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Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System  

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  • High-power 550W 2-way PA sound reinforcement speaker system for live and playback applications
  • Ultracompact and lightweight system delivers excellent sound even at extreme sound pressure levels
  • Revolutionary Class D amplifier technology: enormous power, incredible sonic performance, and super lightweight
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An improved power-to-weight ratio thanks to Class D technology.

Like its fellow EUROLIVE D Series loudspeakers, the EUROLIVE B212D PA speaker system features Behringer's special Class D amplifier technology and internal switch-mode power supply to provide a much better power-to-weight ratio than other active speakers. To put it simply, you get all the power without the backbreaking weight.

Due to the high-efficiency design, the EUROLIVE B212D cranks out 450W of the cleanest, punchiest audio you've ever heard from a compact PA speaker system. The integrated sound processor provides total system control, along with dependable protection of the LF and HF transducers, thanks to the built-in active high-pass filter, which virtually eliminate distortion—even at extreme operating levels. In addition, it features an ultralow-noise mic/line input with LEVEL control and a dedicated two-band EQ (bass/treble) for easy control.

Intelligent by design
One of the coolest things about active loudspeakers is the lack of backbreaking racks of amps, crossovers, and EQs that are often required to make passive speaker systems sound almost as good. But that comes with a trade-off&mdash:;that extra weight is transferred to the audio speaker, making it difficult for a single user to heave all that mass onto the top of a speaker stand.

Behringer's EUROLIVE D Series' "Intelligent-Design" merges the best features of active loudspeakers with significantly lower weight by using switch-mode power supplies and Class D amplifier topology. Hidden deep inside the enclosure is the equivalent of an active two-way electronic crossover, graphic EQ, parametric EQ, mic preamp, limiter, and 2 Class D power amplifiers, yet the overall weight is less than a comparable loudspeaker system. These components work together seamlessly to provide optimum sound quality—and it all takes place automatically, without you having to touch a single knob.

Class D Amplifier Technology delivers high power with low weight
Instead of operating relatively continuously like Class A/B circuits, Class D amps switch on and off thousands of times per second, delivering power only when needed. In other words, the amplifier is either fully on or fully off, which significantly reduces the power losses in the output devices. This is simple in theory and complex in practice, which is why there are so many different Class D designs. Without boring you with terms like PWM Generation and Gate Drivers, let's just say that to realize the benefits of a Class D design requires compensating for a lot of potential problems that can cause audible distortion. BEHRINGER didn't invent Class D technology, but their R&D department has been working for years to perfect their own version with all the benefits of reduced weight and cool running, yet without the drawbacks. That's why they invested more than a solid year of research time eliminating pitfalls like quantizing errors and excess dead time, selecting just the right switching frequency (and other equally tech-y terms). It's also why they spent an equally long time testing individual components to ensure they will stand up to the rigors of the real world.

When combined with switching-mode power supplies that replace heavy toroid transformers, these new designs provide more dynamic punch since the higher switching frequency reloads the supply's capacitors much faster. And, because they are so much more efficient, the D Series loudspeakers run cooler and don't require huge and heavy heat sinks. The resulting speakers systems are much lighter, making them easy to transport and set up. BEHRINGER's no-compromise design means your EUROLIVE B212D active speaker system will deliver full power and incredible fidelity all night long, with no need for rest cycles.

Instant PA system
With just a single EUROLIVE B212D PA system and a microphone or MP3 player, you can set up an instant sound system. Thanks to the built-in preamp section, you just connect a dynamic mic and raise and lower the volume with the Level control. Plug in your sound source, place the speaker on a tabletop or stand, and power up. It's just that easy. And if you need more coverage, simply use the convenient LINK OUTPUT XLR connector to add more active loudspeakers.

Stereo music system
You can use two EUROLIVE B212D enclosures for stereo playback of your MP3, CD, or old-school cassette deck without any additional hardware. Just plug the appropriate stereo breakout adapter into your deck's output jack and run the cables to the 1/4" inputs on each loudspeaker. Set the Level and EQ controls the same on both enclosures, and you've got an instant party.

Marvelous monitoring
Thanks to their trapezoidal design, the D Series cabinets can be laid on their side providing the ideal angle for onstage monitor wedge applications. Hookup is simple too, requiring only a single XLR or 1/4" cable from the monitor send on your mixing console and, of course, power. Additional monitors can be chained together via the XLR LINK OUTPUT jack on the rear panel.

