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Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer by Review Summary ,  Aug 20, 2015

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Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 321 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 4.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact5.0   average
Mixer4.6   average
Size4.6   above average
Sound4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Quality4.5   average
Audio4.3   average
Microphone4.0   average
Music4.0   below average
Noise3.5   below average
Power2.9   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"This could damage expensive audio gear, costing you many times what this device is worth."
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"One of my primary uses of my setup is audio restoration of old, noisy, damaged tracks."
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"This is my first experience with an audio mixer and I am very pleased with this product."
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"Perfect for routing audio from multiple sources I'm and out of the computer"
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"I put my TV audio output into it as well."
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"I'm rather surprised at this little mixer, and how well it does for sampling audio tracks."
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"Being able to stream two inputs through one set of headphones is great :)Also, I can now record audio from online sources onto my pen without having to have complete silence around me, by simply routing the audio through the mixer."
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Compact

Compact:
"In fact, the fact that it is so compact is a huge advantage."
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"Thanks to this particular model, all of those concerns can be put aside for a system that is compact, affordable and effective."
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"I bought this a while back, mainly because it was such a good deal for a compact mixer."
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"Compact mixer that is great for travel."
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"This is a nice, quiet compact mixer for those that require a simple board."
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Connection

Connection:
"Works great except when you move it, then the power connection glitches."
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"Then, as I was leaving for work this morning, I randomly checked the power connection again - was I missing something?"
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"My only gripe about the product, and it's a pretty serious gripe is the power connection is junk."
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"I did have to return to my initial unit because the power connector in the back was loose and couldn't keep a good connection, causing it to freak out on occasion."
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"SIDE NOTE: if you use a laptop and notice that your signals from this mixer sound bad, as if it were ruining the sounds from your mic...I found out the hard way that the soundcard's Line-in jack (for connecting a mic) on most laptops are usually of terrible quality."
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"Works great except when you move it, then the power connection glitches."
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"It's the proprietary Behringer type that looks like an old S-video connection with little pins - that's fine, I've had Behringer mixers before and they've lasted long enough, never had a problem with power connection because it was a snug, secure fit."
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"All of them fit nicely and have two speakers connected to listen to in stereo."
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"My only gripe about the product, and it's a pretty serious gripe is the power connection is junk."
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"I prefer the layout and RCA connections to this design, and of course USB would have been nice, but I'm still happy with my purchase."
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Control

Control:
"The controls however were kinda confusing at first."
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"not only does it deliver the power needed for a home pc to pick up good mic, but it also controls volume and balance of the headset letting you fine tune the sound you want."
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"Also great for playing along with a tape-in source (any RCA line source)All controls very smooth, very clear, plenty of headroom, very compact (the dimensions on Amazon were the shipping box!"
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"I am using it to play Rocksmith and to switch between speakers and headphones as well as for volume control."
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"Controls are easy to use but the external power supply is clumsy big."
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"Since there is only one volume control for each pair of inputs for 4 of the sources I was thinking that you couldn't control their volumes independantly but with the balance control for each pair as well you actually can."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Some people appear to have success using this with their condenser mic's, but buyer beware , it will not supply full phantom power."
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"I don't use microphones in this, so I can't comment on how well the phantom power works or how good it handles mic noise and all that stuff, but I can say my experience with it has been positive and above expectations."
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"I hooked this up to my desktop through the pink microphone input, and got a horrible, terrible mix, the hiss from the fan ruined it (i nearly had a panic attack), so i took like 9 months to do research, and found out that behringer made the uca202 uca222 for this unit and the 802 mixer, to remove the hiss and unwanted noise."
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"I tried two different of these mixers (sent one back, and am keeping the other), and both give horrible amounts of extra noise on the Mic in plug, especially when using a Condenser mic that requires Phantom Power."
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"SIDE NOTE: if you use a laptop and notice that your signals from this mixer sound bad, as if it were ruining the sounds from your mic...I found out the hard way that the soundcard's Line-in jack (for connecting a mic) on most laptops are usually of terrible quality."
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"Also, there is no easy way to grab the mic signal without including the full mix."
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"So I contacted Behringer again and asked them for a recommendation of a condenser mic that would work."
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"Its pretry good it works and your mic sounds incredible!"
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"I use it to mix guitar and mic ipod to my power speakers...does an excellent job! "
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"The microphone (Channel 1) input is mono only, and has a built-in pre-amplifier (which is perfect for a physical microphone).Channel 2 3 and 4 5 are stereo; channel 3 4 are mixed together and channel 5 6 are mixed together."
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"I can use this for very small dj gigs as well (Laptop and a Mic for example) Great buy for the money."
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Mixer

