NOTE: We make roughly 4% on any purchases you make by following the links on this page. However, all we’re doing here is providing you with links to the most popular amps, as voted for by buskers themselves.

 


 

For many shows, a good PA is essential. That’s why we have, with the help of your comments and suggestions, put together a list of (almost) all the best busking amps on the market.

Let us know if you’re aware of anything better that’s out there by leaving a comment below or by filling in this simple form, and we’ll add it to the list.

NOTE: use amps responsibly. Don’t blow out the competition. Bigger isn’t always better. The misuse of amps can lead to anti-busking legislation, which is bad for everyone.


Most Recommended Amps by Buskers

AER Compact Mobile2

USA

Size: 12″ x 13″ x 14″ (30 x 33 x 35 cm)
Weight: 28.7 lbs (13 kg)
Power: 60 w
Price: $1,799.00
Battery Powered: Rechargeable, lasts up to 4 hours without power supply

Specially designed for acoustic instruments, but equally suitable for electric instruments and voice. It provides a clean and clear sound. Two channels; 3-Band EQ (colour switch) and 2-Band EQ (phantom power, digital reverb/echo), aux in, effect loop, tuner-line-headphones-di-out.


Roland CUBE Street

USA, UK

Size: 19.5″ x 13.5″ x 11.2″ ( 49 x 34 x 28 cm)
Weight: 13 lbs (5.8 kg)
Power: 2.5 w x 2.5 w
Price: $499.00
Battery Powered: Yes; runs up to 15 hours on 6 AA batteries

Probably the most well known amp and the favourite of many street performers. Very lightweight and easy to carry. It’s got two speakers, two channels so you can plug in microphone and an instrument, as well as various effects and amp emulations such as Reverb/Delay for both the Mic. and Instrument Channels. It delivers a great tone for both acoustic and electric guitars.


Crate Taxi Series TX50DB Limo

Discontinued

Size: 15″ x 12″ x 12″ (38 x 30 x 30 cm)
Weight: 20 lbs (9kg)
Power: 50 w
Price: ?
Battery Powered: Yes; rechargeable battery that can last 8+ hours

Portable and easy to carry and use. Footswitch option, Hi and Low-Z inputs on the Mic channel, clean and distortion modes on the Instrument Channel, and a 3-band EQ on both, DSP mode with 8 effects.


Mackie Freeplay

USA, UK

Size: 13″ x 21″ x 25″ ( 33 x 53 x 63 cm)
Weight: 14.5 lbs (6.5 kg)
Power: 300 w
Price: $299.00
Battery Powered:

Lightweight and compact. It has four channels including 2 XLR inputs with 1/4″ and AUX, each with their own volume, tone, equipment and 3-band EQ. Accessory control via Bluetooth (the app is called ‘Mackie Connect’, available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store). 16 digital effects on each channel and Feedback Destroyer.


ZT Lunchbox Junior Amplifier

USA, UK

Size: 7″ x 8″ x 5″ (17 x 20 x 12 cm)
Weight: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Power: 35 w
Price: $2,119.00
Battery Powered: Rechargeable

Great for small spaces! It produces a rich sound and has a surprising amount of volume for such a small amp. Simple to use; the top panel has just three knobs (volume, tone and gain) and the back panel has a detacheable power chord, 1/8″ headphone/line out jack, and a 9V power output jack that can power effect pedals.


MIPRO MA 505

UK

Size: 11″ x 16″ x 9″ (28 x 40 x 22 cm)
Weight: 18 lbs (8 kg)
Power: 145 w
Price: £622
Battery Powered: Rechargeable, up to 8 hours without power

Compact one-piece speaker cabinet that provides a powerful and clear sound. It comes with a wireless receiver that can link to another MA 505 within 100 meters, and a built-in digital audio player with optional CD player.



Laney AH4x4

UK

Size: 21″ x 7″ x 7″ (54 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm)
Weight: 36 lb (6.5 kg)
Power: 70 w
Price: £284.00
Battery Powered: Yes

Portable and easy to use. Bluetooth enabled. Standard input options (Jack, XLR, mini Jack) as well as the optoin to connect a second AH4X4. Up to 24 hours of performance. Digital effects (reverb, echo)


Samson Expedition

USA, UK

Size: 13″ x 20″ x 13″ (33 x 50 x 33 cm)
Weight: 16 lbs (7.2 kg)
Power: 100 w
Price: $295.00
Battery Powered: Rechargeable

Lightweight and portable. It has four audio channels each with their own volume control. It also includes Bluetooth conectivity and Aux input for playing backing tracks. Delivers clean sounds for both vocals and instruments.


Lucas Nano 600

USA, UK

Size: 15″ x 11″ x 16″ (39 x 30 x 42 cm)
Weight: 36 lb (16.3 kg)
Power: 460 w
Price: $1,199.99
Battery Powered: ?