Custom-designed transducers
The transducers (woofers and tweeters) are the only part of a sound system you actually hear, so Behringer didn't cut any corners. They custom-design and build their transducers from scratch. Not only do they wind their own voice coils, they process the paper pulp into cones and even machine their own back-plates. This enables Behringer to control the quality and make better components, like the long-excursion LF transducers and state-of-the-art 1.35" compression drivers deployed in each EUROLIVE speaker enclosure.

Low-frequency response
The EUROLIVE D Series speakers were built with extended low-frequency handling in mind. With a tuned port, internally braced, injection-molded enclosure, each model's custom-designed LF transducer (woofer) really cranks out tight low end.

Accurate non-fatiguing midrange and treble
Even if your particular application doesn't include booming bass, you'll love the sheer accuracy of the EUROLIVE B212D system. Over a year of design went into an exponential horn/aluminum dome compression driver combination that could do justice to loud hard rock or dance music—yet could also satisfy audiophiles with its musical timbre and attention to detail. For spoken word, singing, or acoustical instruments, the D Series loudspeakers are able to articulate complex harmonic details.

Processor controlled output
Dynamic processing is one of the best ways to maximize output without sacrificing sound quality. The EUROLIVE B212D's built-in circuitry automatically adjusts program content, allowing the loudspeaker to operate at extreme levels. It accomplishes this by reducing bass output slightly as you approach the limit of the transducers. This frees up LF amp and transducer resources, so that higher overall volume can be realized. It's like having a tiny soundman inside each cabinet constantly monitoring and changing output parameters. By making subtle changes to the crossover frequency and the audio content, the system is able to crank out more sound&mdashwithout the slightest hint of distortion.

Massive power-to-size ratio
Cutting-edge technology and high-fidelity speakers are not all it takes to get your message across&mdashyou need power, and lots of it. At the heart of each Behringer EUROLIVE B212D loudspeaker is two high-current amplifiers with a total output of 550 watts. They're capable of driving the speakers to their maximum with no distortion—and without speaker damage, thanks to active internal protection circuits. Put simply, they will astound you with their massive punch, smooth mids, and articulate top end.

Features

  • High-power 550W 2-way PA sound reinforcement speaker system for live and playback applications
  • Ultracompact and lightweight system delivers excellent sound even at extreme sound pressure levels
  • Revolutionary Class D amplifier technology: enormous power, incredible sonic performance, and super lightweight
  • Internal switch-mode power supply for noise-free audio, superior transient response, and very low power consumption
  • Integrated sound processor for ultimate system control and speaker protection
  • Extremely powerful 12" long-excursion driver provides incredibly deep bass and acoustic power
  • State-of-the-art 1.35" aluminum-diaphragm compression driver for exceptional high-frequency reproduction
  • Ultra-wide dispersion, large-format exponential horn
  • Ultra-low noise Mic/Line input with Volume control and Clip LED
  • Dedicated 2-band EQ for perfect sound adjustment
  • Additional Line output allows linking of additional speaker systems
  • Versatile trapezoidal enclosure design allows different positioning:
  • Stand mounting with 35-mm pole socket
  • Tilts on its side for use as a floor monitor
  • Ergonomically shaped handles for easy carrying and setup

For floor monitoring or stand-mounted PA work, the EUROLIVE B212D will do the trick. Order now.

 

EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System Specifications:

  • Low-frequency range:
  • RMS power 280 W @ 8 Ohms
  • Peak power 450 W @ 8 Ohms
  • High-frequency range:
  • RMS power 65 W @ 8Ohms
  • Peak power 100 W @ 8Ohmns
  • Speaker power capacity
  • Woofer
  • Size: 12"
  • RMS @ 1% THD: 250W @ 8 Ohms
  • Peak power handling: 1000W @ 8 Ohms
  • Tweeter
  • RMS @ 1% THD: 30W @ 8Ohms
  • Peak power handling: 120W @ 8Ohms
  • Audio inputs
  • XLR(Servo-balanced)
  • Sensitivity: -40dBu to +4dBu
  • Input impedance: 20kOhms
  • 1/4" TRS jack (servo-balanced)
  • Sensitivity: -40dBu to +4dBu
  • Input impedance: 20kOhms
  • Level control
  • Input Trim —∞ to + 30dB
  • Max. input level: +22dBu
  • Link
  • Connector: XLR connector
  • Loudspeaker system data
  • Frequency response: 65Hz to 20kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 2.4kHz
  • Sound pressure level: max. 125dB SPL @ 1m
  • Limiter: Optical
  • Dynamic equalizer: Processor-controlled
  • Equalizer
  • High: 12kHz/-15dB
  • Low: 80Hz/-5dB
  • Power supply:
  • Voltage (Fuses):
  • USA/Canada: 120V, 60Hz (T 6.3 A H 250V)
  • UK/Australia: 240V~, 50Hz (T 3.15 A H 250V)
  • Europe: 230V~, 50Hz (T 3.15 A H 250V)
  • Japan: 100V~, 50-60Hz (T 6.3 A H 250V)
  • Power consumption max.: 600W
  • Mains connection: Standard IEC connector
  • Dimensions (HxWxD) 21.7" x 13.6" x 10.6", 550mm x 345mm x 270mm
  • Weight: 31.9lb./14.5kg.
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BehringerEUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System
 
4.0

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Durable (11)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Compact (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What else do you want?

