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Old 2013-01-18, 05:09
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Any DJs here? 2 mixer choices - need help

I'm looking for a starter home mixer a cut above the cheap Numarks and $100 what nots, and so I'm torn between two models. I've seen many compare the two in other forums, but the opinions seem quite divided and I'm just curious if any fellow Resonites have an opinion on the matter.

The two mixers in question are Allen & Heath Xone: 22 vs Pioneer DJM-250.

The only irony is that I actually owned the A&H Xone:22 for a few months last year, but then sold it because I felt I wasn't using it frequently enough and to help fund buying Reason 6.5 lol... I miss spinning records on my 2 decks and before buying the same mixer back I did some more research and found the Pioneer to be appealing for its simplicity and supposed durability & reputation. I know that A&H has a great rep for the higher end but there's a lot of talk about how the lower end models are made in China and have a lot of sound imperfection issues, even though it seems to be built sturdy. While I did really like the Xone: 22, I'm open to trying a different mixer but I don't need all the effects, etc... just something sturdy, reliable, and 10" or less in width to fit my coffin... thoughts?



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Old 2013-01-18, 10:34
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My best advice would be to visit a DJ shop and try both out. Neither should be disappointing, but sometimes a mixer 'works' the way you like. It will probably come down to a knob, switch or connection in an annoying place ie on the bigger AH mixers the headphone jack is at the bottom but the controls are near the top.
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Old 2013-01-18, 12:50
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That's a good point, but at the same time visiting a shop does not give you any report on longevity. I'd be perfectly happy with either one, but I don't want anything dying on my early etc... As with most things online there are always 50% that say "best ever" and the other 50% "don't buy, it's crap"

It's much more helpful when someone has owned a unit for over a year and can give a report.
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Old 2013-01-18, 13:21
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That's a good point, but at the same time visiting a shop does not give you any report on longevity. I'd be perfectly happy with either one, but I don't want anything dying on my early etc... As with most things online there are always 50% that say "best ever" and the other 50% "don't buy, it's crap"

It's much more helpful when someone has owned a unit for over a year and can give a report.
The best mixers today, imho, are made by Ecler. The Ecler NUO 2.0 is affordable, built like a tank, has no frills, plus an extra channel that can be used for mics or other audio inputs.

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Old 2013-01-18, 14:14
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I ask A or B and he introduces C. -.-

Hehe, I've heard of that mixer but it's actually $200 more than the Pioneer and that's going too steep for what I need a mixer for. Thanks for the suggestion though.

Since I've already had the opportunity to play with the A&H Xone 22, I think I'm leaning towards the Pioneer now. I could always return it if I'm not pleased with it, and at least I'd have a benchmark with the Xone 22 to compare it with. I'm also liking the "white" edition...

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Old 2013-01-21, 11:28
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Used the 22 in a club last night. Really liked. Sound was excellent. Nice big led meters and felt well built. I'll be getting one of these for my studio DJ mixes.
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Old 2013-01-22, 00:50
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depands all on the price here !

but do you know this model it's real good for the price?

Behringer_Pro_Mixer_VMX200USB



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Old 2013-01-22, 03:30
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Used the 22 in a club last night. Really liked. Sound was excellent. Nice big led meters and felt well built. I'll be getting one of these for my studio DJ mixes.
Yeah, I liked it also, but there are many complaints online about popping and headphone issues and all the rumours of them being made in China. If I don't like the Pioneer I will definitely go back to the A&H Xone, but the Pioneer looks a little simpler to manage and since I'm a beginner I feel that's what I need. The Pioneer is also $60 cheaper and supposedly in the same camp.

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depands all on the price here !

but do you know this model it's real good for the price?

Behringer_Pro_Mixer_VMX200USB
I've seen that and while the price is good, a lot rests on the LOOK & layout of a device for me... so that one is totally out by looks alone.
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Old 2013-01-22, 04:15
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ok , I was thinking about he bpm calculator included for the price but if you use records vinyls rather then cds then the classic old vestax got styll just because it's a legend model !




also you can unscrew any front panel of mixers and have it customised buy a street artiste in graphitie to give it a unique styllish look or find some commercialised skinz and fancy knobs of different colors !
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Old 2013-01-22, 08:41
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I second Bonez´s suggestion.Ecler mixers are damn good.I own a SmacPro 30 (sadly discontinued) for ten years now and it works like on day one.
Something to consider for your search is how the EQ potis work.Do they just drop or kill the frequency band entirely.Pretty crucial for beat-matching.

Happy mixing.
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