"Forget the past...Behringer is good to go!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I have used this subwoofer only once in a fairly large dance hall paired up with a set of Behringer B812NEO speakers. For so many years I suffered with low powered equipment always running out of headroom and going into the red. Not the case now. This system will go as far as you'll ever want. The lows had SERIOUS punch and the stereo imaging coming from the L/R speakers was remarkable. I know this is not a review for the NEO speakers, but these products are meant to work in tandem but I see no reason why this subwoofer wouldn't pair up well with other brands. As for power, I cannot imagine needing more. The volume knob was never turned up past a quarter turn! The greenish signal light lit blinked on and off with each power pulse, but the red overload light did not activate at all. Clean punchy sound all night long!
There is a bass boost switch that I did not need to use. When activated you can sweep the low frequency range to find the band that needs boosting, but in this particular venue the boosting sounded unnatural. Every room is different, so it might come in handy for some apps. There is also a frequency cutoff knob that I toyed with. With closed eyes I turned it back and forth until my ears told me when I hit the sweet spot. It was rather dark on stage therefore I did not see the setting, so I just trusted my ears and it was good for the entire dance. Last but not least is the Phase Reverse switch. This switch will go unused for most users as long as they use the correct polarity in their signal chain prior to feeding the sub. In the rare case where it sounds like there is huge bass on stage, but an empty hole out on the dance floor, you'll be glad that switch is there!
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use, however for someone buying a powered subwoofer for the first time they might be somewhat befuddled by the Bass Boost feature or knowing what the Phase Reverse switch is for. The Cutoff knob is somewhat confusing because the built in crossover uses a non-adjustable 100hz high pass filter to feed the high range speakers; all frequencies below 100hz are sent to the sub. Now, for example, if you go and use the Cutoff knob on the sub and set it 70hz, by all reasoning you have just eliminated all frequencies between 70 and 100hz. Not really sure if this is the case, but my brain is working on it. Time will tell, however I will say that the Cutoff knob was effective at obtaining the right sound when I used the "closed eyes" technique. One thing I do question regarding its design is that it seems the handles were intended for lifting from the front. This would be correct thinking for most passive speakers where the center of gravity is in the front, but this sub's center of gravity is in the back, so when you go to lift it (it is a dense little box) you find yourself fighting for balance. Chances are they designed it thinking 2 people would carry it side by side, but my reality is that I have to lift this thing myself. Sometimes it's good to be Irish...or not.
Just being a Behringer product I always have a sense of trepidation that something will go wrong because for many years that just what Behringer was known for and I have a pile of old relic to prove it, BUT I feel the company is maturing and poised to rule the world of pro sound. I purchased a pair of B1800 subs a few years ago not expecting much out of them, but those baby's are still rocking, although one of them has developed a buzz, probably a loose screw that I'll fix one day ; ) With that positive experience I recently purchased a Behringer Xenyx mixer. It has been working perfect for 6 months now, so I purchased a pair of B812NEO's and so far they work very well, although one of them does suffer from some type of sympathetic vibration issue. Only I notice it from being on stage; it is not audible on the dance floor. Then they came out with these powered subs and I was hit with "gear fever" once again. "Wow, with that sub I would have a very slick all-Behringer system. Oh no. What's happening to me?" So I went for the plunge and am very glad I did. The particular sub I purchased from Same Day Music was a blemished model. I've purchased blemished products before, but this baby was seriously bashed. When I first saw it come out of the shipping container my heart sank. It really had been through the mill with several gouges and scratches, but most obvious was the front grill completely smashed right to the speaker. OK, don't panic, I said to myself. The electronics all looked good other than some scratches on the heat sink, so I hooked her up to the NEO's and did a sound check. Wow! Sure looked ugly but sounded great! The next day I broke out my trusty electric screwdriver and removed the grill. I placed it on the floor and stepped on it to push out the dent. Like in a dream, it snapped itself back to its original shape. Other than a few small dents, you really cannot tell it was so badly damaged, especially when on stage with darker lighting. Besides, who cares? The fact that it held up to a beating like that tells me this thing was built to last.
Have not used them in a long time, but they were always good when needed in the past.
For the price you cannot beat this sub, but time will tell. I've owned other brands, one of which begins with an "M". These original "M" models held up very well for many years without a problem, although lately I've been hearing not so good reviews for the newer model "M" brand. I figured what the heck, give the Behringer's a try. So far so good. A year from now, who knows? That's just how it is in this dog eat dog world.