American Audio is bringing more to the mix with its new generation of MKII professional pre-amp DJ mixers. The company's new Q-2422MKII, Q-3433MKII and Q-SpandMKII mixers are loaded with upgraded features such as input for MP3 players, Trim Output Control, improved mic circuitry, longer lasting faders and high-tech Stream Flow LED displays. Yet, these high-performance mixers continue to sell at the same great price as their popular predecessors (the Q-2422/SX, Q-3433/SX and Q-Spand).
"At American Audio, we're always striving to keep our products on the cutting edge of new technologies and market developments. We're also looking to give our customers continually better value for their dollar," said Tom Freret. "The Q-2422MKII, Q-3433MKII and Q-SpandMKII mixers accomplish both of these goals by adding some terrific new features, without any increase in price."
The ability to plug in MP3 players is one of these new features. All of the mixers come equipped with an auxiliary 1/8" mini plug input that can be used for connecting to an MP3 player or other outside media source, such as an I-POD or discman.
"With more DJs using portable MP3 players, it makes logical sense to include this plug-in feature," said Freret. "We wanted to be one of the first companies to offer a mixer with MP3 input. We believe this feature will become standard on DJ mixers in the future."
Another cutting-edge feature on the new MKII mixers are all-new Stream Flow decibel LED indicators. Unlike the old-style "round button" LEDs, the new Stream Flow LEDs consist of a single colored strip on each side of the mixer, with portions of this strip lighted either red, yellow or green to indicate the dB level. The colors appear to flow into one another, giving the mixer an edgy high-tech look.
The mic circuitry on the MKII mixers has also been upgraded for improved sound quality. Whereas previous models utilized variable resistance mic input, the MKII mixers now feature a 600 Ohm mic circuit. "The new mic circuitry offers a cleaner sound and better sensitivity, particularly on the higher-grade mics," said Freret.
A Trim Output Control button is another new addition to the MKII mixers. The Trim Output allows clubs to set a limit on how high the master volume can go, preventing DJs from playing too loud and possibly risking damage to the speakers.
Another notable upgrade on the MKII mixers are new line faders. Not only do the improved faders provide a smoother feel, they actually have a longer life.
To highlight their many upgrades and added features, the Q-2422MKII, Q-3433MKII and Q-SpandMKII mixers have been dressed up with an all-new look. They now have a sleek black finish, like many other American Audio premium products.