Excerpt: I know nothing about mixers. I got this so I could add a microphone to a home speaker system so I could have a "karaoke" effect in a large basement room with lots of wall and ceiling speakers. I sued this in conjunction with a receiver from a home theater surround sound system (YHT-395 5.1 Channel Home Theater in a Box System) and a cheap wireless mic system (DKW-Duo Dual Handheld Wireless Microphone System). Add a universal iPod dock and you've got music with singalong.
Excerpt: I'm the buyer for a sound & video installer and needed a quick alternative when we ran out of Phonic 55 on a project. A respected retailer suggested the XENYX 502 and it fit the bill perfectly!! Identical features, lower price, and a more attractive design.
Excerpt: All features work well. Knobs have nice feel. Downsides are no power switch and a loud output transient when powered down. I solved both problems by never powering it off. Mixer and power supply stay cool even if left always on.