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Allen & Heath XB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer

B&H # ALZEDXB14 Mfr # AH-ZED-XB-14
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Product Highlights
  • Specifically Designed for Broadcasting
  • Telephone Input Modules for Taking Calls
  • Automatic Speaker Muting
  • Start/Cue Outputs for CD Deck Control
  • Unique Preamp Design for Ultra Low Noise
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Windows & Mac Compatible

The XB-14 from Allen & Heath is an audio mixer with a built-in USB computer interface (Mac and Windows compatible) that's been specifically designed with many problem solving tools for broadcasting. It can be set up for one person operation, or for a crew of multiple people which makes it ideal for satellite, terrestrial, and Internet radio broadcasting. The XB-14 can also be useful in larger studios with multiple rooms, or for podcasting. Featuring dedicated Telco inputs for incoming telephone callers, flexible USB computer connectivity, and a host of other broadcasting friendly capabilities, the XB-14 is a standout professional mixer.

Two multi-pin connectors on the back of the XB-14 enable it to be set-up for a number of remote control functions. The mixer senses when the faders are being moved, and these movements can trigger other equipment in the studio. The faders on the stereo channels can send start and cue commands to compatible external CD players. The fader start sensors on the microphone channels can be set to mute the control room speaker outputs to avoid feedback, as well as trigger "on air" lights, etc. A third rear multi-pin output can be used to feed the main outputs to external metering equipment.

The Telco inputs can accept a feed from a telephone interface module that provides a clean feed output (CLF). A dedicated Telco output can be fed back to the external telephone interface which provides the mix minus the caller's voice, which helps prevent feedback. The USB connectivity can be used to record the program audio on your computer's recording software, or to playback files from your computer to feed the radio broadcast. It's safe to say that a lot of things have changed over the past few years in radio broadcasting. The XB-14 is well-equipped for present day and future challenges in broadcasting.

The Best Sound Quality Possible
Many of the components used in the XB-14 are exactly the same as in the larger Allen & Heath products and the construction methods are also very similar, utilizing individual vertically mounted channel circuit boards with each rotary control fixed with a metal nut to the front panel
Designed for Broadcasters
The XB-14 has a wealth of features specifically designed for broadcasters, things like telephone communication modules for telephone callers, mic fader start sensing for external connection and internal automatic muting of the speaker outputs, stereo channel start/cue outputs for CD deck transport control, separate headphones mix & outputs for guests, an audition bus, and much more
Ultra Clean Mic/Line Preamps
The XB-14 preamps use a two stage design, with carefully controlled amounts of gain in each stage. When amplifying the signal from the XLR input, the gain range is huge (69 dB) and is evenly distributed around the gain control, giving you better control of the level. Most of the gain comes from the first stage, so unwanted noise is kept to a minimum. There is no "pad" switch, or pad circuit. Line-level signals are simply plugged into the second stage of the preamp by using the dedicated line input. This has the great advantage of lower noise when using the line input. It's common to attenuate line-level signals, then amplify them back up again which can give more noise or hiss.
EQ Geared for Broadcasting
The XB-14 is equipped with a 3-band equalizer circuit on each mono input and a 2-band EQ on the Telco & stereo channels. The frequency and response of each has been carefully chosen to give the maximum performance when using the EQ on a variety of sources.
AUX Bus
The XB-14 has a single aux bus that can be used for external processing, effects, recording or auditioning
Mix Bus
A separate stereo mix bus is provided for recording an independent mix to the main program mix, or creating a clean feed source with selected channels
Remote Control
The mono mic/line channels have "fader start logic switching," enabling them to control external equipment or automatically mute the speaker outputs to prevent acoustic feedback. The stereo channels have start & cue logic outputs available to hook up to external equipment like CD players. There are also options to mute the mono inputs remotely using an external "cough" switch.
USB
The USB capabilities of the XB-14 are very flexible and easy to use. Plug the provided USB cable into your XB-14, select the USB routing on the mixer and the device on your computer and you're up and running. It provides quality audio to and from your Windows or Mac computer.
Inputs 4 x Balanced XLR Mic Inputs
2 x XLR Telco Inputs
4 x Balanced 1/4" TRS Line Inputs
2 x Stereo RCA Inputs
4 x Stereo 1/4" Inputs
1 x Stereo RCA External Monitor Inputs
Outputs 2 x Balanced XLR Main Outputs
2 x XLR Telco Outputs
1 x Stereo RCA Record Outputs
1 x Stereo RCA Control Room Speaker Outputs
1 x Stereo RCA Mix 8 Outputs
1 x 1/4" Aux Output
1 x 1/8" Mini-Plug Mono Output
3 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Outputs
Inserts 4 x 1/4" Channel Inserts
2 x Main Output Inserts (Left & Right)
Multi-Pin I/O Connectors 2 x Multi-Pin Connectors (Remote A & Remote B)
1 x Ext. Meter Multi-Pin Connector
Input Level Mono Channel Mic Input (XLR): +6 to -63 dBu for nominal (+17 dBu in max)
Mono Channel Line Input (TRS Jack): +10 to -26 dBu (+30 dBu maximum)
Insert Point (TRS Jack): 0 dBu nominal +21 dBu maximum
Stereo Input (TRS Jack): 0 dBu nominal (control = Off to +10 dB)
Stereo Input (RCA): 0 dBu nominal (control = Off to +10 dB)
Telco Channel Input (XLR): +10 to -26 dBu (+30 dBu maximum)
External Monitor Inputs (RCA): 0 dBu Nominal
Output Level L & R Outputs (XLR): +4 dBu nominal. +25 dBu maximum.
Mono Output (RCA): 0 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
L & R Inserts (TRS): -2 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
Aux Output: 0 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
Mix B Outputs (RCA): 0 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
Rec Outputs (RCA): 0 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
Telco Output (XLR): 0 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
CRM Speaker Outputs (RCA): 0 dBu nominal. +21 dBu maximum.
Phantom Power Yes, +48V
Connectivity USB 1.1 compliant 16-bit
Sample Rate 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
THD & Noise Mic in to L/R Out, 0 dB gain 1 kHz +10 dBu out: 0.003%
Mic in to Out, 30 dB gain 1 kHz: 0.007%
Line in to L/R Out 0 dB gain 0 dBu 1 kHz: 0.004%
Stereo in to Out 0 dB gain +10 dBu 1 kHz: 0.003%
Noise Mic Pre EIN @ max gain 150R input Z 22 - 22 kHz: -127 dBu
PGM out, PGM fader = 0, 22 - 22 kHz: -92 dBu
Aux out, Mono out, Mix B out = 0, 22 - 22 kHz: -90 dBu
Headroom Analog Headroom from nominal (0Vu) Outputs: 21 dB
USB in & out headroom from nominal (0Vu): 14 dB
Analog Headroom from nominal (0Vu) Mix point: 24 dB
Crosstalk Mono fader attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -100/-90
Mono ON switch attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -100/-90
TELCO fader attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -99/-92
TELCO ON switch attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -100/-100
Stereo fader attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -99/-86
Stereo ON switch attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -100/-93
PGM fader attenuation (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -102/-99
TELCO clean-feed isolation from I/P (dB relative to +10 dBu) 1 kHz/10 kHz: -57/-40
Stereo separation, L in to PGM R out. dBr 1 kHz/10 kHz: -77/-56
Frequency Response Mic in to PGM L/R Out, 30dB gain: +0.5/-1dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Line in to PGM L/R out 0dB gain: +0.5/-1dB 10 Hz to 30 kHz
Stereo in to PGM L/R out: +0.5/-1dB 10 Hz to 30 kHz
Dimensions 18.3 x 15.2 x 3.9 (456 x 385 x 98mm)
Weight Unpacked: 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg)
Packed: 25.3 lbs (11.5 kg)
Allen & Heath XB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer
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  • User Guide
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Allen & HeathXB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer
     
