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This Behringer Xenyx Q802 review aims to be as honest as possible to help you determine whether this mixer is a good fit for you or not.

As you read below, you’ll understand its perks and limitations, including who it’s perfect for and who should avoid it.

I’ve had my Xenyx Q802USB for a year and nine months already, which gives me the confidence to write about everything you need to know before you buy it.

Behringer Xenyx Q802USB Review – Table of Contents

Behringer Xenyx Q802USB Review – The Complete Write-up

What’s in the Box?

  • The Q802USB mixer itself
  • An AC Power Adaper
  • A USB Cable

* The free recording and editing DAW software is to be downloaded online, and you’ll be provided with a code to download the software.

Behringer XENYX Q802 Features:

If you’re in a hurry, you can watch this quick introduction of the features:

1. Two Behringer XENYX Mic Preamps

These mic preamps offer the following:

  • A 130 dB (Decibel) dynamic range. (Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest sound that can be recorded without distortion and the quietest sound that can be recorded without disappearing in the background.)
  • A bandwidth that extends below 10 hz (Hertz) to over 200 kHz (Kilohertz).

Fun fact: this product actually got its name from Behringer’s XENYX mic preamp which is famous for its superior audio technology.

The fact that this Q802USB comes with these XENYX mic preamps is what sealed the deal for me.

(My girlfriend calls it impulse buying but I digress)

Anyway…

I can tell you myself that the XENYX mic preamps allows me to produce a very clear and transparent sound for any vocals, guitar, and drums that I use with it.

I’m actually surprised at the quality of these mic preamps. Even though I already had high expectations, it still managed to blow me away. Aside from the clean and transparent sound, there’s more headroom than I expected.

My personal verdict is the XENYX mic preamps can surely compete at the same level of expensive stand-alone mic preamps.

But let’s not get carried away here. I’m here to give my review of the XENYX Q802USB after all, not just its mic preamps.

What else does this thing offer?

2. Studio-grade compressors with easy “one-knob” functionality and control LED for professional vocal and instrumental sound.

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Behringer boasts this one-knob functionality in their XENYX Q802USB mixer. And I have to say – they have every reason to.

All single-knob or one-knob compressors allow even new audio technicians like me to achieve compression settings as if a seasoned sound engineer meticulously set it up.

This is also something that not all mixer and sound cards have at this price range, so I understand why Behringer highlights this a lot on their product description.

As for the quality, I’ve never had any problems with this and the it makes everything I put through it sound premium.

3. Built-in stereo USB/Audio Interface

This is an analog mixer, but it has a USB interface that allows you to connect it directly to a computer.

The audio interface capability makes this a perfect solution for anybody on a budget who’s looking for a combination of a mixer and an audio interface.

4. Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software (Tracktion) plus 150 instrument/effect plug-ins downloadable at Behringer.com

I personally use Audacity with this mixer, but that’s only because it’s what I’m accustomed to.

What’s good about the Xenyx Q802USB is it works with any other DAW so if you want to use Garage Band, Adobe Audition, or anything else, then there should be no problem.

5. Neo-classic “British” 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound

Behringer based this XENYX Q802USB mixer on the distinct and famous British sound that took the rock and roll world by storm in the 60’s and 70’s.

Behringer claims its Q802USB Equalization is based on the same circuitry of those legendary British consoles.

All I really care about is if the EQs sound great, and indeed they do. This feature is the icing on the cake for me as I’ve had a lot of fun working with this.

However, I noticed that it starts to sound bad when the EQs are set to the extreme high or low ranges. I suggest you don’t overdo it on these EQs for this reason, and if you need more than basic EQs, you could always do the EQ with your DAW instead.

Other Features:

  • One post fader FX send per channel for external FX devices.
  • One stereo aux return for FX applications or as separate stereo input.
  • Main mix outputs plus a separate control room, phones and 2-Track outputs.
  • 2-Track inputs assignable to main mix or control room/phones outputs.

Physical Specs:

  • 8 inputs
    • 2 XLR mic inputs
    • 4 line level inputs (two pairs of stereo inputs)
  • 2 outputs
  • Dimensions:
      • Inches: 9.8 x 7.7 x 2
    • Centimeters: 24.8 x 19.5 x 5
  • Weight: 3.75 pounds or 1.1 kilograms

Build Quality:

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The build quality is alright. I wouldn’t consider it “premium” as Behringer claims it, but it’s also not crappy. The front is protected with metal while the rest is plastic casing. The knobs are satisfactory, meaning they aren’t loose.

It’s also durable in my experience – I had reckless people knock it over many times and it still performs and looks brand new.

I did have a problem with the power cord getting loose after all these months of abuse, so I put a tape on a portion of the cord to keep it fixed on the ground.

It’s also portable – it’s easy to carry because of its weight and size.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up with both Mac and PC via USB. Just plug and play!
  • Free audio recording and editing software.
  • Not exclusive to the free software. You can use any DAW if that’s what you want.
  • Free 150 instrument and effect plug-ins available for download at Behringer.com
  • Built-in audio interface
  • Built-in XENYX mic preamps
  • Built-in Phantom Power (48v)
  • Can accommodate both dynamic and condenser microphones
  • No noise at all
  • Works well with streaming software
  • Works well with actually anything, so you can use it for almost anything, and enumerating every scenario would make this list endless, but you get the point. For a few general examples, check out the Who It’s For section.