    I read all these reviews about how terrible 212's are. Well, I've gone back in time a little bit and reviewed the 4 EuroLive 212A's I bought about 8 years ago. I...Read complete review

    I read all these reviews about how terrible 212's are. Well, I've gone back in time a little bit and reviewed the 4 EuroLive 212A's I bought about 8 years ago. I recently had a problem with one, which prompted me to check out B212D's. If they're similar, and I think they are, this review should help with your decision.
    My 212A's have been with me through 4 bands over 8 years, proving they're much more reliable than flighty lead singers. I've used them for keyboard monitors, floor vocal wedges, drum monitors, and even stuck one up on a pole when one of our high dollar JBL's decided to take the night off.

    I don't ask for a whole lot of features out of an active speaker. I subscribe to the "garbage in, garbage out" theory of sound reenforcement. All my bells and whistles are in the keyboards, the samples, the rack effects; the speakers just need to deliver accurate, flat sound. I make certain I don't turn the 212's up to "11"; I check before start time to see if they limit/clip the signal I'm sending, and back it off. I can get 125 db of clear keyboard from 6' if I need to. 212A's can make keys a little bassy sometimes, and I compensate with between -1 to -6 db's on the bass EQ control.
    Durability is not a problem, the hard plastic case is unbreakable, even after 4 bands tossing them from trailer to stage to trailer again. The speaker grates do get scraped up, and are not easily removed to spray paint. Get out the brushes and dab, not stroke, on the black Rustoleum. I did lose a knob on one, but it was just the knob, not a broken stem. I've read reviews about broken off knobs, and can't imagine rougher handling than what my 4 bands put my 212A's through. What are you guys doing? Be more careful.

    I mentioned a problem with one of my 212A's earlier. Here's the problem:
    I lost the horn on one, leaving everything to go through the 12" woofer. No highs. I got a REAL long Phillips screwdriver and opened it up for one last stab at a miracle fix. What did I find? A speaker lead hanging off the horn. Crimped it back on, and closed it up; works perfectly. I'm blaming my lead singer for dropping it. Again. One problem with one speaker out of 4 in 8 years? Pretty good percentage, if you ask me.
    I carry one in each hand. Hookup is a power cable and a 1/4" audio cable. (Literally) dropping these speakers doesn't hurt them. Considering these were a new concept (speaker & amp in one enclosure) when I got them, I feel these were worth every penny.

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    Great speakers for the money.

    I read a few reviews here about these speakers and I must say that I disgree with a number of them. First off I have owned a pair of these for about five years...Read complete review

    I read a few reviews here about these speakers and I must say that I disgree with a number of them. First off I have owned a pair of these for about five years now. I finally got tired of "lugging" around a rack and two QSC amps to play clubs. I decided to try a pair of active powered speakers and bought the Behringer B212 which I pole mount. This immediately eliminated two of the speakers I was carrying and one of the QSC amps. The sound was very impressive. Two years ago I bought a pair of Mackie Thump 15's when they were introduced at a price point very near the Behringer 15 inch active speakers which I was planning to buy. This and eliminated my two 15 JBL cabs and the other QSC amp. My back is greatful. While my Behringers look a little beat up, they work like the day I bought them. I do not abuse my equipment on purpose but since I am a regular player (at least twice a week) things just happen. These Behringer B212 cabs have tumbled off of my hand cart several times and become scratched and nicked in the process but they still work great. Nice clean high end (actually better highs than my Mackie's) and very reasonable low end.

    I am not sure where Behringer got an undeserved reputation for "cheap" "low quality" products, but I have lots of Behringer stuff and it all works great. I have several Behringer rack mount units (patch panel, compressor, sonic enhancer) in my 24 track digital home studio and they sound great. I have also never had to return or repair any of my Behringer stuff. I can't say that about some other well known products I have had that cost twice as much and cost me even more in repairs.

