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Yamaha EMX 5014c powered mixer

I had the chance to use this mixer for an event a couple of days back. This mixer was powering a pair of Yamaha A12 loudspeakers. To be honest, there was nothing wrong with the mixer part of it. It just oozes Yamaha reliability and build. But what I was unhappy about was the power from the built-in power amplifier. Weak is all I could say. They just did not have the “oomph” that most sound reinforcement systems have. They say on the speaker (and it can be plainly seen here) that this thing is able to give 500 watts per channel but that is a myth. That is 500 watts peak. What this one is capable of giving is only about 200 watts. The amp on this mixer was clipping many times throughout the night. But then again, maybe it was also because of the fact that the speaker leads attached from this mixer to the speakers were pretty long…

Specs-wise, from the Yamaha website:

– AUX Sends: 3 (1 Pre, 1 assignable Pre/Post, 1 Effect)
– Phantom Power: 48V
– Graphic EQ: (ST out) 9-band (63, 125, 250, 500, 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16kHz)
– Digital Effects: SPX digital multi-effector 24-bit AD/DA, 32-bit processor (24-bit AD/DA, 32-bit Internal Processing)
– Power Select Switch: 500W / 250W / 75W
– Metering: 2 x 12 segment LED
– YSProcessing: Yes (switchable)
– Stand-By Switch: Yes (ch 1-6)
– Foot Switch Option: Effect on/off
– Dimensions (W x H x D): 444mm x 155mm x 493mm (17 1/2″ x 6 1/8″ x 19 1/2″)
– Weight: 10.5 kg (23 lbs)

16 Effects:
– Reverb HallKaraoke Echo
– Reverb Hall 2Vocal Echo
– Reverb Room 1Chorus 1
– Reverb Room 2Chorus 2
– Reverb Stage 1Flanger
– Reverb Stage 2Phaser
– Reverb PlateAuto Wah
– Drum AmbianceDistortion

Maximum Output Power (1kHz, THD+N – (both channels driven)8 ohm load – 350W
– (both channels driven)4 ohm load – 500W

Not too shabby for the room that this was installed in (the audio system in a conference room) for speech and general meetings but for a dance party, it could not handle it. Oh well, beggars cannot be choosers and we had to live with it. But credit where credit is due, the sound was nice and clear!

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