Yamaha MG166CXItem ID: MG166CX
16-channel, 6-bus Live Mixer with Digital Effects, Channel EQ and Compression, Phantom Power, and Lightweight Design
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A Versatile 16-channel Mixer with Onboard Digital Effects!The Yamaha MG166CX 16-channel live mixing console will give you the capacity, control, and performance you need to get great live mixing results. The MG166CX is remarkably compact and lightweight, but no compromises have been made in terms of features, performance, or durability. You get premium preamps, top-mounted inputs and outputs for easy patching and re-patching, impressive built-in single-knob compression, and EQ that's practical as well as very musical. All these features plus onboard effects make the MG166CX a great value!
Yamaha MG166CX 16-channel Live Mixer at a Glance:
Lightweight and portable
The Yamaha design team went to extraordinary lengths in the MG series, including in-depth material and structural analysis, to bring you maximum manageability and maximum performance in the same packages. The result is that you can easily pop the smallest models into your briefcase or shoulder bag and take with you anywhere. Even the larger models can be tucked under an arm and carried around quite easily. But the performance you'll get at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere you choose to use these fine mixers is far from lightweight. Every one of the MGseries mixers provides significant space savings along with huge performance benefits.
Versatile connections, handy placement
Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. All models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors on mono microphone/line channels and XLR-equipped stereo channels. These professional-class connectors were subjected to extensive testing by the Yamaha design team, and were chosen for the MG mixers for their superior reliability and sonic qualities. The XLR-equipped stereo channels can accept mono microphone input either via the XLR or phone jack connectors. The remaining stereo channels provide phone jack and pin jack connectors for compatibility with a wide range of sources. Mono input channels also feature insert I/O connectors that let you patch external signal processing gear into those channels as required. Separate pinjack 2TR inputs are provided to accept the output from a CD player or similar stereo source.
This advanced feature can be a tremendous advantage in achieving great vocal sound, as well as to refine the sound of bass, guitar, and other sources. The new MG mixers give you Yamaha's innovative one-knob compression feature on several of the mono input channels. Conventional audio compressors with their threshold, ratio, knee, makeup gain and other controls can be complex and timeconsuming to set appropriately for a given source. Yamaha's one-knob compressor eliminates the need for an engineering degree with a single control that lets you simply dial in the amount of compression you want.
Top-notch mic preamps with switchable phantom power
Microphone preamplifiers are critical in any mixer, and a performance bottleneck in many. That's why pros often spend thousands of dollars on just a single channel of microphone pre-amplification. The microphone preamps built into the MG mixers inherit technology from Yamaha's top-line professional consoles, and have been painstakingly designed to deliver superior sonic performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone. Gain trim covers a wide -60dB to -16dB range for microphones (-34dB to +10dB for line input), so you'll be able to achieve optimum level matching with just about any source. All microphone preamps also feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones.
3-band Channel EQ, highpass filters, great effects
Building a truly useful, musical-sounding channel equalizer is no easy task, but Yamaha has decades of experience in building pro consoles to draw on. You reap the benefits in the MG series mixers: all mono channels feature 3-band equalizers with LOW, MID, and HIGH controls. Depending on the model some of all of the stereo channels have 2-band EQ for smooth equalization of stereo sources. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, all inputs also feature 80Hz lowpass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range. This MG series mixer also includes Yamaha's incredible SPX digital multi-effects for even better sound.
Yamaha MG166CX 16-channel Live Mixer Features:
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Jennifer, Chicago, IL
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
Love this mixer
by Michelle McAfee from Williams, ORI've been on the road 2 weeks with this mixer in various situations and venues and have been impressed with it's performance. It's easy to use and has extras that have come in handy like the high pas... read more [+]s filters per channel. Sounds great with yamaha's powered speakers. I'm very happy I bought this one! close [-]
February 27, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician/Singer-Songwriter
by Seth from TennesseeThis is a great mixer, I have only used it one weekend so far and I have been impressed. It is very user friendly so about anyone can figure it out. I use this mixer in a quality signal chain (EAW spe... read more [+]akers, Qsc amp, Shure mics) so if you use a decent amp and speakers there should not be any problems. I am very happy with this mixer and will look into more Yamaha products in the future. close [-]
August 7, 2012
Music Background: Bluegrass musician and studio engineer
Good Clean Sound
by Hubert Osbourn from Childersburg, AlabamaGreat product so far. Had the Yamaha about a month and totally diferent than other mixers i've had. Moore user friendly than i thought it would be for a 63 yr old hobbyist and bluegrass band. I use... read more [+] condenser mics with it and sounds great and lots of head room even with these mics. close [-]
March 30, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist and Bluegrass Band
My new Yamaha MG166CX board is great
by Gilbert Ingargiola from W. Central In. U.S.A.As I started to look around for a new board the old saying that (if it appears too good to be true then it probably is!) emediatly came to mind!! As you look through the gauntlet of similaraly perfor... read more [+]ming mixers you can not even begin to stay within this price range! I mean really!! You have on board effects, singe knob control compression (THAT WORKS!) A very nice variation of main or sub outs (for alive mixer this thing records GREAT!), two sends for monitors Very presise eq that is subtle and not overly responsive. And the very clean and ACURATE! sound is through the roof!! I have been a semi pro guitarist for 35 yrs and this as with all my past experience with yamaha gear is the best!! And the great service from sweetwater and knowlagable reps like Mark Mathews is the icing on the cake!! I wish I would have discovered the SWEETS earlyer!!. You now have a new customer!! close [-]
March 2, 2012
Music Background: Been a rock-n-roll lead guitarist for more than 30 yrs
Great Mixer, Crazy problem
by Carmine The Sound Guy from WoodBridge,NJ# 1 this is a really great mixer # 2 for the money you canít beat it.
May 3, 2011
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
However , Just be aware of something. This mixer has a external power supply. When I purchased this mixer I also purcha... read more [+]se the SKB Gig Rig R 1010. So Johnny on the spot, I get everything from Sweetwater and start wiring all the components in the Gig Rig. I thought I was being smart by putting the power supply of this mixer under the mixer where there was a void in the SKB case. So I put everything together, fired the system up, I here this noise and hum coming from the speakers. I am OK whatís this noise. So I get my Mackie Mixer hook it to the same Eq and amps no noise. So I think there something wrong with this mixer. I call Sweetwater tech support and they think there is something wrong too. So Josh at Sweetwater sends me out a new mixer. I get the new mixer I hook it up externally from the SKB case no noise. I put it in the SKB case the noise comes back. You cannot put the power supply under the mixer or near it. The power supply was
causing the problem. So I relocated the power supply in the SKB case and problem solved. So I thought I would right this review to let people know that Yamaha is still the best in my view. close [-]
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