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Mackie 808M 8-Channel Mono Powered Mixer   

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The ruggedly-built Mackie 808M 8-Channel Mono Powered Mixer is lightweight and easy to use. Twin 600W FR Series amps deliver 1,200 real watts @ 2 ohm...Click To Read More About This Product

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Quality components and rugged build for hi-fi sound and durability.

The ruggedly-built Mackie 808M 8-Channel Mono Powered Mixer is lightweight and easy to use. Twin 600W FR Series amps deliver 1,200 real watts @ 2 ohms and are switchable as mains or mains/monitors. The 8 mic/line channels feature phantom power, inserts on 1 through 6, and dual line inputs on channels 7 and 8. Each channel has 3-band EQ and separate, studio-grade 9-band graphic EQs are provided for mains and monitors. The graphic EQs feature multiple summing amplifiers and precision infinite feedback band-pass filters for superior linear phase and combining properties. They are ultralow noise, low distortion, and sound great. Rugged, injection-molded chassis. Sealed rotary controls resist dirt and dust.

FEATURES
  • 1,200 real watts @ 2 ohms from twin 600-watt FR Series High-Current power amps
  • Power amps switchable as mains or mains plus monitors
  • 8 mic/line channels with phantom power
  • Dual line inputs on channels 7 and 8
  • Inserts on channels 1-6
  • Active 3-band EQ on each channel
  • 2 separate 9-band, audiophile-quality graphic EQs -one on mains and one on monitors
  • Level-setting control and LED on every PPM mixer channel make setting input levels a snap
  • Mil-spec fiberglass circuit boards (instead of cheap phenolic) resist physical impact
  • Amp routing switch assigns power amps to mains or mains and monitors
  • Hefty 10,000f storage capacitors for high peak power reserves
  • Massive toroidal transformer for high current output
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4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Great Review for the 8008M

******************Q. Dear Sound Chick,I am comparing the Mackie 808s with the Peavey 696f. I will be using it for live performances with an acoustic...Read complete review

******************Q. Dear Sound Chick,I am comparing the Mackie 808s with the Peavey 696f. I will be using it for live performances with an acoustic vocal trio. What are the pros and cons of these two units and how do they compare to each other?A. The new 696 is definitely Peavey's best stab at duplicating the functionality of the 808m. But they still miss the mark in two very important areas:1. Price: It lists for $300.00 more than the 808m. I do not understand why they think they can ask this much for a unit that is still inferior to the product they are trying to compete with. They copied some of the 808's features (dual graphic EQ's, and 1200w) but that would indicate an equivalent pricetag. Such is not the case here.2. Features: It lacks the all-important 'input level' (or gain/trim) knobs. In an effort to avoid installing this expensive feature, they have included a feedback detector/eliminator. My opinion is that feedback busting is best done during the gainstage setup or with the graphic equalizer. The feedback button was a lame effort to save them production cost and still retain their combination 'volume/gain' circuitry. Nice try, Peavy, but there are no shortcuts when it comes to good sound.Q. Hey SoundChick, I noticed you have a number of Mackie 808m Powered mixers. Are you that happy using them?A. Yes, I am very happy with the Mackie 808m's. The reason they are better than any other brand of PA head is two-fold.1) They employ a seperate gain vs. volume control. This becomes very important for fighting feedback and getting the cleanest signal possible. No other powered head has that that I know of.2) They have a massive heatsink. Anyone who has ever had an amp shut down during an outdoor concert due to the sun beating on their amp can tell you they wish they'd had a bigger heatsink.Q. Dear SoundChick: I want to buy a PA for an acoustic /trio playing small rooms: restaurants and the like. Probably wouldn't even need any monitors. In the back of my mind I have a future vision of a 5- piece group (Vox x 3, Guitar x 2, Bass, Drums, Keyboard) playing slightly larger venues. (no stadiums, spandex, eyeliner or big hair: at least not for the guys.) Do I need to get a rackmounted system, and if so , what components should I purchase?A. Sounds like your 5-piece band will only take 8 channels anyway. I don't mean to sound like a corporate shill, but the Mackie 808M head is perfect for that and can entertain about 200 people outdoors with 1200 watts. If you are only entertaining 100 folks, you can even use 12" mains. The best performing 12" mains I have seen are the Yamaha SV112 club series. They list for $279 each, but can be bargained down. You can also buy them as pole-mounted wedges that double as monitors. Use one for a main and the other as a monitor for even smaller crowds. Since you are not mixing a stereo signal, there is absolutley nothing wrong with using one main at a gig! Takes up less space. Also,with the same kind of speaker as mains AND monitors, you can be confident that your EQ sounds the same to your crowd as it does to you.

