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Behringer DCX2496 Ultradrive Pro Digital Crossover System

Much more than just a crossover system, the Behringer DCX2496 Ultradrive Pro also features all the digital effects you need to get the most from your system. (133) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Behringer Ultradrive Pro DCX2496 is the ultimate digital loudspeaker management system with an unheard-of audio quality and feature list. It is an indispensable tool for the precise set-up of multiple loudspeaker systems or arrays. Installation contractors, live-sound engineers, cinemas/discotheques/concert hall operators will quickly learn to love this model's rich features. Signals can be split in various ways to assure precise sound by using the optimal frequency range of each loudspeaker.

Features:

- 3 analog inputs (one suitable as digital stereo AES/EBU input) and 6 analog outputs for maximum flexibility
- High-end AKM 24-bit/96 kHz A/D and D/A converters for ultimate signal integrity and wide dynamic range (113 dB)
- Integrated sample rate converter for easy connection of external digital signals with sampling rates from 32 to 96 kHz
- Precise dynamic EQs for level-dependent equalization and extremely musical parametric EQs, selectable for all inputs and outputs
- Several types of EQs (LP/BP/HP) for each input and output
- "Zero"-attack limiters on all output channels for optimal speaker protection
- 4 different mono and stereo output operating modes
- Individual crossover filter types (Butterworth, Bessel and Linkwitz-Riley) with selectable roll-off characteristics from 6 to 48 dB/octave
- Adjustable delays for all inputs and outputs-allow manual or automatic correction for room temperature, phase and arrival time differences
- Additional sum signal derived from the A/B/C inputs offers a 4th internal input signal
- Future-proof Ultradrive Pro software enables single or multi remote control via PC through RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces
- Link option via RS-485 network interface enables cascading of several Ultradrive Pros
- 60 user-defined internal presets storable via PC software or on PCMCIA card
- Open architecture assures easy software updates
- Low-noise 4580 operational amplifiers for outstanding audio performance
- Servo-balanced, gold-plated XLR connectors for all inputs and outputs
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction for long life and durability
- Internal switch-mode power supply for maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V~), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus lowest possible power consumption
- Manufactured under ISO9000 certified management system

Ultradrive Pro

Start with its 3 analog inputs (one suitable as a digital stereo AES/EBU input) and 6 analog outputs. You get maximum flexibility in just one rack space. Superb high-end AKM 24-bit/96 kHz A/D and D/A converters give you ultimate signal integrity and an extreme dynamic range of 113 dB. Easy connection of external digital signals with sampling rates from 32 to 96 kHz is a breeze with the integrated sample rate converter. There are precise dynamic EQs for level-dependent equalization and extremely musical parametric EQs, selectable for all inputs and outputs, and 'Zero'-attack limiters on all output channels guarantee optimal signal and loudspeaker protection.

Flexibility

You also get 4 different mono and stereo output operating modes, all with individual crossover filter types (Butterworth, Bessel and Linkwitz-Riley) with selectable roll-off characteristics from 6 to 48 dB/octave. The delays for all inputs and outputs are adjustable. This allows you to manually or automatically correct for room temperature, phase and arrival time differences. An additional sum signal is easily derived from the A/B/C inputs.

Future-Proof

Now that remote control is such a hot topic, you'll be glad that the future-proof Behringer Ultradrive Pro software enables single or multi remote control via PC through RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces. And the link option via RS-485 network interface enables cascading of several Ultradrive Pros. A Windows-based editing software is available for download free of charge. No matter what the future brings, its open architecture assures easy software updates. A PCMCIA slot allows you to store all your settings and recall them anytime you change the location -- virtually taking your Ultradrive Pro with you.