    5.0

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    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Versatile (3)

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        5.0

        The perfect console for podcasting!

        By graemespicer

        from Toronto, Ontario

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            Best Uses

            • Internet Radio
            • Podcasting
            • Voiceover

            Comments about Allen & Heath XB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer:

            I needed a console/mixer with more inputs and outputs for producing podcasts and other audio content. The XB-14 has exactly the right features for my purposes. Telco channels with preconfigured clean feeds; on/off toggles for each channel (can trigger external sources as well, although I don't use this feature); USB in/out for connecting a computer (Perfect for recording Skype calls); three headphone outputs; very versatile monitoring; control room speakers automatically muted when mic faders are raised; and more.

            Love it. Not a single con (other than it's fairly pricey).

            And B&H is awesome - they're ability to ship cross-border with minimal fuss is an incredibly useful feature.

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            5.0

            User Friendly, Headroom Plenty

            By Andrew 4ZZZ FM

            from Brisbane, Australia

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Radio - Outside Broadcast

              Comments about Allen & Heath XB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer:

              We use this product for Outside Broadcasts for our local community radio, taking it to sporting events, gigs and other places where we need versatile inputs from event PA systems. The Mixer is user friendly enough for most our technically minded staff, but overwhelming for some announcers compared to the simplicity of most broadcast desks. Despite this, the gain pots are low which gives considerable headroom on each channel.

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              5.0

              Does everything it claims to do

              By Studio Mgr

              from Pennsylvania

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              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Economical
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Radio studio operations

                Comments about Allen & Heath XB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer:

                We use this to run a full-power community radio station which is on-air 24/7. The XB-14 allows us to do whatever it is we want to do, whether it is patching in remote telephone interviews, mixing a variety of sources simultaneously, or just running a simple studio operation. Since we have volunteers running the station, ease and simplicity of setup and operation were important considerations. The XB-14 met that requirement also. So we saved a lot of money and got real professional output.

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                5.0

                Best Broadcast Mixer

                By KC Cool FM

                from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Broadcasting

                  Comments about Allen & Heath XB-14 - Radio Broadcast USB Mixer:

                  We have been using it in one of our radio stations for almost 2 years. I has great functions to support broadcasting needs. Now we just ordered a second one for our new station here in Phnom Penh.

                  The USB connection makes all functions from the software work perfectly as we expected.

                  The only bad thing is that we can't find it hear in Cambodia. We have to order it from across the globe. Thank to B&H to make things available on the net.

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