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Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System  

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    An improved power-to-weight ratio thanks to Class D technology.

    Like its fellow EUROLIVE D Series loudspeakers, the EUROLIVE B215D 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.

    The high-efficiency design of the Behringer EUROLIVE B215D speaker system cranks out 550 of the cleanest, punchiest audio watts you've ever heard from a compact PA 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 2-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 loudspeaker, 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 two 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 easy 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 over 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 speaker systems are much lighter, making them easy to transport and set up. Behringer's no-compromise design means your EUROLIVE B215D active PA speaker will deliver full power and incredible fidelity all night long, with no need for rest cycles.

    Instant PA system
    With just a single EUROLIVE B215D speaker 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 B215D 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 PA speaker. 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 sides 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 D Series enclosure.

    Low-frequency response
    The Behringer 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 B215D. Over a year of design went into a 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 B215D PA speaker and every D Series speakers 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 B215D'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 EUROLIVE B215D speaker are 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. Simply put, this PA speaker system will astound you with its 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 15" 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
    • Ultrawide dispersion, large-format exponential horn
    • Ultralow-noise mic/line input with volume control and Clip LED
    • Dedicated 2-band EQ for perfect sound adjustment
    • AdditionallLine 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

    Experience exceptional power-to-weight ratio with the EUROLIVE B215D. Order yours today!

     

    EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System Specifications:

    • Low-frequency range:
    • RMS power 280 W @ 8Ω
    • Peak power 450 W @ 8Ω
    • High-frequency range:
    • RMS power 65 W @ 8Ω
    • Peak power 100 W @ 8Ω
    • Speaker power capacity
    • Woofer
    • Size: 15"
    • RMS @ 1% THD 250W @ 8Ω
    • Peak power handling: 1,000W @ 8Ω
    • Tweeter
    • RMS @ 1% THD: 30W @ 8Ω
    • Peak power handling: 120W @ 8Ω
    • Audio inputs
    • XLR(Servo-balanced)
    • Sensitivity: -40dB to +4dB
    • Input impedance: 20kΩ
    • 1/4" TRS jack (servo-balanced)
    • Sensitivity: -40dB to +4dB
    • Input impedance: 20kΩ
    • Level control
    • Input Trim —∞ to + 30dB
    • Max. input level": +22dBu
    • Link
    • Connector: XLR connector
    • Loudspeaker system data
    • Frequency response: 55Hz to 20kHz
    • Crossover frequency: 1.9kHz
    • Sound pressure level: max. 126dB SPL @ 1m
    • Limiter: Optical
    • Dynamic equalizer: Processor-controlled
    • Equalizer
    • High: 12kHz/—15dB
    • Low: 80Hz/—15dB
    • 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) 27.2" x 17.3" x 13.2", 690mm x 440mm x 335mm
    • Weight: 45.2lb./20.54kg
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    BehringerEUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System
     
    4.6

    (based on 52 reviews)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (22)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Durable (13)
    • Versatile (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (16)
      • Outdoor events / games (13)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
      • Home studio (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (15), Professional musician (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      "You know the Germans always make good stuff!"

      I walked into GC, credit card in hand ready to buy a pair of Mackies or QSC's based on reputation alone. Thankfully the guy at GC asked me to listen to the pair of...Read complete review

      I walked into GC, credit card in hand ready to buy a pair of Mackies or QSC's based on reputation alone. Thankfully the guy at GC asked me to listen to the pair of Behr's he just got in. At first I was hesitant because there wasn't as much buzz about them, but once I listened to them I was amazed. The tonal qualites are as good as the more expensive Macks and QSC's, but what got me was how much more punch they had at equal levels. Not only that, but I noticed less drop off in sound when I walked around the room with the Behr's then with the others. Then I saw the price ... that sealed the deal!
      Excellent features. If you want to chain them you can. If your mixer goes (or if you don't have one?) you can plug your mic in through the XLR input on the back. Treble and Bass controls to help tweak your overall sound to your liking
      Construction - Normally I would give a lesser score being made out of plastic instead of wood, but I have no problem with these. Besides, wood would be much heavier! Each one is solid and doesn't feel like a toy. Knobs and buttons have sufficient "gravity" to them and don't feel cheap.

      Sound - What can I say, these things ROCK!!! I have a pair of these that I use for the main PA for our 4 piece rock band. We play small to medium sized gigs and these are perfect. We have all 4 mics, 2 guitars, bass guitar and mic'd drums going through the mixer into these and they sound absolutely brilliant. No clipping, no humming ... just us!

      BTW, for an earler post that mentioned feedback ... if you position your speakers correctly, you won't get feedback. Just sayin'.
      Better sound and comparible quality for less money? No brainer!!!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Problem with power on buttons

      I own 4 of these and 3 have serious problems with the power on buttons. Nothing happens. You have to play with them, plug them in and unplug. I try to leave power...Read complete review

      I own 4 of these and 3 have serious problems with the power on buttons. Nothing happens. You have to play with them, plug them in and unplug. I try to leave power button in the on position once it works and just unplug them but that doesn't always work. Very frustrating. Is there a fix for this issue? Other than that they sound good once you can get them turned on. But imagine delaying a gig 20 minutes because your mains won't power up

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      4.0

      Not too happy

      By Russell James

      from NY NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Good audio

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

      Love these speakers but one is cutting out,I had it repaired but stilling doing the same thing.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of the best values for your system

      By Alaskaboy

      from Sitka, AK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

        I bought two of these speakers a couple years ago, one from MF and one from a friend locally.

