There is no doubt (and other behringer reviews all say this) that the behringer mixers are of a similar sound quality to the Mackie's, but are way, way cheaper. I agree that overall the Behringers are pretty good sound quality, but the mic pre-amps on the Mackie's are far superior, and if you are using the mixer for live use, don't get a Behringer. However if you have a home studio and need lots of inputs for synths and stuff, but you really only use one mic at a time for vocals or gtr, then just buy a really nice mic pre-amp that will bypass the mixer, and only use the mixer for monitoring. That's what I do, because any other mixer with 32 inputs is easily 3 or 4 times the price! When you get into the 32 channel range, the mixer prices really take off, but this Behringer is nicely priced. It also has a lot of options that other mixer do not have, which makes it a very flexible mixer. A nice pre-amp is going to be better than most mixer pre-amps. |
Having said all that, I have used this mixer for a year or more and have found it to not always be as realiable as is should be. For instance there are times when a signal seems low, so I boost it, and then a day later it's high so I cut it. This seems to be directly related to the inputs, and I sometimes have to wiggle my cables to get the signal to be 100%. I have tried new cables, and it's definately the mixer. I thought it was just one channel, but over time it appears that other channels 'may' exhibit this touchy behavior. Also, I have found that sometimes the output is biased towards the right channel, and sometimes I fix stuff in the mix and fiddle around with my speaker placement, only to figure out that it's the mixer. A good bang on the top beside the main output fader sometimes fixes this problem, and the signal centers itself. The problem is that the problem is not always drastic enough to immediately notice. With complex mixing, you are always second guessing yourself, and I don't know how many mixes I have done where it sounded right one moment, and then when I did the final mix, it 'may' have biased the signal over to the right. This is a big problem. I feel like Behringer cut corners on long term reliability, because they knew they could make a mixer that at first glance 'sounds' as good as the more expensive competition. I feel like I can't trust this mixer, but cannot find an affordable alternative.