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Rating and Reviews: Behringer CE500A Speaker

Upgrade your PA system with this powered speaker from Behringer. It puts out superior sound quality with minimal background noise and wide-range frequency.

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"Small P.A. for small situations." submitted May 18, 2014

By Jon R in Citrus Heights, CA
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Musical Background: I have seldom worked professionally in my 25 years of music playing.
Music Style: everything from black metal to alt country and classical.
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Sound: a little boxy, tell the truth. Pretty rich and full for the speaker size though. I wouldn't necessarily use these as studio monitors for mixing but they'd be excellent to listen to the mixdown in a room instead of near-fields. They could use a powered sub. Feature: They can take a hit better than a set of monitors. They're lightweight and small. Behringer should include a handle in their hardware with these. They have RCA red/white in (they're mono, but if you have two one gets the red and one gets the white), balanced 3 pin microphone in and a balanced pin out for sending the signal to another speaker. I would like a 1/4 in, but you can't have it all, can ya. That's why Hosa maked an adapter for everything. The speakers have clip/limit protection, but I haven't gotten to that point yet. Get a few sets and daisy chain them with the buffered signal out, or daisy chain to a sub with built in crossover. Ease of Use: Unbox, plug in, RCA in, and turn on. That's it. Pretty easy if I do say so myself. Quality: I was looking for something to PA around the house, something that my wife could use as a portable PA, and something I could possibly use as a sound reinforcement for my TV. These fit the bill on all parts, and are more rugged than home audio equipment or studio monitors. There might be a sacrifice of sound quality, but I'm not really worried about it. Value: Value is subjective, but for my personal needs, this is a high value. My wife would not be able to lug any of the standard-sized PA speakers to work in my price range. Fitment in multiple situations is minimal with the bulky thermoplastic powered speakers, and imagine how horrifying it would be to suddenly have a small child dime the volume on a Class D 1000w speaker when watching a sit-com. The main point however, is that there is almost no competitive-sized PA speakers on the market to this. It's assumed that the market doesn't want them because they don't buy them, but they don't buy them because they aren't sold. Manufacturer Support: Haven't dealt with them, and I don't expect much. The Wow Factor: The design of these is such that they try to minimize Wow factors. They're supposed to be unobtrusive, like most business music reinforcement speakers. They're fairly rugged, fairly loud, fairly light, and very utilitarian. The wow factor is that they do their job. Overall: These are kid-sized powered P.A. speakers that put out 80w (peak, I think, I imagine it's 40w program). Smaller than a shoebox for an adult foot, and a little over 10lb each. 5.5in driver with a piezo tweeter. They also come with hardware to mount to a wall.
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