Yamaha EMX5016CF Powered Mixer (Discontinued)


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Yamaha EMX5016CF Powered Audio Mixer

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Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 125+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

It's impressive how Yamaha is able to maintain their reputation for quality across their expansive line of products, from instruments to stage gear.

Case in point is the Yamaha EMX5016CF powered mixer, with its 16 inputs, expanded tone shaping options and built-in 500 watts per channel power amplifier.

It comes with a wide variety of features including a 9-band graphic main EQ, an onboard sonic maximizer effect and a nifty feedback suppressor.


  • Inputs: 12 x XLR, 16 x TRS
  • Channels: 16
  • Power Rating: 2 x 500W @4 Ohms
  • Phantom power: 12 Channels
  • Equalizer: 9-Band Graphic EQ (Main), 3-band Sweepable per Channel
  • Outputs: 2 x TRS", 2 x speakON, 2 x 1/4", 2 x RCA (Rec), 1 x 1/4" (Monitor)
  • Onboard FX: reverb, echo, chorus, flanger, phaser, and distortion
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs.


The general consensus is that this mixer is exceptionally good - providing clear sounds that are supported by complementary features that do not complicate control. An expert reviewer mentioned the mixer's impressive room calibration and correction system, which can be done using a mic plugged in channel 1, quite nifty especially for those who are new to handling mixers. Other positive mentions include the 9-band graphic EQ, the one knob compressor and the feedback suppressor, all of which have helped many users in getting the sound right and keeping it right.


There aren't many complaints, aside from some nitpicking, for example there was an experienced user who didn't like the idea of a built-in compressor.


To summarize the overall sentiment of reviewers, I'll quote one user: "Excellent little powered mixer. Easy to setup and use".

Unfortunately Yamaha has discontinued this mixer. Highly rated alternatives are available in our guide to The Best Powered Mixers.

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