    If I had one complaint about these speakers it would be that the knobs on the rear of the speaker stick out too much and (though it hasn't happened to me yet) I am afraid that one or more will be broken off one day. Behringer should recess these knobs. I use my Behringers on stands with my Mackie 15's on the floor. The sound is very big, clean and loud. In addition my band often plays a club that has it's own permanent house system (not too bad either). We take along the Behringers and use them as extra powered floor monitors and they work great.

    After five years of use playing and unintentional abuse these Behringer speakers have continued to work well. If money is not a problem, go for it and buy JBL, Community or other high end speakers. They are great and deserve their reputations. On the other hand, they will cost at least two to three times (or more) as much as the Behringers. You decide if it is actually worth it for your playing situation.

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    5.0

    Excellent powered speaker for the price

    By DJ Skello

    from Elk Grove, Ca

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

    Ive been around speakers for a while now and this behringer puts out.it has alot of power and for the price and the size of this thing you cant go wrong.i will be ordering another one soon.

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    4.0

    No Complaints Here, (so far)

    By Mainmat

    from Missouri

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    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

      It's nice n quiet when you want it to be, which I like. I've only had mine for a couple months and haven't had the chance to really push it where it should comfortably go. But, all that I have used them for has worked out great! I believe it's a great buy.

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      4.0

      So Far So Good

      By GaGa Mary

      from Winston-Salem, NC

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

      Nice, lush tone with limited EQ, but they are very responsive.

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      4.0

      good mains/great monitors

      By THARN

      from NE-Ohio

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      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

        These are fantastic powered speakers.
        best if used with xlr cables- if you want to run 1/4 inch speaker cables you may need a direct box to fight the hum- there is no ground lift button.

        as for the gent that said the cables get bent- this is only if you set it as a monitor on the "wrong' side- otherwise there is plenty of clearance. These Speakers project tons of bass- more than needed for most genres of music- there are 3 dials- vol/high/and low- so you can adjust from the speaker instead of the board- these are a good deal-

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        5.0

        Versatile Speaker

        By LJSMN

        from St Paul, Minnesota

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

          I bought these for multiple uses:
          - Recording playback
          - Vocals
          - PA System
          - Stage Monitors

          That's a lot to ask from any speaker but these do the job pretty well. I'm a little disappointed that I've had to turn the high (treble) adjustment nearly all the way up to get the recording playback to sound correct. However, with this done, the speaker comes close to matching the tones coming from our amps. Guitar, bass, and electronic drums all sound close to amp quality provided you use a mixer to equalize the speaker input. That's our primary use and we are happy.

          If I had to do it over again, I might go with a pair of studio monitors instead. However, this setup gives us the ability to use these speakers as a pa or as stage monitors. It's tough to pass up that versatility.

          I really like the rugged plastic cases, the handles, and the speaker controls on the back. I am also surprised at how quiet these speakers are at idle in the studio. There's no hiss that you would expect from a powerful pa speaker.

          Overall, very happy and we would recommend these to a friend.

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          4.0

          cheap and good

          By jelly bean

          from duluth MN

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          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

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            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

            my 5th speaker all are working well tham=nk you

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            1.0

            unreliable

            By Guitpicky

            from Orlando

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              • Unreliable

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                Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

                We purchased 2 of the powered 12" behringer speakers to use as monitors. They worked well eliminating the need for an outboard eq. Until the first one quit at about a year. The replacement didn' t last that long. Clicking, feedback,reset. Both the same. Also, as a monitor, it rests on the cable connectors. Would not recommend.

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                5.0

                Great inexpensive alternative

                By vince

                from Glen Wild NY

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                • Clear Sound

                Cons

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                  • Performances

                  Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

                  I've owned all the expensive ones, sold them and bought the Behringers and had a pocket full of money left over. Sorry, but there has been no noticeable difference. LOUD and CLEAR sound. A pair makes a great STEREO keyboard amplifier, and the two combined weigh less and are louder than any comparable keyboard amp Combined they still cost less money. For most gigs I only need one.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Value

                  By dc fisher

                  from Asbury Park, NJ

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky/Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

                  Using this speaker for an acoustic duo in small bars and restaurants it is awesome! The sound is loud and clear. We use one speaker on a stand and a Behringer mixer. This speaker has an amazing clear high end and we use the built in tone knob to add a little bit extra low end. This is the best speaker I've ever owned and plan to buy a second one or possible the 15" version.

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                  5.0

                  It's about the sound

                  By Ringbill5196

                  from Minnesota

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                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B212D Active PA Speaker System:

                    Accoustic group for sound form inside small bar to horse arena our outside festival. Clearest sound in the compact group of powered speakers + lightweight.

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