In this video we compare the Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB Audio Console to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface

USB Input / Output

When comparing the USB Interface of each device, we can see the following specs.

  • Behringer Xenyx USB Output: 16 Bit / 48 kHz
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Output: 24 Bit / 192 KhZ

The Behringer’s USB output is okay, but the Focusrite Scarlett clearly has a big lead in the USB Interface portion of the comparison.

Input Gain

Next, let’s compare the amount of input gain that each device can generate for an XLR microphone.

  • Behringer Xenyx Input Gain: 60 dB
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Input Gain: 56 dB

Here, the Behringer has 4 extra dB of gain, which would be more useful for a variety of gain hungry microphones (Shure SM7B & Rode PodMic)

Preamp Noise

When you compare the associated noise, we see the following metrics.

  • Behringer Xenyx Noise: -131 dB
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Noise: -128 dB

Again, the preamps on the Focusrite fall short compared to the Behringer. The Scarlett 2i2 is a little bit noisier compared to Behringer.

Instrument Level Inputs

The Behringer cannot handle an instrument (Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar) when it is plugged in directly to the mixer. Behringer recommends connecting your instrument to a DI Box before connecting it to the audio mixer in order to lower the impedance to a level that their audio mixer can handle it.

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has an instrument button that will lower the impedance for you without needing an external DI box.

Layout & Features

Specs aside, these devices generally have two different purposes.

The Behringer Xenyx is better suited for:

  • Live Streaming
  • Live Events
  • Hybrid Events

The Focusrite Scarlett is better suited for:

  • Multi-Track Recording

Equipment Featured In This Video (Pricing & Specs)

Topics Covered In This Video

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:45 – Price
  • 1:10 – USB Input / Output
  • 1:45 – Input Gain
  • 2:37 – Preamp Noise
  • 3:10 – Instrument Level Inputs
  • 3:30 – Specs Overview
  • 4:15 – Layout & Features
  • 7:17 – Summary Comparison
  • 8:15 – Final Thoughts

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Jordan Kettner

I consider myself to be half entrepreneur and half A/V geek. I am never content to settle for what is expected or determined by others to be the “industry standard”. Instead, I work extremely hard to break new ground and deliver value to whoever I meet.

My passion for the audio visual industry drives me to create content that will help others learn the best tools and techniques to learn how to setup their home studio.

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