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Behringer A500 Reference Amplifier

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  • 2 x 230 Watts into 4 Ohms, 500 Watts into 8 Ohms in bridged mono operation
  • Precise level meter and clip indicators for accurate performance monitoring
  • Speaker outputs on professional 'touch-proof' binding posts and 1/4' TS connectors
  • Ultra-linear power amplifier for recording studios, post-production, live sound and HiFi application
  • Independent thermal overload protection with LED indicator for each channel automatically protects amplifier and speakers
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.6 x 5.5 inches ; 23.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000CZ0RL0
  • Item model number: A500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,439 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

BEHRINGER REFERENCE AMPLIFIER A500

Professional 600-Watt Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier

  • Ultra-linear power amplifier for recording studios, post-production, live sound and HiFi application
  • 2 x 300 Watts into 4 Ohms, 600 Watts into 8 Ohms in bridged mono operation
  • Servo-controlled design can drive virtually any passive speaker such as studio monitors, etc.
  • Advanced convection-cooling for absolutely noise-free and stable operation (no fan)
  • Precise level meter and clip indicators for accurate performance monitoring
  • Input connections on balanced XLR, 1/4'' TRS and RCA connectors
  • Speaker outputs on professional ''touch-proof'' binding posts and 1/4'' TS connectors
  • Ultra-reliable Toshiba / Fairchild power transistors
  • Independent thermal overload protection with LED indicator for each channel automatically protects amplifier and speakers
  • High-current toroidal transformer for absolute reliability and lowest noise interference
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

The A500 Reference Amplifier is the ideal choice for recording studios, post-production suites, or anyone seeking audiophile-grade performance - without the audiophile-grade sticker shock.

The A500 Really Delivers

Professional audio engineers around the world are impressed by the A500's performance and surprised by its affordability. Capable of delivering 2 x 300 Watts into 4 Ohms or 600 Watts into 8 Ohms bridged, the A500 has enough headroom to always keep you on the safe side. Advanced convection-type cooling technology ensures stable, noise-free operation, while its servo-controlled design can drive virtually any passive speaker.

Metering and I/O

A precise level meter and clip indicators are provided for accurate performance monitoring. Input connections are provided in the form of balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors, as well as unbalanced RCA sockets, ensuring you have loads of input options. Plus, the speaker outputs give you the choice between professional "touch-proof" binding posts and 1/4" TS connectors.

Reliability

To ensure years of trouble-free operation, we use only Toshiba or Fairchild high-power transistors that are known for their rock-solid reliability. In addition, an independent thermal overload protection system, with LED indicators for each channel, automatically protects both your amplifier and your speakers. Last but not least, we use tough, high-current toroidal transformers for absolute reliability and the lowest possible noise interference.

Value

You deserve the very best when it comes to studio power amplification. Experience love at first sound. Check out the A500 today at your authorized BEHRINGER dealer.

Audiophile-grade performance, ultra-reliable and undeniable affordability - the BEHRINGER A500.



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

You can't go wrong with this amp.
James R. Beyatte
Oh yes, sound is clean without any pops or otherwise unwanted noise.
groundie
The quality of the sound is perfect to my very picky ear.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Horizons59 on August 19, 2010
I use this amp to drive the highly revealing Martin Logan Aeon-i electrostatic hybrid speakers. These are a fairly demanding load and are extremely transparent. This amp sounds amazing and drives my speakers perfectly. After over 30 years as an audiophile and trying literally dozens of high end expensive amplifiers in search of the audio holy grail, I am done, happy, totally satisfied with the Behringer amp. Put all your money into speakers and drive them with this amp and you can thank me later. A fantastic bargain!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Real on October 15, 2010
I had read a lot about Behringer's crappy products. I new what I was getting into. For me their products are my only price range for now. A means to an end. I was very excited to get a reference amp. When I first set it up and plugged in the left channel wasn't playing. I was heart broken until I remembered the posts about crappy assembly. I opened the top and saw that the wires weren't plugged in. It had a connector. I connected. Worked perfectly. It still does and it sounds many times better than anything I've had. For the price it will get me by perfectly.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Beach VINE VOICE on February 20, 2010
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For the record (pun intended), I also own a highly-regarded 200 watts per channel "boutique brand" power amplifier that cost an order of magnitude more than my Behringer A-500. The more expensive amp is a very well-made and very musical piece of machinery. So is the astonishingly-affordable Behringer. What's my point? When I cue up a demanding CD, equalize the volume between the two amps, and listen to each in its turn at reasonable volume levels, my "golden ears" can't discern much...if any...difference. Both are detailed, articulate, and satisfying.