But don't be fooled by the Behringer DXC2496 Ultradrive Pro's sleek design. Its high-power Sharc-DSPs and high resolution Crystal/AKM A/D & D/A converter provide outstanding audio performance -- and the servo-balanced, gold-plated XLR connectors for all inputs and outputs guarantee excellent connectivity for the years to come.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Behringer products.
The owners manual states that an RS232 cable is included. We confirmed with Behringer that this is a typo. No such cable is included.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 12 x 4 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 702-800-8290
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "All the speaker management features you need at half the cost."
Sound: We are using the DCX2496 in an installed system at Church. We have several sets of speakers at different distances from the front of the church so each needs a different delay, and each needs a different cross over frequency. This fits the bill perfectly. Clean sound and relatively easy to set up. And it is the most flexible box on the market. The user manual was a little confusing because it highlighted the automatic self determining delay feature. Once I contacted Behringer and received a simple instruction for manually setting everything, setup went quick and easy. The price is expensive for Behringer, but half the price of a Drive Rack which can not do what I needed. Feature: Being able to adjust the gain of each output was a nice feature. It allowed me to match all the speaker volumes from the same piece of equipment. The "Sum" intermediate channel turned out to also be a useful feature in that it allowed me to adjust the volume of several sets of speakers with one adjustment. The average user will not need this, but it is available and very handy. Ease of Use: The manual portion of user interface is set up more for a technician than a "player". As an engineer I felt very comfortable with it. It is intuitive so I can go back any time and re-adjust things without consulting the documentation. Can't speak to the ease of using the automatic setup features. Quality: The product is solid and does not generate a lot of heat. So I expect it to last 10+ years. Since it is all digital, there are not a lot of knobs and sliders to fail, and what you hear today should be what you hear years from now. Value: If you need the features of this product it is well worth the price. And it has the ability to be configured to just about any situation now and in the future. Manufacturer Support: We have over a dozen Behringer boxes in our audio systems. Their relatively low price has allowed us to spread our limited budget. The equipment's quality and reliability are about medium. The one time I emailed Behringer with a question, I got an immediate and thorough response. Very professional. The Wow Factor: Huh? This is a piece of rack equipment. I don't care what it looks like! I'd rather the money goes into reliability, not appearance. Overall: This should outlast everything in the audio system. Don't have any plans to replace it or to get a backup.
Style of Music: Varied
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Sound: I have been a touring guitarist so I have heard many PA setups. This box does the job nearly as well as other more expensive brands. Behringer cuts corners to deliver on the price (so do ALL of the other popular brands of gear thats how they make a profit) and while that may not be acceptable for some applications, it is fine to start out this way. Feature: The crossover and the input/output settings are the most used features by me and the delay/timing feature is not used because I do not need it. Ease of Use: The learning curve for a virgin is a painful, tedious, frustrating one, but you MUST learn the fundamentals of using EQ, crossover and dynamic controls one day so you might as well jump in, I did. I admit there was some gnashing of teeth and cursing at first, but (thanks to Behringer customer service and QSC customer service -GX5 is what I use for my top cabinets-, I have finally grasped what it does and what I can and cannot expect to get out of the device. Like I said I am still learning, but in the past month I have been cramming like I haven't done since midterms and finals in college and it has paid off! Quality: It is made well. It looks hard as steel in the rack and I think it is made out of steel or at least aluminum. You would never want to drop a rack case, but if you did (god forbid) this thing would stand just as good a chance of survival as the high end expensive gear would. Value: Yes. It costs a couple hundred less than the DBX box with similar specs. Manufacturer Support: Yeah I was. I have heard that it varies, but the guy I talked to really knew his stuff. Reminded me of another gear company with top notch customer service. The CSR at QSC had to call me back after doing some research, but the Behringer guy had the answers in his head (even questions about non Behringer gear)! He helped me set up my PA for the first time. The Wow Factor: It is in a dark rack behind the stage I don't know if anyone is paying attention to whats in there except for other sound people. Overall: This box made my life easier just as it should have. I don't want to go back to life without a loudspeaker management system. From FOH Behringer mixer to Behringer EQs one to mains one to monitors, then to a Behringer effects processor for the mains before going to the stage rack in back. Then, on to this box (which handles peak limiting/gate, crossover, EQ and compression when needed). The DCX is makes 3 stereo pairs of the outputs (outut 1- left sub, output 2- left mid, output 3- left high, output 4- right sub, output 5- right mid, output 6- right high) the default setup with appropriate settings and crossovers out the box. Changes are not hard at all even from the little screen on front. After the DCX a Behringer compressor, 8 channel DI box and a sonic maximizer are available, but not used for the main signal nor the monitors. I am a beginner at this, so I have no other speaker managment systems to compare this to. However, I do feel that this product and the entire line of Behringer processing gear in the same line, make a great starting point for a new sound guy. With the price I was able to fully equip my PA and as I learn and grow I can imagine I will then have a better basis to choose if the more expensive brands offer enough ROI overall.
Style of Music: Spoken work, jazz, hip-hop
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