Peavey XR 8600 Powered Mixer  

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The Peavey XR 8600 powered mixer features 8 new ultralow-noise mic preamps, a subsonic filter to prevent low-frequency problems, and multi-point clip sampling that makes the exclusive DDT speaker prot... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Peavey XR 8600 powered mixer features 8 new ultralow-noise mic preamps, a subsonic filter to prevent low-frequency problems, and multi-point clip sampling that makes the exclusive DDT speaker protection even more effective. Uses 2 power amps that can run in parallel in Dual Main mode—making their full power available to the main output—or used independently in Main/Monitor mode.

2 dedicated 7-band graphic equalizers—one each for mains and monitors, with patented FLS (Feedback Locating System) on both—feature multi-Q bandwidths to bring enhanced definition to the low frequencies and assist the FLS algorithm in identifying feedback. In the DSP section, a suite of vocal enhancers, delays, reverbs, and other effects with parameter control are assignable to each input channel as well as the main and monitor outputs via independent level controls.

Features
  • 600W/ch @ 4 ohms
  • 8 new ultralow-noise mic preamps
  • 10 line inputs
  • 48V phantom power
  • 3-band EQ on each channel
  • Monitor send and effects send on each channel
  • 25dB pad on channels 1-6
  • Signal and clip indicators on each channel
  • Dual Main or Main/Monitor power amp mode switch
  • Dedicated 7-band graphic EQ for mains and monitors with FLS
  • DDT speaker protection
  • DSP-based effects with parameter control
  • Channel mute switch
  • Rugged plastic case
  • Combination Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" outputs
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4.4

(based on 24 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value!!

Well, I purchased the Peavey XR8600 and 2 Yamaha S115V 15" speakers and played a show in a 40' x 80' ballroom of a hotel running 5 vocals, bass drum,...Read complete review

Well, I purchased the Peavey XR8600 and 2 Yamaha S115V 15" speakers and played a show in a 40' x 80' ballroom of a hotel running 5 vocals, bass drum, keyboard, a line in from acoustic guitar amp, and an iPod (in addition, we had 2 non-mic'ed Fender guitar amps and a bass amp). It performed very well and still had plenty of head room -- didn't really push. I was curious about the Mackie 808M because I had heard great things, so I took the Peavey back and got the Mackie. Within 5 minutes I realized the difference was night and day. The Mackie couldn't drive the 15" speakers nearly as proficiently as the Peavey. I returned the Mackie and got the Peavey I had originally. Plugged it back up and knew immediately that I made the right decision. After that, I hooked the speakers up with 12 gauge Speakon cables (replacing the 14 gauge 1/4" plug cables) and got an even better sound than before. The Peavey XR8600 is a GREAT value!! It doesn't have quite all the bells and whistles as the Mackie, but it really does the job! Two thumbs up!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Take it from me, look eleswhere!

Purchased here at MF two years ago. Bought many a product from them and never had any problems. I'm not dogging Peavey at all. I love Peavey stuff, especially the older lines....Read complete review

Purchased here at MF two years ago. Bought many a product from them and never had any problems. I'm not dogging Peavey at all. I love Peavey stuff, especially the older lines. I own Peavey speakers and EQ and it's all I'll ever own. Plus it all I've ever known or used in the many bands I have been in. The older stuff is built to last! Like I said, had it for two years and used it twice a month on karaoke/DJ shows and it worked fantastic. Pushed it to the max many times and worked well without any issues. Ran it the other day at very low volume with just my two monitors and it went up in smoke! Tried three other fuses and blew them all. Peavey moved production overseas and quality took a nosedive! These are now no better than the other cheaper products! This thing should've last 5-10 years at least like past products do. If these are considered "throw away" mixers these days it is way overpriced IMOP. I have yet to call Peavey and speak to a tech about this but I'm calling today. My guess is it's totally fried but we'll see. My advice is to stay away from this and go the seperate power amp(s) and unpowered mixer route. This is what I'm doing now. Much, much more versitale. Also, as said before, you can pick up two unpowered mixers for the price of this to have one as a backup if needed. Or, spend some dough and go for Allen & Heath. Not being sarcastic at all but to all you that own this mixer I wish you the best of luck and hope you don't go through what I did. It could have been worse, I could've been at a show when this happened. Always leave yourself outs! Shame on me! Hope this review helps with your purchase decision as I learned the hard way.
Not a ton of features but got the job done, when it worked. Other mixers have more "bells and whistles" and better effects but it was all I needed for karaoke and DJ shows.
Had it for two years and poof...blew up in smoke running it at very low volume. I know how to run sound properly as well so please don't think it was operator error. Solid construction with good feeling knobs on a positive note.
Not worth the money if you ask me. Best to go the unpowered mixer route and use power amps. This type setup is much more versatile. Plus, you can buy two unpowered mixers for the price of this, to have one as a backup.

