The range of options made available by the company’s mixers have continued to redefine what a DJ can do behind the booth. As the Cornish company proudly states, “the Xone Series mixers are recognised as the industry standard for robust construction, innovation, and audio fidelity”.
Given the recent announcement of the Xone:96, we thought we'd give a rundown of the best mixers from the line.
Despite being released in 2003, this model remains one of the most popular in the range, with DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos and Sven Väth continuing to use it. This model expanded upon the Xone:62 by bringing computers into the mix and incorporating MIDI for control of external devices or DJ software. It also boasts dual VCF filters, two stereo FX sends, twin Mic/returns and an incredible range of EQ sections. It's available for £1,099.
As the company acknowledged at the time of its release in 2011, the Xone:DB4 was “by far the most advanced product that we have designed”. While the mixer isn’t cheap at £1,739, the DB4 warrants the price with extraordinary performance. It is driven by a meaty Quad FX Core DSP engine and is based on the iLive pro-touring FX system which provides DJs with ultimate sound control.
While most of the Xone range will set you back a fair penny, Xone:23 is a lifesaver for those looking for a quality mixer at an affordable price, rolling in at £249. Released in 2014, it is a 2+2 channel mixer featuring an analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF), a three-band total kill EQ, an external FX loop and VCA faders. It also has a slick black finish and illuminated switches, making it ideal for home and club use.
In 2015, Allen and Heath unveiled its Xone:43 mixer. Despite looking like the DB2 and DB4, the Xone:43 is a fully-analogue piece of kit. It also features the brand’s famous Xone filter with 3-band EEQ, resonance control, crossfader with three curve settings and X:FX for send/return to an FX unit. The unit costs £609.
Released in 2016, the PX5 looks like the 92, yet performs in much the same as the 43C. Costing £1,149, the versatile four-channel analogue mixer has three standard inputs: Phono, Line and USB. The kit utilises the Xone:Xcite FX suite of delays, reverbs, flangers, modulators and distorters, giving DJs more opportunities to manipulate tracks in real time.