I enjoy tinkering with professional audio kit – usually for recording more than live work or performance. Largely speaking, I’m an amateur – I don’t normally make any money from audio services (although I do occasionally do work on a paid basis). Having a limited budget to fund my hobby, I can’t always buy the best of everything. Often, this means I buy Behringer equipment, as it is inexpensive and mass-produced.
Clearly it isn’t quite as good as equipment that’s several times the price, but that’s to be expected. In my opinion, Behringer kit is pretty good quality, so long as you’re not going to rely on it daily for heavy-duty professional purposes. Everything is a compromise, but the Behringer microphones I’ve used are made of strong metal and feel nice, and sound great.
And yet, everywhere I look in online audio forums, people say how awful Behringer is, how nobody should ever, ever buy their kit – even home amateurs with hardly any budget.
While it’s true that Behringer kit isn’t the best the world has ever seen, it is the best at its price point and it represents remarkable value for money. All of the Behringer kit I’ve ever owned has been outstanding – good sound quality, good build quality, reliable and with a professional feel. For someone who has only used dynamic microphones before, using even a cheap condenser microphone is a miracle in its own right. To date, I’ve owned the following Behringer kit:
- B-1 large diaphragm condenser microphone
- C-2 small diaphragm condenser microphones
- B-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone
- Ultravoice XM1800 dynamic microphones
- Europower EPQ450 amplifier
- Microphono PP400 phono preamp
Based on the positive experience I’ve had with every single one of these products, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more products from their line-up. In fact, on my wish list I have more C-2, B-1 and B-5 microphones, and if I have need of it, a more powerful amplifier and speakers for PA use.
So, for anyone reading this: Behringer equipment is fine. It’s better than fine. It’s good, and is excellent considering the price. I recommend Behringer wholeheartedly to anyone setting up a home studio or for occasional use, for example in a church.
Anyone who tells you Behringer is no good for amateur small-scale professional is just a snob 😀
The one thing I will concede about Behringer is that their website is full of overused hyperbole such as ultra and super. Never mind – the kit is good!