I'm using a custom 48 channel John Oram BEQ-PRO(over $30K, can send pics) and wouldn't think of feeding my audio through it. Regardless of how good your mixer might be, the more connections, cables, pieces of equipment(and their passive/active devices) you send the signal through, the more original information you lose. Avoid the mixer by buying a high-end preamp, and you'll have a discrete playback system. Engineer on one, listen on the other, and in different rooms(if possible). That's unless you have to use the 804's as monitors. I mix with headphones, or Tannoy near-field monitors.
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