Mixer:
"If not, well it's a nice little mixer but you'll need to buy another $50 piece to convert your output."
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"here's the reason i am giving this 5 stars...i bought mine in april 2011 and it has been constantly on and the simplicity of this small mixer...makes it hard to beat for someone new to using one."
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"(This review is legit)I bought this mixer back in august or september, cant really remember, but i had a horrible experience with this unit, but that's my fault, i bought this mixer without looking at reviews or anything, so i didnt know how to use it."
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"So all in all, with my cheap microphone from radio shack and this mixer, the quality was good, but the hiss ruined it!"
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"The only negative part of this mixer is the mid knob in the EQ."
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"this is a good mixer but it only have 4 problems this mixer has lack of sound that when you record it you have to move you audio file over."
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"Great little mixer, been using it for a few years now with no reliability issues."
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"Moreover, musical artists can set up their equipment quickly and easily with this mixer, allowing more time for them to turn their attention to other things."
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"You do not even need to be a music mogul to learn how to use this mixer effectively."
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"great little 5 track mixer, exactly what I need for at home rehearsal! "
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"Very nice clean mixer."
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Music

Music:
"Anyone who has ever spent a significant amount of time working on their music knows how frustrating it is to deal with constant complaints about the noise level when music is being composed."
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"I get some noise from the mic input as well (also, I have the no phantom power*), which is really annoying for trying to record, so I've repurposed it to mix the music coming from my computer,TV,and record player (and microphone, I guess) out to my speakers+headphones line in other speakers."
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"It is the method that you can use to start creating great music or take your musical ideas to a whole new level."
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"Whether you create a little music just for fun or it is your main source of income, this is something that can benefit you equally across the board."
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"You do not even need to be a music mogul to learn how to use this mixer effectively."
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"I have mine on my desk and mix my PC, guitar amp, video games TV and music (not all at the same time of course) and it sounds great."
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"Able to plug in a mic, keyboard, external music source, and still have 2 channels as long as I get the right jacks and cables."
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Noise

Noise:
"Anyone who has ever spent a significant amount of time working on their music knows how frustrating it is to deal with constant complaints about the noise level when music is being composed."
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"not very good, and very noisy when you record through it , I thought it would be good but was too cheap"
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"I have a different Behringer mixer (Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer with Xenyx Mic Preamps and British EQs) that introduces much less noise than this one (but still not perfect)."
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"I tried two different of these mixers (sent one back, and am keeping the other), and both give horrible amounts of extra noise on the Mic in plug, especially when using a Condenser mic that requires Phantom Power."
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"One of my primary uses of my setup is audio restoration of old, noisy, damaged tracks."
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"In addition, it features a simple analog design but at the same time, it represents state of the art construction that is designed specifically to reduce noise and produce the best musical sound quality available."
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"Great sound and no noise whatsoever."
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"neither one sounded good, and introduced a significant amount of noise."
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"Well, it works, doesn't make too much noise and is easy to use."
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"It was inexpensive, has excellent signal to noise ratio, and is easy to hook up."
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Power

Power:
"Some people appear to have success using this with their condenser mic's, but buyer beware , it will not supply full phantom power."
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"Even if its a cheap one so its awesome, only complain is that is does not have a power switch and the power conector can be pulled off by avcident very easy, making a loud sound on ypur whole system , other than thats its pretty good"
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"Works great except when you move it, then the power connection glitches."
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"Great for the price, however as others have noted the power connector is a huge problem."
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"Then, as I was leaving for work this morning, I randomly checked the power connection again - was I missing something?"
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"Well, no rubber base, no power off buttom and phantom powers doesnt work that well."
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"Even if its a cheap one so its awesome, only complain is that is does not have a power switch and the power conector can be pulled off by avcident very easy, making a loud sound on ypur whole system , other than thats its pretty good"
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"Works great except when you move it, then the power connection glitches."
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"I use it to mix guitar and mic ipod to my power speakers...does an excellent job! "
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Price

