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Behringer makes two mixers with preamps that look the same. One of them is Eurorack lineup.

Here are the pictures:

1202FX

UB1202FX

Could someone help me discern the difference between the two lineups. Feel free to remove the association with 1202 in the Question if the answer applies to the Eurorack and Xenyx lineups in general.

Even the discreptions are vague:

Ultra-low noise design, highest possible headroom, ultra-transparent audio

vs:

Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer

Other oddities make it really hard to compare. With the 1202FX +48V phantom power is listed as a bullet. With the UB1202FX, it's only listed in the description.

  • This is a very good question and I'm having a look for you. It's not painfully obvious if there are any differences at all but if I find out anything you will be the first to know :) – Jazibobs Sep 10 '12 at 12:42
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    @Jazibobs If you think it's a good question, do upvote it. Questions need votes too :) – Warrior Bob Sep 10 '12 at 14:57
  • have done friend :D – Jazibobs Sep 10 '12 at 14:59
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The telling part is in the name. If you are not aware, Behringer has had a longstanding feud with Mackie (among other manufacturers as well) about copyright and trademark violations. Behringer has lost at least one of these lawsuits and were forced to change their cosmetic design on many of their mixers.

Their Xenyx series is a not so subtle copy of Mackie's Onyx series preamps. The Onyx series were a noticeable step up from the vLz and vLz Pro preamps. Behringer decided to create their own premium line and call them Xenix. The problem is, I have yet to read a review that states a discernible difference between the UB and Xenyx lines. My presumption is that at this basement price point, it hardly matters.

If you could audition both (many online retailers have a return policy), I wouldn't bother trying to find qualitative differences...I'd just listen for noise floor differences.

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I researched both, and though the specs have the same features and the same sound quality, XENYX beats EURORACK because of the preamps. XENYX mic pre is a bit better than the EURORACK. You should purchase good quality microphone cables in either case to avoid excess noise.

In the end both are good desks. XENYX only wins because of preamps. Otherwise, the two have almost the same quality.

I have helped good luck hug! :)

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    Perhaps you could offer some support for your saying "XENYX mic pre is a bit better than the EURORACK." :) – JoshP Oct 26 '12 at 19:03
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I know this is old, but just in case anyone else comes along looking for differences like I did, there's a big one that no one touched upon - the Xenyx has a direct USB connection. This makes a difference to me as I'd like to do some recording. Hope this helps!

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    This is not true. the 1202FX does not have a USB connection. – Evan Carroll Jan 2 '15 at 21:35
  • Captain - Evan is correct. The spec sheet from Behringer shows no USB connection on the 1202FX. – Dr Mayhem Jan 5 '15 at 7:58
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You can see from the photos that the XENYX 1202FX has an LED screen towards the top right side—absent on the XENYX 1202. That screen displays the various onboard FX processor settings that've been added to the FX version—hence, the name. A nice added feature, considering for a mere $20 more ($99 street price) you get 100 user selectable "real-world" presets that include, reverb, chorus and delay effects!

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    Question wasn't about 1202 vs 1202FX – Evan Carroll Feb 27 '17 at 20:16

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