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Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor   

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Affordable mastering and PA tweaking.

The Behringer Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor is ideal for mastering and PA purposes. It offers 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules: 31-band graphic, 10-band parametric, Feedback Destroyer, and 3 dynamic EQs per channel. Other highlights are the 61-band RTA that can run simultaneously with the EQ section, high-quality 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters, and 2 high-performance 32/40-bit floating-point SHARC digital signal processors which yield ultimate sonic resolution and 113dB dynamic range. Multifunction level meters, 64 user memories, RTA mic/line input with phantom power, word clock input, and MIDI connections. Balanced inputs, servo-balanced outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors, stereo aux output, and AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/Os (XLR and optical).

FEATURES
  • Ultrahigh-resolution processor for all EQ, RTA, and dynamic applications
  • 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules (31-band graphic, 10-band parametric, Feedback Destroyer, plus 3 dynamic EQs per stereo channel)
  • Flexible compressor/expander function with peak limiter per stereo channel plus stereo imager and stereo delay for delay line applications
  • Unique VPG (virtual paragraphic EQ) allows parametric control of graphic EQs
  • Ultra high-resolution 61-band realtime FFT analyzer with additional auto EQ function for room and loudspeaker equalization
  • Multifunction level meters (peak/RMS, VU, and SPL meter with dBA/dBC weighting via RTA mic input)
  • 64 user memories for complete setups and/or individual module configurations
  • Separate RTA mic/line input with phantom power, professional word clock input, and MIDI connections
  • Ultrahigh-quality AKM 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters (113dB dynamic range)
  • Open architecture allowing future software updates via MIDI
  • 2 high-performance 32/40-bit floating-point SHARC digital signal processors for ultimate sonic resolution
  • Balanced inputs and servo-balanced outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors, stereo aux output, AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/Os (XLR and optical)

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BehringerDEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor
 
4.1

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

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    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great... Except for the bypass relays

These are really awesome when they work... I've had problems with the bypass relays where the connectors in the relays weren't making full contact with the pads in normal effect mode (non-bypass). ...Read complete review

These are really awesome when they work... I've had problems with the bypass relays where the connectors in the relays weren't making full contact with the pads in normal effect mode (non-bypass). All the other parts are great quality, but those mechanical relays just cause too much trouble. It's not hard to fix or even bypass the relays all together (maybe that's why they call them bypass relays) but they are supposed to just work right? Solutions: On mine I found the plastic around the relays to be a little warped so I cut away the plastic and pow! It now works every time without the nasty noise and drop in level. Since I have an engineering background it was easy for me to fix, but for others it may be more difficult.If you have one of these or are planning to buy one and find the sound quality on one or both channels to be horrible, then find a skilled tech. All that needs to be done is to 'carefully' cut away the plastic around the relays. The problem is most notable when 'all' the effects are off and you switch the main bypass mode on and off. You can hear the relays click in the back and sometimes they fix themselves, but hopefully Behringer has learned from this and fixes it in later products or provides some sort of fix for current users.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Audiophile

The spectrum from around 40Hz to 16KHz seems rather true, but beyond, forget it. Yes, the digital processors do make some clicks and pops on occasion, and I even have power conditioners. ...Read complete review

The spectrum from around 40Hz to 16KHz seems rather true, but beyond, forget it. Yes, the digital processors do make some clicks and pops on occasion, and I even have power conditioners. I feel it is an internal design issue. I personally went back to Linear Analog EQ to avoid all that A/D D/A converstion and keep the signal as pure as possible. Yes, it is a very nice / pretty looking device with all the light show in the RTA mode, but if you want a TOOL, then you may consider something like AudioControl, Rane, Audio Precision, Linear X, for RTA's that have calibrated Mic's and have a prooven performance track record in the industry. Yes, they will cost considerablly more, but, you get what you pay for. There is no "Free Lunch" in a nut shell. For a beginner on a budget, not too concerned about LAB Grade results, it will suffice. For a Serious Sound Engineer, I would reconsider alternative brands.Overall, I can't really condem Behringer, they do give you a value and tons of features. The thing is that, almost every company uses the word "Professional", and I feel that until you have spent the money to have it in hand to evaluate, the word itself dose not hold a lot of weight alone aside from a marketing phrase.I hope my views and experiences will aid future buyers from being more informed with their future purchase(s).

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1.0

This never worked!

By MMonyhan

from Louisville, KY

About Me Experienced

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Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      This device never worked correctly! After blowing 4 very expensive sub-woofers I removed it from my rack. I forgot to return it during the warranty period so I am stuck with a expensive device that I cannot use.

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      5.0

      Audiophiles need this serious component

      By Broadstone

      from Lighthouse Point, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Challenging To Learn

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      The most versatile and useable piece of equipment I've ever owned for tuning my serious home audio system. It should be recommended for this use to everyone trying to get the best out of their setup.

