Numark X1USB : James...'s user review
"Good beginner's mixer."
Product bought new
Has your typical line phono connections as well as headphone and microphone jacks. Has USB functionality which is a big selling point for this unit. This is really a mixer with not a lot of frills. Two channels. EQ. Gain. Sub control. This is the bare bones for what you need in a master mixing unit. Very stripped down design. Hits all the major tick marks.
As far as functionality, it couldn't be much easier. I started DJing on the side for a couple of rap groups 3 or 4 years ago. As a guy coming from a band/studio background is was a little daunting at first. This is one of the first things I bought. I think for a beginner this might be the perfect mixer. It's impossible to screw this up due to how straight forward the layout is. It can fit into about any situation. The USB option really opens a lot of doors too.
Starting out, I rarely used EQ in my mixing, so I didn't use this one's quite that much. I did however use the sub knob quite frequently...seems like this is the calling card of all beginning DJ's looking back on it now. But for what it's worth I thought the sub adjustments were very nice. Sound quality is surprisingly good for the price. Then again this unit packs a lot of quality for the price, without giving you a lot of stuff you really don't need. This is a very minimalist mixer and for good reason, but I never had any issues with sound quality or anything of that sort.
I finally upgraded this unit because I outgrew it, simply for that reason alone. I didn't have any issues with it other than that I wanted something bigger. However for the year or so I did use it I never had a complaint. And it never messed up or took any damage. It feels very solid by the way. It's not a fancy unit, but it does a great job at what it's supposed to do. The sliders all feel great. It has a professional look and feel. The value is definitely there. Ask yourself how many channels and inputs you need because that will be a big factor in buying this unit. It's great for learning the ropes but not of much use to a professional DJ. Highly recommended for beginners.