I first discovered this forum several years ago when I was looking for my first mixer for live gigs. After some helpful advice from this board, I wound up going with a Yamaha EMX312SC powered mixer w/ a pair of 12 Yamaha cabs. I've been exceedingly happy with this combination. However... my wife and I have joined up with some more friends in a larger group and our needs have out-grown this workhorse. We're now regularly gigging with a 5-person band and our needs have grown to: 5 mics 5-7 DI instruments (at least 2 of which are stereo) At the moment, we use the EMX312 for the mics, and then use an un-powered 8-channel mixer for the DI instruments which we then bring into a line-level input on the EMX312. While this works, it's cumbersome. I'd like to upgrade to a single mixer that has sufficient capacity for our needs. I've considered going with a 16+ channel unpowered mixer, and continuing to use the EMX312 as the power amp. But I think I would really like to streamline things by going with a 16+ channel powered mixer and ditch the EMX312 altogether. My first choice is, naturally, the Yamaha EMX5016CF. I'm especially intrigued by the FRC (Frequency Response Correction) feature. Something I've not seen in any other product. But I'm also trying to be open-minded and look at other powered mixers in that price range. I've also found these which look promising (although there is a dearth of reviews for these models, which I should probably take as a warning sign): Sampson TXM20 Nady PMX-1600 Just thought I'd bounce this off the forum and see if anyone had any experience or advice they're like to offer. Thanks.