The theatre space I just took over needs a lot of work. Our sound board for instance, a shitty Behringer (but you knew that already) stopped putting sound out over it''s left channel. No, seriously. The last possible most rare thing to go wrong when sound isn't traveling happened. This is the second Behringer this theatre has had, both have had very short life spans. We need to buy a new board, and we need to buy a board that can take the abuse of people who don't know what the fuck they're doing (the space gets rented out). I can hook up a board and run it, but 've never actually purchased one before. In short, I know diddly about hardware in this world.
We need about 6+ XLRs and an assortment of aux inputs. FX aren't important. Unfortunately, we aren't exactly rolling in the benjamins here, so the cheaper I can get something the more likely it is to be approved. My preliminary research has me spending about $400. Is this accurate? Can I go less and still get something that won't fall apart? What brands are better? What brands suck? What websites have great prices on this stuff?