Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Behringer B1500D-PRO Powered Subwoofer Review

Behringer B1500D-PRO Powered Subwoofer Staff Review

Behringer B1500D-PRO 15-inch Powered Subwoofer Review Summary:

The Behringer EUROLIVE speaker lineup is a fairly new range offered to the masses by the familiar Pro-Audio and DJ company that promises to deliver on price and in performance. The lineup of EUROLIVE speakers is very expansive and covers passive (non-amplified) and active (amplified) speaker systems in different wood or Molded ABS cabinet configurations. There are different shapes and sizes to choose from ensuring there is something here for everyone. Behringer is known for making equipment for the budget-minded user but their latest equipment has also exhibited a higher level of quality which also carries over to the EUROLIVE speaker lineup. For the purposes of this review, we will take a closer look at the new Behringer B1500D-PRO 15-inch powered subwoofer system which is also available in an 18-inch version. As a perfect match for the subwoofer, we recommend the Behringer B212D 12-inch two-way powered speakers that we also reviewed here.









Behringer B1500D-PRO Powered Subwoofer Review

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Behringer B1500D-PRO Powered Subwoofer Staff Review

Behringer B1500D-PRO 15-inch Powered Subwoofer Review Summary:

The Behringer EUROLIVE speaker lineup is a fairly new range offered to the masses by the familiar Pro-Audio and DJ company that promises to deliver on price and in performance. The lineup of EUROLIVE speakers is very expansive and covers passive (non-amplified) and active (amplified) speaker systems in different wood or Molded ABS cabinet configurations. There are different shapes and sizes to choose from ensuring there is something here for everyone. Behringer is known for making equipment for the budget-minded user but their latest equipment has also exhibited a higher level of quality which also carries over to the EUROLIVE speaker lineup. For the purposes of this review, we will take a closer look at the new Behringer B1500D-PRO 15-inch powered subwoofer system which is also available in an 18-inch version. As a perfect match for the subwoofer, we recommend the Behringer B212D 12-inch two-way powered speakers that we also reviewed here.





The Behringer B1500D-PRO 15-inch Powered Subwoofer packs a serious punch as it operates at 1000 watts of continuous power (RMS) and 1400 watts peak. The built in Class-D amplifier was relatively quiet compared to other powered subwoofer systems in its price-point and it functions in perfect harmony with the 15'' long-excursion transducer with high temperature voice coil. The power remained smooth and steady for our 2.5-hour stress test. The testing procedure was to operate the subwoofer at 50% power or more with all types of different music being played. The subwoofer system delivers excellent low range frequency coverage (35-150Hz) for very deep and punchy bass with superb response. This was our best performing and loudest subwoofer system that we have tested to date! The Behringer B1500D-PRO subwoofer was a beast and handled every type of music that we could throw at it. We never hit the LIMIT of the system and the performace was a lot better than expected. I am almost convinced enough to say that the Behringer B1500D-PRO is the best performing powered subwoofer system for under $500.

The Behringer B1500D-PRO also has an impressive amount of inputs, outputs, and features around the back of the unit. There are a set of XLR inputs along with a set of Through XLR outputs (that will output the same frequencies as the Master input), and a set of High Pass XLR outputs (that will only output the frequencies that are above 100Hz). There is a High Cut Frequency Control knob that will adjust how high or how low the frequency of the subwoofer will operate. The XLR outputs operate as an internal electronic crossover already on-board to send only the higher frequencies back out to the Mid and high range speakers. This subwoofer also has a new feature called Boost Frequency which is a toggle switch that can be activated to add +6db of boost to a specific frequency which is controlled by the Boost Frequency knob on the back. There is also an overall output Level knob and a Phase switch that reverses the output to compensate for frequency cancellation. The cabinet itself is made of a heavy-duty “textured” wood construction with a heavy duty Molded top, edges, and sides that provide protection against scratches and other damage. There is also a front grill for protection, a 35mm Speaker Pole mount to mount a full range speaker on top, and recessed/ergonomically molded handles for easy transport. The Behringer B1500D-PRO is also stackable if you get two or more of them together. The feet on the bottom will fit perfectly into the molds found on the top.

The only two minor gripes that I could find with the B1500D-PRO aren’t a deal-breaker. The first is that there are only XLR type connections for all inputs and outputs. It would be nice to get quarter-inch combination connections or some other type of connection for added versatility. The second issue is that the speaker weighs about 100lbs and it would be pretty heavy to try to move it before and after every single gig or performance if you are transporting the system often.

In conclusion, the Behringer B1500D-PRO is the best Powered Subwoofer system that we have reviewed on DJbooth.net to date. This true 1000 watt system delivers some excellent power and ultra low bass response. The Behringer B1500D-PRO has more than enough power for almost any small to medium sized club, bar, or Mobile DJ application and the price per performance is probably best in its class. Due to its stackable form-factor, a user could easily purchase four of these and run them together for bigger events. This Behringer subwoofer system was very reliable and I would easily trust this setup for my personal gigs and events. DJbooth.net recommends the Behringer EUROLIVE B1500D-PRO 15-inch powered subwoofer to any DJ or performer who needs an ultra-deep-powered-bass solution that won’t break the bank.

