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Behringer B2031 Truth Monitor Speakers

Bi-amped 150/75 watts. 2-way active studio monitor. Long-throw 8.75" woofer. Ultra-linear frequency response from 50 Hz to 20 kHz. (229) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The B2031 sports 2 separate amplifiers for low and high frequencies. With 150 and 75 Watts respectively, they have plenty of power in reserve. The 8.75" woofer features a special polycarbonate diaphragm and a sturdy cast aluminum chassis. A newly designed bass reflex system increases its efficiency, effectively reducing low-frequency distortion. The unique shape of the bass tunnel prevents air circulation noise even at high sound pressure levels.

The high end is reproduced by a state-of-the-art ferrofluid-cooled tweeter with a 25-mm dome, providing extremely high resolution. To ensure constantly optimal stereo imaging independent of listening position, Behringer's engineers used laser technology and computer simulations to develop a wave guide, which guarantees absolutely linear phase response. Thanks to the homogenous sound and precise stereo imaging, you can work for hours on end without tiring. Enjoy!

The Measurement Protocol: Ensuring the Highest Quality Standards in Mass Production
Considering its compact size, the B2031 sports a surprisingly large frequency response. And the integrated limiter ensures that even the strongest unexpected peaks won't upset the amplifiers or speakers chassis and inhibit your working efficiency. Behringer appropriately named its monitor Truth: it doesn't make sound. We've developed a monitor that neither compliments nor colors, but objectively reproduces your mix. The measurement protocol you receive with a matched pair documents their absolutely linear frequency response.

Fully Shielded: A Welcome Neighbor for Your Computer Monitor
You'll hardly find a studio without a computer monitor these days. Being designed as a near-field monitor, the B2031 features full electromagnetic shielding to eliminate the risk of interference between computer monitor and speaker.

Attractive, Professional Design
The Truth studio monitor features a sturdy, low-vibration MDF cabinet with an attractive wood grain structure. Like most studio monitors, the B2031 has no speaker grill. Although the primary reason for this is to ensure fully even sound dispersion, we'll admit that it also underscores the system's professional appearance. In addition, it allows an unobstructed view of the status and clip LED's.

Low-Frequency Roll-Off
The Truth B2031's frequency response was optimized for especially linear reproduction down to the lowest frequency range, allowing you to objectively judge even music with unusually pronounced sub-bass. For particularly demanding situations, the 3-way adjustable roll-off enables you to add a subwoofer.

Room Compensation
Next to cleverly designed construction and selected components, the response of a speaker system is largely influenced by its position and the room itself. Low frequencies, which radiate in a highly non-directional manner, are especially effected by positioning, i.e. whether there is a wall directly behind or next to the speaker. Depending on the circumstances, the acoustic energy radiating from the system does not necessarily radiate in all directions (free field), but may be limited to a half, a quarter or - in the case of corner placement - even an eighth of the potential volume. That's why we've fitted the TRUTH with a switchable three-step attenuation of undirected low frequencies, ensuring reliable results even in extremely varying room conditions.

High-Frequency Adaptation
Another important factor in the sound of a monitor system is room acoustics. Professional recording and mastering studios often investincredible amounts of money on acoustic construction to create rooms with frequency-independent absorption, controlled reverb and no standing waves. Unfortunately, very few rooms are ideally constructed, making objective judgement of a mix nearly impossible. A room with a low degree of absorption can create a hard sound, tempting one to attenuate highs; in another room the same mix sounds dull and muddy. The Truth B2031 features four-step high-frequency adaptation, allowing you to optimally compensate for room acoustics and create reliable, reproducible monitoring.

Input Trim
All Behringer consoles operate with professional standard level at the control room output. This may not always be the case with other consoles. The B2031 sports a ±6 dB trim control, enabling you to adapt to the output level of other consoles.

Power Mode
Let's be honest: it's no fun having to turn off all the gear in your studio when you take a break or get called into a meeting. That's why the Truth B2031 has a switchable Auto mode, in which it automatically recognizes whether it's needed or not. If no signal has been received for a certain amount of time, it switches itself into standby mode. The same switch allows you to turn of AUTO mode or mute the system entirely, without turning off the AC power - very useful when working with several near-field monitor systems.

Audio Inputs
Since high-quality transmission begins in the cable path, Behringer has fitted the Truth with an extremely low-noise balanced input stage, virtually eliminating the risk of interference from computer monitors or power supplies.

