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Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:59 pm
by groy
I’ve been using a a Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro since I started with gear a few years ago (recommended to me here by Z -thanks!). It was cheap, and I’m still happy with it, and it’s still meeting my needs… but I’ve never compared it to anything! Would something in the $2-300 range with the similar features provide any benefit? General take on the older mackies?

Re: Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:48 pm
by meatballfulton
Unless there's something about the 1202 you really dislike, keep it. There hasn't been anything new and exciting in small mixers. Audio quality hasn't really gone up instead the trend is more features like USB ports and onboard effects.

Re: Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:47 am
by Stab Frenzy
Actually to my ears the VLZ3 and VLZ4 are a fair improvement in sound quality to the original VLZs. But I don't know if it would be worth paying that much for the improvement.

Re: Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro

PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:23 pm
by Calgonstudio
Unless you need more channels, stay where you are, the VLZ are better then a lot of mixers in the small format segment , I do agree with Stab, that the VLZ4s sound better, but most people can't hear the difference, and wht difference there is imostly in the above 12k-20k sound range.....I myself am a Soundcraft guy, but my sound company uses VLZ for small pubs/bars. great little mixers they take a beating , as long as the PCB ribbons are in good shape. it' most likely the only mixer you'll ever buy

Re: Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:54 pm
by thermite zapruder
Has anyone found the A&H zed line to be a step up from the OP's Mackie? Or more a lateral move?

Re: Mackie 1202 VLZ-Pro

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:12 pm
by groy
Thanks for the replies everyone. Kind of what I was hoping to hear, it's probably good enough for me.