Cons:

  • No built-in real-time effects. It does have an FX in and out capability for an external FX device if you want live effects. You could also apply effects to your tracks while recording. Otherwise, if you want a mixer with built-in effects, get the Q1002USB instead.
  • What bothered me most about this mixer is it does not have an on and off switch. You have to unplug it to turn it off. I worked around this by using a power strip with a switch and that’s what I use to turn the mixer on and off. I think this is one of the trade-offs with the powerful features and the low price. If this minor inconvenience does not bother you, then there should be no problem.
  • Has no MIDI inputs. I really wish I can directly connect my MIDI keyboard to this amazing mixer, but I can’t. So if you’ll be working with a majority of MIDI instruments and tools, this is not for you. Check out good MIDI mixers like the American Audio Dv2 USB Digital Midi Mixer.
  • This is not a “con” to me because this is what I bought the mixer for, but it may be a con for you: the mixer outputs to a single mix to the DAW. Let’s say you recorded two channels, it will still output it as a single file. This is not a multitrack mixer. If that’s what you need, I recommend you check out the Tascam DP-03SD Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder instead.

Who It’s For:

  • Musicians who wish to produce high-quality records (even one-man musicians who wish to add multi-tracks to their recordings.)
  • Performers who do live gigs.
  • Web Dj’s and Internet radio studio broadcasters.
  • Podcasters and people who conduct webinars. Take advantage of the mixer’s powerful features by taking calls during your podcasts.
  • YouTubers who record Let’s Play videos.
  • People who use mixers for their karaoke setup.

What I Personally Love About It:

Aside from the applications mentioned above, I just want to include my personal experience: I’m in love with this mixer because it allows me to record with my mates without requiring us to record together at the same time.

We just plug the USB to the computer, record the instruments independently to the DAW, and mix!

Who It’s NOT For:

  • People who want to connect more than two microphones in the mixer. You can absolutely work around this by using extra mic amps and connect those to the line-in of this mixer. But if you haven’t bought this mixer yet, I recommend getting the Q1202 instead because it has 4 mic preamps.
  • People who want to connect more than two headphones. This mixer along with most mixers only have one headphone-out. You can work around this the cheap way by using a splitter. Or get a headphone amplifier such as the Behringer MicroAmp HA400 or the Art Pro Audio HeadAmp 4 Four Channel Headphone Amplifier.
  • People who wants to connect MIDI electronic instruments and tools to a mixer. If this is you, check out the Americanq Audio Dv2 USB Digital Midi Mixer instead. The Xenyx Q802 is not a Midi Mixer.
  • People who need a multitrack mixer. Though you can record multitracks, it’s limited to the two channel master mix only (stereo mix or two mono channels). If you want more than two multitrack recording functionality, I recommend you check out the Tascam DP-03SD Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder instead.

XENYX Q802USB Setup:

You should download the XENYX Q802USB Manual here and the Quick Start Guide here.

For a quick introduction, watch this:

Other Considerations:

1. Usually your Operating System will automatically download the drivers for the software. In rare cases when this doesn’t happen, you have to download the driver manually.

To do that, go to http://www.musictri.be/Categories/Behringer/Mixers/Analog-Mixers/Q802USB/p/P0ALM/downloads and download the right driver for your Operating System. Install the driver afterwards.

2. Make sure to use good cables as well as trusted programs with this mixer. I’ve been using mine for one year and nine months and had no problems with noise so far – the USB is balanced.

However, I’ve when tried it with the cheap cables, they seem to make it sound very noisy.

Behringer XENYX Q802USB Price:

At the time of writing this review, this product costs 79.99 USD.

Click here to check the current price on Amazon.

Is it Worth the Price?

In my opinion, yes. Given its features and capabilities, and everything this mixer allows you to do (endless possibilities), I feel like I’m carrying an expensive mixer around when it fact it’s less than $100.

For $79.99, people claim this is the best in this price range, and I can’t help but agree.

XENYX Q802USB Alternatives:

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is it USB-powered?

No, you have to use the power supply that comes with it and plug the power supply to a power outlet or socket.

Don’t mistake its USB capabilities as its power line. The USB cable is meant to be connected as an input to a computer and sometimes it’s even used as an output to push a signal back to the mixer.

However, it has a smaller version that’s USB-powered, though it has smaller and lesser channels: BEHRINGER XENYX 302USB.

2. Could you use it to do multitrack recording?

Yes, but it’s limited to the two channel master mix. That can be a stereo mix or two mono channels.

Multitrack recording mixers are much more expensive and usually use firewire not USB to send all of the channels to a computer. If you want more than two multitrack recording functionality, I recommend you check out the Tascam DP-03SD Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder instead.

3. Can I connect my phone to the mixer?

Yes but you have to use either a ⅛ to ¼ adapter or a ⅛ to RCA adapter.

4. How much watts does the speaker output produce?

The mixer uses line level output, not a speaker output.

5. Can you use the USB as a sound card to the DAW?

No because this is a mixer and not a sound card, so it does not produce any sound. You can produce sound from the computer and mix it in the DAW.

6. Can I still monitor the audio in the headphones on mix minus?

No. If you plan to do mix minus and monitor the audio, the work-around is by using a ⅛ to ¼ TS or TRS cable and connect that from the phones jack to the control room output.

Conclusion:

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The Behringer Q802USB is a powerful mixer that turns even a personal computer system into a professional home-recording studio. The qualities are top-notch, even for other applications other than recording.

The USB and audio interface, 2 mic inputs, and 4 line inputs make this mixer so versatile –  the applications for it are limitless (for examples, check the Who It’s For section).

Overall, this is the cheapest entry-level mixer in the market and yet it offers many features so you get more than what you paid for. I personally recommend it, and I would buy it again.

I hope this review of the Behringer Q802USB helped you in your decision on whether to buy it or not.

If you’ve read it all, you know that it’s an excellent mixer for its price. However, it’s not always the best choice for you depending on what you plan on using it for.

If you decided that this is indeed a good fit for you, check it out on Amazon below:

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