I'm torn between buying an acoustic amp or a portable PA system. My challenge is that I'd like the flexibility for certain uses:
Would like to do karaoke nights with kids and/or adults in the basement. I already have mics but we don't have a good stereo system (yet!) Acoustic amp is limited to 2 inputs so we can duet and that's probably sufficient.
Playing music with friends in the house for "mini-gigs" where we'd need 1-2 mics and possibly acoustic-electric/keyboard amplification. Depending on the room we'd might only use the amp for vocals. This seems like a PA system would win if I wanted to accommodate 1-3 instruments + 1-2 mics or my friends need to bring some equipment over.
Solo performances where I self-accompany on a digital keyboard. I was thinking acoustic amp here wins because it's a lot less components/complexity and sufficient sound for small venues (either in my house or coffee shops).
The struggle I have here is that it seems like the PA system is the best bet for maximum flexibility and allows me to supply most of the equipment for a small band in the future (my 1 year goal right now). However, the acoustic amp is less expensive, less complicated, less weight, but less flexible (for my future goals!)
I'm looking at these products currently Fishman acoustic amp with combo inputs for 1 instr/1 mic or 2 mics or Fender acoustic amp VS Yamaha STAGEPAS 600BT Portable PA System with Bluetooth. All 3 of these would also allow me to connect bluetooth/aux for backing tracks for performances or karaoke.
Thanks for your help!