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Good quality small mixer amps?


TomHoward

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Afternoon all

 

I am looking for suggestions if possible of good quality small mixer amps. We have a couple which we use for small jobs (three-mic vocal PAs, this kind of thing) and at the moment we have 2x Thomann PM400s - 4x XLR in, output, and not much more to them.

 

Problem is they are pretty noisy, and all the input & output jacks are rubbish (not Neutrik) so XLRs are loose and noisy, so on and so forth. We've been through one of them and de-soldered and replaced all connectors with XLR but it seems a lot of effort.

 

Is there a reliable brand in this area? Not looking for more channels - just something quick & easy that can be demonstrated in the venue and lent out / dry hired as a simple setup - but these thomann amps are proving too delicate & unreliable.

 

Thanks in advance

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Have Phonic improved their construction quality since the days when their power supplies were darn near unsafe? If not, stick to A&H or Soundcraft every time (with A&H ahead by a nose).

 

The ones I've installed have seemed perfectly OK to me. And, as I mentioned, the Gigrac is discontinued, and A&H only do the PA-CP series, which (I thought) was a bit more complex than the OP was after. I've never managed to get on with the PA series workflow, not quite sure why.

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Thanks for the suggestions so far. The Phonic Powerpod looks pretty good but it does still have a lot of controls for the non-technical, and the PA-CP series is a bit complex as suggested.

 

What I really want is something with as few knobs as possible, but with proper input and output connectors that don't rattle & buzz at the slightest sign of anyone passing within 6 feet of the mixer.

 

We are a college but we lend out a lot of PA systems to our performing musicians, and have PA systems in practice rooms - so it makes sense if we can standardise so the students can become more familiar with them - and so we can lend them something they already recognise. At the moment we have t-mix PMP400s, but these have been discontinued and I am getting to the end of my patience with the ones we have as they are made with the cheapest components so they are failing all over the place. I might end up buying a cheaper simple brand and swapping all the connectors for Neutrik again as I'm having trouble finding anything that fits the bill.

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What I really want is something with as few knobs as possible, but with proper input and output connectors that don't rattle & buzz at the slightest sign of anyone passing within 6 feet of the mixer.

 

I think the problem is that powered mixers aren't a product that many people want any more and consequently few people make them. I wouldn't touch Phonic with a barge pole personally.

 

Not exactly what you want because they include speakers but I think something like the Yamaha STAGEPAS systems are the kind thing that service this market these days look at.

 

http://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/proaudio/pa_systems/

 

In the same vein active speakers and passive mixers gives you the possibility of things like the good and cheap Yamaha MG series of mixers and everyone and their dog makes a pair of cheap plastic active speakers.

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You might be better to consider a small mixer (depending on budget Behringer or Mackie 1202) and a pair of cheapish active cabs (Alto Truesonic TS110As spring to mind). This would be a proper (if small) PA system of the type the students will encounter in the real world and, being more modular, it's easier to replace bits as they become unserviceable.

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Thanks guys

 

We already have a good stock of SX300s so we have reasonable passive speakers already, what I'm really looking for is something to pair up with one or a pair of these to make an idiot-proof PA system. The benefit of the smaller mixer amp setups is it's nearly impossible to get them wrong - XLRs in, speakons out, and 4 knobs per channel (Gain/Hi/Lo/FX).

The problem is these aren't all technical students, they're teenage performing musicians and staff members who aren't technical as well (not a technical college, just the music dept in a normal college) so these might be games teachers wanting a system for speeches or something - we can get simplicity with these serious budget items but the reliability is just so bad.

 

Something as simple as this

 

http://www.electrovision.co.uk/images/pictures_lg/n_jpegs/njs025_in1.jpg

 

But with reliability.

 

If Cloud made a small mixer amp that's what I'd be after.

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to be honest for the price I wouldn't have been to concerned about the thomann offering and there have been some very sensible suggestions above but if you want another the peavey pvi series fit the bill. I haven't used one myself but their predecessors were built like tanks (I had a couple laying round a few years ago). I have an old Peavey desk I still use very regularly primarily because anything short of a direct hit with a rocket launcher and the thing doesn't stop working - ever!
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