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Good, solid product
on 19 January 2012
This amp was bought primarily as a keyboard amplifier to complement my Yamaha PSRE423, mainly at home in my bedroom studio but occasionally for performing. I was immediately impressed by the well finished, solid structure of the amp, with 'carpet' covering. It looks and feels very professional. The sound is great too with its 12" driver and horn, more than adequate for my needs.
The graphic equalizer provides more tone variation than the usual bass, middle, treble and the effects (FX), while not extensive, cover the basics very well with a good reverb amongst them. Another advantage is that this really has a PA mixer built in and you can set the FX level independently for each of the 4 inputs. The fact that channel 1 has an XLR mic input is great in making this a self contained entertainment package although the phantom voltage is only 15v if you are using a condenser mic rather than the full 48v that some require. No problem if you are using a dynamic mic however, like my Shure PG58.
I've looked at other similar amps that cost a lot more and I must say I don't think they do any better. This amp represents great value for money and has led me to take a second look at Behringer amps for other uses. I already use a few of their accessories (headphone amp, cable tester, simple small line mixer) and have found their quality consistently good.
The one word of caution about Behringer amps though is their power rating. Although classed as 180 watts, I can't believe this is an RMS rating. I suspect it is more like a peak power rating as the sound output is probably a bit less that a Fender 100 watt lead amp I also own. The specification does not state the measurement used. Given, however, that I am using their amps alongside other 100 watt RMS equipment with a feed to the PA mixer desk, this is not a major issue for me. Indeed I could have bought the next model up with a Behringer rating of 300 watts for a few tens of pounds extra if I had been really concerned.
I do wonder though why Behringer seem to be inflating the rating somewhat. Perhaps they just felt that, while amplifying the sound, they could amplify the spec as well.
Still good value nonetheless, as the price is very reasonable even with that caveat.