Mute Low/Mute High
Actually, these switches were included for factory alignment purposes. There's no real reason for you to touch them, unless of course you want to measure the systems yourself to find out why the Truth B2031s sound so great.

Truth B2031: The Truth and Nothing but the Truth!

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Audio Inputs:
XLR: Servo-balanced input
1/4 in. Jack: Servo-balanced input
Impedance: 20 k ohms
Max. input level: +22 dBu

Loudspeaker:
Tweeter: 25 mm ferrofluid-cooled dome
Woofer: 22 cm (8.75 in.) polycarbonate diaphragm

Amplifiers:
Low Frequency Max.: 150 watts
High Frequency Max.: 75 watts

Noise (SPL @ 10 cm): <10 dBA @ 1 m (each)

Crossover Type: Active, 4th order Linkwitz-Riley filter

Crossover Frequency: 2 kHz

Bandwidth: 50 Hz to 21 kHz

Sound Pressure Level Max.: 116 dB SPL @ 1 m (pair)

Power Supply Mains Voltage: 120V ~, 60 Hz

Fuse: 100-120V ~ : T 5.0 A H

Power Consumption: 210 watts, standby 27 watts

Mains Connection: Standard IEC receptacle

Dimensions (H x W x D): 15.75 x 9.85 x 11.42 in. (400 x 250 x 290 mm)

Net weight: approximately 15 kg (each)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 702-800-8290
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"If you're a pro studio snob, don't buy these....But if you're a real person with a real budget, BUY THESE! No need to look furth"
Sound: These things can hang right there with monitors that cost five time more. Nice, flat response, critical for studio monitoring, but can dress up the highs occasionally...nothing to worry about though. Feature: Most everything you need, nothing you don't. Pretty straight forward features, but no corners cut. The room-compensation feature is a BIG bonus at this price point. I'm not the biggest fan of having to dig behind and under to turn 'em on or make adjustments, but if you keep them on stands you'll have no problems. Quality: Okay, you should know, I'm pretty darn anal. But overall, these monitors are solid. Great, tight construction, no crap here, especially at this price point. I've heard no rattles or bad sounds from mine. Don't let anyone discourage you with the "Behringer only makes junk copies of the real things" talk. These monitors are built right. Value: Plain and simple: by far, THE BIGGEST BANG FOR THE SMALLEST BUCK, especially when compared to ANYTHING in this price range. The Truths give you performance worth much more than what you'll pay for them. Manufacturer Support: Can't comment mmuch here. If I ever have a problem, I'm sure it might be difficult to reach the manufacturer, but isn't that how it goes with everything? I've had no need to call them yet, and I've had them almost two years so far. Overall: Once again, if you're a pro studio snob, or someone who thinks you can only get decent quality by paying out your butt for in-fashion brands, don't buy these. But if you're a real person who's not getting James Cameron to fund your projects, the Truths give you what you need and more at this price point. Sure, maybe Behringer "copied" the design, but as long as they sound good to me and I get to keep some of the money I've earned, I see no problem. I'm into principles too...especially the concept of giving commoners access to quality. All in all, maybe Genelecs, Events, or Mackies sound as good or better, but I listened to all of those big-name monitors in this class, and the Truths held their own and more. Why would anyone pay so much more? Oh, I forgot...peer-pressure from the "cool people." Screw that. If you want the biggest bang for your buck, get the Truths.
Style of Music: Rocktronica
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"Best price/performance ratio available in near-field monitors."
Sound: The sound is quite nice. The frequency response is very flat, with some slight wavering between 13khz and 20khz (+/- 2-3dB). There is a very minor slope between 50hz and 10khz. Subjectively, they sound very flat (in a good way). Feature: The speakers feature 1/4" and XLR inputs (balanced or unbalanced), a built-in limitter (with an LED indicator). There are a lot of calibration options, including an input trim, low/high mutes, frequency attenuation switches designed to compensate for a subwoofer, room placement, and high frequency damping. Quality: The materials are quality. The speakers are EM shielded so you can use them next to a monitor. The construction is nice and solid. Nothing jiggles around, even at very high volumes. Value: They offer the best price/performance ratio in the business. Manufacturer Support: I've never had to call them. I don't know what their service is like. The Wow Factor: They look nice, and they sound great. Excellent product. Overall: I'll want to augment them with a subwoofer, but I'd say the same about any of the many near-field monitors I've used in the past.
Style of Music: electronic
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