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Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single)  

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    An affordable high-resolution, active 2-way reference studio monitor.

    Behringer makes the TRUTH B3031A Reference Monitor to speak nothing but the truth. When it comes to your studio recordings, you want honesty. In fact, considering how important your art is, you should demand it! The TRUTH B3031A also sounds great hooked up to your stereo or your video surround system, but they were really built with the studio in mind—where every note you play or sing is under the microscope.

    Built on the Behringer Legacy
    Behringer TRUTH B2031A monitors have been so wildly successful that they've sold thousands upon thousands of them to some of the most critical ears on the planet. So Behringer knew that the B3031A had to be something really special — and they are. Due to their high-resolution performance, B3031A active 2-way reference studio monitors are perfect for nearfield monitoring applications: from small mixing environments to multi-channel surround setups.

    Years of R'n'D
    For the past two years Behringer's research and development team has been on a mission to create the "perfect" studio monitor. Since the TRUTH B2031A had already become the industry standard, Behringer acoustic engineers decided to start there and see just how far they could push the envelope. They tried a variety of transducers and enclosure designs, along with existing and emerging technologies. When all the dust settled, they chose to deploy an ultra-high resolution, 2" velocity ribbon transducer and a long-throw, Kevlar-coned woofer in a deformationresistant, die-cast aluminum chassis.

    Why Kevlar?
    Kevlar has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio. That's one reason it's used in bulletproof vests. Kevlar gives Behringer's LF transducer the strength to handle the extremely high energy levels required for distortion-free, chest-pounding bass. And since they have such low mass, Kevlar speaker cones also respond much more quickly than those made of paper, important for not only maintaining bass content integrity, but critical for midrange accuracy and definition. Behringer's Kevlar transducers reproduce even the subtlest nuance of the low-frequency realm without muddying the midrange.

    What's With the Funny-Looking Tweeter?
    Ribbon tweeters bring a level of accuracy and sophistication to high-resolution studio monitors that was previously unattainable. They provide exceptionally wide horizontal dispersion (for a larger "sweet spot"), while holding the vertical dispersion extremely tight. And since Behringer's ribbon transducer diaphragm is virtually weightless, it reacts instantaneously to changes in the high-frequency content. Now, not only do you hear the dulcet tones of a flute, you hear the breath flowing through it… You hear the wind chimes bouncing off each other… You can hear the fingernails on the nylon strings of a classical guitar…

    Another reason why ribbon tweeters are so supremely accurate is their ability to reproduce frequencies far above our normal hearing range. Even though people can't hear these "ultrasonics," the lower harmonics they generate do affect the way we experience the stereo image. For instance, a 30 kHz signal is too high for us to hear, but we can hear its first sub-harmonic (15 kHz), second sub-harmonic (7.5 kHz), and third (3.75 kHz), etc. All these sub-harmonics combine with the primary sound to create stunning realism.

    Power to the People
    It takes quite a bit more than just a "bulletproof" woofer and a high-tech ribbon tweeter stuck inside a fancy box to make a studio monitor of this class. It also takes power — and lots of it! But even more importantly, that power has to be matched to the individual high and low-frequency tranducers. While some of Behringer's competitors are content to stick whatever speakers they have on the shelf into haphazardly designed boxes and then strap on a one-size-fits-all amplifier package, we build every single component from the ground up.

    Behringer packed 225-Watts of bi-amped technology (including a time- and phase-corrected active crossover) into every B3031A (110-Watts for B3031A), ensuring that you have the enormous power reserves you'll need to drive them really hard

    Non-Fatiguing, Wide "Sweet Spot"
    B3031A's HF (High Frequency) content comes courtesy of an ultra high-resolution 1.0" ferrofluid-cooled tweeter mounted on Behringer's proprietary wave-guide. While some of Behringer's competitor's studio monitors have a highly focused "sweet spot" (the optimal listening position for a pair of loudspeakers), Behringer's wave-guide is designed to create a much more generous, broader listening zone. That means you won't wear a hole in the carpet in that one spot where everything sounds great. You are free to move around inside the stereo image to find the ideal spot in the mix for subtle instrument or effects placement opportunities.

    You also won't suffer the ravages of "monitor fatigue-syndrome," an ailment that comes from listening to harsh high-mids and treble content for hours on end, even during those all-night mix-down sessions that can really test your nerves.

