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Behringer Powerplay P16-M

16-channel personal monitoring mixer

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Our take on the Behringer Powerplay P16-M

I know from personal experience that balancing the sound in a stage monitor system from front-of-house position can be challenging at times — especially with fickle musicians who want to constantly fiddle with the mix. Behringer's Powerplay P16-M personal monitoring system gives musicians the power to mix their stage monitors the way they like and allows them to make as many adjustments as needed..

"Less them, more me"

I know from personal experience that balancing the sound in a stage monitor system from front-of-house position can be challenging at times — especially with fickle musicians who want to constantly fiddle with the mix. Behringer's Powerplay P16-M personal monitoring system gives musicians the power to mix their stage monitors the way they like and allows them to make as many adjustments as needed..

Behringer P16-M

P16-M connection panel

16 channels in, stereo out

The P16-M digital mixer is designed to complement a Behringer XR18 or X32 Series mixer, connecting to its Ultranet jack via CAT5e cable. In the XR18 or X32 software, you can choose which 16 channels to send to the stage, then your intrepid musicians will take it from there. You can daisy-chain up to sixteen P16-M mixers together for those bands that require that much onstage monitor control. You can connect the mixer's outputs to a pair of powered stage wedges, to headphones, or to in-ear monitors for maximum control over a low-volume stage setup.

Control features

In addition to controlling the levelsof 16 different channels, the P16-M lets you adjust the tone of each channel with a 3-band EQ and the left-right balance with a pan knob. The onboard limiter ensures that no ears get damaged due to a mistaken adjustment or accidental feedback.

Behringer P16-M

P16-M control surface

Product Highlights:

  • 16-channel digital personal monitor mixer
  • for use with Behringer XR18 and X32 Series mixers
  • connects to mixer's Ultranet via Cat5e cable
  • headphone and stereo line outputs
  • MIDI input for remote digital control
  • can link and group channels together
  • pan, mute, and solo functions
  • 3-band EQ with adjustable frequency on midrange
  • dynamic limiter on output channels
  • warranty: 3 years (with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • P16-M personal mixer
  • AC adapter with attached 6' DC output cord (DC output: 12V 400mA)
  • 15.5' CAT5e cable (RJ-45 plugs on both ends)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Global Care Information
  • Behringer decal

Behringer Powerplay P16-M Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

THE EASIEST monitor mixing solution... EVER!

RJ from Honolulu, HI on 11/15/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used to use an XR16 and a mono IEM mix via one of the AUX outs. While adequate, it was a pain to navigate through an app and move virtual sliders just to make quick adjustments on the fly. And you always had to make sure your view mode was SENDS TO FADER, or you could accidentally change the house mix! Now I use an XR18 with a P16-M, and it couldn't be easier. It's very intuitive, even without reading the manual. No worries about accidentally changing the house mix. No navigating through apps. Simply press a button and twist a knob. Plus, since I don't have to worry about conserving AUX outs like on our old mixer, I can have stereo IEM! There's less fatigue because my poor brain doesn't have to subconsciously try to separate all the performers from one mono blob in the middle of my head. With easily adjustable panning and EQ, each performer has their own niche in my IEMs--spatially and sonically. The indicator LEDs let you see exactly which channels are getting a signal, and which channel is currently selected for editing. Sounds like something you'd take for granted, but it removes all guesswork--something especially important during a live performance. There's even space on the bottom for you to put some tape for a scribble strip. My only minor gripe is that it's not a P-18M, LOL. That would be useful for monitoring the XR18's Line-Ins (our band does occasionally use all 18 channels). But overall, a great unit.

Pros: - EASY to use. The pinnacle of convenience. - Each channel has its own pan and EQ. - Adjustments are lightning fast compared to navigating through an app. - Simple, logical layout, good indicator LEDs, no guesswork involved. - It remembers your settings after powering down.

Cons: 18 channels would have been nice. Yes, it's great with 16, it's like the Hulk. But with 18, it would have been like Hulk plus Iron Man plus Thor.


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Features and Specs

Mic inputs 0
Line inputs N
Phantom power N
Channel EQ 3-band for monitor
Master EQ N
Digital outputs N
Monitor outputs 1/4" (x2)
Effects N
Talkback N
Height (inches) 2-1/8
Depth (inches) 5-1/8
Width (inches) 10-3/16
Weight 1.8 lbs

Product Research


Overview: The Behringer Powerplay P16-M is a 16-channel digital stereo mixer designed for use with personal in-ear monitor systems. It lets you create and control your own personal monitor mix from up to 16 channels of input. The P16-M also includes a 3-band EQ with mid-band frequency control, an output limiter, and a mono/stereo line output for external powered monitors. The P16-M comes with a 15.5' CAT5e cable and an AC adapter.

