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Behringer C50A Behritone Active 30-Watt Full-Range Reference Studio Monitor

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  • High-resolution, 30-Watt active nearfield monitor
  • Full-range 5 1/4" speaker with special diaphragm and deformation-resistant chassis
  • Frequency response from 90 Hz to 17 kHz with zero crossover phase distortion
  • Homogeneous dispersion pattern due to singular small-diaphragm full-range driver configuration
  • Magnetic shielding allows placement near computer monitors
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Behringer C50A Behritone Active 30-Watt Full-Range Reference Studio Monitor + Hosa Cable CSS110 TRS to TRS Interconnect Cables - 10 Foot + Hosa CMP159 Stereo Breakout, 3.5 mm TRS to Dual 1/4 in TS, 10-Feet
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 10 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0051TZAGE
  • Item model number: C50A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2007

Product Description

BEHRITONE C5A and C50A full-range reference studio monitors let you hear what your mixes will sound like on real-world systems such as car stereos, computers, televisions, iPod stations and other bass-challenged systems. Each 6.5" cube contains its own dedicated 30-Watt Class-D power amp and a specially designed 5-1/4" full-range speaker for crystal-clear audio reproduction. Both models accept balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS, as well as unbalanced RCA connections, and are magnetically shielded so they won't disrupt your computer video monitors. Beauty is More Than Just Skin-Deep. BEHRITONE loudspeakers are our homage to a now-defunct company and their legendary 5C loudspeakers, which literally shook up the recording industry in the 1970s and '80s. The original versions were passive little vinyl-clad, particle board cubes that recording engineers soon came to love. The C50A features a high-gloss piano lacquer finish, while the C5A sports a classic wood-grain laminate, allowing either model to fit into virtually any studio décor. Both are constructed of precision-milled, high-rigidity MDF for extremely low-resonance performance. A neoprene pad is included for superior acoustic isolation when the speakers are placed on a desktop, or the enclosures can be mounted on mic stands via the built-in 5/8" adapters. Discover what world-class studio and mastering engineers have known for decades - the only way to get the TRUTH about your mix is to hear it through these pint-sized beauties. BEHRITONE C5A or C50A active studio monitors are the perfect complement to your current monitoring system.


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A valuable tool for mixing!
Derrick W.
If you can get your mix to sound tight on this monitor, it will sound good on most other systems.
K. Davis
I fixed levels, kick eq, bass eq and levels in minutes with this little dandy!
Paul Waters

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry W. Hagood on August 13, 2011
First let me say that the appearance and heft of this speaker is awesome. As good as it looks in the picture it's even better in real life. Fit and finish is a 10+.
Some in the recording industry refer to this as a grot box. It's used to show recording engineers what the mix might sound like on a lower end system. That is, it's been scientifically designed, engineered and crafted to sound... well, kind of tinny and crappy compared to a typical reference monitor. Now you might be ready to click on to some other product and move on but wait... There is a very good reason a non recording engineer might buy this speaker. If you grew up in the 50's, 60's or 70's and when you listen to your favorite old tracks on your new multi-thousand dollar stereo system.. Yes you know it sounds great but there's just something not right about it... You KNOW what I'm talking about.
This is a good solution. Just plug your ipod/iphone/smartphone/mp3 player into the back of this thing, and play your favorite Tunes from the Monkees or the Who or Elvis or whatever you listened to back in the day and you'll see what I'm talking about.
I bought mine for listening to talk radio using the TuneInRadio app on my iphone. For talk radio the speaker is perfect. This sounds so much better than connecting the phone to some full range sound system.
I demonstrated the speaker to my girlfriend who knows nothing about audio. I played a Beatles tune on my iPhone through a Fostex PM2 MKII 8 reference monitor and then through the little Behritone C50A. The sound quality was obviously worse but right away she said, "it totally sounds a lot better on the little speaker".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex on January 19, 2013
All I have to say about this is WOW. Ive been working on some songs for about a month now and this little monitor greatly improved my mixes in less than the hour that I've owned it. For example, mixing vocals into a track where hearing all the preciseness and imaging on my mains, it was difficult to get the volume just right.

This monitor sounds incredibly simplistic, has no depth or imaging, so it will flat-out tell you if the vocals, or whatever you need, are too loud. I tweaked the volume using this as reference, then switched back to my mains, and WOW. It finally sounds balanced.

I can see that going for those long studio sessions, this will "reset" you ears for maintaining a proper mix.

I was deciding to get this or the avantone/auratones. As long as you use this in addition to your main monitors, I feel the c50a gets the job done perfectly.

This has been, hands down, the best addition to my studio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Waters on November 6, 2013
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Like everyone else has said, this is not the "bookshelf" speaker you've been looking for. If you are not mixing audio, please, stay away from this speaker. But, if you want to be able to get you eq right, levels right, etc. Get this now. Don't get two, one is all you need. You should set this up as a MONO speaker in any project you're working on. I fixed levels, kick eq, bass eq and levels in minutes with this little dandy! With this, mix and eq there, switch back to mains and... BAM it's all better. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Garrison on May 24, 2013
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As mentioned by other reviewers, this "studio monitor" is designed to sound bad ... I like to call it the barely-tone :)

It does such a great job of sounding bad that if you can get your vocals to sound balanced, can actually hear the bass and kick drum, and the cymbals aren't overwhelming, your mix has a very good chance of translating to any low-end audio system. I haven't used an auratone or avantone, so I don't know how they compare, but, I have been very happy with having this available as an in-studio reference. It has replaced the need to cross check on a bunch of low-end systems.

Downsides:

The mic-stand mount is very convenient, but not as stable as I had hoped; it is a little loose and sometimes it will start to tilt to one side.
The power amp in this unit is noisy at idle (hisses at 8khz or so, guessing almost 40 dB at 3M--set at unity gain.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By djmiked on May 16, 2013
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drop your mix into summed mono and run it through this... you'll hear what you need to hear for clarity purposes. also has a nice rubber padded bottom and mic thread to mount or set on your desk. i always use it to check my mixes, and has helped exponentially.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on September 10, 2012
The first thing you must understand is that this speaker is strickly for sound mixing. If you get this speaker expecting to hear something that provides you with a rainbow of sound frequencies you will be upset beyond belief. THIS MONITOR WAS DESIGNED STRICKLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF MIXING.

The Behritone C50A provides the listener with a midrange frequency experience, and that doesn't say much for ear candy. BUT what it will do is help you to get an honest mix that will sound fantastic on most other systems.

Had it not been for Mixing guru Mike Senior (author of Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio) I would not have known nothing of Aurotone type monitors. He recommended purchasing one of these before any pair of nearfield speakers with regard to mixing, and I now understand why. If you can get your mix to sound tight on this monitor, it will sound good on most other systems.
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