Allen and Heath Xone 22 Product Review
A mixer that won’t make you xone out
It pretty much goes without saying that Allen and Heath’s Xone series is one of remarkable mixers that’ll keep working DJ’s satisfied for years to come. It consists of a compilation of old school mixers, such as the original battle/scratch mixer, the Xone 02, and mixers with a more modernized feel, such as the Xone DX, a professional MIDI USB controller with a four deck Serato ITCH software integration. Whatever the DJ chooses, Allen and Heath’s Xone series will never cease to amaze. The Xone 22 mixer is no exception if you’re a novice DJ. For beginngers, the Xone 22 will amaze you.
Not much can be said about intro mixers; they’re basic and simple for a reason, and that’s so working DJ’s just starting off can do so with ease. Unless the DJ is a freak of a genius, you don’t throw a novice on a complex mixer, because it’s likely they won’t understand the layout. The Xone 22 is designed in a way that DJ’s can’t help but understand it. It is a two channel analog mixer with a faceplate that has buttons and knobs spaced evenly and labeled helpfully. Despite the "simplicity", the Xone 22 isn’t your average entry-level mixer. Its got top quality audio and the professional feature set you wouldn’t find on a beginning mixer. And since we’re talking about quality, it’s important to include the high quality put into building this thing. It’s hard to find an Allen and Heath DJ product that isn’t sturdy.
Allen and Heath Xone: 22
Working DJs can find quality in the features as well. Check ‘em out:
- 2 stereo channels with dual phono/line inputs
- Phono inputs can be configured to be line level
- VCF system offering low-pass and high-pass filters, frequency sweep and resonance controls
- 3 band full cut EQ
- Soft-switched, FET-controlled external effects loop
- +18dB pro standard headroom and low audio distortion
- +25dBu maximum output level
- Main mix output on balanced XLR
- Accurate signal monitoring with 10-segment LED meters
- Cue mix control, and cue to master switch
- Dedicated local monitor output (booth output)
- Record output
- MIC input on balanced XLR, with 2 band EQ
- Crossfader curve switch
- UV sensitive ink screen for improved low light legibility
- Same high quality components as all other Xone mixers
- Universal voltage external power supply
The Xone 22 is a little guy, as it’s just five and a half pounds. This is a plus, seeing as mobility matters when you’re hopping from gig to gig. Another plus is this quote, which comes from Allen and Heath: We’ve raised the bar on entry level mixer design with the Xone: 22. That’s good to know, seeing as "raising the bar" entails the trademark A&H build and sound quality as well as the introduction of professional grade features (such as high quality faders, a full cut isolator/EQ and accurate metering among other features) on an entry-level mixer. Then, the icing on the cake is the lighter (more like cheaper) version of Xone’s legendary VCF filter system.
When it comes to aesthetics, maybe they could have spent more time on the Xone 22. However, when it comes to everything else, you couldn’t ask for a better entry level mixer at Allen and Heath’s price. You can find it streeting at $300.
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