System Applications: The P16-M can be connected directly to the Behringer X Air XR18 or X32 digital mixer's Ultranet port with the included CAT5e cable. Multiple P16-Ms can be connected to a sound system through a Powerplay P16-I Audio Interface or a P16-D Ultranet Distributor (both sold separately). Using an optional P16-D, you can daisy-chain up to 48 P16M personal mixers.

Mixing: With the P16-M, you can select and adjust the volume for 16 separate input channels. In addition, you can pan the audio left to right, and adjust the EQ for each channel with the 3-band EQ.

Equalizer: The P16-M's equalizer has three bands, each with an adjustment of +/- 12dB. The bass band's center frequency is 100Hz, and the treble band's is 10kHz. The mid frequency is semi-parametric which allows you to set the center frequency between 100Hz and 10kHz.

Limiter: The P16-M's output control features an adjustable limiter that sets a maximum volume level to protect your ears and headphones.

MIDI Input: The mixer has a 5-pin MIDI In port that gives you real-time remote control of all channels by an external MIDI device.

Mounting: The P16-M can be mounted onto a microphone stand for easy on-stage access using an optional P16-MB mic stand mount (not included).

Warranty Terms: Behringer offers a 3-year warranty when you register your product within 90 calendar days of purchase. If the product is not properly registered, the warranty period is one year.

Connections: The Powerplay P16-M has the following connections:

  • Phones: 1/4" TRS, stereo
  • Line Out: Two 1/4" TS, unbalanced (L/Mono + R)
  • MIDI In: 5-pin MIDI connector
  • Ultranet: Two RJ-45 connectors -- In + Thru
  • DC In: DC power port (12 VDC, 300mA)


  • Setup:
    • Link: Push button for combining adjacent mono channels into linked stereo pairs
    • Group: Push button for grouping any selected mono or stereo-linked channels into one or more groups (which can be stored into user presets)
    • Recall: Push button for loading up to 16 saved presets
    • Store: Push button to save current settings to up to 16 presets
  • Equalizer:
    • Bass: Rotary control for adjusting bass +/- 12dB at 100 Hz
    • Mid: Rotary control for adjusting selected mid frequency +/- 12dB
      • Frequency: Rotary control for selecting mid frequency between 100Hz and 10kHz
    • Treble: Rotary control for adjusting treble +/- 12dB at 10 kHz
  • Output:
    • Limiter: Rotary control for setting the limiter threshold for the master output
    • Level: Rotary control for setting the overall master output level
  • Main: Push button for selecting the main stereo bus signal, which has its own settings for volume, balance, and equalization
  • Solo: Push button for muting all channels except for the selected mono channel, stereo-linked pair, or group
  • Mute: Push button for muting the selected channels or the main signal (full mute)
  • Pan/Balance: Rotary control for adjusting the stereo placement of mono channels and the relative left-right balance of stereo-linked channels or the main stereo bus signal (has a balance meter)
  • Volume: Rotary control for adjusting the mix level for selected mono, stereo-linked, groups, or the main stereo bus signal
  • Channel Select Buttons 1-16: Sixteen individual push buttons that activate mono and stereo-linked channels and groups for individual mix adjustment and editing. Each channel button has red LEDs to indicate the channel is selected, and green LEDs that flicker when there is audio activity.


  • Digital Processing: 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz sampling rate via a 24-bit Delta-Sigma A/D converter
  • Signal: 16 channels, plus bus power
  • Latency: <0.9ms (from P16-I to P16-M)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0, -3dB)
  • Dynamic Range: 92 dB (typical)
  • Headphone Output: -20 to +15 dBu
  • Limiter: Ratio ∞:1
  • Dimensions: Width 10.171", Height 2.122", Depth 5.083"
  • Weight: 1.8 pounds

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I'm upgrading from an XR16 to an XR18 and a P16-M. Got tired of "navigating" and scrolling through an app to adjust my monitor mix on stage. The P16-M is as simple as pressing a button and turning a knob. No more navigating. I'm going to try to talk the other band members into getting them, too. [ Robert  Sep 20, 2017 ]