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Fender Introduces Top-Of-The-Line Passport® PD-500 Portable PA System [ Winter NAMM 2007 ]

United States
English
A Passport System That’s Ready for a Full Band

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 18, 2007) — Get ready to rock! Fender Audio is proud to introduce its most powerful Passport portable PA system to date: the PD-500. Picking up where the uber-popular P-250 and PD-250 leave off, the PD-500 is the first Passport system that can accommodate a full band at real rock “n” roll volume levels, as well as providing a host of features that any live performer will instantly appreciate.

The flagship PD-500, like the entire Passport line, is a totally self-contained system that fits into a rugged molded case for easy transport. In the case of the PD-500, however, it starts with an 8-channel mixer, letting musicians mic up every instrument in a typical rock band, plus back-up singers—without running out of channels. To make setup easier, the PD-500 also includes a helpful “feedback killer” and 48-volt phantom power for connecting professional condenser mics. A selection of digital effects then allows for sweetening the audio with high-quality reverb, chorus, delay and more.

The real innovations of the PD-500, however, may not be immediately obvious at first glance: built-in class “D” stereo power amplification and Neo-Precision® speakers designed by Celestion®. For the uninitiated, class D amplification uses digital technology to reduce weight, while maximizing system output to 500 watts. The Neo Precision speakers, on the other hand, employ lightweight neodymium-magnets to enhance clarity and articulation, while reducing the weight you’d get with aditional ceramic-magnet speakers.

In fact, even though the PD-500 speaker cabinets each feature two 8” woofers, a titanium compression driver and a horn, the overall system weight is still a mere 53 lbs.—less than the weight of the less-powerful Passport PD-250 model, and providing much better sound!

“This really raises the bar in portable PA design,” confirmed Eric Oppenheimer, Director of Sales and Marketing, Fender Audio. “We are taking top-end technologies and putting them into a fully integrated system that bands and mobile DJ’s can transport and set-up within minutes. And because it’s a Passport, this system remains complete, compact and ultra-convenient.”

Other standout PD-500 features include a docking connector for the Passport wireless receiver, monitor outputs with level control, tape outputs with level control, built-in stand adaptors, and two microphone kits with mics and cables.

The PD-500 is currently available.
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