    Features
    • Ultra-linear frequency response with individual frequency diagrams
    • Built-in 160- and 80-Watt power amps with enormous power reserve
    • Ultra-high resolution, 2" velocity ribbon transducer for ultimate sound reproduction
    • Long-throw 8 ¾" woofer with deformation-resistant Kevlar cone and aluminum die-cast chassis for ultimate bass response
    • Controlled dispersion characteristics and extremely large "sweet spot" owing to the unique BEHRINGER wave guide technology
    • Active crossover network with 4th order Linkwitz-Riley filters
    • Adjustable to a wide range of acoustic conditions and subwoofer operation
    • Separately controlled limiter for low and high frequency overload protection
    • Automatic standby mode (defeatable)
    • Magnetic shielding allows placement near computer monitors
    • Servo-balanced inputs with XLR and ¼" TRS connectors
    • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
    • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

    Hear the truth! Order today…

     
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    BehringerTRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single)
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (3)
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        • Experienced (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Awesome Frequency response

      I just bought a set of B3031A's today was so surprised i had to write a review immediately to let people know about these. These monitors are beast, huge sound. The low end...Read complete review

      I just bought a set of B3031A's today was so surprised i had to write a review immediately to let people know about these. These monitors are beast, huge sound. The low end is alarmingly awesome, the Ribbon tweeters high end is surprisingly sweet. It's features are unmatched in this price range. If you want a great monitor buy these period. The M-audio BX8a (kevlar woofer , dome tweeter) or the KRK RP8G2 Rokit's (fiber glass woofers, and dome tweeters) which are priced evenly do not compare. The sure wattage, kevlar woofers, and ribbon tweeters can't be matched in this price range. I love the TRUTH. Thank you Behringer

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      least favorite of my monitors

      I started with the B2031a's some years ago and still use them for music and non critical applications, they sounded great, just weren't the best for monitoring.

      So I bought...Read complete review

      I started with the B2031a's some years ago and still use them for music and non critical applications, they sounded great, just weren't the best for monitoring.

      So I bought these based on reviews and I don't agree with the praise. Haven't listened on them much in 6 months but don't need to; every time I switch to another set of monitors it sounds like a filter is lifted. They have big thick surrounds like a subwoofer, that could have something to do with their lack of clarity but I'm not a speaker engineer. They break up pretty quick if you let them try to handle low end at much volume. My other monitors are the Yamaha HS80's which are my favorite. The recent Mackie 8" MRK or whatever, they sound great but not quite as revealing as the Yams. So between the 4 I mentioned, I'd put these last, there predecessors 3rd, mackie 2nd, and yamaha first.

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      5.0

      Project Studio Complete

      By 58 Fender

      from New England USA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

        Fantastic clarity: I am a bass player and playback wave files are full and broad. Capacity for duration and headroom for extended mastering.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        can't go wrong!

        By ilovemusic

        from long beach, ca

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

        i compared these monitors to the b2031a which were in my opinion the best monitors in their price range. the b2031a pair were easy to setup with short instrument patch cables through a standard audio interface or mixer. they sounded good right of the box. However, i feel the b3031a pair appeals to the serious aspiring budget sound engineer for reasons of logistics based on the limits of space and wall proximity.

        the looseness of the bass can be adjusted. my initial set up with these monitors were less than perfect. my home studio occupies very limited space. the bass was sloppy only because the monitors were placed close to the wall. once the room size settings were adjusted these monitors, to my ears, were clear and precise.

        with that being said the b3031a monitors will sound good in any room large or small with the right settings in relation to its physical location. these monitors offer a wider range of fine tuning options. after breaking these babies in they will surpass the b2031a no question. it's simply a matter of trial and error. the bottom line in my option is that the b2031a pair is best suited for the novice while the b3031a pair is suited to the critical ears of a person who is willing to spend time figuring out what works best for their work space. either way you can't go wrong with either pair.

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        2.0

        least favorite of my monitors

        By playerhater

        from fort collins, co

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

          I started with the B2031a's some years ago and still use them for music and non critical applications, they sounded great, just weren't the best for monitoring.

          So I bought these based on reviews and I don't agree with the praise. Haven't listened on them much in 6 months but don't need to; every time I switch to another set of monitors it sounds like a filter is lifted. They have big thick surrounds like a subwoofer, that could have something to do with their lack of clarity but I'm not a speaker engineer. They break up pretty quick if you let them try to handle low end at much volume. My other monitors are the Yamaha HS80's which are my favorite. The recent Mackie 8" MRK or whatever, they sound great but not quite as revealing as the Yams. So between the 4 I mentioned, I'd put these last, there predecessors 3rd, mackie 2nd, and yamaha first.

