In this video we compare the Mackie ProFX10v3 Audio Mixing Console to the Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB Audio Mixer.

CORRECTION:
In this video I incorrectly stated that the outputs on the Behringer are unbalanced. This is from documentation that I received with my console (https://youtu.be/1mNllvxC4_U). Upon more testing and seeing an updated version of the documentation online, the outputs are in fact balanced which is a big upgrade from what is discussed in this video.

Build Quality & Reliability

Overall, we’ve had a horrible experience with Behringer in terms of reliability. It took us three different tries to get a Behringer console that would work for filming this comparison. This is in-line with my prior experience and observations when seeing Behringer equipment being used by friends, schools, churches, and community centres.

Mackie, on the other hand, has a great reputation for quality & reliability. Many rental houses count on Mackie every day for events all over the world.

Inputs

Mackie ProFX10v3Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB
XLR Inputs44
Stereo Inputs34
Instrument Level Inputs20
Inserts40
One Knob Compression44
High Pass / Low Cut4 @ 100hz4 @ 75hz
EQ3 Band3 Band
Input Gain60 dB60 dB
EIN (Input Noise)-126 dBu-131 dBu

The Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB has less noise in regard to the preamps on the mixer, but the Mackie has better specs and features on nearly everything else.

The instrument level inputs and inserts make the Mackie more usable in a variety of applications and will give you more flexibility with your event or recording.

Outputs

Mackie ProFx10v3Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB
XLR Outputs20
1/4″ Balanced Outputs22
RCA Outputs02
1/4″ FX Send11
Monitor Outputs22
Headphone Jack11
USB Outputs22
USB Max Bitrate24 Bit16 Bit
USB Max Sample Rate192 kHz48 kHz

Mute Buttons

Mute buttons are very useful any live event, live stream, or hybrid event. When you engage the mute button, all of your settings remain saved on the mixer but it simply mutes the channel. This is much better than having to turn down the level knob, then remembering where you had it set when you want to use the channel again.

The Mackie ProFX10v3 has mute buttons but the Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB does not.

Blend Knob

The Blend knob on the Mackie ProFX10v3 is extremely useful for monitoring while you’re recording. You can blend between the latency free inputs on the mixer and the playback from your DAW (audio software) while you’re recording. You can adjust the blend knob to find the balance that works best for you.

LED Meter

The LED Meter on the Mackie ProFX offers a lot more detail compared to the Behringer Xenyx. This is extremely helpful when setting your gain, especially when you are using a digital output (USB Interface).

Equipment Featured In This Video

Chapters:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:32 – Pricing & Specs
  • 0:55 – What You’ll Learn
  • 1:17 – Console Models
  • 1:46 – Reliability & Reputation
  • 3:49 – Rear Of The Consoles
  • 4:35 – USB Outputs
  • 5:15 – Analog Outputs
  • 6:45 – Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • 7:54 – Inserts
  • 8:15 – Preamps
  • 8:38 – Compressor
  • 9:22 – EQ & Low Cut
  • 10:07 – FX Send / Aux Send
  • 11:20 – Panning & Level Knobs
  • 11:30 – Mute Switches
  • 12:20 – Stereo Inputs
  • 13:50 – USB Input & Blend Knob & Monitoring
  • 16:28 – LED Meter
  • 17:50 – Overall Comparison
  • 19:45 – 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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