Extremely compact and light, yet powerful. Depending on the task, the Lucas Nano can be used as a slim mono column or as a compact system. Three XLR Combo, RCA/Mini jack, 5 channel mixer (3 mono, 1 stereo resp., 1 mono, 2 stereo)


Crate Taxi

Discontinued

Size: 14″x11″x12″ (35 x 27 x 30 cm)
Weight: 20 lbs (9 kg)
Power: 15 watts
Price: $170(ish)
Battery Powered?: Rechargeable

Compact and Portable. Very easy to use; the Crate Taxi offers Volume and four EQ knobs, two channels (Vocal and Instrument). It cranks and it sounds great!


Marshall AS50D

USA, UK

Size: 21.3″ x 16.3″ x 10.2″ (54 x 41 x 25 cm)
Weight: 35 lbs (15 kg)
Power: 50 watts
Price: $399.99
Battery Powered?: No

Classy look. Precise controls for volume, bass, trebble across two channels (digital reverb and chorus). Clear and pronounced effects that don’t swallow the signal. Perfect for singer/songwriters who want a smooth, warm sound.



AER Compact Mobile

USA, UK

Size: 13″x13″x11″ (33 x 33 x 27 cm)
Weight: 19 lbs (8.6 kg)
Power: 60 watts
Price: $1,799.00
Battery Powered?: Rechargeable

Looks small but it’s very powerful. Baser on the Compact 60, and identical in sound, but with adapted technology. It has two channels (Microphone and Instrument) that can operate independently, four different built-in effects (warm hall rever, bright hall reverb, chorus with reverb and flanger).



Fender Passport Venue

USA

Size: 11″x29″x33″ (27 x 73 x 83 cm)
Weight: Around 50 lbs (22 kg)
Power: 600 watts
Price: $998.98
Battery Powered?: Rechargeable

This is quite simply the most complex, over-the-top amplification system available untethered to AC power. However, for large parties and especially rowdy crowds, there’s really nothing that’ll cover as much ground. It’s also not quite as intimidating as you’d think. It has 13 inputs, USB-driven recording feature. Oh, and it’s about as easy to carry as any large suitcase you’ve ever owned!


Roland CUBE Street Ex

USA, UK

Size: 19” x 13” x 12” (49 x 33 x 30 cm)
Weight: 16 lbs (7kg)
Power: 50 watts
Price: $499.00
Battery Powered?: Yes

Very light and slim. The Roland Cube Ex produces a clean natural sound. Moreover, it’s very easy to use; it comes with four independent channels; Audio in, Line in and two inputs for microphones, four speakers (two woofers and two tweeters), a built-in tuner, 3-band EQ, reveber, chorus/delay and audio output jack. However, it doesn’t project in noisy areas well. Expensive entry-level kit.



QTX10

USA, UK

Size: 12″ x 18″ x 10″ (32 x 47 x 27 cm)
Weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
Power: 150 watts
Price: $85
Battery Powered?: Rechargeable, can last up to 8 hours

It comes with a retractable trolley handle and rear wheels that make it easy to carry. It features 2 Microphone inputs with echo effect, an auxiliary Line input and a built-in USB/SD/FM media player with record function. Very good speaker for the price.


Stuff and Things M4K Stuffed Thing

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Size: 11” x 7” x 5” (27 x 17 x 12cm)
Weight: Stuffed: 8.8 lbs (3.9 kg)
Thing: 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
Power: 150 watts
Price: Approximately $1200 – $1800 (depending on your specs)
Battery Powered?: Yes

The Stuffed Thing has a ton of features, a few include; 150 watts of power, acoustically transparent carrying case that won’t block the sound, simple knobs and jacks. Full PA system; two very loud boxes that can be used independently without sacrificing any sound.


Roland AC-33

USA, UK

Size: 13″ x 9″ x 10″ (33 x 22 x 25 cm)
Weight: 11 lbs (4.9 kg)
Power: 15 w + 15 w when using adaptor, 10 w + 10 w when using batteries
Price: $399.00
Battery Powered: Yes; runs for 8+ hours on 8 AA batteries

Designed specifically for acoustic guitars. It has two separate channels for Guitar and Mic/Line (XLR type), both with EQ, volume control and effects. FOOT SW (Reverb/ambience, Chorus) and built-in phrase looper that lets you loop up to 40 seconds. Fairly loud, it produces a rich, deep sound.


Roland Micro CUBE GX

USA, UK

Size: 10″ x 9″ x 7″ (27 x 22 x 17 cm)
Weight: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Power: 3 watts
Price: $149.00
Battery Powered: Yes; Runs up to 25 hours on 6 AA batteries

Compact and lightweight. It comes with a Memory function that saves your favourite amp and effects settings, 8 DSP effects that include Heavy octave and Delay/Reverb and a built-in chromatic tuner, Input jack and iCUBE LINK jack that provides audio interfacing with iPhone/iPad and iPod touch. Delivers great tone for playing any musical style.


Roland Mobile AC

USA, UK

Size: 13″ x 9″ x 10″ (33 x  22 x 25 cm)
Weight: 11 lbs (4.9 kg)
Power: 15 w + 15 w when using adaptor, 10 w + 10 w when using batteries
Price: $399.00
Battery Powered: Yes, runs for approximately 15 hours on 6 AA batteries

Three channel mixer with individual inputs for Guitar, Mic and Aux. Chorus,  Reverb and Wide effects. It has a rich and lush stereo sound. Travel friendly.


