I agree those VU meters are fancy, but kind of silly given the spare nature of everything else. While I often really like the general aesthetics of these kinds of mixers, how do folk around here actually make any use of these? Is everyone here mainly a DJ?
I may have even said this already somewhere above, but not only would I be stymied by the RCA jacks (the devil's connectors if ever there was), but many have none or at most one send, which would render it entirely useless for me. If only we could get something with that general look/shape/layout, 1/4" connectors, 6-8 mono/stereo channels and 2 aux sends. If only! And why is it that mixers that currently meet that spec all have the input/output jacks on the face panel instead of at the back? Does thinness reduce shipping costs by that much more than squatness?
Also, would that we could be freed from the tyranny of master faders, entirely unnecessary and the source of bad habits in the case of a performance.