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A short experience report on the Mystery PA
PA speakers are as numerous as grains of sand on the beach. You can find almost everything in this category of sound converters – from cheap, tinny, rattling boxes to the exorbitant pro equipment.
What to do when your own son is becoming a Joe Satriani on the electric guitar and starts looking for speakers that meet his standards for quality, volume and price?
You are forced to decide between a high-tech system sponsored by Dad, or an allowance-friendly solution that would hardly match the quality of a PRS Single Cut guitar. Ultimately, it’s like the problem you would have if you tried to listen to the dynamics of Charly Antolini’s drum solos on a portable radio.
Good advice would be hard to come by if it weren’t for this loudspeaker magazine, which offers first-class DIY loudspeakers in this category, too, with the Mystery PA – a successful synthesis of affordable components and outstanding quality. The completely reasonable cost of the assembly kit made it financially possible to build a nice speaker for the band’s second guitar player, too.
The two boxes were built with relatively little trouble, and of course we did a listening test right away. Fired up by a purebred Marshall tube amplifier and the opening solo of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” performed by my son Marco, it was very quickly clear what the Mystery PA has to offer. We were impressed not just by the sound quality, since the speakers haven’t even been broken in yet, but also by the volume reserves, which gave us goosebumps for a good long time.
I want to thank you again for your expert advice, and of course for the excellent loudspeaker building kits and their unbeatable price/performance ratio.