Mackie 1402-VLZ or Behringer 1604a for monitoring?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by imissthewar, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. imissthewar

    imissthewar Guest

    I'm getting a digi002 rack system to do some demo recordings. Someone suggested I get a 1402-VLZ on the cheap for monitoring. These go for around $250, but money is tight. The Behringer seems similarly featured, and since the preamps (which I assume to be the main difference) are not important, can I just go for the Behringer?

    Also, what is a good headphone amp system?
  2. anodized

    anodized Guest

    Don't support Behringer.
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The Mackie will be better built but the Behringer will have more features like aux sends.

    Most of Behringers designs are pretty much rip off reverse engineered clones of Mackies (and others) stuff, executed at a lower cost.

    In otherwords, Behringer takes a Mackie design and asks themslves "How can we manufacturer and market this item for less than the original designers did?" They already have an advantage because they didn't pay for the R&D but in practice I can say the Behringer stuff is not a well built as Mackies.

    For a good phone amp, I recommend the Rane HP6 ... a bit costly but loud and sturdy. I have 2 that I have owned for almost 10 years. They have never missed a beat but have been loud enough to blow out plenty of headsets..
  4. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    My vote is for the Mackie as well. Behringer is not something I would support or use, for all the reasons stated already.

    The 1402 VLZ is probably one of the best bangs for the buck out there, for features and cost.

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