If you’re in the market for an audio mixer, you will undoubtedly want one that is both reliable and highly capable at the same time. To save you the trouble of researching what the market has to offer yourself, we took the liberty of doing that ourselves.
Interestingly enough, most of the mixers we found to be of the highest standard come from the same two manufacturers, which needless to say, are pretty much the best when it comes to audio mixing hardware. This being said, here are the ten best audio mixers the market has to offer at this point in time.
10Pyle PMX7BU Bluetooth 3-Channel DJ MP3 Mixer
Pyle’s PMX7BU audio mixer isn’t just a standard mixer but an audio station by all means. For instance, it has a built-in Bluetooth feature for wireless music streaming, one that works with virtually any mobile device out there. At the same time, it features Phono RCA audio line inputs for connecting external devices, balanced TRS microphone input jacks, an Amp master output, level gain and mic talk over controls, a USB flash drive reader, and much more.
9Karaoke Mixer Fifine Digital Audio Sound Echo Mixer
This audio mixer has RCA phono inputs/outputs for audio and video connections of any kind along with great vocal enhancement and sound shaping capabilities. It also has independent mic channels with level controls and echo indicators for a more accurate level adjustment. Furthermore, you can connect it to a PC or plug it into the mains of any TV you might have, which is why it comes with karaoke software.
8Mackie Mix Series Mix8 8-Channel Mixer
Like the name suggests, this is an 8-channel compact mixer with a proven high headroom and low-noise performance. At the same time, it uses two mic/line inputs with studio-level audio quality, a pan, level, and overload indication along with a phantom power feature for studio condenser mics. On a related note, we should point out that it has two stereo 1/4″ line inputs and a 3-band EQ on all channels.
7Behringer Xenyx QX1202USB
What makes this audio mixer stand out is its premium ultra-low noise and its high headroom capabilities. It also features four state of the art Xenyx mic preamps that are similar to stand-alone boutique preamps, studio-grade compressors with one-knob functionality, and a control LED for professional mixing. Not only that but it also has a high-quality Klark Teknik FX processor with 100 presets that include reverse, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter, and many other effects.
6Behringer MicroMIX MX400 Low-Noise 4-channel Line Mixer
This compact 4-channel line mixer has an impressively high sonic quality even at maximum output levels along with input level control for each individual channel. Furthermore, its very low noise 4580 operational amplifiers ensure an outstanding audio performance. Interestingly enough, this mixer uses a DC 12-volt adapter which comes included with the mixer, which is not all that common when it comes to audio mixers.
5Yamaha MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer
Yamaha’s MG06X compact stereo mixer is a 6-input device that comes equipped with D-PRE Mic preamps with inverted Darlington circuits and built-in SPX digital effects. As such, it can very well be considered one of the best audio mixers on the market today, especially given its price range. Also worth mentioning is the fact that it has a metal chassis with XLR balanced outputs, which is a great feature to have.
4Behringer Xenyx 1204USB Premium 12-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer
Not only does the Xenyx 1204USB Premium stand out through its very low noise levels, but it also benefits from a high headroom and a multitude of other interesting features. Among them, four state of the art Xenyx phantom-powered mic preamps, four studio-grade compressors with LED controls, a 3-band EQ, and a built-in stereo USB/Audio interface to connect directly to your computer or mobile device.
3Behringer Xenyx 302USB
Behringer’s Xenyx 302USB ultra compact analog mixer is among the best in this price range, if not THE best. We say this because it can be powered through a regular USB or through an external power adaptor according to your individual needs. At the same time, it benefits from a built-in stereo USB/audio interface and a high-quality phantom powered Xenyx mic preamp. Furthermore, it has a neo-classic British 2-band graphic EQ aimed at providing you with a warm and musical sound.
2Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer
The MG10XU 10-input stereo mixer from Yamaha may be a bit more expensive than most audio mixers out there but considering its many capabilities, it kind of makes sense. You see, this audio mixer has D-PRE mic preamps with an inverted Darlington circuit, which is pretty much the desired standard for any audio mixer. Not only that but it also has built-in SPX digital effects, bi-directional USB, and one-knob compressors packed in a strong metal chassis with XLR balanced outputs.
1Behringer Xenyx 1202fx Premium 12-Input 2-Bus Mixer
It’s hard to talk about the absolute best audio mixer because there are so many good ones out there at this point in time. This being said, Behringer’s Xenyx 1202FX Premium certainly deserves a mention as being one of the very best on the market. Among its many features, we find four high-end Xenyx mic preamps, neo-classic 3-band EQs, a studio-grade 24-bit stereo FX processor with 100 unique presets, an FX send control/channel, and a lot of other equally useful features. Overall, it is perhaps one of the best audio mixers money can buy.