Xone:PX5 Mixer: Allen & Heath’s 4-Channel Mixer For The Masses?

The first images of the new Xone:PX5 mixer from Allen & Heath have appeared online after the company held an exclusive event at Kantine am Berghain in Berlin, Germany. So far it looks like the natural successor to the Xone:92, with built-in digital FX, send/returns, and a built-in soundcard. Keep reading for images and details.

Posted by Mijk van Dijk on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Allen & Heath Xone:PX5 Details

It’s been a while since Allen & Heath has put out a feature-heavy four channel mixer, and this one has an impressive set of specs. Based on social media images from the event, the feature set includes:

  • 4+1 channel analogue mixer
  • Internal Xone:FX engine
  • Classic Xone VCF filter with HPF/BPF/LPF and resonance control
  • Four channels, each with Phono/Line/USB inputs
  • 20 channel 24-bit 96kHz USB2 internal soundcard
  • Send/Return and Master Insert mode connections for external FX
  • Dedicated Mic/Aux Input/USB Return channel with peak indicator
  • 3-band EQ on every channel
  • Record Out (USB and unbalanced RCA)
  • 2 ground terminals for turntables
  • X:LINK ethernet connection for plug-and-play connection to Xone:K series controllers

For those who haven’t used Allen & Heath mixers before, note that there is only one filter on the unit, not a per-channel filter. You assign the channel(s) to the filter and then are able to select what type of filter you want to use, and apply it. We mention this only because this is much different from other similarly priced units on the market like the Pioneer DJ DJM line up. That being said, Allen & Heath’s filters have always sounded impressive compared to Pioneer’s.

It’s also worth noting a few interesting elements about the effects on this mixer. First, the built-in effects seem able to be assigned pre- or post- each channel. The FX send also appears switchable between external, internal, and both. This might mean that you can send an FX loop signal out of the mixer, into your computer for digital FX, back through external hardware FX, and into the mixer again – a pretty powerful option if this is the case.

Xone:PX5 Price + Release

The biggest unknowns so far, as usual with these types of teasers, are the price and release dates. We expect a Fall  launch at either the BPM convention in the UK (September) or at ADE in Amsterdam (October). We expect the price to be somewhere around the current price of the Xone:DB2 and Xone:92, between $1,299 and $1,500.

Keep scrolling below for a bunch of other photos we’ve spotted around the web from the Xone:PX5 teaser event:

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A photo posted by B R I S T E P (@bristep) on

The new @allenandheath is looking very nice! #mixer #allenandheath

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Posted by Mijk van Dijk on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We’ll update this article as more details emerge about the new mixer, and if you spot any other great images of this new mixer, please share in the comments.

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