Behringer X32 VS Yamaha TF5: Which one?
Our pick: Flip a coin
There's always nuance when it comes to mixing consoles and their complexity, but the X32 and TF5 are very similar. The higher channel count (though just expandable to 48) on the TF5 could account for some price difference, but that's only going to matter if you're planning to max out your channels. Both support a wireless connection for iPad mixing, a popular option these days.
These two mixers are very similar, with a long track record of happy customers. Both mic preamps sound great, and the controls can be quickly recalled. Both can also be set up for iPad control, which is a must for a lot of live situations these days. We use iPads to mix at our church and wouldn't want to go back. While there are some smaller technical differences (we'll cover these in the spec sheet below), the major bullet points are very similar.
Here's a very broad breakdown:
- Preamps and channels: Advantage Yamaha (combo inputs and capable of a larger channel count
- Send/return additional i/o: Advantage Behringer
- Faders: Advantage Yamaha
- Price/value: Advantage Behringer
- Sound quality: Draw
- Outputs: Advantage Behringer
We'd probably recommend going with the Behringer to save a little money, especially if you don't need the expandable channels, but you won't go wrong either way.
Behringer X32 and Yamaha TF5 Comparison
You can compare details on the product pages below. This section is just so you can check retail product pages for both mixers. We'll cover pricing and spec details below.
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Detailed specs for each mixer
You can see a lot of technical differences here. But the one thing that really catches our eye is the combo XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs in the TF5. The X32 is only XLR. On the other hand, the X32 has a higher channel count without having to be expanded since it's already at forty. You also get a more comprehensive i/o setup in the X32.
32 (expandable to 48)
Inputs (mic preamps)
32 XLR-1/4" combo
2 x Dual RCA Stereo
16 x XLR, 2 x XLR (monitor), 2 x 1/4" TRS (monitor)
16 x XLR
1 x XLR (AES)
1 x Dual RCA Stereo (aux in), 6 x 1/4" TRS (aux in), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (aux out), 6 x 1/4" TRS (aux out)
25 total (16 x bus, main LCR, 6 x matrix)
1 x XLR
1 x Ultranet, 2 x AES50, 1 x Ethernet
1 x RJ-45 (LAN)
2 x 1/4" TRS (stereo)
1 x 1/4"
2 x Type B, 1 x Type A
2 x Type A, 1 x Type B
USB (34 x 34)
I/O Expansion Slots
1 x slot (32-channel USB audio interface)
NY64-D audio interface card (sold separately)
25 x 100mm (motorized)
33 x 100mm Throw
Four bands per channel
Four bands per channel
Eight + 10 GEQ
Height: 7.9" - Depth:20.8" - Width:35.4" - Weight:45.4 lbs.
Height: 8.9" - Depth: 23.6" - Width: 34.1" - Weight: 44.1 lbs.
In this section we'll add some pricing info that's updated live for both mixers. First, note that there's a compact version of the Behringer. We'll have that in the price guide as well, but just note the difference between the two.
Price updated Wed, June 07th, 2023.
You can split some hairs here on i/o differences, perhaps most significantly with the combo inputs in the TF5. But both of these are fantastic digital mixers at an affordable price point for small to mid-sized performances. It's certainly a good fit for churches.
If you want the combo inputs on the TF5, that's a good reason to spend the extra money, or if you plan on expanding to 48 channels.
But if you don't care about the combo inputs and 40 channels are enough (probably more than enough in most cases), the X32 is the more popular and affordable option.
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Written by Gear Consultants on Mixers & Roundups
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