I've always wanted my own P.A. system. Ever since high school. For years (a decade?) I used a Crate G-60 amp with Radio Shack P.A. speakers plugged into it. It's amazing to me that little amp still works - and works well.
Anyway, I finally got tired of doing that ... okay, maybe tired isn't the word I should use ... how about "embarassed".
I wanted one not only for singing but for my acoustic guitar.
Anyway, I started by renting several different powered mixers from a local music store. I started with Peavey, then Mackie, and finally a no name one "Phonic". I ran them all through their paces and tried to be impartial about it.
Now obviously I wanted a Mackie. However after using several of them I realized the differences, especially for what I needed it for, was negiligable. I mean, I'm not in a steadily giging band so it's more for personal use and the occasional band practice.
So I chose the Phonic 740- I'm not going to lie, the decision was based on price. I believe it was $279 for a 10 channel mixer (7 channels with 3 channels having 2 seperate inputs). It also has 2 seperate 200 watt amps which means it can run in stereo and can be bridged to 400 watts.
Ultimately I would like a Mackie mixer along with some seperate Crown amps - but what the hey, for a non professional this is really all I need. Plus it's genuinely hard for me to spend big money when I really need to make the mortgage payment first ya know. Especially for things I truly don't "need".
I've yet to gig with it, but so far am happy with my purchase. I've had it for 3 years and it performs fine for my needs.
So, what system do you have?