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Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer   

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5-input, 2-bus, ultralow noise, high-headroom mixer with main mix, stereo CD/tape, and separate headphone outputs. CD/tape inputs assignable to headp...Read More

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Sound excellence for a tiny price.

5-input, 2-bus, ultralow noise, high-headroom mixer with main mix, stereo CD/tape, and separate headphone outputs. CD/tape inputs assignable to headphone output or main mix outputs. Behringer's innovative Xenyx mixers provide the home recordist and club musician with pristine sound quality and cutting-edge features for very little outlay. The new Xenyx Mic Preamp approaches the sound quality, transparency, headroom, and even the dynamic range of boutique-style, standalone mic preamps. Behringer's neo-classic "British EQ" brings back the warmth and musicality of those '60s and '70s mega-console desks that made music history.

FEATURES
  • Premium ultra low-noise, high headroom analog mixer
  • State-of-the-art Xenyx mic preamp comparable to standalone boutique preamps
  • Neo-classic "British" 2-band EQ for warm and musical sound
  • Main mix, stereo CD/tape plus separate headphone outputs
  • CD/tape inputs assignable to headphone output or main mix outputs

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BehringerXenyx 502 Mixer
 
4.4

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (11)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Simple controls (7)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A PERFECT little mixer, for recording or live use!

I owned an earlier version of this for many years. I initially bought it to enchance my old 4-track cassette recorder, and it made a WORLD of difference. For one thing, I...Read complete review

I owned an earlier version of this for many years. I initially bought it to enchance my old 4-track cassette recorder, and it made a WORLD of difference. For one thing, I could use condenser microphones - the built-in phantom power alone was worth the price. But I also noticed that it was pushing an audibly better signal onto the tape. I gave it to a friend who was putting together a studio, and instantly missed it.

This time around I'm using the newer model, not only in the studio but also for a mini-PA mixer for coffehouse gigs. I bought a small powered monitor, and run this into it. I can use my good condenser microphone, and carry my PA in one hand - with the mixer in the gig bag!

It's got TONS of connectivity. The engineers have thought of everything. Just about anything you can think of, you can find a way to do. This little gadget is a real problem solver.
All of the most-used basic features of a much bigger mixer. A jewel in the studio, and it also can be a mixer for a mini-PA!
It appears to be as well-made as it is well-thought-out.
It's a great little multi-tool to have around, for less money than a heavy-duty mic stand.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Designed and Constructed

The compact size of this mixer is great for the home studio artist. However the model lacks some needed features. There isn't a power switch... that's right, NO POWER SWITCH!! Leaving...Read complete review

The compact size of this mixer is great for the home studio artist. However the model lacks some needed features. There isn't a power switch... that's right, NO POWER SWITCH!! Leaving it hooked up is not an option since you cannot EVER turn it off without unplugging it. The unit is also missing a Phantom Power on/off switch, leaving the XLR port hot 100% of the time needless to say this is NOT a good idea.

My final problem with the 502 is the unit I recieved is that it had unfinished edges on the molded plastic, leaving them razor sharp! I had to rub these areas flat with another piece of plastic to make it safe to handle. Because of the unfinished edges and some other defects, the plastic end caps do not seat flush to the metal frame and looks really bad.

In spite of all the above, it does perform as it should and does provide a budget solution.

However, I feel this piece of equipment is poorly designed and constructed and I wish I had bought something different - I will be replacing this one soon with a model that has a power switch, phantom switch, and better constructed.

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5.0

good personal monitoring system

By jie

from pinas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • affordable
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

    i personally used it for personal monitoring and it works great

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    5.0

    versatile budget mixer

    By Rich

    from Rockville Maryland

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Practice

      Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

      Purchased to run a dynamic Mic into an amplifier, but found it useful to mix and balance guitar, vocals and accompaniment software. I run the entire mix through a guitar amp's cd input or headphones if I need to keep the noise down. Balancing the mix has been very useful during practice sessions. Many instructional audio demos separate backing tracks and solos on the stereo channels. Mixer pan controls let me quickly mute/soften the part I am practicing.

      I can envision this small mixer being all I need for a portable one man show setup. Connect a powered speaker and you have all the sound control you need.

