With its compact dimensions, the Nano certainly lives up to its name, but does it live up to HK’s reputation for quality sound?
HK Audio’s various Lucas PA systems have established the smaller ‘sub plus satellite’ package as a viable format for gigging bands, but their latest offering lends a new meaning to the term ‘compact’. The Nano 300 comprises a powered subwoofer plus two tiny satellites that either mount directly onto the sub, one above the other, or can be pole mounted to provide more height. Alternatively, the speakers may be spaced apart on optional tripods or mic stands, to provide a stereo spread. While almost certainly too small for typical band applications involving a drummer, the Nano seems well suited to solo acts or duos playing small pubs or bars, but the system also has applications in home theatre, sound for games, general music playback and, according to the manufacturers, even home-studio monitoring. It also offers an alternative to many of the acoustic guitar combos on the market as a means of amplifying an acoustic guitar and a voice — although you’ll have to provide your own effects, where needed.
Portability is a big factor here so, when not in use, the satellite speakers stow away securely in a recess in the sub (retained by a pair of rotary catches), so there’s only one box to carry into the venue — and with a total weight of around 12kg, it’s an easy one-hand carry at that. A soft carry cover is included in the price.