Yamaha MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer with Effects Review
These inputs accept both 1/4" TRS and XLR cable ends. XLR connections have switchable +48V phantom power for condenser microphones.
PAD and HPF Switches
The two mono input channels have PAD and HPF switches. Turning the PAD switch on will attenuate the sound input to the unit. This is typically not needed when a microphone is used for vocals. The HPF (High Pass Filter) switch will apply a high-pass filter that attenuates frequencies below 80Hz. This can be useful when speaking into the microphone to help reduce wind sound and vibration.
These 1/4" TS inputs are for connecting line level devices such as a disc player, laptop, etc.. The L input, if used alone, becomes a mono input.
We really like the fact that this mixer offers both 1/4" TS and XLR outputs. XLR allows you to use microphone cables to connect to powered speakers or a power amp. Virtually all mixers have TS outputs.
Built-In Effects Processor
This effects processor does not have dozens of presets but be assured that it is very effective and high quality. A button lets you choose between Reverb and Delay, a slider to select the effect type, and a knob to adjust the strength of the effect. Effects can be sent to the two mono channels which each have a button to turn effects off or on.
Phantom power for condenser mics. Combination XLR-1/4" TRS mono inputs. Switchable phantom power. Balanced XLR outputs. Well constructed with a metal chassis. Reasonably priced. Cons:
No auxiliary return for connecting an external effects processor. Would have been nice to also have RCA inputs and outputs. Summary:
Yamaha has been a preferred brand of professional karaoke hosts for many years. The small Yamaha MG06X mixer wold certainly make an excellent component of a home karaoke system. It is well built, good quality, and has all the features you are likely to need.
Yamaha MG06X User Manual
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