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The £70 babies rattle

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31.10.2010

Advantages:
VU Meter

Disadvantages:
Turns into a rattle

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Audio quality

Durability

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Value for money

Best suited forBeginners

FeaturesLow/mid/high gain 

No. of channels2

Price

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Stageline MPX-2


>> QUALITY <<:


This mixer feels like a metal box filled with loose screws. I had this mixer for a number of club gigs, and after about a week, it started making a strange rattling noise. What had happened was a number of loose objects (quite possibly screws) had come off inside the mixer, and were now vibrating around all the electronics inside. So for built quality: Not good.


The faders are well built however. Channel faders are interchangeable – but do not just come off if you yank them a bit. They slide off gently, as they are pressed right up against the main fader stalk.


EQ’s: This mixer claims to have a “near kill” function for its EQ’s – meaning if you turn down the “low” EQ to the bottom, you’ll get absolutely no bass whatsoever. However, there are still some “leaky frequencies” around. I am unsure whether it’s just the frequency range of the mixer, or whether they just have badly built EQ’s, but I guarantee, those are not “Near Kill”


One other problem with this mixer is the general wear and tear. After three weeks of use, I started to notice the paint on the faders wearing off. This was because the fader knobs are far too close to the mixer face. The numbers indicating the volume level had completely worn off, and since these VOLUME faders are not replaceable, you better get some tipex out and draw some on. The Crossfader IS interchangeable, however you cannot adjust the fader torque. Something I miss from the more up market mixers.


With regards to sound, this thing performs pretty well. This is a 24-bit mixer with mono RCA & stereo outputs, but no 32-bit digital outputs or even inputs. What you have is a bog standard sound (without using any EQ’s) that is helped by the master volume. Here’s why: If you turn the master volume up slightly, so that the VU meter reaches almost red, there is a jump in pitch clarity. Rather than just turning up the volume to get a more distinct thud, they have used noise shaping to benefit the output.


Only two channels. Eeek! You turntablists who use CD decks better find yourself another mixer. The channels are not Matrix like on the Denon DNX-900, and so are not fader assignable. Don’t bother with fader start because it hasn’t got one.


>> FEATURES <<:


2 input channels (4 stereo ways, 1 DJ microphone way)

Gain control and 3-way equalizer with cut function for each input channel

Level control, attenuator and 3-way equalizer for the microphone channel

Pre-fader listening (CUE) to the stereo input channels via adjustable headphone output, with CUE pan control

Replaceable crossfader for crossfading between 2 input channels

Stereo LED level display

Optimised sound due to separate PSU with plug with latching device
>> TECHNICAL & SETUP<<:


As you can see from the features, this thing has only 1 microphone input. Just to let you know, this is a ¼” jack input with stereo output sound. Quite useful considering you now need an adapter for any other input microphone.


>> OVERALL <<:


This mixer is about £70 on the UK market, and for that, you can get something out of the Gemini range, that not only has more features, but one with EQ’s that really do have a “Full Kill” function. Also you can get one with fader start. Furthermore what you are buying here is Stageline – which isn’t that well known in the DJ world. Yes they are famous for their super accurate VU meters, but when it comes to mixers, they aren’t exactly popular.


If you can find a place that will sell you one of these with a guarantee, then take them up on it. You definitely need it if your mixer suddenly turns from a DJ Mixer into a babies rattle. As mine did.

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-FORCE
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Deesrev 11.11.2010 23:51

Your reviews so much fun to read, at first i thought you were going to alude to something else because to get the youngest grand-tot off to sleep i leave the music centre on low, so when you said rattle, i thought yes, thats what it is really as a pacifier...what planet am i on Martin?! :D x

Novabug 31.10.2010 11:51

Sure I had a similar one to this years back. Well Reviewed. :)

FORCE6 31.10.2010 11:41

Thankyou very much for your comment newby2

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2 channel stereo DJ Mixer.Technical details* 2 input channels (4 stereo ways) * 1 microphone channel with talkover,...

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Long Name Mixer MPX-2
Type DJ Mixer
Genre 2 Channel DJ Mixer

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