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Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo  

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    Perfect for smaller gigs.

    Behringer's ULTRABASS BXL900 delivers a ton of great features in an economical package. A wedge-shaped bass combo with a powerful 12" speaker and 90W of output, it is a perfect size for small gigs and practice. It provides a clean and a distortion channel, each with full control. Its 7-band EQ features a revolutionary See-What-You-Play FBQ frequency indicator that immediately shows you which bass frequency corresponds with which fader on your EQ to allow you instant sound shaping. Beyond that, a switchable ULTRABASS subharmonics processor and a compressor with adjustable threshold let you further tailor your sound to suit the style, while a musical limiter keeps you from ratting out when you're hitting the strings hard. A headphone jack lets you keep your practicing to yourself.

    Features

    • 90W 2-channel bass combo in wedge-shaped cabinet allowing rock-back use
    • Original 12" speaker
    • Clean channel with dedicated gain control
    • Distortion channel with dedicated Gain, Shape and Level controls
    • Ultramusical, active 7-band graphic EQ with FBQ Spectrum Analyzer
    • Revolutionary See-What-You-Play FBQ frequency indicator for instant, targeted sound shaping
    • Switchable ULTRABASS subharmonics processor for unbelievable low-end power
    • Integrated compressor smooths out volume peaks when playing dynamic slaps
    • Musical limiter for ultimate volume without distortion
    • Separate headphone output—perfect for quiet practicing
    • CD input allows you to play along to your favorite music

    The ULTRABASS BXL900A is an unbelievable amp for its modest price. Order it today and play happy.

     
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    BehringerUltrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo
     
    4.2

    (based on 34 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good amp for the money!

    The BXL900 is a great little amp for it's intended purpose: a practice amp. I've seen comments about it's limitations and of course there are a few, but price & wattage are clear...Read complete review

    The BXL900 is a great little amp for it's intended purpose: a practice amp. I've seen comments about it's limitations and of course there are a few, but price & wattage are clear indicators of that. If you want a "gig-rig" then go big. I stage up the big boy when we go out, but for sitting around the joint noodling, this one works just great! I'm currently playing a Fender J and a Peavey Unity thru a Zoom B2 digital stomp box & volume pedal into the BXL900 and then mic the amp to the board for a room size PA mix. Sounds great. Chan 1 delivers the standard punch & definition. Chan 2 with the shape, EQ & ultrabass variables, is able to dial up some good, fun & usefull sounds. Plenty of punch from the single 12 and duel ported back panel. Tilt back design is nice & it looks good too. As I said before, there are a couple of preference issues... I would like to see a 1/4" out on this amp. Phones is the only out and it cancels the cone. The CD In feature is not an ideal way for me to play along with an external audio source, so I find it a little silly. A footswitch jack to toggle between channels would be nice too, but hey, regardless of a few "feature" shortcomings, it's a very well built and versital practice/studio amp for under 2 bills. It does it's intended job very well, at least for this old bass player.

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    Nice cheap amp but not for pro use

    I live in Alaska and play in a duo. We use guitar bass and backing tracks and sing. I use a 21 year old Peavey Mix 110 with a line out. Well, this...Read complete review

    I live in Alaska and play in a duo. We use guitar bass and backing tracks and sing. I use a 21 year old Peavey Mix 110 with a line out. Well, this was the year I felt I would "modernize" and buy a Behringer, as I've had good luck with their audio products. I'm very pleased at how good of quality their stuff is. It is probably because it's made in China and their workers make 100 dollars a month. Nevertheless, this amp came to me showing quality build. No loose parts, excellent appearance and materials. Most of the features are eye candy and the subharmonizer a waste of my time. The blinking eq is cute but ineffective. When I used this amp live, I found out to my dismay, this amp doesn't have a line out! And my 22 year old Peavey Minx did? Hello? Behringer? What happened? Anyway, I plugged it in and tried it anyway, and to my disappointment, the amp sounded muddy and lacked bottom end. When I turned up, I got a whoom whoom whoom and one note mixed into the next. After one night of this, the next day I plugged back in my old Peavey Minx 110 and ran a line into the pa. WOW! There's that tone! I'm really sorry, Behringer but you missed the mark on this one. Should have left off the eye candy eq, the 'harmonizer or whatever it's called' and worked more on a nice midrange tone that's selectable and at LEAST add a 1/4" line out. Then it might be something to use. Next time, maybe. P.S. I so didn't want this I paid to ship it back.

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    5.0

    Great little amp

    By Amazing Snyder-Man

    from DeWitt, AR

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      The Behringer BXL900 is a great amp for home or practice. I've owned Behringer products before and haven't been let down. It's a good, punchy amp with a friendly price. Love the Ultrabass feature.

      For the price this amp can't be beat. I've owned the BLX3000 model also, and kick myself for letting it go.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Shaking my head

      By Sunset Studios NC

      from Holden Beach, NC

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      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      Bought this Amp a little over a year ago .... Took it to a small Gig and from the start, Speaker popping and sound cutting out.... Was Embarrased to no end ...Didnt like that it didnt have a DI for the mixer or a Speaker out so that I could use another speaker cabinet.... Ultra bass is a nice feature though .. All I use it for now is to raise my other amp off the floor. Sorry Behringer ... but NOT A GOOD AMP !! Bottom Line... Save for a better amp or Purchase another. I ahve been with Musician's Friend for over 20 years and this is the first thing that has been bad.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Decent amp BUT.... not if you like it to rumble

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      All in all it wasnt my kind of amp. Not a hater on this but I gotta have more low end and this wasnt for me. It is well suited for players that like alot of highs and heavy treble but if you want any rumble at all this isnt the amp you need.
      Ya , I know it only has a 12in speaker so I knew going in it wasnt going to give me a really deep tone so I did not have false illusions about what I was buying. That said I have to say it would be great for
      Geddy Lee type of player... the tone is solid and the ultra bass does add a nice fullness to the sound. As far as the 90 watts, well I was using a 60 watt Crate and to be honest it was about the same as far as volume except the Crate cut through the sound ALOT better. The EQ worked well and I liked the shaping . Fairly easy to haul around and the tilt back feature is AWESOME.

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best bass amp out there.

      By jordan smith

      from Airzona

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      My over all review is this:
      The amp has many amazing features on it. Behinger made this amp with incredible technology and its very high quality. Its definitely worth its price and more. And out of the year i have had this, i have never had one single problem from it, not once. This is the amp for you, and you should get it to experience the amazingness too.
      This bass amp comes with some outstanding features. One of these great features is the Ultrabass button. It makes the bass of your instrument so much more amazing by giving it a lot of power. When ever i play my bass with this feature turned on, my room starts shaking and you can hear my dresser rattling because of the enormous power given off of this excellent amplifier. Another such great feature is the FBQ Equalizer. It lets you pick how much bass and treble you want your bass to have. I usally leave it with more bass and less treble becuase it does give a very nice bass.
      This amplifier is very high quality. And an amazing price too. The sound i always get from it is so clean and riveting. Its really just an incredible buy for the price and its stunning play back. Out of all the time I've never had any feedback or any white noise. I'm in a little band and when i got this everyone in it was so impressed with it and said it was a marvelous choice.
      The value on this thing is very appealing. Its price is very low for how much the Behinger bass amp sounds. If you heard this engaging amplifier play you would probably assume its one of those fancy higher priced amps. But its not, what a deal. i recommend this amp for anyone who likes deals and outstanding amplifiers for there musical needs.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Amp in general but...

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      The amp is great for the most part. i bought it a while ago, it lasted for a while, but when i was playing with my band, it started to buzz, and conk out as though my bass had active electronics and the batteries had died. i turned it off, waited a few days, and it was fine.... until i played a g..... as soon as i did this the buzzing came back. the only other complaint is how heavy this dang thing is for its size.

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      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Behringer should not make amps.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      This thing is garbage. It completely stopped working after only using it for less than a month. I'm a guitarist and I bought this because I wanted to start playing bass and I thought that this would be a good amp to start with. I chose it because I thought it would be good for home practice and also loud enough for jamming with friends. What a mistake. It sounded terrible, its not loud at all, and there is nothing you can do to get a decent tone out of it. Learn from my mistake and do yourself a favor. Save up for a higher quality amp.

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      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not at all 90 watts, but still great

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      This amp is not 90 watts. It can barley overpower my 15 watt amp. It is still great. If you plug a guitar in and turn on the second gain and the ultra bass high, when you play it sounds like you are playing with a basest.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Seemed Alright at First...

      By Figment

      from Unspecified

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      ... Until I tried jamming with some friends and realized that a 70W speaker with a 90W head (what the heck were they thinking?) and no XLR output port made for a terrible time trying to play with three other people. As the adage goes, buy nice or buy twice. I can honestly say that after my experience with this terrible excuse for an amp, I'm never buying another Behringer product again.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent value for the price.

      By bass owner

      from Michigan

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      I have had this amp for almost a year now. It has performed as advertised. If you are looking to perform in a small venue with acoustic guitars and piano... this is perfect. Strong outer shell, easy to use. Looks good too. If you are looking to use it in a rock band, then you better go for more watts. For the value and the right venue, this is the amp for some players.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      eh...

      Comments about Behringer Ultrabass BXL900 90W 1x12" Bass Combo:

      This amp is great if you're just jamming to some cds or something. However, it doesn't sound close to 90watts. I have a 30watt guitar amp that can over-power this. You'll be alright if your drummer plays light and if other people can keep their amps down some but they shouldn't have to. On the plus side, you can get a really nice sound out of this amp.So yea, volume is the only problem.

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