Manley 16x2 Analog Microphone Mixer

16-Channel High-End Analog Mixer with Ultra-Low Noise Mic Preamps and Tube Circuitry
Manley 16x2 Analog Microphone Mixer image 1
Manley 16x2 Analog Microphone Mixer image 1
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Manley 16x2 Analog Microphone Mixer
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Optimized for Sound Quality!

The 16x2 is a high-end analog mixer optimized for sound quality rather than number of knobs and lights per dollar. It has healthy-sized mic gain, mix gain and pan knobs, lit solo and mute buttons and big VU meters - no EQ, and no LCD display or microprocessors. It costs quite a bit more than the popular budget mixers and quite a bit less than the other audiophile grade mixers. It looks good, sounds great, and you can be confident in the results. The 16x2 not only has the "Manley Sound" but is quiet, reliable and practical. The channels feature proven solid state circuits. Ultra low noise ICs and tubes are blended to end up with the best specs, flexible I/Os, and the sound you want. The 16x2's inputs are XLR and 1/4" combination jacks. Phantom power is switchable. The unit is stereo with both transformer balanced and transformerless unbalanced outputs. Channel gain is stepped from unity (line level) to +15 in 5 dB steps to +60 dB. A post fader output is available for aux send or direct-to-tape outputs.

Manley 16x2 Mic Only Version Mixer Features at a Glance:
  • Frequency Response Unity Gain 5Hz to 100kHz -1dB
  • THD + N Unity Gain (+0 dBu) .05% (-65dB)
  • S/N Output @ +33 dBu 109dB 22Hz-20KHz
  • Noise Floor 22Hz to 20K -80 dBu typical
  • Maximum Gain Mic = +60dB Mix Gain +10dB (Mic = 70dB)
  • Maximum Output (Mix Gain +10) +33 dBu Balanced
  • Main Buss Vacuum Tubes: 2 x 12AT7 NOS Phillips; 2 x 6414 NOS GE or Raytheon

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR/TRS Combo
Inputs - Line 16 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4" (Tape), 2 x 1/4" (Ext)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Outputs - Direct 16 x 1/4" (CH 1-16)
Outputs - Other 2 x XLR, 1/4" (Monitor)
Send/Return I/O 1 x Aux (Send)
Phantom Power 16
Aux Sends 1 x Aux
Channel Inserts Yes (CH 1-16)
Rackmountable Yes
Height 6.25"
Width 19"
Depth 8.75"
Weight 38 lbs. (w/PSU)
Manufacturer Part Number M162M

Customer Reviews

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Sounds Great, Clean and Pristine Clarity, ? Attention to Details

In love with the features the sound and the 16x2's functionality. Glowingly would endorse those aspects of the unit. Upon receiving the 16x2 there was a rattling coming from inside the unit. Removed a piece of the case and was able to dump out several spacers as well as a bolt or two. Working with Sweetwater was able to workout a resolution for a future fix if the unit ever goes in for service. In addition to the loose, missing spacer from a preamp module, a LED or light that indicates if the insert for channel 8 is engaged does not illuminate. These two overlooked items have no effect on the 16x2's functionality, but would expect a bit more from an American, Hand-Made multi-thousand dollar product. Would definitely think twice before purchasing a Manley made product. Not that I would rule out the purchase, just not confident in their manufacturing. Summary: love the features, sound, and functionality. Questionable build quality at the detail level. In an automobile priced product, quality control should be significantly better. The product is built to order which makes exchange difficult and heavy shipping weight, insuring make sending the item in for service an issue. Manley service has promised to repair the issues if the 16x2 is shipped for other service which is cool, my hopes are that there will be no reason for the mixer to be serviced pretty confident, but keeping mi fingers crossed.
Music background: Committed Hobbyist (Not Mental)
See also: Manley, Manley Line Mixers, Manley Summing Mixers