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  • Behringer

    I'm in the market for a PA system and notice that Behringer under-cut the competition by quite some way. Is this because their equipment sounds like ass and is completely unreliable or is it ok?

  • #2
    I have a 24 channel Behringer board. It sounds great. But one of the channels died on me. Other than that, I've had no issues with it.
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    • #3
      The few Behringer products I've used have been very well made.
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      • #4
        Honestly, Behringer PA gear is pretty much the worst you can get, even Peavey is better.

        The reason is cheap is twofolds: they copy the design from other companies and then build it with cheaper components.

        You can buy a complete Behringer kit if you want, but one day or another you'll want to move upward and will lose a lot of money because it has no resale value.

        Having gigged a lot over the last couple of years, I've played through numerous PAs and have learned to hate two words: Behringer and Mackie. Whenever we see one of these words somewhere, something will sound wrong. I particularly hate their powered monitors, they have no guts and too much highs (Behringer being the worst one since it's a copy of a Mackie with cheaper components), the preamps on their board are shrill (I know I own one!). I prefer Yorkville mixer and powered speakers much more, and they are far from being that good (except the higher-end models).

        There are things you can get away with (I always carry a Behringer DI box, just in case... it might be noisy but not enough to be a problem in a gig, and it runs off phantom power!), but for the core of your system (mixer, amps and speakers), do invest the additionnal money in something better!

        It's not that much more money to get something better. For the board you might look at Soundcraft's E serie, or the M (which I think has built-in FX), or Allen & Heath (Mixwizard or PA). You might also want to look at the used market: for the same price as a brand new Behringer mixer (which has no resale value), you can buy a quality board which you can sell for the same price if you don't like it.

        Powered mixers are quite handy, but if possible, it's better to have everything separate (if your power amp dies, you still have a usable mixer!).

        Anyway, Yorkville makes very reliable gear, and you might also want to take a look at Yamaha and Carvin. There are others of course. If you want to buy Behringer, go ahead, but remember that you cannot get "filet mignon" at a BigMac price.
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        • #5
          We had a Behringer power amp fail on us at a gig this weekend. Thirty minutes later, the Behringer mixer failed us also. Thankfully the equipment was rented.
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          • #6
            We have a Behringer PMX2000 powered mixed that we use for rehearsals and small gigs. It has beed fine for the last 3 years. We always carry backups, and use the Bose PAS sticks the majority of the time now. If you buy Behringer, buy the extended warranty, because if it breaks, they will give you a new one and throw the broken one in the dumpster. The Behringer sounds good for smaller gigs. YMMV. Our other gear is JBL, Yamaha, QSC, Peavey, Sennheister, Shure, etc.

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            • #7
              We had a beringer PA mixer. I thought it was OK until I bought a Mackie mixer and our band all of a sudden sounded great. From what I understand, the difference is in that the Mackie has great pre-amps in each channel. I agree that the beringer is really a low end product.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hardtailed
                Honestly, Behringer PA gear is pretty much the worst you can get, even Peavey is better.

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                I would not use Peavey as a negative, Peavey makes some great gear. I think they make great products that sustain a lot of punishment. I have never had a single Peavey unit fail (amps, guitars, mixers, monitors). They have all been very good (and at a good price).
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fuzzball


                  I would not use Peavey as a negative, Peavey makes some great gear. I think they make great products that sustain a lot of punishment. I have never had a single Peavey unit fail (amps, guitars, mixers, monitors). They have all been very good (and at a good price).


                  Man, I couldn't disagree more. Every piece of Peavey equipment I've ever used has eventually failed (usually multiple times). I'll bet you'll find a lot of people have the same experience.
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                  • #10
                    I have two Behringer mixers, both are slowly dying, a channel at a time. I agree with Hardtailed: stay away from this stuff. I've never had any trouble with Peavey PA gear; I'm presently using (and loving) a Yamaha powered mixer.
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                    • #11
                      my band recently bought a small PA consisting of a Carvin powered mixer (PA1200), low-end Peavey FOH speakers (PV215), and Behringer monitors (F1220).
                      The Carvin died after about 8 hours, but they replaced it and so far the new one has been great through 2 gigs.
                      The Peavey speakers are OK. Not great, but not terrible. If I could replace any piece of the system it would be those. They sound flat and somewhat muddy.
                      The real suprise has been the Behringer monitors. They sound great, and are built very heavy duty. I would not hesitate to buy a couple of Behringer FOH speakers similar to these to replace those Peaveys.
                      However, I don't think I would ever trust a Behringer mixer.
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                      • #12
                        So the general consensus seems to be that Behringer amps and mixers don't last 5 minutes and sound crappy unless at low volume? Does anyone have anything more to add about their speakers/monitors?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by riffdaddy


                          Man, I couldn't disagree more. Every piece of Peavey equipment I've ever used has eventually failed (usually multiple times). I'll bet you'll find a lot of people have the same experience.


                          Yeah, Peavey builds tought ****************... that sounds like ass!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Knottyhed
                            So the general consensus seems to be that Behringer amps and mixers don't last 5 minutes and sound crappy unless at low volume? Does anyone have anything more to add about their speakers/monitors?


                            The guy above seems to be satisfied, but frankly the worst monitors we've ever "experienced" on stage were powered Behringers. They're only thing worse than Mackies. I'd rather have an old Peavey passive monitor with some old but powerful power amp than those pos.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LosBoleros
                              We had a beringer PA mixer. I thought it was OK until I bought a Mackie mixer and our band all of a sudden sounded great. From what I understand, the difference is in that the Mackie has great pre-amps in each channel. I agree that the beringer is really a low end product.


                              Interesting, I've had quite a few Mackie mixers and I think my Behringer sounds better. Maybe I have a higher end Behringer, it was a bit pricey.
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