Quote Originally Posted by Jimblakely View Post
We threw away our Behringers some time ago in favor of the Mackie mixers. Mackie has one of the best mic preamps available rivaling many expensive consoles. The build quality is superior and the price is incredibly affordable. Why would anyone choose Behringer when Mackie is only a few dollars more? As for the headphone output, most mixers buffer the headphone output to eliminate load interaction with the line outputs.
I think generalizing by brand simply doesn't work. I have extensive experience with Mackie preamps of the 1604 VLZ Pro era and they are fairly good. I wouldn't grade them as very good or great. Some Behringer is on the same level or worse, much of the newer stuff is better. My Soundcraft GB2R is definitely better than the Mackies I've used.