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Mackie CR-1604vlz
9 Reviews
rating  3.67 of 5
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Description: 16 channel mixer professional applications


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mshurpik a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I own the Mackie 1642vlz, which is basically the same as the 1604 except that the latter sports a rotating patch bay. The 1642 has been discontinued.

I bought a floor model 1642 on a whim when a studio-savvy hick salesman challenged my city-slicker dj style. I was well aware that I had no need for a 16 channel mixer, yet after a couple months with it, I would never give it up.

Not need it? What was I thinking? Between three computers, two VCRs, a CD player, turntables, TV...I have had no trouble filling 16 channels with my modest amount of equimpent.

Mostly the Mackie sits in the corner and acts as a dumb switchbox - I rarely adjust the EQ's or use it to make mixes. However, even for this purpose it is invaluable.

Since purchasing it, I have seen Mackies in use by both electronic and acoustic artists in live performances. It is truly a respected brand and a safe place to plunk down some money.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Mars Music



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RICARDO MANUEL a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Bottom Line:   
MACKIE CR-1604VLZ

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This product is fantastic. The sound is extremely transparent and noise is non-existent. Any source can be plugged in and perfectly level set in seconds. The controls are very solid with great tactile feedback. Routing possibilities are beyond any other board in this range. The very high quality mic preamps make the board worth the price alone.

I can't imagine why anyone would give this board anything but a top rating, especially considering the price point. You simply can't buy a better board for twice the price.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Dijkman Muziekcentrum



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dave a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I will start this review by mentioning that I am the
owner of an eleven year old video editing and duplication
company. I purchased the Mackie to replace an aging Yamaha
MR-1242 studio-grade mixer which was starting to develop
some very low level hiss.
While I have used some of Mackie's lower end mixers
in our duplication operations; I never really looked at
any of their larger-sized mixers until recently. Mostly
because of prior trouble-free operation with Mackie products, I decided to give the 1604-VLZ a try.
Well for nearly $1000.00, I have to say I expected a
lot more than this. I find it completely unacceptable for
a mixer at this price point not to have XLR plugs for the
main and four bus outputs. The tiny meter strip on this
board is also simply unacceptable at this price point. As
for the dinky knobs; even someone like myself with fairly
small hands (I wear a size 8 glove), has a hard time working
the numerous small knobs on this board.
I am seriously going to consider returning this unit;
and getting a credit from BSW. In fact, next week I will be
going to the NAB trade show in Las Vegas where I will be
looking for a possible replacement for this board.
As a previous post noted, this mixer seems to be
marketed for the "Hobby-Horse" crowd. Way too many functions
pushed into a 19" rack mount design - many of which I'm
sure are rarely used. Two stars for being over-priced for
what you get (Who really NEEDS 16 Mic inputs?); and three
for not being of superior build quality.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $980.00

Purchased At:   Broadcast Supply West



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dave a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I will start this review by mentioning that I am the
owner of an eleven year old video editing and duplication
company. I purchased the Mackie to replace an aging Yamaha
MR-1242 studio-grade mixer which was starting to develop
some very low level hiss.
While I have used some of Mackie's lower end mixers
in our duplication operations; I never really looked at
any of their larger-sized mixers until recently. Mostly
because of prior trouble-free operation with Mackie products, I decided to give the 1604-VLZ a try.
Well for nearly $1000.00, I have to say I expected a
lot more than this. I find it completely unacceptable for
a mixer at this price point not to have XLR plugs for the
main and four bus outputs. The tiny meter strip on this
board is also simply unacceptable at this price point. As
for the dinky knobs; even someone like myself with fairly
small hands (I wear a size 8 glove), has a hard time working
the numerous small knobs on this board.
I am seriously going to consider returning this unit;
and getting a credit from BSW. In fact, next week I will be
going to the NAB trade show in Las Vegas where I will be
looking for a possible replacement for this board.
As a previous post noted, this mixer seems to be
marketed for the "Hobby-Horse" crowd. Way too many functions
pushed into a 19" rack mount design - many of which I'm
sure are rarely used. Two stars for being over-priced for
what you get (Who really NEEDS 16 Mic inputs?); and three
for not being of superior build quality.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $980.00

Purchased At:   Broadcast Supply West




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