Yamaha EMX Series monitors music gear review

Music Gear Review: Yamaha EMX Series Compact Powered Mixers

Yamaha's three new models in the EMX mixer line are: the 10-input EMX2 and the EMX5 and EMX7 both with 12-inputs. These are complete mixing systems including power amplifiers and digital effects. Just add speaker(s) and microphones or line level-sources and you’re in business.

The EMX2, EMX5 and EMX7 all have super efficient Class-D power amps delivering 500, 630 and 710-watts, respectively, making these mixers obvious choices for mobile DJ’s in small to mid-sized venues

They come with Yamaha's SPX effects for hall, plate, room and echo reverbs and the EMX2 and the EMX5 include an updated 1-Knob Master EQTM control for quickly setting overall tone and frequency balance to suit any room. The top-of-the-line EMX7 features a flex-type graphic equalizer (Flex9GEQ) with up to nine bands of a 1/3-octave EQ with a ±15dB range. All these systems have an automatic feedback eliminator using Yamaha’s digital technology that kills the squeals with the push of a button. The entry level 10-input EMX2 has four high-quality microphone pre-amps and three stereo line inputs. Both the EMX5 and EMX7 will accommodate eight microphones or line-level devices, such as keyboards and CD players and portable MP3 players.

The Yamaha EMX2 sells for $549, the EMX5 is $799 and the EMX7 sells for $999 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com