Originally Posted by jabas
Is there any difference between the "a" and the "s" version of the MP,XP 2016?
If I was you, I would consider the original 2016, the one before the "a" or "s".
Sound-wise, they all sound the same. The only difference would be that the original was designed to clip a little earlier on the gain knob, usually between 6 and 8. The "a" and "s" clip on the gain knob around 8 to 10. This led many users to believe that the "a" and "s" sound better than the original. This is not the case. I spoke with Rane's technical support and they confirmed that the reason for the redesigned gain was because most DJs are dumb asses who push the the signal into the red. It is harder to push the "a" and "s" into the red.
I bought a brand new "a", still in the box. It sounded great, but the blue velvet knobs on it were too loose for my taste. Also, I prefer the six position cue selector knob rather than the push button style cue-ing, but that's just me. So, I sold my brand new 2016a and bought a used, original MP2016.
You won't find an original brand new, but nice ones appear every now and then on eBay.
Warning: these mixers are not "warm". They are unforgiving and transparent. If your track lacks bass when played through a MP2016 (original, "a" or "s"), then your track was recorded with low bass, the mixer is not at fault.