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Yamaha EMX5016CF 16-channel 1000W Powered Mixer Reviews

4.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Aleks
    from Pennsylvania September 22, 2013Music Background:
    Bass Player, Student, Pro Audio Enthusiast, Self Taught Sound Engineer

    Great for small groups.

    This mixer is really great in every way for what I have used it for. I am a member of a small band and we are running 5 instruments and 5 microphones on average through two large speakers and a series of on-stage monitors. The mixer has two output channels that supply full power to the speakers. These two channels can be changed to output three different things. One option is Left and Right out. Another option is mono and Aux1. This is what I use, for I run mono audio and a chain of monitors. This mixer works great for that. I do have to say I very much like the large EQ on the right side of the board. It makes it easy to adjust for the room. Overall, I could say a lot of good things about this mixer, but it would take too long. This is an amazing small mixer. Pumps out a lot of sound for 500 Watts. The output wattage can also be set to 500, 200, or 75. Overall, a very nice piece of equipment.

  • Tom Anderson
    from IL November 27, 2010Music Background:
    Sound Board Operations

    Perfect Sound and Sense

    Our church has a limited budget and a limited amount of technical experience; this mixer solved both. The digital EQ and digital feedback suppression is perfect for us sound engineer wanna-be's. Yamaha should tout its one button YSP button more than it does; this single button adds "thump" to our small driver speakers. The manual not only gives the technical info, but gives a crash course in sound mixing. We are extremely satisfied with our purchase. The additional features will allow us to expand in the future; thanks Kurt Martin and thanks Yamaha.

  • Bubby
    from Home January 19, 2016

    Yamaha! most excellent

    I now own complete Yamaha sound system. .Thank to great friendly sales representative..Speedy delivery, I just ordered Yamaha workstation 61 keys can't wait to get it hopefully by Friday my keyboard player needs new keys he'll be excited when I whip this out Saturday night.

  • Popa2top
    from midwest February 28, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician, Live Sound engineer, critic.


    I recently updated our Yamaha EMX5000 to this model. Very disappointing upgrade. Where to start? First off, you can't bypass the compressor. Even when the knob is 'off' you are still running through the compression circuitry. Probably not an issue with single mics and instruments, but if running a submix on any of those channels its very noticeable. Fix is to run the submix through channels 9-12. But wait, there are no L/Mono inputs. Only dedicated L and R channel inputs for the 1/4" inputs!!! Can't be Howie? No, its sad but true. Also gone are the pads for those channels, but thankfully they countered this penny-pinching improvement by padding the line level inputs by 26dB's.
    Another nice nifty new feature is the digital equalizer. Works very well - if you turn it on. The lights light, the 'sliders' move so you assume it's opertational. No, you have to turn it on first. But, thank gawd, you can save your eq settings. What a useful feature?
    Also gone are inputs jacks that go directly to the power amps. Now there is no way to run true bi-amp. I used to take the signal out through a crossover and then patch back into the left and right amplifiers for bi-amplification.
    Lastly, the placement of the speaker jacks in the back are so high that you cannot rack mount this into a slant top rack case and get to the jacks. I had to use angled 1/4" speaker plugs. Forget about using the neutrik connectors in this situation.
    No problems with the sound quality though - top notch Yamaha. But come on - compression? What pro who cares and utilizes compression would even think of using a powered mixer?

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