Pro's:
-Best value (Very Powerful subwoofer for only $489)
-True 1000 Watts RMS & 1400 Watts Peak Amplified subwoofer system
-Extremely Heavy Duty Construction: (“Textured” Wood Construction w/ Front Grill, Speaker ABS Molded handles and an ABS Molded protection for top, bottom, and edges)
-Excellent Low Range (35-150Hz) Deep/Punchy Bass with great response
-Adjustable Frequency Control & Bass Boost Knobs
-XLR Inputs & Through or High Pass XLR Outputs

Con's:
-Only XLR Outputs/Inputs
-It’s Heavy (100lbs)

Behringer B1500D-PRO Powered Subwoofer Features

Our EUROLIVE B1500D-PRO and B1800D-PRO active subwoofers are destined to become the new standard in low-frequency reproduction. Packed with an incredible array of truly professional features, these brutes provide extreme levels of low-end punch, with the kind of definition and clarity typically reserved for much larger systems.

Class-D amplifiers (with switch-mode power supplies) drive the custom-designed low frequency drivers for sonically optimized output. And the best part of all—these new B1500D-PRO and B1800D-PRO provide a much better power-to weight ratio than many competing active subwoofers. Powered by 1400 Watts — in your choice of 15" and 18" versions. As always, the speakers are made by BEHRINGER in our own factory.

Put simply, these cool-running systems are much lighter, making them ultra-easy to transport and set up— and our no-compromise design means you get amazingly-deep, chestpounding bass that will keep the party going all night long. They’ll add needed bottom-end to your active full-range speaker system.
What is Class-D Technology?

Instead of operating relatively continuously like Class AB 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 power losses from the output devices given off as heat. Less heat means our amps don’t need massive heat sinks, and that means we can make them lighter. Our no-compromise design means the B1500D-PRO and B1800D-PRO will deliver full power with incredible fidelity all night long, without the need for lengthy rest cycles.

When used in conjunction with switching-mode power supplies, which don’t require huge and heavy transformers, our Class-D amplifiers provide tremendous dynamic punch and superior fidelity. The resulting speaker systems are much lighter, making them easy to transport and set up.
Custom-Designed Transducers
The transducers (woofers and tweeters) are the only part of a sound system you actually hear, so we don’t cut any corners. We custom-design and built our transducers from scratch. Not only do we wind our own voice coils, we process the paper pulp into cones and even machine our own backplates. This enables us to control the quality, and frankly, make better components.
Take control

The B1500D-PRO and B1800D-PRO feature balanced XLR inputs and outputs, as well as balanced XLR THRU jacks for connecting additional enclosures. A BOOST FREQUENCY knob targets a boost frequency between 45 Hz and 90 Hz. Flick the BOOST switch to give your selected frequency a +6 dB boost. These subs also feature a HIGH CUT dial to control the upper corner frequency for the subwoofer’s amplifier. The HIGH CUT dial does not affect the THRU signals, only signals directed to the subwoofer (however, it does affect the signals sent out through the Output sockets of the subwoofer to reach the full-range speakers). A LEVEL knob controls the input gain, and the PHASE switch reverses output phase to compensate for frequency cancellation between the subwoofer and satellite speakers. LEDs show operational status at a glance, including power, signal present and input overloads.
Which Speaker Do I Need?
As you have probably noticed, we make these subwoofers in two different woofer sizes. Which one is right for you? An 18" woofer has more surface area with which to move air than a 15". If you’re engineering sound for a small jazz combo in a small club, the B1500D-PRO might be all the speaker you need. If you need to provide pounding techno sounds to a standing room only nightclub, the B1800D-PRO might be the better choice.
Value
Plenty of power, light weight, amazing sound, tough durability and affordability— with the B1500D-PRO and B1800D-PRO, you get it all. Check out these high-tech heavy hitters at your nearest BEHRINGER dealer and let them redefine your low end.


EUROLIVE B1500D-PRO
High-Performance Active 1400-Watt 15" PA Subwoofer With Built-In Stereo Crossover
High-performance 1400-Watt powered subwoofer for PA applications
Powerful 15'' long-excursion transducer with high temperature voice coil provides incredibly accurate and pulse-pounding bass
Extremely high sound pressure level (126 dB half space 1 W @ 1 m)
Precise reproduction of ultra-low frequencies (35 – 150 Hz) for "bulletproof" punch and impact
State-of-the-art 1400-Watt Class-D amplifier with comprehensive over-excursion, thermal and clip limit protection
Built-in active stereo crossover provides high-pass filtered outputs for full-range loudspeakers
Tunable and switchable Bass Boost plus Phase switch for ultimate low-frequency performance
Variable High Cut control for perfect sound alignment
Subwoofer Level control to adjust the balance between subwoofer and the full-range speakers
Power, Signal and Clip LEDs for perfect monitoring
Intelligent limiter for maximum sound performance and woofer protection
Internal switch-mode power supply for noise-free audio, superior transient response and very low power consumption
Pole socket for mounting with commercial spacer poles
Ergonomically shaped handles for easy transport
Rugged steel grill for optimal speaker protection
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany