)
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