52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
I bought a pair of these for my son, who is trying to start up a DJ biz. Sadly, within two months, the tweeter in one speaker quit working. Don't know if it's the tweeter itself, or the cross-over circuit. I was on hold trying to get to Behringer customer service for more than an hour. Even when I got thru, it took several follow up calls and emails to get an "RMA number" so that I could get the speaker repaired under warranty.
Well, that meant getting the speaker to a Behringer authorized service center at my own expense. Happily, there is on in my town, although quite a drive away. When I got there, carrying the speaker, and complained about the difficulty in getting the RMA, they laughed and said I'd actually gotten off easy. Then they said the company was notorious for not providing them with the parts they need to make the repairs. "Sometimes it takes them months," they said. They also indicated they see lots and lots of Behringer speakers and other products with defects and problems.
Long story short, the speaker has been languishing for ten weeks at the repair shop, and they still haven't gotten the part.
This is an oh-too-familiar example of a firm that offers a great up-front price and clearly doesn't care about building a relationship with their customers, standing behind their warranties, or even pretending to act in an ethical manner.
I won't ever buy anything from them again, and invite you to consider my experience when making a purchase choice.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
After shopping around for weeks trying to decide which powered PA speaker I should buy, I finally settled on one of these. At first, I was disappointed when I plugged it in using the 1/4" jack, as it seemed to sound not very good at all. Well, it turns out that input is supposed to be used for a microphone (an input I don't need, since I plug my mic into my mixer) and has built-in frequency cutoffs for that input. I purchased a 1/4" to XLR patch cable at Radio Shack, and hooked it up that way, and let me just say... WOW! I can't believe how loud this little sucker gets.
You can definitely hear every bit of the 550 watts coming from this thing, and the quality is very good for a PA speaker in this price range. I doubt it would satisfy a serious audiophile, not for home use anyway, but if you're a DJ or looking for something to rock a party, you can't go wrong with this. Just pay attention to the little red light on the back, so long as it's not clipping, this speaker performs well at very high volumes for a very long period of time without getting damaged or over driven. I used this at a party where I had it running basically at max volume for 8 hours straight, and it was barely warm, thanks to the class D amp built in.
I like it so much, I just bought a second one to complete my set!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2011
I purchased two of these speakers as part of a karaoke set-up. Unfortunately, one of them arrived and only worked for about ten seconds before it developed a terminal problem. It would produce a loud pop and then hum for five to ten seconds before powering itself off. I clicked on 'return item' and printed the mailing labels. Even before I could finish printing them I received an email saying another speaker was on the way with overnight shipping. So, yes I received a bad speaker, but with customer service like that I refuse to mark the product down. I actually received the replacement speaker in less than 24 hours, which, if you think about it, is pretty amazing.
Now, as to the speakers themselves: After the replacement arrived, I hooked them to my mixer and started playing music through them. Pretty darned good sound -- not top-notch super high fidelity, but very nice to listen to. And for Karaoke, well they're just perfect. Plenty powerful for any ordinary venue, such as a bar or medium conference room, they project sound quite nicely. Obviously not sufficient for a large hall or arena, their relative lightness and built in handles make them perfect for the mobile Karaoke DJ.
I may add a thumper sometime in the future, but these speakers will do the job quite nicely by themselves.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a fun-crowd (meaning noisy and not interested in absolute high-fidelity) system for dance music or karaoke, these speakers are certainly up to the job for any space up to the ordinary neighborhood bar.
I recommend them.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2011
I got this speaker for the sole purpose of using it to play music for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hour when a speaker is needed in a separate location. My main speakers are QSC K12's, enough said there.These Behringer 12 inch speakers pack quite a punch for their size and weight.Speaking of weight,most DJ's know you need light and portable especially for ceremonies and cocktail hour. Another great feature is they have not one but two handles to pick up the speaker. I would not be afraid to use it for a main speaker if I needed to.If you DJ a lot of weddings you can not go wrong with this. I DJ a lot of weddings and at my young age of 49 I'm using my head more and my back less.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
Okay, these speakers are not going to win any awards for critical listening. However, they are dirt cheap and light. As a solo part and half of a local duo, I play a lot of smaller venues where Mackies are overkill. After ten years of hauling them around, they just hurt my back and throw too far. I needed a light speaker capable of covering a maximum of about 100 people. These work. You'll need to spend some time with the EQ on your board as they have the weirdest frequency response I've ever heard. Roll the low end on the cabinet itself down to about 25% to get rid of the tubby resonance and substitute some low mids at your board and you'll have something workable for a small to medium sized room. You aren't going to get any thump in a medium room without a sub however.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2014
Sound great but power supply fails quickly.
