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Behringer Ultrawave B300 2-Way Active Loudspeaker  

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    High-tech materials and innovative design.

    You won't find a better value in this price range than the Behringer B300 Ultrawave 2-Way Active Loudspeaker. Built-in equalization, a ULN mic preamp, and integrated limiters make this a super-transparent, broad-application speaker system that serves as a poor musician's PA. 15" long-throw woofer with high-power magnet and 1.25" titanium HF driver are powered by 300W total from dedicated amplifiers with an active, phase-optimized crossover network. New wave guide ensures extremely wide, phase-accurate dispersion. Unique design uses air movement in the bass reflex tunnel to cool the amps. Servo-balanced XLR for connection of other B300s. Suspension points and socket for flown or standmounted operation.

    Features
    • Built-in EQ
    • Mic preamp
    • Integrated limiters
    • 15" long-throw woofer with high-power magnet and 1.25" titanium HF driver
    • 300W total from dedicated amplifiers with an active, phase-optimized crossover network
    • Wave guide ensures extremely wide, phase-accurate dispersion
    • Unique design uses air movement in the bass reflex tunnel to cool amp
    • Servo-balanced XLR for connection of other B300s
     
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    4.0

    (based on 22 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent sound/performance/value

    I use two of these for my Roland Vdrums, and also plug in keyboards, electric violin and sometimes vocals. One B300 has more than adequate power for rehersal, and two are enough for ...Read complete review

    I use two of these for my Roland Vdrums, and also plug in keyboards, electric violin and sometimes vocals. One B300 has more than adequate power for rehersal, and two are enough for most gigs. Often I pipe in digital and CD audio for practice with excellent results - the IM distortion is not detectable.Being an audiophile I am very critical and very pleased with the sound quality of the B300. Although they are heavy, you cannot get a better power/sound/performance/quality/features value in this price range. The balanced inputs, and balanced daisy-chain capable output allows versatile ease of connection. No mixer - But a mixer is really not needed because who can reach the mixer controls of a speaker on a pole anyway ? I like to use a separate accessible mixer. Behringer put the $$ into the LF and HF drivers, amplifiers and enclosure - I really like the bass-port-heat-venting system and not having heat sink fins exposed externally. The EQ has different center frequency points than the competition, LF at 80Hz and HF at 12kHz instead of the comps 100Hz and 10kHz -- 80Hz/12kHz is much more useful in bringing out the deep lows, and the highs when necessary without sounding muddy or over colored. Compared to the JBL and Mackie the B300 sound quality is definitely on par, and in fact I think better in many acoustic cases than the JBL for sure - and equal to the Mackie without the over heating issues the Mackie's experience, the B300 has a little less power than the Mackie -But rememeber, 3dB correlates to a 2x power difference - so one would need a 600W amp to hear just 3dB more sound pressure level compared to a 300W amp, and the Mackie is 2x the cost.I hope the B300s remain reliable - I have had no issues running them at full output just below clipping for very long durations. Band and audiance loves the sound.Note that you need to run an unbalanced to balanced line converter when using the TD8 and 2 B300s for stereo (TD8 controller L/R out) due to ground loop issues caused by the TD8's unbalanced outputs. The other method I use is mono out of the TD8 (unbalanced L) into the first B300 1/4 inch in, daisy chain the second B300 to the first using the balanced XLR in/out - The balanced XLR outs on the B300 is a great feature to have to string multiple B300s without having a wiring/mixer mess.I highly recommend seriously considering the B300.I also recommend the MX882 for flexible I/O control to these when using stereo and other multi-source-types.

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    Questionable Performance

    I own 2 of these babies. 10 gigs after I bought them, the amps fried in the middle of the gig. Both at the same time. Pretty embarrasing!! So I had to ...Read complete review

    I own 2 of these babies. 10 gigs after I bought them, the amps fried in the middle of the gig. Both at the same time. Pretty embarrasing!! So I had to take'em to NYC for repairs. Needless to say I had to borrow other speakers from a buddy to finish the other 10 gigs. I have to say though, that since they were fixed, they've been performing well. I'm always scared though... They are awfully heavy too. I wish I had bought an amp and a couple of passive speakers. I guess you get what you pay for...

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    5.0

    good value

    By Zoid

    from TN

    I bought my Behringer in 2002 as a primary PA system for a power trio, using the drummer's mixer & stand, so we could quit spending the $ we made at gigs on rental equipment. After that band broke up, I eventually started with another band that already had a PA, the guitarist & I now use the B300 as an extra floor monitor...the sound comes back at us crisp & clear, the occasional drawback being that if we crank the volume too high my mic will feedback...a good problem to have, IMO. It's been very reliable for me, no blown speakers or fried components, I have been careful not to push it too hard. The good news is you don't need to push it, plenty of power to spare in the small rooms we play. One other downside I've seen mentioned elsewhere is the B300 is one HEAVY mother, I've been looking for a way to put wheels on it to save my bad back. All in all, for the relatively light duty use I've put it through, it's been sturdy, reliable, & a good value for the $$$ I spent.

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    4.0

    For what they are, the price can't be beat.