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      4.0

      great for silent practice

      By Nate

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

          i have two little kids and full time employment, so the only time i have to really rock out is after the kids go to bed. I've needed a good silent practice solution for a guitar and bass. I've tried all kinds of processors, pocket amps, and amps with headphone and aux jacks. I finally decided to try a small mixer, and this thing was the way to go.

          I run either a bass direct, or a guitar amp direct out into the mixer, with a laptop running audio into the mixer, and running out into headphones. But you need a good set of headphones to really sound good. otherwise, my cheap set sounds meh, but that's a headphone issue, not the mixer.

          The preamp is nice. I can run my bass directly it and it sounds pretty good. If i run it into a tube pre first, then into the board, it sounds even better. i can then set up a good mix between the bass and computer audio to play along with, and it's a perfect balance.

          As far as guitar, i mesa mark 5:25 that has a direct out with cab simulator on it. I run that into the board with the computer audio just like with the bass. I can melt my face as much as i want and nobody else in the house will hear it at 1am.

          This was the perfect silent practice solution for me. I haven't tried recording with it yet, and i don't really intend to unless i'd have to mic a drum set and run it into my interface.

          My only con to this is the power cable. It has a proprietary jack. if it dies, you'd have to get a manufacturer replacement, however long that would take or expensive that would be. I'd prefer something more universal, but for the price, i can't argue.

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          4.0

          Perfect Fit

          By ahemness

          from sacramento, ca

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

            It is what it is and it does what it does well. I bought it for our drummer so he could mix his own headphones with a few different inputs. (Monitor mix, tracks, metronome.) Works perfectly, loud clear, and is a great buy.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            works very well.. Glad I made the purchase..

            By Traxx

            from Dulce, NM

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

                Its small and easy to use.. I basically use it to connect my microphone to interface.. simple use.. It meets my requirement very well..

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One Powerful Mixer!

                By SunburstPB

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

                Do not be fooled by the size or the price, this is a full function 4 channel mixer. Its compact size makes it portable and grfeat for small venues. We are using the the Xenyx 502 as part of a portable PA System which can be set up quickly for company meetings held in different parts of a large office.

                As with all Behringer products (I also use an Ultrabass amp) they are rugged, built to last and quite economical.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works great for in ear Monitor with feed from larger mixer.

                By Ronnie

                from undisclosed

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • Power Supp Conn Too Loose

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

                I use these with my digital mixer as in ear monitor mixers. Feeding them from the aux mixes they work great and it makes a cheap in ear system with a good headphone set. The EQ gives the musician a little flexibility.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Flimsy but good

                By TuneSpace

                from Indiana

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Low price

                Cons

                • Flimsy Power Connector

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

                The power connector is flimsy - just a little jiggle and the unit loses power. So don't expect this unit to stand up to any kind of rough treatment. But for a stable installation, it does the job very well.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                excellent price/performance ratio

                By Keeze

                from Sunland, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Solid Build Quality
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • No Phantom Power

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Private Practicing
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

                I've owned another small Behringer mixer (Eurorack UB802) for quite some time, which influenced my purchasing decision. I've used that one in demanding professional applications for years and it has performed flawlessly! I have also been extremely impressed with it's mic preamps, which sounds every bit as good as my high-end dedicated mic pre-amps and full size digital mixing consols. The mic-pre on the Xenyx 502 is presumably as good, except that it seems to not have a switch for phantom power, which could be a significant limitation for a lot of buyers as it elimates the use of most condenser microphones. However, I purchased the Xenyx 502 as a birthday present for my wife, an excellent bassist, to allow her to practice her electric bass along to CDs and tapes using headphones (CD/tape machine plugs into the "2 track input"). For that purpose it has the right features, performs very well, with good sound quality, and she is thrilled with it. She is not a tech-head type, but found it relatively easy to use, although I did help her get it set up.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works GREAT!

                By Choirboyva

                from Front Royal, VA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Small And Afordable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • As In Ear Monitors
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

                  Started a small church. Needed some type of monitor system that was afordable. With this unit, the musicians and the singers can have an "in ear" system that works great and saves thousands.

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