AER compact 60/3

USA, UK

Size: 12″ x 13″ x 14″ (30 x 33 x 36 cm)
Weight: 19.3 lbs (8.7 kg)
Power: 60 w
Price: $1,199,00
Battery Powered: No

Small, lightweight and easy to carry. It has two channels (Guitar and Microphone). Combination 1/4-inch/XLR input, line/mic switch, gain, bass and treble controls on Mic channel and gain, color, bass, middle and treble control on the Guitar channel. There are several digital multi effects with two reverbs, delay and chorus, and a TRS effect footswitch jack. Crisp and transparent sound.


Vox Soundbox Mini

USA, UK

Size: 5″ x 7″ x 11″ (12 x 17 x 27 cm)
Weight: 5.3 lbs (2.5 kg)
Power: 2.5 w
Price: $100.00
Battery Powered: Yes, runs up to 7 hours on 6 AA batteries

Small, lightweight and easy to carry. Very versatile as it has 11 amp models that support four different instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keyboard). AUX input, 1/4″ microphone jack. It comes with a variety of effects including reverb, delay, a compressor, chorus and flangers, which can be used two at once.


MIPRO MA 303

UK

Size: 9″ x 11″ x 7″
Weight: 6 lbs
Power: 60 w
Price: £429
Battery Powered: Rechargeable

Robust design but very lightweight. Easy to operate. Built-in 1 or 2 diversity receivers, USB music player and recorder with LCD screen.


Carvin S600B

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Size: 10″ x 12″ x 18″ (25 x 30 x 45 cm)
Weight: 25.5 lbs (11.6 kg)
Power: 400 w (2 x 200 w with extension cabinet)
Price: $2,119.00
Battery Powered: Rechargeable

Smooth, linear sound. The coverage is up to twice that of conventional cabinets, and with less feedback. Six channels (Bluetooth, four XLR mic inputs, high-impedance instrument inputs, stereo line, 1/8″ and and optional UHF wireless mic or instrument receiver), can recieve up to 11 different sources simmultaneously. Built-in Echo, Reverb and Chorus with reverb effects.


HiWatt BSK15/8R Maxwatt Busker

UK

Size: 5″ x 7″ x 11″ (12 x 17 x 27 cm)
Weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
Power: 15 w
Price: £246.00
Battery Powered: Rechargeable, can last up to 8 hours

Small, lightweight and easy to carry. Very versatile as it has 11 amp models that support four different instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keyboard). AUX input, 1/4″ microphone jack. It comes with a variety of effects including reverb, delay, a compressor, chorus and flangers, which can be used two at once.


Fishman Loudbox Artist

USA, UK

Size: 13.5” x 15.5” x 11.5” (34 x 39 x 29 cm)
Weight: 25.5 lbs (11.5 kg)
Power: 120 watts, bi-amped
Price: $559.08
Battery Powered?: No

Very light and portable. Really loud; by far the best option for playing for crowds of more than 15 or fewer than 5,000. Great control over your sound. Two channels (mic and other music equipment) that feature 3-band EQ with feedback controls, various effects, boasting combinable modules for reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, echo, slap echo. A lot of fiddling, but great signal.


Traynor TVM50

Size: 13.0 x 19.6 x 13.5
Weight: 31 lbs (14 kg)
Power: 50 watts
Price: $279.00
Battery Powered?: Rechargeable

Very simple; two channels (XLR and 1/4″) with a 4-band EQ on the second. Though you could certainly use it as a straight PA system in small areas, the Traynor should be of special interest to electric guitar players. On a full charge it should give about 8-10 hours of playing time



Peavey Solo Portable PA (CH-D)

USA

Size: 14.8” x 8.6” x 14.8” (37 x 21 x 35 cm)
Weight: 15 lbs (6.8 kg)
Power: 10 watts
Price: $118.99
Battery Powered?: Yes

Solid volume for its size and price. Distortion becomes a problem at high volumes. Lends kinda cool 60’s rock & roll vibes. Power comes either from a standard AC plug or 8 D-Cell batteries, and goes to a single 8″ speaker. Two channels, one XLR input, two 1/4″ jacks



Roland BA 330

USA, UK

Size: 26″x18″x18″ (66 x 45 x 45 cm)
Weight: 42 lbs (19 kg)
Power: 30 watts
Price: $599.00
Battery Powered?: Yes; Runs on 8 AA batteries.

It may look ugly, but it is loud, clear and covers and unbelievable sonic range. The back panel features six channels, an equalizer and special anti-feedback control. You won’t find a more versatile machine for the money!



MIPRO MA 707

USA

Size: 19” x 13” x 12” (49 x 33 x 30 cm)
Weight: 30 lbs (14kg)
Power: 100 watts
Price: $899.00
Battery Powered?: Yes

Easy to carry, can be placed on the floor, desk or tripod. Delivers a clear and loud sound. It features a control panel with Tone, Master volume, Line and two Microphone input controls. Up to two receivers can be added to the system along with a CD/MP3 module. Built-in storage compartment for microphones, spare batteries and other accessories.

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