Our act needed a new amp to drive the mains which are rated at 250watts RMS with an 8ohm load. After leaving a small paper bag with $300 in unmarked $5.00 bills in the managers office of an undisclosed Guitar Center location we picked it up in the alley just after closing. We also threw in another $60 for the extended warranty.
This is a sleek black 2u rack unit with a simple front face - volume knobs for channel 1 and 2. There are RED clipping leds as well as little yellow lights that tell you you have signal - which comes in handy when trouble shooting unwanted silence. The amount of decent power you get: 280watts@8ohms, 700@2ohms, is fanfrickintastic for 3 little Ben Franklins.
This unit accepts TRS, unbalanced and XLR connections - bare in mind you lose something like 10db with unbalanced cables on this unit.
The Outputs are only Speakon or you can pull off the protective covers and use the binding post -so, if you have invested in good 1/4" cables you can get 1/4" to speakon adapters for about $20/pr. Some ther amps in the same power range come with 1/4" outs as well as Speakon and banana plug.
As for setting it up to be other than what it was shipped as ( stereo 8ohm I believe) - you may need a microfiche to read the dip switch position chart on the back of the amp.
This thing is built really solid - I wouldn't try the Tonka approach of letting an elephant stand on it - but we have hauled it around to shows over the past 6 months without issue. Knobs are still attached and it handles variable environments FL outdoor show humidity to crappy air conditioned dirty bar air without a hitch.
We bought the extendo warranty so, in case there is an issue it will be dealt with without question or extended downtime. This is our first Behringer purchase and although we were hesitant due to it being a relatively new player vs Crown or QSC, hence the warranty purchase, this amp is in the same ball park for sound but in the cheap seats with its pricetag.
We have used Carvin, QSC and Crown amps in the past - all excellent - no problems.The Behringer with the speakon adapters and extended warranty was still less than Crown, Carvin or QSC amps in the same power range.
Before buying any amp - download and RTFM, make sure it suits your needs. Behringer is a good sized German company putting out a ton of audio products slated for the US and they give working musicians a new name to consider for sound reinforcement.
I purchased this as a new unit off of Ebay for $267 + $20 shipping. Needed a second Amplifier and something with enough punch to play some outdoor gigs.
I had two requirements for the amp i was looking at, i needed good enough volume to run my PA at an outdoor gig, and didn't have a ton of money to spend. I have some other Behringer equipment in my rack so i thought i'd give it a try. Did my first gig last night and had the Amp turned up about 95%. It was a very clean and loud sound. My JBL SF25 speakers were rockin and there was no distortion in the sound at all.
I would have preferred the Amp to have a couple types of output jacks. Its only option are Speakon and wires. So I had to purchase some additional cables as well.
Amp looks good, about the weight you would expect for an amp of its size. Solid metal construction and is quiet.
Extremely pleased. I can't believe that the Amp is as good as it is for the price I paid. At this point if I needed more power i would definatly look at the EP2500. I almost regret not paying the little extra and going ahead and getting even more. Great value for the money.
I bought the EP2500 and I think something prt able to give my opinion on the EP1500:
bought to build a faade for a festival that drive approx. 3:00 p.m. so no rest, this is an amp that trs well kept, the rgime where he shot I know that would have tripped dja heat, ventilation, I felt no variation in sound on the hard working and at time payment in puissance.Peut be a note: the button "start-stop" too accessible and sensitive attention to the hands that hang out.
Not comment on the report qualitprix, bravo Behringer.
I possde this amp for less than a year that I am running two 15-EVPX Warfedale 300W RMS.Ce I like about this amplifier is all dabord his look (although it is said prcdemment its ON / OFF button is too accssible front), then it heats up very little even when you clip into the red which is really not the case with all amps, it has also a pretty good reserve of puissance.De addition, it is quite solide.En fact, I see not much has repprocher him, I think the team did a behringer amp did everything correct a very reasonable price .
However, with time and with a bigger budget consquent, I'd rather for a Crown XLS-602 or a QSC RMX 145O.Si DCID you however you are going to offer it with eyes closed