Review of the Lyxpro Portable Pa System

Updated on July 28, 2020
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Walter Shillington writes about products he is familiar with. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.

LyxPro SPA-8 PA speaker
LyxPro SPA-8 PA speaker | Source

There's a huge oak tree straddling the border between my backyard and that of my neighbor. While I watch it suspiciously during windstorms, this tree does provide plenty of shade. That can be important during the dog days of summer.

On these occasions, my neighbor or I fire up a barbecue and fill a large bucket with ice and beer. Everyone is welcome, providing they have something—preferably thick sirloin steaks—to contribute.

For background music, I used to jack up the volume of my living room stereo to the max and open the back door. When Jim, my neighbor, hosted the party, he'd bring out his battery-operated, portable stereo. While these methods worked, they didn't deliver the edge required to turn our barbecues into a must-attend event. To correct this situation, I decided to pick up a sound system that provided a little more flexibility and a lot more oomph.

A PA speaker that could play music from a variety of sources appeared to be the best option. I checked out Amazon and eventually ordered the SPA-8 from LyxPro.

Speaker is small enough to be positioned unobtrusively
Speaker is small enough to be positioned unobtrusively | Source
Speaker set up in front porch and, in this case, connected to an Alexa Echo Dot
Speaker set up in front porch and, in this case, connected to an Alexa Echo Dot | Source

Description

The LyxPro SPA8 is reasonably light, weighing in at 14.7 pounds. It is 14 inches high, 9.25 inches wide, and 8 inches deep.

This speaker's exterior is composed of black plastic and includes a built-in handle and a mechanism at the bottom that allows this device to be attached to a stand.

Its eight-inch woofer and a one-inch tweeter provide a combined frequency response of 40Hz-19KHz.

This system delivers 100 watts RMS of power.

The SPA8 is Bluetooth capable and includes both a USB connection and an SD card slot. Microphones equipped with either an XLR or a quarter-inch connector can be accommodated. A 3.5mm auxiliary and two RCA inputs are provided.

Separate volume levels for mic, mp3, and line/aux can be set, and two mixer controls adjust bass and treble. A separate XLR output allows this device to be daisy-chained to other PA speakers.

This unit is equipped with a five-foot removable power cable, much like you'd find connected to a desktop computer. Unexpectedly, my speaker also shipped with a small remote control.

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Front view of LyxPro's SPA-8Side viewBottom view.  This speaker can be mounted to a standBack view, displaying a myriad of controls, indicators, and inputs
Front view of LyxPro's SPA-8
Front view of LyxPro's SPA-8 | Source
Side view
Side view | Source
Bottom view.  This speaker can be mounted to a stand
Bottom view. This speaker can be mounted to a stand | Source
Back view, displaying a myriad of controls, indicators, and inputs
Back view, displaying a myriad of controls, indicators, and inputs | Source

Specifications

  • Manufacturer: LyxPro
  • Name: Portable PA System
  • Model: SPA8
  • Speaker type: Active
  • Power output: 100W
  • Power requirements: AC power (115 -230 volts)
  • Frequency response: 40Hz-19KHz
  • Maximum sound pressure level (SPL): 106dB
  • Nominal sensitivity: 91dB
  • Impedance: 4ohm
  • Low-frequency driver: 8" Woofer 30oz. 1.5" voice coil 4 ohm
  • High-frequency driver: 1" Titanium Diaphragm 8ohm
  • Bluetooth capable: Yes
  • Wi-fi capable: No
  • Input connections: USB, SD, Mic (XLR and ¼"), RCA, and Aux 3.5mm
  • Output: XLR line out to another speaker
  • Dimensions: 14” x 9.25” x 8"
  • Weight: 14.7 Pounds

The Manufacturer

LyxPro is one of many brand-names trademarked by C&A IP HOLDINGS, LLC.

Visual Appeal

This speaker is best described as unobtrusive. Its case is composed of black plastic, and, when viewed from the front, its features are not particularly inspiring. This device is designed to sit in the background and do its job.

The back view, however, is impressive. There are numerous inputs and controls, along with a couple of LED indicators and a small LCD screen

Control panel of LyxPro's SPA-8
Control panel of LyxPro's SPA-8 | Source
This speaker is AC powered
This speaker is AC powered | Source

Usage

Band members would typically utilize this speaker as a monitor.

A DJ might link several additional speakers to the SPA8, providing the sound level required to match the venue in which he is playing. He would appreciate the added flexibility offered by the speaker's Bluetooth capacity and ability to utilize an SD card.

For indoor and outdoor parties, I generally use Bluetooth to link the SPA8 to my cellphone and stream music from Amazon or Deezer.

Because a microphone can be attached, this device is useful for events situated in smaller areas such as a church or classroom.

Sound Quality

I've compared the SPA8 to two different Polk Audio powered speakers.

The Polk Audio S2 is a small, low powered wi-fi speaker equipped with an auxiliary 3.5mm input. I use a pair of them as part of my television's surround-sound system and have connected a third to an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. These devices are slightly cheaper than the LyxPro SPA8. They work very well but are not as powerful as the SPA8 and provide noticeably less bass response.

The Polk Audio S6, which I have connected to an Alexa Echo unit, is a larger and more powerful version of the S2. Its enclosure contains two 4-inch drivers and two ¾ inch tweeters. The S6 is priced in the same range as LyxPro's SPA8. While, in my opinion, this offering from Polk Audio provides superior sound than that of the SPA8, it has somewhat less flexibility.

Overall, the LyxPro SPA8 provides decent sound for its price range, and, by using its mixer controls, can be adapted to the end-user's preference.

Although not advertised, my speaker arrived with a remote control
Although not advertised, my speaker arrived with a remote control | Source

Remote Control

Although not advertised, my speaker came with a tiny remote control. I could switch modes between Bluetooth and USB/SD card, mute sound, pause play, and skip to the next song.

Portability

The SPA8 weighs less than 15 pounds and includes a convenient handle. It does require AC current but can be connected to a heavy-duty extension cord.

Quality Control

This device appears to be well built. My only quibble concerns the volume and mixer controls. My background is in military communications and, while these rotary controls work well, they seem flimsy compared to the equipment I have used in the past.

Overall Assessment

This unit outputs up to 100W RMS and can be connected via Bluetooth, microphone, USB, and SD card. There are also two RCA and a 3.5mm aux input. The sound output is reasonably loud and clear. If you are searching for an inexpensive PA speaker with an emphasis on flexibility, the LyxPro SBA8 would be an excellent option.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Walter Shillington

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