To this point:
I have personally sunk over $1000 in Behringer gear purchased early in my working career. Of that $1000, only one piece of Behringer gear remains that hasn't died or given me serious trouble -the Behringer DI800. Think about it, that's at least $900 dollars wasted at a time when I was only making $5.50/hr. Part of that bundle of joy was an original set of Behringer Truth monitors (2031, maybe?) with titanium tweeters. Turns out that titanium tweeters on a studio monitor hurt your ears after hours of using them which is why better (note: not more expensive) near-fields use silk dome tweeters. It, of course, didn't matter anyway as one of the tweeters failed. I quickly junked the pair. In addition, I've ripped out Behringer Graphic EQs from PA systems and that magically fixes feedback problems. Swapping out the Behringer mixer and replacing it with a cheaper Yamaha MG fixed a muddy mix at a coffee house. I could go on and on about how I've had to break it to people that the sharp-looking piece of gear they bought is actually the cause of their problems and they'd have to spend money again to fix what should not have been broken in the first place.then of course,he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about,with regard the Truth 3030 model or any of the other decent products Behringer has made here and there
I actually warn clients about a whole lot of other products made by other brands. For example, I've had to back-pedal about TC Electronic's computer interfaces. Even though I love most of their stuff, I have had too many failures associated with TC's DICE chip so anything that uses it, I advise people appropriately. That covers a lot of gear made by Presonus, Focusrite, and M-Audio. The difference is, unlike these other brands, I can point to the whole catalog of Behringer products as unethically designed, sonically garbage or likely to fail.This guy was actually complaining about having to warn his clients that Sweetwater now carries Behringer(whereas before somehow,he could refer his clients to this retailer with complete confidence...just because of one particular brand)...WTF?
The difference here is that all those other brands, at one time or another, actually went out and tried to design something unique and which added value to the musician on a budget. They saw a problem or category that had not been filled and actually designed and made a product to address that. They all did something great. Now, they all have problem gear, too; perhaps it was because of manufacturing defects, poor QC, or perhaps they were too ambitious in their initial product goals. It happens. But at least they tried.Why is Behringer such an embarrassment to jpleong,when Sweetwater also carries Tascam,Casio,Alesis,Samson and the like?How much different is Behringer from these other brands?They're all made in China,they all have particular models that people should avoid,and I've personally had plenty of headaches from ALL of these brands at one time or another,over the years.
Behringer has none of that going for it. It sees a successful category or product and decides it'll copy (often blatantly) the same thing. But instead of offering a true value to the consumer, the copy itself is of lower quality than the original, either sounding bad or prone to failure. I realize that Behringer is "changing" with it's foray into super-high-quality gear, but it'll be a long time before I can ever trust a piece of their gear again.
I'm quite amazed that a musician has this level of apathy when a company outright steals the look and design of its products from other companies. How would you feel if someone stole your recording, claimed it as their own creation, and then proceeded to make money hand-over-fist while you (who has spent the time, effort, and money to actually create) made nothing?If you want to completely dismiss a pair of monitors just by the mere virtue of them mimicking a design,then your attitude problem is yours and yours alone.
The most astounding thing is that you see my "attitude" as a problem. Are we so bankrupt and bereft of morals that we would sooner stand by a thief than a man of principle? Do we worship the bargain savings of the Almighty Dollar so much that we would gladly turn a blind-eye to robbery of our fellow man if we got a share of the profit? This isn't one or two isolated instances for this company; this is a pattern of wanton trademark, copyright, and patent infringement.
You can curse-word me all you want but it's not going to change the fact that Behringer has been ripping-off everyone all these years. I'm a victim and, as you've repeatedly pointed out, so are a helluvalotta other people.