        I play as a solo performer-- guitar, vocals, and backing tracks. I play anything from restauraunt dinner shows to hall dances. I started out stand mounting the Behringers, angling them toward me, with a small powered monitor in front of me. Then they came down off the stand. I stood them upright, as side fills. Eventually I preferred using them like sidefill floor monitors, angled 45 degrees on each side of me on the floor.

        These speakers are loud and clear and I don't need to aim them at the audience, the high end sizzle and mids have excellent dispersion. Recently at a hall dance I ran a line to the soundman for the FOH and he eventually turned me out of the mix all together because the sound from my Behringers was deep, clear, and loud when I turned them up onstage.

        I started buying Behringer P.A. equipment in 2001 and 13 years later all the equipment I sold off is still being used by various bands and clubs locally. Behringer stuff is sturdy and keeps working if it isn't defective out of the box.

        Bottom line? These speakers kick butt for the money, and sound excellent. They get very lound, and they produce great deep bass and sizzling highs and defined mids. Buy them, you won't be disappointed!

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        5.0

        I've been gigging with these for 2 years

        By richard

        from Charlotte, NC

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

          These are great speakers for the money. They're clean, accurate, and versatile. I use two as main's and one as a monitor. Don't hesitate to buy them.

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          5.0

          WOW !!!!!!!!! SO MUCH POWER

          By GREGZUMBA

          from EUREKA, CA.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Outside events
            • Performances
            • Utside Evevnts
            • Zumba Instructor

            Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

            I TEACH ZUMBA AND USE THIS FOR INSIDE AND OUTSIDE EVENTS... JUST PLUG THIS THING IN AND YOU GOT 550 WATTS OF POWER WITH JUST 1 SPEAKER. JUST PLUG MY IPOD INTO THE BACK AJUST THE VOLUME... AND POW... I DID HAVE TO ADD SOME VELCRO TAPE TO THE TOP OF THE SPEAKER AND THE BACK OF MY IPOD BECAUSE IT KEPT FLYING OFF....CAN'T WAIT TO PURCHASE THE OTHER ONE... BUT ONE IS ENOUGH FOR NOW.

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            4.0

            Great little speaker

            By lil boy blue

            from Gulfport, MS

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Live Monitoring

              Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

              I've used this speaker as a monitor for about a year now and i am very pleased with sound quality and durability because i am not always easy on my equipment. The bass is really kickin but the mids and highs arent quite as clear as they should be but thats what the EQ is for. Overall a great bang for the buck!!

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Definately a fine product --Great power

              By Jan Garfinkle

              from California--los angeles

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy
              • Tone Knobs Not Recessed

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

              I have 2 B212D's I use for PA, and I wanted a 15 for more fatness and this spkr delivers effortlessly--I always have clean power and sound---I pump bass, drum machine, keys and vocals, thru them, and they are always clean with plenty of head room---Behringer is making some great products now---these amps kick butt---the 12's are easy to carry, but the 15 is pretty big---have to put alittle more effort into moving it---but worth it!! --I could get by with just the 12's---they're that strong---but for a big bottom, now the 15 will definately fill out the sound by using all three spkrs--one 12" for a floor monitor.--

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Problem with power on buttons

              By Kenny-Vvaey

              from Union City, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Power Buttons Don't Work

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

              I own 4 of these and 3 have serious problems with the power on buttons. Nothing happens. You have to play with them, plug them in and unplug. I try to leave power button in the on position once it works and just unplug them but that doesn't always work. Very frustrating. Is there a fix for this issue? Other than that they sound good once you can get them turned on. But imagine delaying a gig 20 minutes because your mains won't power up

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              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nothing but love here!

              By DJ Fayze

              from St. George, UT

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Price

              Cons

              • Not Much

              Best Uses

              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

              A lot of people hate on behringer, and I do agree, it is a lower end brand. But for the price, these speakers are amazingly durable and loud. I've used mine for 2 years gigging almost every weekend and have never had an issue. Never overheated or clipped. If you can use with a sub and cut out the low frequencies, these will go plenty loud. Up on stands, with the low frequencies cut, I've handled crowds up to 300-400 with 2 of them. Get 4 and you will plenty fine up to 600 or 700. Of course they're not top of the line, you can always get better quality and sound from JBL, QSC, etc.., but for the money they are worth it! They were my first set of speakers, and if you already have some get a pair as backup.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Bang for your Buck. Awesome Speaker

              By Crazyezra

              from San Francisco

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • none
              • They Get Dirty

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

              I have several of these speakers and i have gotten them all from Musicians Friend. Bang for the buck, nothing beats these speakers. I have run them hard and they still keep pumping out crisp highs and bassy lows. Easy to use and the price is more than worth it. Very reliable and loud too.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Blew before two

              By Tricky

              from Jackson, Mi.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Behringer EUROLIVE B215D Active PA Speaker System:

              Clear good sounding no problems there. I never had a chance to gig with them used them at home once or twice a week. volume levels at 1/4 was sufficiante but blew one speaker after 6 1/2 weeks, I've never had to much luck with anyones warrenties in the past I guess I'll see what happens here.

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