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5.0

Durable, Powerful and Crystal Clear

By Stephen Shepherd

from Winston Salem

This mixer has performed optimally for one event per week for the past five years. Purchased it in high school for use with my blues band - it mixed signals with great EQ and threw out great sound at small and large venues. When I got to college I joined a fraternity and we used it at least once a week for parties and tailgates. Produced great bass, clear mids and sharp highs on everything from live bands, Skynyrd albums to Rihanna singles in our basement and at tailgates. Its had punch spilled all over it, been thrown in the backs of cars, left in the sun for hours, hooked to generators, car batteries and questionable grade extension cords and its performed fantastically. Other fraternities have had to replace theirs every year or two - this thing is still going strong.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Take it from me, look eleswhere!

By Terry Tarpening

from US

Purchased here at MF two years ago. Bought many a product from them and never had any problems. I'm not dogging Peavey at all. I love Peavey stuff, especially the older lines. I own Peavey speakers and EQ and it's all I'll ever own. Plus it all I've ever known or used in the many bands I have been in. The older stuff is built to last! Like I said, had it for two years and used it twice a month on karaoke/DJ shows and it worked fantastic. Pushed it to the max many times and worked well without any issues. Ran it the other day at very low volume with just my two monitors and it went up in smoke! Tried three other fuses and blew them all. Peavey moved production overseas and quality took a nosedive! These are now no better than the other cheaper products! This thing should've last 5-10 years at least like past products do. If these are considered "throw away" mixers these days it is way overpriced IMOP. I have yet to call Peavey and speak to a tech about this but I'm calling today. My guess is it's totally fried but we'll see. My advice is to stay away from this and go the seperate power amp(s) and unpowered mixer route. This is what I'm doing now. Much, much more versitale. Also, as said before, you can pick up two unpowered mixers for the price of this to have one as a backup if needed. Or, spend some dough and go for Allen & Heath. Not being sarcastic at all but to all you that own this mixer I wish you the best of luck and hope you don't go through what I did. It could have been worse, I could've been at a show when this happened. Always leave yourself outs! Shame on me! Hope this review helps with your purchase decision as I learned the hard way.
Not a ton of features but got the job done, when it worked. Other mixers have more "bells and whistles" and better effects but it was all I needed for karaoke and DJ shows.
Had it for two years and poof...blew up in smoke running it at very low volume. I know how to run sound properly as well so please don't think it was operator error. Solid construction with good feeling knobs on a positive note.
Not worth the money if you ask me. Best to go the unpowered mixer route and use power amps. This type setup is much more versatile. Plus, you can buy two unpowered mixers for the price of this, to have one as a backup.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good But Not Great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

My band has been using this powered mixer for a little over a year now and have never had any problems. It has many nice features and is great for simple setups. We were recently powering some Yamaha S115's with it. After the second song, the mixer heated up like crazy and began cutting out. At 360 Watts per side (8ohms), this mixer should have handled the speakers at least adequately. We plugged in our monitor amp (Samson s1000 - 340 watts per side 8 ohms) and it handled the speakers great and never even heated up after a 4 hour gig.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mixer!