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Heat problem

My Mackie 808 mixer is great, it's powerful and really thumps but at the most critical time it overheats and shuts down. For best results I keep an external fan 2" from...Read complete review

My Mackie 808 mixer is great, it's powerful and really thumps but at the most critical time it overheats and shuts down. For best results I keep an external fan 2" from the heat sinks.

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4.0

Thermal shutdown

By Randy-3hfVs

from Hawaii

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I wish they put a fan on the heatsink. The amp and mixer works great but if you are running it into 4 ohms, it WILL overheat and shutdown. Tonight during the last song of our first set it decided to shut down. I was running 4 speakers on the mains and 4 monitors. I guess that is too much load for the poor thing without a fan blowing on the heatsink. It reset and worked again after we cooled it down for a while. We were driving it pretty hard with all 8 inputs being used from 2 guitars, bass, electric drums, keyboard and 3 mics.

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5.0

Great Review for the 8008M

By SoundChick-32eEW

from Houston, Texas

******************Q. Dear Sound Chick,I am comparing the Mackie 808s with the Peavey 696f. I will be using it for live performances with an acoustic vocal trio. What are the pros and cons of these two units and how do they compare to each other?A. The new 696 is definitely Peavey's best stab at duplicating the functionality of the 808m. But they still miss the mark in two very important areas:1. Price: It lists for $300.00 more than the 808m. I do not understand why they think they can ask this much for a unit that is still inferior to the product they are trying to compete with. They copied some of the 808's features (dual graphic EQ's, and 1200w) but that would indicate an equivalent pricetag. Such is not the case here.2. Features: It lacks the all-important 'input level' (or gain/trim) knobs. In an effort to avoid installing this expensive feature, they have included a feedback detector/eliminator. My opinion is that feedback busting is best done during the gainstage setup or with the graphic equalizer. The feedback button was a lame effort to save them production cost and still retain their combination 'volume/gain' circuitry. Nice try, Peavy, but there are no shortcuts when it comes to good sound.Q. Hey SoundChick, I noticed you have a number of Mackie 808m Powered mixers. Are you that happy using them?A. Yes, I am very happy with the Mackie 808m's. The reason they are better than any other brand of PA head is two-fold.1) They employ a seperate gain vs. volume control. This becomes very important for fighting feedback and getting the cleanest signal possible. No other powered head has that that I know of.2) They have a massive heatsink. Anyone who has ever had an amp shut down during an outdoor concert due to the sun beating on their amp can tell you they wish they'd had a bigger heatsink.Q. Dear SoundChick: I want to buy a PA for an acoustic /trio playing small rooms: restaurants and the like. Probably wouldn't even need any monitors. In the back of my mind I have a future vision of a 5- piece group (Vox x 3, Guitar x 2, Bass, Drums, Keyboard) playing slightly larger venues. (no stadiums, spandex, eyeliner or big hair: at least not for the guys.) Do I need to get a rackmounted system, and if so , what components should I purchase?A. Sounds like your 5-piece band will only take 8 channels anyway. I don't mean to sound like a corporate shill, but the Mackie 808M head is perfect for that and can entertain about 200 people outdoors with 1200 watts. If you are only entertaining 100 folks, you can even use 12" mains. The best performing 12" mains I have seen are the Yamaha SV112 club series. They list for $279 each, but can be bargained down. You can also buy them as pole-mounted wedges that double as monitors. Use one for a main and the other as a monitor for even smaller crowds. Since you are not mixing a stereo signal, there is absolutley nothing wrong with using one main at a gig! Takes up less space. Also,with the same kind of speaker as mains AND monitors, you can be confident that your EQ sounds the same to your crowd as it does to you.

