The Best Portable Sound System for Youth Ministry

If you’re anything like me, you research like crazy before you buy a new piece of equipment or technology.  So when my parish wanted to get a new portable sound system, I put in my time reading every review I could find.  And then I did something smarter than that: I asked a musician friend (and sound tech perfectionist) what he recommended.

After thoroughly (and unnecessarily) researching his recommendations, we ordered the equipment below — and we LOVE IT.

The Bose L1 Compact Speaker System - The Best Sound System for Your MinistryThe Bose L1 Compact Speaker System - The Best Sound System for Your Ministry

The Bose L1 Compact Speaker System

  • Don’t let the size of the speaker fool you: The sound quality is amazing.
  • The range is unbelievable: It projected across our church parking lot all the way to the park next door.
  • No technical knowledge needed: It’s incredibly easy (and quick) to setup.
  • Works great in small spaces too: The sound will fill any room plus you can walk right in front of it with a mic and there’s no squeal or feedback.
  • Works right out of the box: Though we added a mixer (see below), you can use this system on it’s own.
  • Plug right in: It’s got two input channels and ports to plug in a mic, iPod/iPhone, computer, DVD player audio (RCA), and even a guitar.
  • It’s super portable: It quickly comes apart and weighs less than 30 pounds.

I’m not the only one who loves it, check out just some of the 27 5-star reviews on Amazon:

“It’s crystal clear sound has exceeded my expectations!”

“You walk in with your guitar, Bose L1 Compact and in 1 min you are ready to play your set/sets. No other system can do that.”

“I have to say this was by far the best investment I’ve made for music in a while.”

“Excellent sound performance, clarity and power sub, for this light weight portable system, easy to connect and assemble with, and it looks awesome.”

 

So I’m sure you’re thinking: Sounds awesome but how much is it?

Only $999.00

Plus it’s available on Amazon with free shipping!

One note: This system was designed for venues of 150 people or less.  In my opinion, it works great for more than that, but if you have 200+, it would be worth buying two and connecting them together.

 

Allen & Heath ZED-10FX

The Bose L1 system doesn’t need a mixer (it’s got a 2 channel mixer built in), but it you’re looking for more flexibility and control or if you just need to be able to plug in more than two inputs at a time, this budget-friendly mixer is the way to go!

  • Multipurpose mixer with FX for live sound and recording
  • 4 mic/line inputs
  • Configurable USB stereo audio in/out
  • 2 stereo input sources with MP3 player compatibility
  • Separate 2-track record outputs

Only $299.00

Plus it’s available on Amazon Prime!

 

Line 6 XD-V35 – Wireless Handheld Mic

I love wireless mics.  The problem is: getting a good quality mic that sounds as good as a wired mic is usually super expensive.  Which is why I was so excited to find out about this Line 6 mic.

  • Cutting edge technology makes it sound just like a wired mic!
  • Battery display on the transmitter, so your sound guy knows how much battery life the mic you’re using has!

(There’s only one review of the Line 6 on Amazon & it’s only 3 stars, but know that we would give it 5 stars!)

Only $299.00

Plus it’s available on Amazon Prime!

Michael Marchand

Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.


Michael Marchand


Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.



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