      The real standout, though, is the courteous and helpful staff that represents Musiciansfriend so well.

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      4.0

      Works Very Well

      By RomkaTheMan

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • So Any Features

      Cons

      • Reliability

      Best Uses

      • Pa Eq

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      It does amazing things given u figure out how to use it. Discription of functions is terrible.

      Buy a new one. First I got was not working out of the box. I learned to expect that from beghringer, not very reliable. But at this price u can afford to buy 5 before u get to the cost of other comperable eqs. Musiciansfriend overnighted a replacement guys are ausome.

      Auto eq is pretty good always have to ajust after a bit though to avoid loosing the charactor of sound coming through.

      For the money nothing even comes close.

      Bump up the reliability a bit and it would be a 5 star all day long. For now 4 is all it gets.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great Concept, but...

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      By Septemfluous

      from Norman, OK

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      When these things work, you get features that you can't get in another EQ that's X10 the price. Unfortunately, this is the 3rd one I've gone through in 5 years.I'm using this in a studio to balance the system to the room. The first one, the right channel gave out. The other two have had the left channel give out.I'm not pushing them hard and I'm not running them hot. They are racked (and never moved once in place) with conditioned power running to them.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great tool but with standard Behringer gremlins

      By AzDude

      from Arizona

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      I really like the usefulness, sound quality, and low noise of this device. It's Auto-EQ function solved some major issues for my studio. But I've noticed a trend in each of the digital Behringer units that I've owned. They crash frequently until you unplug all the internal connections and clean and reseat them. I spray them with Caig D5 Deoxit and have not had any repeat issues. If you're technical enough to do this, Behringer gear is reliable and cost effective.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great piece

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      I cant really agree with the other comments below. I have been using more than 10 DEQ's in fixed installations and they have been performing flawlessly over the last three years. In fact I am about to order another 4 units for a new project. This DEQ is really good and there is nothing out there that comes close in terms of performance and features. This is a fine unit and I can only say well done Behringer.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nice Idea but..........

      By jbplayer-fmjLg

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      The Behringer DEQ2496 is exactly what I like in a system processor with the Parametric and Graphic EQ. But it suffers in quality. The internal chips run far too hot and I get crashes that require a power down reset. Somewhere, Behringer decided to save a few dollars in the power supply or heat sinking which makes the unit unreliable.

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      5.0

      suprisingly good

      By Msteve121

      from Tampa, FL

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      I recently installed several of these units as monitor processing. They work great, loaded with functions. One of the few products that redeems behringer. Have had no "clicks" or "pops" like others state, no issues what so ever.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great... Except for the bypass relays

      By Ron Novy

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      These are really awesome when they work... I've had problems with the bypass relays where the connectors in the relays weren't making full contact with the pads in normal effect mode (non-bypass). All the other parts are great quality, but those mechanical relays just cause too much trouble. It's not hard to fix or even bypass the relays all together (maybe that's why they call them bypass relays) but they are supposed to just work right? Solutions: On mine I found the plastic around the relays to be a little warped so I cut away the plastic and pow! It now works every time without the nasty noise and drop in level. Since I have an engineering background it was easy for me to fix, but for others it may be more difficult.If you have one of these or are planning to buy one and find the sound quality on one or both channels to be horrible, then find a skilled tech. All that needs to be done is to 'carefully' cut away the plastic around the relays. The problem is most notable when 'all' the effects are off and you switch the main bypass mode on and off. You can hear the relays click in the back and sometimes they fix themselves, but hopefully Behringer has learned from this and fixes it in later products or provides some sort of fix for current users.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Audiophile

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      The spectrum from around 40Hz to 16KHz seems rather true, but beyond, forget it. Yes, the digital processors do make some clicks and pops on occasion, and I even have power conditioners. I feel it is an internal design issue. I personally went back to Linear Analog EQ to avoid all that A/D D/A converstion and keep the signal as pure as possible. Yes, it is a very nice / pretty looking device with all the light show in the RTA mode, but if you want a TOOL, then you may consider something like AudioControl, Rane, Audio Precision, Linear X, for RTA's that have calibrated Mic's and have a prooven performance track record in the industry. Yes, they will cost considerablly more, but, you get what you pay for. There is no "Free Lunch" in a nut shell. For a beginner on a budget, not too concerned about LAB Grade results, it will suffice. For a Serious Sound Engineer, I would reconsider alternative brands.Overall, I can't really condem Behringer, they do give you a value and tons of features. The thing is that, almost every company uses the word "Professional", and I feel that until you have spent the money to have it in hand to evaluate, the word itself dose not hold a lot of weight alone aside from a marketing phrase.I hope my views and experiences will aid future buyers from being more informed with their future purchase(s).

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