Hands-On Review:EUROLIVE B412DSP & B415DSP Powered Loudspeaker Systems
Finally, digitally controlled loudspeakers for the masses!
It doesn’t matter whether you need a PA system for a heavy metal band, a church, or a one-man show, you need a speaker that sounds as great at a whisper as it does when run full-out. The Behringer B412DSP and B415DSP Loudspeaker Systems are designed to handle a wide range of applications, with power to spare and the kind of fidelity typically available only from state-of-the-art studio monitors.
Lots of companies make “powered” speaker systems. Most of them simply strap a couple of amps and a crossover on the back of a two-way cabinet and start shipping. Until now, there were a limited number of powered systems with an internal “brain” for optimized sound—and they were prohibitively expensive. The EUROLIVE DSP Series offers an intelligent solution at a price point that is unheard-of in its class. The technology used in the series’ design represents a major advancement in loudspeaker manufacture and performance. How so?
From the instant the signal enters the B412DSP or B415DSP, the digital processor takes over, ensuring the highest-possible signal integrity—and we’re talking CLEAN. Much more than just selective EQ enhancement, the internal DSP engine analyzes the signal and intelligently applies specific filters to actually improve the sound quality. It’s like having a tiny sound guy inside each enclosure (with all the best gear), monitoring the input and output signals, dialing in the perfect EQ, and constantly making subtle adjustments to the crossover, compressor/limiter, and more.
This powerful 24-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) takes all the guesswork out of running the system so you can concentrate on your performance. All these intelligent processes work together proactively behind-the-scenes, making the BEHRINGER DSP Series some of the best-sounding loudspeaker systems on the market.
Built-in mixing capability
If you just need a small PA, you can plug a microphone into any DSP Series loudspeaker right out of the box and start the show. The rear panel features a two-channel mixer with inputs for two mics or line-level sources (you’ll need an adapter for line-level inputs). There’s also a Level control for each input and a two-band master EQ, complete with an adjustable low-cut filter to help eliminate annoying pops and mic handling noise. An additional filter, which we call Contour, allows you to select the type of program: Speech (for enhanced voice intelligibility); or Music for the broader frequency range required for high-fidelity reproduction of music.
Let’s face it; the transducer (speaker) is the only part of a sound system you actually hear, so we don’t cut any corners. While some of our competitors are content to grab whatever they have on hand and plug them into their boxes, we build our transducers from scratch. Not only do we wind our own voice coils, we process the paper pulp into cones and even machine the frames and backplates. This enables us to control the quality and, frankly, make better components, like the 12" long-excursion LF transducer and state-of-the-art 1.75" titanium drivers we deploy in each and every B412DSP.
Power to spare
Cutting-edge technology and high-fidelity speakers are not all it takes to get your message across—you need power, and lots of it. At the heart of both the B412DSP and B415DSP is a biamped 600-watt engine capable of driving the speakers to their very limit without the slightest hint of distortion. When it comes to pure output power, these bad boys will simply blow you away with their superb punch, smooth mids, and sparkling top end! True “bass-aholics” may want to opt for the B415DSP with its chest-thumping 15" LF transducer.
Instant PA system
With just a single Behringer DSP loudspeaker system and one or two dynamic microphones, you can set up an instant sound system. Just plug in a mic, place the enclosure on a tabletop (or mount it on a speaker stand), and power up. It’s that easy. And if you need more coverage, you can chain together as many speakers as you like via the convenient Line Out XLR connector.
Both the B412DSP and B415DSP can be tilted on their sides for onstage monitor wedge applications. With onboard amplifiers and dual-band EQ, the BEHRINGER DSP Series merges high-fidelity performance with portability. Hookup is simple, requiring only a single mic cable from the monitor send on the mixing console and, of course, power. Additional monitors can be chained together via the XLR Line Out jack.
More than just a PA loudspeaker . . .
The B412DSP and B415DSP also make excellent onstage monitors for keyboards, acoustic guitars, or any line-level instrument* for that matter. You can plug an instrument into Mic/Line 1 and use the MIC/LINE 2 input to connect the monitor signal from the PA mixing console, so that you can also hear the other members of your band. This opens up lots of possibilities.
*Note: You will need a special adapter to convert a standard 1/4" TS cable to XLR, or a direct injection box.
Features & Specs
- High-power 600W 2-way PA sound reinforcement speaker systems with integrated mixer
- State-of-the-art, 24-bit digital signal processor for ultimate system control
- Digital crossover, phase and time correction for perfect driver alignment, plus dual compressor/limiter for total system protection
- Digital noise gate, low-cut filter, 2-band EQ, dynamic Contour filter for ultimate sound reproduction
- 2 ULN mic/line inputs with individual volume controls and peak LEDs
- Extremely powerful 12" (B412DSP) or 15" (B415DSP) long-excursion driver for incredibly deep bass and acoustic power
- State-of-the-art 1.75" titanium-diaphragm compression driver for exceptional high-frequency reproduction
- Ultrawide dispersion and large-format exponential/conical horn with multi-cell aperture throat
- Additional line output enables linking of additional speaker systems
- Versatile trapezoidal enclosure design allows flexible positioning:
- Standmounting with 35mm pole socket
- Tilts on its side for use as a floor monitor
- Ergonomically shaped handles for easy carrying and setup
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life