I purchased eight of these speakers to mount in classroom space that needed the fuller sound for specialized audio applications.
These things sound amazing for the money.
Unfortunately, the power supply fails after a few months. Granted I leave them on 24x7 because they are out of reach to turn on/off each time. Still, I have had no issues with other brands running them the same way.
First two failed within warranty period. Second two failed shortly after. That is a 50% failure rate so far. The other four, I do not leave on all the time.
I am fighting with Behringer to pay to ship the first two back STILL! Repair shop repaired them weeks ago and is still waiting to get shipping labels from Behringer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2012
I acquired a new set of these speakers over the weekend and must admit they do put out a ton of sound albeit not exactly the advertised 550 watts per speaker. Keep in mind this high number is manufacturer limit talk. The actual average rms full blast speaker volume is about half that number, remember that when you look at speakers with large numbers like this. If you look at the manual it shows 280 watts on the woofer peaking at 450 and about 65 watts average total rms peaking at 100 running wide open at 0db. This allows for lots of head room if you want to pound the hell out of it running base from your board or if when doing karaoke someone screams their head off or you get a sudden spike. They are loud at 50% power and louder at 0db full power. HOWEVER, they are also noisy at full power. Stop the music and you're blown away by alot of white noise, more than any other powered amp speaker I've tested (Behringer, JBL, Mackie, Alto). These were not my first choice but I was able to trade some used equipment for this pair and a 4 mic vocopro 5800 wireless system. Actually my speaker of choice in this size in this price range is the ALTO TS112A which advertises 800 watts (peak) but RMS values on the woofer is 335 and 65 on the tweeter and virtually no white noise at full gain, in about the same size cabinet, maybe just a tad bigger. Unlike the Behringer, the ALTOs also come with a contour shift button to add more base and a polarity button if you get a ground hum. But hey, I'll use the Behringer, it'll be great for small weddings, karaoke and the like. I'm old skool, 55+ and I've lugged my last passive monster and boat anchor amp up and down too many stairs to count. I'm going powered speakers all the way. I'm no audiophile, so the sound I'm getting is great enough for the crowds, especially at this price point. Four stars for the Behringer B212D, minus one because of the white noise and as another review indicated, the low, high and volume knobs stick out away from the cabinet and I expect to break them all off soon enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
I hope my experience with the Behringer B212 isn't typical.... My first B212 purchase was from the Amazon storefront, Adorama. The speaker was defective right out of the box. The speaker sounded great.... crisp highs, clear mid-range, and deep bass... however after about 5 minutes the speaker would power off....wait awhile, power back on, same problem.... So I returned the speaker to Adorama for a refund. I believe I may have purchased a previously sold and returned speaker from Adorama. I noticed the Behringer box the speaker was shipped in was pretty beat up and appeared to be re-taped several times. I then purchased another B212 however this time from Amazon fullfillment not a storefront... Lightning strikes twice... the speaker was defective right out of the box, the overall sound from the speaker was distorted and amplified voices had a terrible cracking sound.... So I returned the speaker... I give up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2014
These speakers are perfect for the starting-out DJ. They pack a punch, travel easily, look good in the process, and are easily replaceable should an accident ensue. I've owned three of these and almost consistantly play them at about 1/3 volume for medium rooms (ie: wedding dance floors, etc): one has lasted about four years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon, one had it's low-end burn out after about three years of hard use, and that one was just replaced a few months ago with my third which is running perfectly as well.
I am absolutely pleased with these devices, although on principal it never hurts to pick up an external, floor-based subwoofer or two to complement these speakers and bring a bit more life to the party.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2015
Very happy with the speaker! I DJ / Host Karaoke / Play Harmonica at a local lodge and it performs perfectly for that purpose. It runs off my Behringer X1222USB mixer and the sound is fantastic. I've since acquired a second one to replace an amp as my second speaker and I'm so happy I did. Completes a nce setup.