Behringer, King of Budget PA solutions!
With worldwide distribution and a very organized pricing system Behringer has firmly established them selves on the PA market as a much cheaper alternative to, for example Mackie.
Most medium to largely sized music shops carry the brand and there are very few working musicians who never purchased a Behringer product.
Let’s take a look at what you get for your cash should you invest in this brand.
This active 12″ PA speaker delivers 400W and weighs 24kg (53lbs). You plug into this unit with XLR or 1/4″ jacks.
The unit even gives you the option to just plug a microphone in and use the onboard preamp and EQ should you ever need to run the unit like that.
The advantage of these units are that they can be used as floor monitors or PA tops. They have a very rugged design and should last for a long time. The strongest appeal with this type of unit is that you can just buy more of them as you expand.
Should your gigs grow in size you can for example add one more on each side using the link output. If you want monitors; just get more units. Should one break in a gig; just move them around.
Should the gig require two locations of performance, for example wedding reception and the main party, you could just take the monitors and use those, during the break before the main gig you simply take them back for use as main stage monitors.
A side business for the working functions band can easily develop here by renting them out to other bands.
Behringer only make one sub to compliment their range of tops, a 18″ passive unit that weighs 42 kg (91lbs).
The price is very appealing but being 18″ and passive you do have to add a power amp to make this work. However, if affordability is on the top of your list, this is it.
Using the EP1500 Power Amp you could power two subs or one sub and then daisy chain passive monitors off the other output of the power amp.
This is Behringers strong appeal. Two 18″ subs and the power amp works out less than you’d pay for one Mackie 15″ active sub!
Should you only get one sub, the power amp and two passive 12″ monitors like the B212XL you would get an almost complete PA system including monitors that should be able to support a full band doing a pub gig, a small wedding or function with ease, all for peanuts.
On top of this you would need a mixer, and Behringer has plenty to choose form here.
The XENYX 1202 is a 4 mic and two stereo input mixer witha seriously attractive price tag that should suit the solo performer or acoustic duo.
Effects can be added via the loop but you would then not have a way to deliver a signal to the monitors.
The Eurorack UB1222FX-PRO comes with on board effects and can deliver to the monitors as well.
With its 6 channels and 2 stereo inputs this should be a good budget alternative for a power trio.
Should you want to ad a graphic EQ, compressor, a crossover or any other outboard gear, Behringer has that available for you as well at prices that won’t take you more than a gig to save up for.