By Matt

from Grand Blanc, Michigan

Purchased this mixer to ligthen the load for our gigs. (We were always carrying a power amp and mixer), this Peavey was an ideal replacement. We put this gear into action two days after I received it and it worked great! Provided plenty of sound for 4 musicians and we leveraged the Mains/Monitor feature which worked great for our drummer who was using a monitor. Great investment for the price. It would be nice if it came with a cover or a case.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SUPER-DUPER

By MOONROCK

from Miami

ok..let's get down to Brass tax...This PA is rugged and the built in handle makes it easy to manuever..a bit heavier then the Yamaha's but it's solid and can take a pounding . The Feedback locator works great.. use it all the time..plus it has plenty of power 600 watts per channel . I have used this PA at large halls and it cranks..I also have the optional face plate for protection. Great sound Great P.A. !

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small Package, Big Muscles

By Garey

from Fort Washington Maryland

I previously owned a Mackie 808s.Quite honestly, it worked just fine for me for years. I stepped up to the 1008 model and on 2v seperate gigs, it was distorting and clipping, only to find out later there are some issues with the limiters on that model. Then I was introduced to the Peavey RX-8600...unbelievable power for a 1200 watt power mixer!!! It's clean and has "Muscled" 2 different rooms with 500 seating capacity. And here is the proverbial "Icing on the Cake. We have yet to turn the main gain dail past the 9 oclock position...25% power, absolutely unprecededented raw clean power! This power mixer is the best I've ever used and I've set up and operated all types of systems large and small in my 40 years of doing live sound. This Mixer has the punch of Mike Tyson in his prime...Great job Peavey, I've used Peavey gear before and it was great, why I got away from it is a beyond me! Whithout question folks,if you want a small power mixer with a lot of head room, very clean, crisp projection. And can push six 15" 500 watts speakers with horns along with 2 15" active subs, this is the power mixer for you!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More Power

By Kent

from Bryan, OH

We went from 200W per channel to 600w. What a difference! So far, runs good, works good, sounds good. Good people.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The right way to go for just a few more $$$$$

By J Moreland

from Griffin, Ga

Maybe my review can help I some people make up your mind about the Peavey xr8600 It's a awesome mixer the best ive ever had the power is amazing the efeects give it that push pass other mixers I've powered 6 15's off this mixer the speakers were 1200 hundred watts a piece it cant' get any better for the money dont miss out on this mixer it's top of the line and it weighs 15 pounds lighter than the other xr mixers that have come out in the past years it's number 1 on my list hope this review helps some of you make up your mind on purchasing one like I said just a few more dollars would make the difference I promise !!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Unit

By TG Hoffman

from Kansas

First off I want to make clear why I gave this a 4.5 rating on the features, I would have liked to seen a few more mic inputs other than that 5.0 all the way! This unit has been the answer to my thoughts about being able to use a powered mixer for gigs instead of dragging around a large and, very heavy rack around. If needed we have a 24 channel mackie that we can submix into this unit but, 90% of the time we don't need to. Plenty of power and, very good quality of sound is what we consistantly get from this unit. We run 4 vocal mics,kick and bass through and, it accomodates all of this extremely well. We use 2SP2's and an older non-powered 2-15 sub that has sattelite outputs for the sp2's and, the sound in most small to medium sized venues is most adequate. Very pleased with not having to drag around all the gear and, getting a Great sound. I would highly reccommend this unit to anyone looking for a powered mixer.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good value

By D

from NH

I bought this to supplement existing gear. The decision to buy Peavey was based on years of experience with their products. Very good overall performance. Also considered Carvin and Yamaha but Peavey's warranty is much better. Out of the box 2 switches were malfunctioning but a bit of exercise got them going. Improvements I'd like would be 2 more speaker outs, 2 more bands of EQ, and better switches with more positive in/out indication. Also more of a pointer on rotary pot knobs so settings may be seen at a glance. Overall a lot of bang for the buck. Carvins at similar price point probably sound better, based on our experience with their gear, but their short warranty kept me away this time. We have used Peavey equipment of all sorts for well over 30 years and have found it to be some of the most rugged and reliable stuff out there with consistently good to excellent performance.

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