ALLEN & HEATH UNVEIL NEW XONE:PX5 DJ MIXER
Allen & Heath have developed a new DJ mixer that will be an upgrade to their high end models.
The Xone:PX5 will be related to the professional market and could compete with Pioneer DJ’s industry standard like Nexus mixer.
Allen & Heath has put out a feature-heavy four channel mixer, and this has an impressive set of specs.
DJ Techtools provided that info of the XONE:PX5 feature
- 4+1 channel analogue mixer
- Internal Xone:FX engine
- Classic Xone VCF filter with HPF/BPF/LPF and resonance control
- Four channels, each with Phono/Line/USB inputs
- 20 channel 24-bit 96kHz USB2 internal soundcard
- Send/Return and Master Insert mode connections for external FX
- Dedicated Mic/Aux Input/USB Return channel with peak indicator
- 3-band EQ on every channel
- Record Out (USB and unbalanced RCA)
- 2 ground terminals for turntables
- X:LINK ethernet connection for plug-and-play connection to Xone:K series controllers
For those who haven’t used Allen & Heath mixers before, note that there is only one filter on the unit, not a per-channel filter. You assign the channel(s) to the filter and then are able to select what type of filter you want to use, and apply it. We mention this only because this is much different from other similarly priced units on the market like the Pioneer DJ DJM line up. That being said, Allen & Heath’s filters have always sounded impressive compared to Pioneer’s.
It’s also worth noting a few interesting elements about the effects on this mixer. First, the built-in effects seem able to be assigned pre- or post- each channel. The FX send also appears switchable between external, internal, and both. This might mean that you can send an FX loop signal out of the mixer, into your computer for digital FX, back through external hardware FX, and into the mixer again – a pretty powerful option if this is the case.
Xone:PX5 Price + Release
The biggest unknowns so far, as usual with these types of teasers, are the price and release dates. We expect a Fall launch at either the BPM convention in the UK (September) or at ADE in Amsterdam (October). We expect the price to be somewhere around the current price of the Xone:DB2 and Xone:92, between $1,299 and $1,500.