Despite its published power specifications, one might well think of the A-500 as a solid, linear, and gutsy 100 watts per channel amplifier that can smoothly and cleanly drive normal (4 to 8 ohm) speakers to very satisfying sound levels in normal-sized rooms without fanfare or excessive heat. If 100 real watts per channel aren't sufficient for one's application, consider how two, three, or four Behringer A500s might work in a bridged and/or bi-amped configuration. I submit that four A-500s would cost about half of what I paid for my "boutique brand" amplifier.

One caveat: as the photo of the A-500 shows, it's configured for mounting in a 19" rack. The amp's front panel mounting flanges are integral parts of its massive die-cast alumimum heat sinks. I needed the A-500 to sit on the 18" shelf of a furniture-style cabinet. I used masking tape to cover up all of the amp's various vent slots and connector holes. Then I carefully cut off the two mounting flanges...removing one inch of aluminum from either side...with a hacksaw. After a thorough wipe-down, unmasking, and a bit of flat black touch-up paint, my 17" A-500 was good to go.

In summary, the Behringer A-500 is a well-built and sonically-competent machine that stands as an incredible musical bargain. Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brennard on June 23, 2011
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I can't agree with the other reviews enough! This is a fantastic amplifier, I would say, even if I had paid $700 for it.

The packaging quality is great.

The amplifier chassis is absolutely top notch for any price point, except for the plastic front panel, which does feel somewhat cheap compared to the rest of the unit, but compared to most amps, it's not bad at all. The LED VU meter is good, I wish it had analog meters... Keep in mind, they are VU meters, and not wattmeters, and monitor the input signal, not output power...

The blue LED power indicator light is very bright. I may dim it.

The electronics inside are well made for the price. Not great, but more than what I'd expect.

The real deal is about the sound quality. This thing is famous among audiophiles for it's sound. I've read online that it's comparable to big name brands in HIFI. And I don't mean Sony or Yamaha. I'm talking about very expensive (maybe >$2000) stuff from Krell it's being compared to. I think I agree. It's very nice.

For those of you who know about electrical engineering, it has a dual mono layout, meaning it's two completely separate amplifiers inside the box, a very desirable trait for HIFI, for some reason. They get more $$ for these designs. They have a push switch to route power to the huge toroidial transformer and then a pair of outputs to the amp boards directly. Each board has it's own power supply. Very neat.

The volume knobs are real potentiometers, not rotary encoders. This is a good thing, BTW.

No non-sense amplifier that should last for at least 30 or 40 years, more if it's repaired when something goes wrong with it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on June 5, 2012
After reading so many raves about A500 I finally got one myself. While it has been well covered by numerous reviews and tests, I hope my observations from a 30-year DIY background add value to potential buyers.
As a high level summary
* It's a fair market value - you get what you paid for. I've been chasing "bargains" for decades. Had quite a few thrill moments thinking I've found one but they all faded in a matter of weeks, if not days
* It's well-designed as a PA amp. Quality and reliability, however, was largely compromised by poor manufacturing
* Hifi stereo amp demands different characteristics that A500 was not designed for. It may work OK but there are better alternatives for this purpose
I did A/B tests with different set of amps and speakers. I will only reference the model numbers for equipment that's totally unmodified. Out of my amps it sounds closest to NAD 214 at modest volumes, though a bit less warm. It lacks some cleanness and details some more expensive ones would provide, like Rotel RB-990 and most of "cost no constraint" ones I built. At high volume it really shines. With 8ohm speakers I did not notice any distortion until clipping point. I did not test either 4ohm full volume or 8ohm bridge mode as I don't have suitable environment or speakers to push to that power range.
It was well designed for PA purpose. It can connect with almost any source. Oversized external heatsinks make it barely warm after long hours of full power usage, and comprehensive protection circuits make it virtually impossible to break. Thick metal case makes me feel I can stack them up all the way to the ceiling... The manufacturing quality, however, leaves too much to be desired. Like many others my unit also arrived with left channel DOA.
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