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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Passport Problems Revieled

Utah Jake

Salt Lake City, Utah

Jul 4th, 2005 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Having three Fender Passport PA systems I thought others might like to know what we have discovered.
1) On the PD250 when using the Fender wireless mic system built in, the built in antenna is terrible, range of maybe 30 feet at best. We re-routed to an external BNC connector, hooked a 15 inch antenna and gained about 150 feet.
2) When using the 250 on 110VAC there is a muffin fan that keeps the amp board cool. When using the battery and converter that Fender sells, the fan does not run. The unit over heats and shuts down.
3) All of this cooling takes place in the back storage compartment. Close the door during operation and you have shut of the cool air supply.
4) Neither the P250 nor PD250 will operate with more than one speaker on right and left output. The PD250 did away with the dual jacks on each channel. These amps kick faults and shut down if you try to run into a 4 ohm load. We made a special harness that runs two speakers in series making 16 ohms. It seems to buy that.
Good luck to all that have these strange machines. Being made in China we may have one expensive throw away if anything really bad happens to them.

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Jul 5th, 2005 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile