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Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier

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An ultra-linear power amplifier popular in recording studios and post-production work.

The Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier embodies true audiophile-grade performance, delivering 2 x 300 watts into 4 ohms or 600 watts into 8 ohms bridged. The overhead keeps you on the safe side, and the Behringer A500's advanced convection-type cooling system guarantees stable, noise-free operation.

The servo-controlled design drives virtually all passive speakers. Precision level meter and clip indicators are provided for accurate performance monitoring. The studio amp's inputs include balanced XLR, 1/4" TRS, and RCA connectors for versatile connectivity. Plus, the speaker outputs give you a choice between professional 'touch-proof' binding posts and 1/4" TS connectors.

To assure years of trouble-free operation, the A500 uses ultra-reliable Toshiba or Fairchild high-power transistors, both known for their rock-solid reputation. In addition to all these features, an independent thermal overload protection system with LED indicators for each channel automatically protects both your amplifier and your speakers. Last but not least, the Behringer A500 employs a high-current toroidal transformer for solid reliability and the lowest noise interference possible.

You deserve the very best in studio power amplification. Get the Behringer A500 Power Amplifier and enjoy reference-class audio and ultra-reliable quality that's super-affordable.

FEATURES
  • Ultra-linear power amplifier for recording studios, post-production, live sound and Hi-Fi 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 high-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

Advanced design and protection features means you get more bang for the buck! Order today!

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BehringerA500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier
 
4.1

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superlative Sound for Fantastically Low Price

This audiophile quality amplifier is primarily intended to power passive studio monitors. If used with a pre-amplifier, Ii would also serve extremely well for a home stereo system, . I'm using mine in...Read complete review

This audiophile quality amplifier is primarily intended to power passive studio monitors. If used with a pre-amplifier, Ii would also serve extremely well for a home stereo system, . I'm using mine in the studio with a pair of B&W 610i (Bowers & Wilkins) and I've never heard them sound better. This amplifier makes music sound better than many amps that cost up to 30 times as much. It is extremely accurate, clean and transparent, allowing whatever you feed it to sound exactly as it should. If one does a bit of web research, several audiophile reviewers are similarly impressed with this unit. If you are a critical listener who demands superlative sound, you would do well to hear one with your favourite speakers. To be fair, I did have to return my first one to the dealer, as it had a faulty right channel, but the replacement works fine. I gave it a 9 for quality due to the slight mis-alignment of the level knobs (the indicator notch on the right knob is ever so slightly out of alignment with the level marker when set vertically). Every time my colleagues and I use this amplifier, we marvel over the sound quality and the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Audio keeps going out

I purchased this amp back in 2006 for my home studio, and one of the channel outputs stopped working within a week or so? so Musicians Friend took it back and gave me another...Read complete review

I purchased this amp back in 2006 for my home studio, and one of the channel outputs stopped working within a week or so? so Musicians Friend took it back and gave me another identical one. Okay, not a problem at fist; sometimes there are problems, and I can deal with that; but then 2 years later, the 2nd amp did the exact same thing; one of the channel outputs stopped working, and now I?m stuck with having to buy another one.I?ve worked in radio for fifteen years as both on-air and technical, and I?ve never seen amps that go bad as often as this model; twice it happened to me, so don?t let it happen to you. I would recommend another brand name.I know how to handle equipment and properly maintain them, and I kept this amp in a well-ventilated rack; there?s no excuse for this.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superlative Sound for Fantastically Low Price

By Apollo-n8u0v

from BC, Canada

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

This audiophile quality amplifier is primarily intended to power passive studio monitors. If used with a pre-amplifier, Ii would also serve extremely well for a home stereo system, . I'm using mine in the studio with a pair of B&W 610i (Bowers & Wilkins) and I've never heard them sound better. This amplifier makes music sound better than many amps that cost up to 30 times as much. It is extremely accurate, clean and transparent, allowing whatever you feed it to sound exactly as it should. If one does a bit of web research, several audiophile reviewers are similarly impressed with this unit. If you are a critical listener who demands superlative sound, you would do well to hear one with your favourite speakers. To be fair, I did have to return my first one to the dealer, as it had a faulty right channel, but the replacement works fine. I gave it a 9 for quality due to the slight mis-alignment of the level knobs (the indicator notch on the right knob is ever so slightly out of alignment with the level marker when set vertically). Every time my colleagues and I use this amplifier, we marvel over the sound quality and the price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Audio keeps going out

By Zoomzoom Moonchild

from Stafford, VA

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I purchased this amp back in 2006 for my home studio, and one of the channel outputs stopped working within a week or so? so Musicians Friend took it back and gave me another identical one. Okay, not a problem at fist; sometimes there are problems, and I can deal with that; but then 2 years later, the 2nd amp did the exact same thing; one of the channel outputs stopped working, and now I?m stuck with having to buy another one.I?ve worked in radio for fifteen years as both on-air and technical, and I?ve never seen amps that go bad as often as this model; twice it happened to me, so don?t let it happen to you. I would recommend another brand name.I know how to handle equipment and properly maintain them, and I kept this amp in a well-ventilated rack; there?s no excuse for this.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does The Job

By ZMan40

from Montebello, NY

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Low Volume Distortion

Best Uses

  • Professional Recording

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

This unit was purchased to replace an Alesis RA-300 in which the cheap relay started to become flaky. It was needed to drive JBL 4406 monitors.
[Yes, they're old but I like them.]

Both this unit and the Alesis have similar specs. After unpacking, the A-500 was missiing the right channel. I was all set to send it back when I remembered where these things are assembled. Opening the unit revealed a ribbon cable had come off in shipping. Re-seating the cable made it good-to-go.

The A-500 sounds very similar to the RA-300. However, a scope reveals distortion when the amp is at a low volume. Cranking the pots to full throttle kills the distortion. So, it's best to open up the pots and let the console monitor-out control the overall volume.

There are not too many passive amps out there now. And, I did not want to buy another Alesis for obvious reasons.

Is it a Crown or QSC - no friggin' way! But then the Crown's and QSC's are not passively cooled either.

I think it was Albinoni who said, "There ain't no free lunch"! Maybe it was Mike Nesmith. The mind is the first thing to go.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good amp for the money

By Nick

from Florida

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Pros

  • Clean sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Silent Operation

Cons

  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I've been running this amp for about 1 year on my A/V editing station. Sounds good and works well coupled with my Alesis monitor MKII.

This output is nowhere near the advertised wattage. If you're looking for a clean 2x100 amp this is a great choice for home studio use.

The gain pots on the front are a little sloppy and mechanical "notches" built in. It just feels cheap. I prefer Bryston or QSC for better rated wattage and a solid build but, this little guy serves it purpose for a small room reference amp.

It does a very good job everything I've thrown at it. I would also recommend this amp for high end on a crossed over system.

Keep in mind this IS NOT a touring amp, it's not designed to power your mains for your band, it's not a DJ amp, it's not really even designed for a large studio environment. I would keep this amp in the home studio category.

I would totally recommend this amp for the "right" application. Seems to be a value product.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

Using the amp for my little PA system for church events. Runs like a charm for the past year. Clear sound and reliable gear.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

risky, but worth a try

By Mike's Music Exchange

from Santa Fe, NM

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I purchased one of these for stage monitors, and like another reviewer, one channel crapped out at almost exactly one year - I think it must have a timebomb clock built into one of the chips. Up until that fateful day it worked very well - nowhere near the claimed power, but fine for 4 stage monitors. As it has no cooling fan its great for quiet environments, but I would not count on this amp lasting more than 1 year. For my situation that's still a good investment, which is why I am buying another - besides, I now have a spare channel for the new amp when it craps out a year down the road.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice and Clean

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I purchased this power amp to run a boss digital multi-effects unit into a 4X12 guitar cabinet. I have never had a cleaner sound come through my cab. I can set up my effects channels with head phones at home, then when I run the output through this amp, it reproduces my tones and effects with little to no coloring of the audio signal. It doesn't have any bells or whistles but what it does have, good clean sound amplification, it has in spades.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Behringer vs. Bryston

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

Bought to replace current treble amplifier in a 5 way active crossover system. When purchased we spent a day on Paradgim reference series speakers and comparing to a Bryston amplifier before inserting into the active crossover system. Bryston slightly better on low end, Behringer slightly better on top end. Overall the equal to the Bryston although there will be many who will not believe this so go ahead and spend over 10 times the price for same performance. As Audio Critic said ".....the most incredible bargain in the history of audio..."I highly, HIGHLY recommend using in balanced mode if you have that ability.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

500W? Seriously?

By Dylan Saul

from Shelbyville, IN

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I opted to buy this power amp to mainly use as a keyboard amp, but also as an addition to my small PA system when not playing. Mainly, I've used it as the keyboard amp. As for looks, it has a toyish charm, but the soft plastic is nice when compared to the sharp edges common with power amps. As for the sound, it sounds great, very little distortion. However, it does not sound like 500W by my ears. I have it in bridged mono connected to a JBL 115, and I have to turn it all the way up to compete with a Marshall Solid-State 100W guitar amp. I should really say that this is definitely more for Studio, and not a great idea for live applications. Overall a good product, if used correctly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Clean sound

By DJ Dave-8tNR8

from Ruidoso, New Mexico

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I bought this amp for smaller DJ jobs. I have been using a Peavy CS 800 for my lows and a powered board to run my highs and mids. The first thing I notice when I hooked it up was it's clarity...I was amazed!!! It is a great amp for smaller venues. I use it with a couple of Behriger 15"s and get great results. Nice for the price...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just plain wow!

By www.occasionalmonster.com

from Somerset, Ohio

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I was using a NADY SMA-2130 as my reference amp and a pair of Behringer Truth B2031P's as my monitors. My main complaint that spurred me to get the A500 was that the Nady's fans were REALLY noisy. Then the A500 came.I could hardly focus on studying for finals. I was hearing things that i had NEVER heard before. The clarity of this amp was very impressive and somewhat sad at the same time. When I listen to old mixes that I did using that Nady amp, I hear nasty sounds that would have never made it past the mixing stage on this amp. Oh well. Better to be wiser now.Buy this amp. Just do it. Your ears and your speakers will thank you.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Get Real Behringer

By Slacker G

from Iowa

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I bought two to these from Musicians Friend. Cute little amps good for driving 4 ohm monitors in a studio or home setting. But they fall 130 watts short of the claimed 230 watts. They only put out 20-21 volts before clipping into a 4 ohm load. Below is a comparison using a dummy load and an oscilloscope.All measurements using a dummy load and measuring usable power before clipping.Peavey CS 400 Rated claim 28 VRMS @ 4 ohms. Actual reading 26 VRMS. Just a tad short.Crest LA 601. Rated 250 watts @ 4 ohms. Falls short with only 29 VRMS. A larger exaggeration, but healthy enough.Behringer 500. Claims 230 watts @ 4 ohms. Only delivers 20 volts rms before clipping. That is 100 watts, folks. So where did the other 130 watts go? This amp drives my smaller monitors very nicely. It will make a quiet small living room sound system. I am actually using it for practice vocals in my studio, on a 3 way system, where it performs very well at moderate levels. If you only NEED 100 watts, this amp is a little jewel. Especially for driving small studio monitors with power to spare. So if you need 230 watts, look to someone like Yamaha. I put a Yamaha 300 watt amp on a scope, and it delivered 326 watts @ 4 ohms RMS CLEAN! So some companies do rate below actual specs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for practices and small gigs!

By TA7091

from Lancaster, PA

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I use this with one of Behringers mixers as a PA system for my band and it has been great. It is very durable.....lets just say its seen its share of drops and its still going. It pushes out enough for my 4 peice to have practice and we have even put on a small gig with it! I would suggest this for any band trying to get something nice for their money!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for a getting started

By DJ Wonder

from grand rapids, MI

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I think this amp is great for the price. I have purchased a lot of high end amps and didn't get half the clairity this has. Once channel does seem to be a bit higher than the other channel, but unless your right next to the speakers with your head up to them you can't tell the difference.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile

By E.B. Powell

from Dixie

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I've used this amp for studio mains, home stereo and live bridged running my monitor section. It's performed very well in all three environments, but especially well chaining two 15" monitors and 2 12" monitors. A pair would work very well as main/monitor amps in a small hall environment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rick

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I bought this amp to use in my home studio. It a great amp if your are jsut getting started or have a small place. I am powering a pair of alesis monitor 1's and it really gets the job done. In some cases I think the amp is too much for those monitors. So it is a great amp. I do not regret buying it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice!

By Wildcat

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

My 50 Watt integrated amp died and needed replacement. I wanted something without bells and whistles because I have equalizers, switch boxes, etc. I just wanted clarity and power to drive my hi-fi speakers. My goal was to feel music and rattle walls. I hooked up the new amp using 18 gauge zip cord that I had before. Well, the results were unimpressive and the amp kept limiting out and cutting off the speakers. I went and purchased "monster" cables as a last resort. Well, the amp now delivers the volume and bass that I was missing. Absolute power is absolute happiness.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

two bad

By Ringtail

from Torrington, CT

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Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

The VU meters didn't work on the first one. Back it went. The left channel didn't work on the second one. Back it went. I give up. Obvious, severe quality control problems.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

one channel crapped out

By rockindoc

from Grass Valley, CA

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

I bought this amp to power stage monitors. It barely does so OK. I rate the quality value low because one of the channel crapped out with about one year of fairly sparse usage, about once a week for about 4 hours at a time. Of course, the warranty had just ran out so I'm stuck with 1/2 of an amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value for what I used it for

By AresROC

from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about Behringer A500 600W Reference-Class Studio Power Amplifier:

Bought this Amp for the use of my two NHT Super One's. Powers those little 8ohm speakers effortlessly with high volume. Heat fins never even got warm after hours of usage.The LED display and the symetric design is pretty good. Too bad the front mounting bracket is integrated with the heat sink and not removable, and the volume knobs felt cheap and not aligned to the indicators well. Otherwise a good value

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