Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer Review


Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer
If you're looking for a basic, inexpensive, mixer to run your karaoke player and microphones through, the Behringer XENYX 1202FX could be just what you want. It supplies phantom power for condenser microphones through the XLR input. There is an on-board stereo effects processor with 100 presets.



Microphone (Mono) Inputs Channel
There are four microphone channels that offer either a balanced XLR or a balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS input (both may not be used at the same time). The XLR input will provide 48V power for condenser microphones. These channels offers Gain, High, Mid, and Low EQ, Pan, FX, and Volume Level adjustment knobs.
Microphone (Mono) Inputs Channel


Stereo Line Inputs
Each of the four stereo channels has two balanced line level inputs on 1/4" jacks for left and right channels. If only the jack marked L (left) is used, the channel operates in mono. The stereo channels are designed to handle typical line level signals. Both inputs will also accept unbalanced jacks. There are Balance, FX, and Volume Level controls for each channel.
Stereo Line Inputs


2 Track Input and Output
The RCA inputs are used for connecting an external audio source such as a CD player, karaoke machine, or laptop. The RCA outputs are wired in parallel with the Main Out are commonly used to connect to a recorder.
2 Track Input and Output


2-TR TO MIX Button
When the 2-TR TO MIX button is depressed, the 2-track input is assigned to the main mix providing an additional input for other signal sources that do not require any processing.

2-TR TO CTRL ROOM Button
This provides an easy way to monitor signals coming back from the 2 Track Output to ensure that they are recording correctly.
2-TR TO Button


Main Outs
The main outs are 1/4" Left and Right unbalanced outputs controlled by a MAIN MIX volume slider (fader).
Main Outs


Phones Jack
The 1/4" Phones jack is for your stereo earphones.


CTRL Room Outs
The CTRL Room Outs are 1/4" Left and Right unbalanced main mix outputs controlled by a PHONES-CONTROL ROOM volume knob.
CTRL Room Outs


Digital Effects Processor
This effects processor offers a large number of standard effects such as Hall. Chorus. Flanger, Delay and various combination effects. The integrated effects module has the advantage of requiring no wiring. This way. the danger of creating ground loops or uneven signal levels is eliminated at the outset, completely simplifying the handling.
Digital Effects Processor


Pros:
Phantom power for condenser mics. Four XLR mic inputs. Quiet output signal. Built-in effects processor. Well constructed. Very reasonably priced.

Cons:
No on/off power switch. No balanced XLR main outs.

Summary:
The Behringer XENYX 1202FX is a good quality, well constructed, audio mixer that would make a fine addition to a home karaoke system. Professionals may want to look for something a little higher quality. The four mono microphone channels should be sufficient for most karaoke systems. The built-in effects processor is well worth the $20 more this mixer costs over the XENYX 1202.

Behringer XENYX 1202FX User Manual



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