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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.


  • 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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(51 of 52 customers found this review helpful)


Great Value!!

By buddukes

from Charlotte, NC

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!

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


Surprising Performance

By Guitrist

from Chesapeake VA

One of our lead guitarists just bought one of these and we used it for the first time last night. I was very pleasantly surprised by the unit's performance. The overall sound was great. The FLS system (first I've ever used) was instrumental in assisting me in locating problematic frequencies. The channel mute button is a great feature during breaks. It's got a nice effects processor too. And... I couldn't believe how good it sounded after my bass amp speaker blew last night. I patched my bass directly into the PA head, dialed it in, and finished the night without my bass rig. A friend of mine in the audience had no idea I had finished the night playing my bass through the PA. A great product.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


peavey 8600 powered mixer

By motarmstrong

from New Zealand

I bought the 8600 for my professional three piece band,I run two peavey Sp5s.Bridged. There seems to be heaps of grunt, we mike the drums and sometimes guitar with 3 vocals. Although could do with a couple more mic inputs as the drummer uses 4 mics.The weight of the 8600 is pretty good for its power and for a Powered mixer you could'nt really get anything better for the cost.The speakers are mighty fine too.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Sweet Little Mixer!

By Mitch

from Concord, NC

I recently purchased the Peavey XR 8600 Powered Mixer to host some open mic events. The compact size and the built in vocal effects were a big plus and work really well. I power three Yamaha BR12 speaker/monitors. Have had 3 vocals, 2 guitars mic'ed and 1 bass guitar direct with no problems. It has already well paid for itself and has plenty of power for small to medium sized venues.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


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!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


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 !!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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.


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.

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