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          5.0

          A true Audiophile Pro Speaker. Wonderful

          By Roger

          from Upstate, New York

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • A
          • Beautifully Built
          • Built like a tank
          • Clear highs
          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • I Bought Another Pair
          • No Beaming Finally
          • Plays All Genres Equally
          • Plug Them In More Like 7k
          • Set Them Up Right And Wow
          • Simple Set Up
          • They Can Be Very Loud
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Absolutely None

          Best Uses

          • To Hear Music No Beaming

          Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

          These speakers don't beam. One of my pet peeves.Most all other speakers do.It might be their tweeter. These aren't just great speakers for the money, Their just really great. I can't wait until one of the Audiophile mags do a review on these. I've owned $7K speakers that didn't do as well. Do yourself a favor. Try these, let them break in. If you don't love these? I don't know what to tell you. The TRUTH B3031A Studio Monitors are that good. They need a good stand. Around 26" if your listening from a regular chair. So, do yourself a favor. Try these, break them in. Enjoy what music is supposed to sound like.

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          5.0

          Behringer great???

          By trackingstation

          from Sierra Vista, AZ.

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          Pros

          • Amazing value
          • Look Great
          • No Hype
          • Very Honest Sound
          • Very well Built

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

              I also have original Mackie HR824's and vintage Altec Lansing A5's so you know what I am used to hearing.
              The B3031A's have a more extended HF response than either, and the bass is more solid on very low notes than the Mackies. Even the 32 HZ. low B on a 5 string has pretty good authority. There is also no apparant bump in the upper bass and the crossover point is inaudible, like the Mackies.
              I can hear more detail on the Behringers than on either of the other speakers. I never thought I would find a Behringer product this accurate. I always found them to be good cheap stuff. Not these. They could be twice the price and still be the best value I've seen. They kill the competition.
              I trust mixes made using these monitors. They are also plenty loud when you need that.
              I sure hope they come out with a mid-field 3-way like these.

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              5.0

              Bass Strong; Highs like silk

              By jcosoundmaster

              from Virginia Beach, VA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

                I bought these speakers in the hopes that investing what these affordable monitors cost would be a positive return in the end; Once again, Behringer hasn't let me down. The ribbon tweeters and the kevlar woofers are just top notch quality.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                These Are Nice....

                By Wilson

                from Traverse City MI

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                Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

                I am relatively new to finishing recordings in my basement studio, I read the reviews from many who are in the business of music recording and mixing and all were favorable towards this product, With the great sales here I got a pair last month. The first demo that I recorded I had my wife to be listen to today, her 2nd comment after 1st liking the song was that she could for the first time hear every single element within the recording. I believe these monitors will be the ticket to my final mixes sounding pro, even though I am still a "self" recording novice....

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid

                Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

                I've come to expect great bang for your buck stuff from Behringer, but these exceeded my expectations. The woofers handle the lower and mid freqs great, but what really surprised me were the highs. They more than kept up with the lower freqs, emulating high end snare drum cracks with precision. The product definitely delivers the wide sweet spot it advertises. Only regret is not getting them sooner.
                These are unbelievable for the money.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Surprisingly Great

                By JoJo-RzInW

                from Desert S.W.

                Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

                These are excellent monitors, and even better for the price. I've had a number of low and mid-priced monitors, and these are BY FAR the best sounding of them all. My mixes translate to to other systems VERY well, and that is pretty much most peoples bottom line. Smokin' deal, have had them for over a year - no problems at all.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Incredible Monitors for Mixing and Mastering

                By Smitty

                from Wisconsin

                Comments about Behringer TRUTH B3031A Monitor (Single):

                I just bought 2 Behringer B3031A monitors after selling a pair of M-Audio BX5a monitors I had for 3 years. As I have become more experienced with mixing down music, I desired a higher quality playback. These monitors provided the articulation I was looking for in my mixes. The M-Audio would have been sufficient, but now that I am also mastering the mixes, the Behringer B3031A monitors have become invaluable. The bass response is deep and tight and the ribbon tweeters are an order of magnitude better in clarity than what is supplied with lesser monitors. My son who is also a musician was so impressed with the Behringer B3031A monitors he sold his BX5a monitors and bought a pair of these as well.

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