NAMM 2014: Allen and Heath unveils Xone:23 DJ mixer

NAMM 2014: Allen and Heath has announced the latest addition to its expansive Xone DJ mixer range, rolling out the Xone:23 in time for this year's show.

Intended to replace the Xone:22, the '23 is a two-channel mixer with four inputs, allowing you to mix between any two of the four audio sources at one time. The new model carries over the three-band total kill EQ from its predecessor and also features a crossfader curve selector, FX loop, recording output and a new version of the classic Xone filter.

The Xone:23 also gives the old unit a brush-up cosmetically, with a look that draws its inspiration from the excellent Xone:DB4 mixer.

Allen and Heath says it's keen to retain the competitive price of the Xone:22, so expect to find the Xone:23 for a street price in the region of £250/$299.

Allen and Heath Xone:23 DJ mixer press release

Allen & Heath will launch the Xone:23, a 2-channel DJ mixer at NAMM 2014. The new mixer is packed with pro features that would normally be found in the booth of a top-rated club, including an enhanced version of the legendary Xone filter with resonance control, VCA faders, 3 band total kill EQ, illuminated switches, crossfader curve selector, with styling inspired by the flagship Xone:DB4.

At the heart of the mixer is the renowned analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF) system offering Low-Pass and High-Pass filters, frequency sweep and 'mild to wild' resonance control. There is also an FX loop to connect to third party FX units, which route back in through the filter system.

The 2 stereo channels feature independent level controls for each input enabling up to four stereo sources to be simultaneously routed to the mix, as well as the dedicated send and return system for external FX. The mixer can also be upgraded with the latest Innofader for enhanced scratch performance, available as an accessory from Allen & Heath.

The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLR's, and there is a dedicated record output. The Xone:23 is equipped with comprehensive monitoring facilities, including a booth output with its own volume control, a cue mix control, and signal levels clearly displayed on the 9 segment peak hold meters.

Styled on the Xone:DB4, the Xone:23 includes soft touch, backlit controls, light-piped meters and a distinctive new shaped steel faceplate.

"We put a lot of effort into engineering the new Xone:23 to ensure we could offer our customers a high performance, feature packed stylish mixer, yet still retain the competitive price of its predecessor, the Xone:22," says Xone design manager Andy Rigby-Jones. "Xone:23 takes its place in the Xone family without sacrificing either performance or features."

Matt Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.