    By zzjopp

    from Minnesota

    I have used these for awhile now, and they are great speakers, but they do lack a certain amount of wattage to be able to handle a band that has a screamer, as they clip out far too easily, but they are good overall.

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    5.0

    So Far So Good

    By Sam Joyner

    from Marianas Islands

    I have owned the speakers for 5 Months and I am very happy with the purchase. Generally speaking I don't like to purchase new products and these speakers have been around a couple years. I use them for rentals, DJ, Band, and One Man Band situations. So Far So Good! If they serve me well I will purchase 8 additional pairs but at 2 to 4 at a time. I try to be a catious buyer since things are always changing.

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    3.0

    Questionable Performance

    By GuitarDoc

    from Philadelphia, PA

    I own 2 of these babies. 10 gigs after I bought them, the amps fried in the middle of the gig. Both at the same time. Pretty embarrasing!! So I had to take'em to NYC for repairs. Needless to say I had to borrow other speakers from a buddy to finish the other 10 gigs. I have to say though, that since they were fixed, they've been performing well. I'm always scared though... They are awfully heavy too. I wish I had bought an amp and a couple of passive speakers. I guess you get what you pay for...

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    4.0

    We'll have to wait and see.

    By Otis Bacon-Aqevn

    from Michigan

    I purchased 2 of these units recently. I liked the look and was impressed with the overall impression of quality contruction as I unpacked them. Great, sturdy handles, mounting points, and feet lended themselves to a good first impression. After hooking and firing them up, it took a while for me to get them tweeked to sound like I wanted. Then I started running some tracks through from my digital recorder while I began to test their response by tweeking volume/bass/treble controls. They were kickin' and I was impressed. However, about 2 minutes into this testing, I heard a crackling loud enough to cut through the mix and then followed by the distinct smell of burning electrical components. One of the onboard amps had fried! Talk about going from high to low in a matter of seconds! As they always do, Musicians Friend is in the process of exchanging this unit for me at no cost to me. So the jury is still out on the durability and quality of construction of the internal components of these speakers. I'll let you know how it all turns out.

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    4.0

    Can't be beat if you're on a low budget!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought two of these for a monitor setup, and have had nothing but great experiences with them. Excellent for the money!

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    5.0

    Excellent sound/performance/value

    By J^2

    from Boston, MA

    I use two of these for my Roland Vdrums, and also plug in keyboards, electric violin and sometimes vocals. One B300 has more than adequate power for rehersal, and two are enough for most gigs. Often I pipe in digital and CD audio for practice with excellent results - the IM distortion is not detectable.Being an audiophile I am very critical and very pleased with the sound quality of the B300. Although they are heavy, you cannot get a better power/sound/performance/quality/features value in this price range. The balanced inputs, and balanced daisy-chain capable output allows versatile ease of connection. No mixer - But a mixer is really not needed because who can reach the mixer controls of a speaker on a pole anyway ? I like to use a separate accessible mixer. Behringer put the $$ into the LF and HF drivers, amplifiers and enclosure - I really like the bass-port-heat-venting system and not having heat sink fins exposed externally. The EQ has different center frequency points than the competition, LF at 80Hz and HF at 12kHz instead of the comps 100Hz and 10kHz -- 80Hz/12kHz is much more useful in bringing out the deep lows, and the highs when necessary without sounding muddy or over colored. Compared to the JBL and Mackie the B300 sound quality is definitely on par, and in fact I think better in many acoustic cases than the JBL for sure - and equal to the Mackie without the over heating issues the Mackie's experience, the B300 has a little less power than the Mackie -But rememeber, 3dB correlates to a 2x power difference - so one would need a 600W amp to hear just 3dB more sound pressure level compared to a 300W amp, and the Mackie is 2x the cost.I hope the B300s remain reliable - I have had no issues running them at full output just below clipping for very long durations. Band and audiance loves the sound.Note that you need to run an unbalanced to balanced line converter when using the TD8 and 2 B300s for stereo (TD8 controller L/R out) due to ground loop issues caused by the TD8's unbalanced outputs. The other method I use is mono out of the TD8 (unbalanced L) into the first B300 1/4 inch in, daisy chain the second B300 to the first using the balanced XLR in/out - The balanced XLR outs on the B300 is a great feature to have to string multiple B300s without having a wiring/mixer mess.I highly recommend seriously considering the B300.I also recommend the MX882 for flexible I/O control to these when using stereo and other multi-source-types.

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    5.0

    Great Sound

    By Crank it up man

    from Racine, WI

    In spaces for 50 or 200 people a pair of these has the crystal clear sound I was looking for. Either live music or played from a PC from MP3's the sound is great. I have used mixers from Behringer and Mackie to send signals to the pair I own. Great sound and no problems here for over a year.

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    1.0

    B300 failure is epedemic

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought 12 of these, two were dead right out of the box, another three failed within ten hours of use. These were used for low level PA, not rock and roll. Amplifier section fails, often with NO input signal, so overloading is not the problem.

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    5.0

    great speakers.

    I have owned these for 9 months now and am gonna buy a second set.they sound great and i compared them to all the other powered speakers at any price.i think they sound as good as ones more than twice the price. I have never had any problems and have yet to clip them. you will be happy! If you have been looking at the jbl's then give these a look you will be glad you did.

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