Price:
"Even if its a cheap one so its awesome, only complain is that is does not have a power switch and the power conector can be pulled off by avcident very easy, making a loud sound on ypur whole system , other than thats its pretty good"
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"not very good, and very noisy when you record through it , I thought it would be good but was too cheap"
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"Ordered the wrong model, and it's so cheap I just kept it instead of losing 90% of 'savings' in two-way shipping."
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"thats more than half the price of the unit so beware!"
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"I actually had to double check the price to see if the sent me the wrong item!"
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"Thanks to this particular model, all of those concerns can be put aside for a system that is compact, affordable and effective."
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"I can use this for very small dj gigs as well (Laptop and a Mic for example) Great buy for the money."
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"This is a great mixer for the money."
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"Good value for price."
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"Great for the price, however as others have noted the power connector is a huge problem."
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Quality

Quality:
"So all in all, with my cheap microphone from radio shack and this mixer, the quality was good, but the hiss ruined it!"
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"SIDE NOTE: if you use a laptop and notice that your signals from this mixer sound bad, as if it were ruining the sounds from your mic...I found out the hard way that the soundcard's Line-in jack (for connecting a mic) on most laptops are usually of terrible quality."
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"Everything You Need is IncludedOne of the great qualities about this particular product is that it produces a warm sound that is powerful enough to be compared to much bigger systems."
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"In addition, it features a simple analog design but at the same time, it represents state of the art construction that is designed specifically to reduce noise and produce the best musical sound quality available."
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"Thanks to its 2-band EQ system, it is able to produce high quality musical sounds that are simply not available on many other compact systems."
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"The sound is really good, I was happy with the quality it gave my guitar sound, and my keyboard and drum machine."
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"Good quality recordings."
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Setup

Setup:
"Wouldn't recommend it for larger sound setups but is a decent portable option when in a pinch."
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"After a little confusing setup, I got it work and recorded a few podcasts and a few songs."
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"One of my primary uses of my setup is audio restoration of old, noisy, damaged tracks."
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"The best lil mixer for quick small setups! "
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"Works and delivers sound well for basic setups."
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"Perfect for quick setups and also for computer and other device hookups."
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"I occasionally run music for private parties and base events, and this is the perfect setup for me."
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"As a 5 channel mixer, it is good to point out that it really is setup as one mono input and two stereo inputs."
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Size

Size:
"here's the reason i am giving this 5 stars...i bought mine in april 2011 and it has been constantly on and the simplicity of this small mixer...makes it hard to beat for someone new to using one."
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"The only small complaint I have is that there's no rubber feet on bottom so it may slide around a bit, and there's no power switch."
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"I can use this for very small dj gigs as well (Laptop and a Mic for example) Great buy for the money."
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"The best lil mixer for quick small setups! "
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"Was perfect for the small event."
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"Very reliable when you need a small PA system."
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"Great for small jams and family parties."
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Sound

Sound:
"Wouldn't recommend it for larger sound setups but is a decent portable option when in a pinch."
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"I'm not saying mackies are the best - I'm sure there's many other mixes that sound better or as good but I would NOT recommend the behringer to ANYONE."
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"this is a good mixer but it only have 4 problems this mixer has lack of sound that when you record it you have to move you audio file over."
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"In addition, it features a simple analog design but at the same time, it represents state of the art construction that is designed specifically to reduce noise and produce the best musical sound quality available."
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"Thanks to its 2-band EQ system, it is able to produce high quality musical sounds that are simply not available on many other compact systems."
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"Great for trying to multitask a few different sounds."
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"I have mine on my desk and mix my PC, guitar amp, video games TV and music (not all at the same time of course) and it sounds great."
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"Its pretry good it works and your mic sounds incredible!"
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