 
4.0

SINGS THE BLUES

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I play in a blues band. We are very successful in Northern Indiana. We mic the keys, guitar and bass, as well as three vocals and sax. This thing runs, runs, runs. We did add a fan to keep it cool. We play 3 nights a week, different venue every night, and this thing really takes the abuse.By far a band with the loudest stage volume I have ever had. We push the inputs hard.

 
5.0

Missing One Thing

By Jack

from Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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I do not own the Mackie 808M or S but have used one several times in live music situations. I do own a Mackie 1202VLZ which I love but would like to upgrade to a powered mixer. However one thing is holding me back which I think poeple should be aware of. On my 1202VLZ the monitor send for each channel is post 3band channel EQ (and pre gain, although there is a button/switch to go to post gain). But on the 408/808 M/S series the monitor send on each channel is taken before the channel EQs, so an unequalized signal is sent to the monitors. I wrote to Mackie Tech Support about this, and they responded in a timely manner, saying they figure most folks would want to add external EQ for their monitors. Fine, but I don't buy that. I mean, this unit has two 9 band graphic EQs that can be used for mains and monitors, plus two power amps. It's a self contained plug and play box as far as I'm concerned. I know that if I want to, say, take some mids out of Channel 1 vocal or add bass to my acoustic guitar on channel 5, I want that to be in my monitor mix as well as main mix. This isn't possible with the 408/808s. It is possible with the 1202 or 1402 VLZ. Guess I'll stick with that.

 
5.0

The best powered mixer out there?

By BillisCool

from Buffalo, NY

For the price, there is no better powered mixer out there IMO. I play in 2 blues bands, and this mixer gets used twice a week minimum. I've been going for year and a half now like that with ZERO failures. My cousin has the same mixer and his did shut down one time during a hot outdoor gig... but he was running at 2 ohms in the sun. I only run 4 ohms front and back, and it's been rock solid. When I need more power, I just hook up a power amp and patch the monitors through the main amp on the Mackie. Extremely versitle. I wouldn't count on using it for 2 ohm loads though. Great clarity and extremely durable.

 
5.0

What more could you ask for?

By Tanner Faulkner

from Wenatchee, WA

This mixer is solid. Quite literally even. The good tough shell keeps me from worrying about it too much. The input levels indicate individual clipping on every channel, and the power level monitors indicate clipping on both the monitor and main channels. Very sweet. Graphic EQ on both the main and monitor channels saves your sound quality without sacrificing your volume level. It might could use a little more power, but it's certainly enough to give you hearing damage. I love it.

 
5.0

soild system

By Pastor Gumby

from Boonton, NJ

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i bought this a few years ago, and it is a solid performer and great bang-for-yer-buck! easy to use and light weight. great system!

 
5.0

Best powered mixer for live gigs ever made

By dave-QByOP

from LOUISVILLE, KY

This is the best made powered mixer. Has all the power you need and would ever want. The only drawback is the handle is only on one side.

 
4.0

Mackie 808M

By Doctor Bass 17

from Columbus, Oh USA

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I originally purchased this for just a small acoustic gig I had, but I have found that it also works for well for my four piece rock band for practices and small gigs. Not a bad deal for the money!

 
5.0

Great Mixer

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have owned this mixer for about 3 years now and it has done everything I have asked of it and more. The effects are great, the fact that you can control the two amps inside independantly as a main/monitor amp is awsome. I have used this amp with the 12inch mackie speakers and knothing else to power 2 five piece jam bands on 2 different Navy ships.. Its very portable and just a great product. At one point it was dropped by someone "helping" us move the system and the face popped off,, I thought that was it, but it snapped right back together good as new.. I love it.

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