Anyone with some basic electrical knowledge will appreciate the simplicity & robustness of an (old) MX180 desk.
They're REALLY easy to maintain, the parts are reachable, pretty modular, decent quality & built to last. Think about that when you diss it's sheer size. The size of the thing also means Rodec doesn't have to take into account build size when designing the components. No Compromises when it comes to having room for a DECENT PSU (most important thing in ANY mixer imo.)
The things deliver & keep working, I've never had any issues with a desk of that type when it comes to signal disruption, noise on the audio signal or shit like that.
If I'd drop a pint of beer on top of any mixer... It'd have to be an MX180 desk. easiest to take apart, clean & put back together. Try spilling some shit on a mixer with optical CF & shitloads of solid state electronics.
To anyone dissing the Rodec "sound"....
That's the sound that's actually on the record mates...
Hooking up some decent speakers on the balanced out is gonna give u a real sound. The potentiometers are solid as a rock. The fact that they require some force to turn em around is actually a positive thing when you're controlling a powerful soundsystem. You really don't want to much 'twitchyness' then do you?
BTW MX180 schematics are available all over the net. If anything happens to your mixer. With the help of some technical forums & basic electronic skills you can fix it yourself most of the time.