Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer Review

Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer
If you're looking for a basic, inexpensive, little mixer to run your karaoke player and a microphone through, the Behringer XENYX502 could be just what you want. It supplies phantom power for condenser microphones through the XLR input. There are no on-board effects or even an effects send for an external effects device.

Microphone (Mono) Inputs Channel
There is one microphone channel that offers 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. This channel offers Gain, High and Low EQ, Pan, and Volume Level adjustment knobs.

Stereo Line Inputs
Each of the two 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 and Volume Level controls for each channel.

2 Track Input
These RCA inputs are used for connecting an external audio source such as a CD player, karaoke machine, or laptop.

2 Track Output
These RCA outputs are wired in parallel with the Main Out are commonly used to connect to a recorder.

Main Outs
The main outs are 1/4" Left and Right unbalanced outputs controlled by a Main Mix volume knob.

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

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.

This provides an easy way to monitor signals coming back from the 2 Track Output to ensure that they are recording correctly.

The mixer appears to be sturdily constructed. It outputs a quiet signal without any noticeable hum. We were not pleased to find that there is no power switch and the unit must be unplugged to turn it off. Also, the power supply is quite large.

Phantom power for condenser mics. Quiet output signal. Well constructed. Very Inexpensive.

No power switch. Large power supply. No way to add effects.

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