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5 years ago
I'm rather appalled, to be perfectly honest...Behringer is both ethically and quality challenged and I hope Sweetwater re-considers (even if it is a strategy to be able to carry Midas and Klark-Technik...!).JP
I forgot to mention that we provide a two year warranty on their stuff, as well as most everything else we sell. So you'd be covered for at least that long regardless.
4 years ago
I'm rather appalled, to be perfectly honest...Behringer is both ethically and quality challenged.JP
I don't see the logic in being appalled by the fact that Sweetwater carries Behringer,
without any protest from you that Sweetwater also carries Samson and Alesis.Since these companies also manufacture defective and entry level products,you might as well b**ch and moan about these brands as well.
I am a former owner of the Behringer Truth 3030's and they were one of the most reliable & useful budget pieces of gear I had ever used(and no,they didn't die-but rather,I sold them for an upgrade).
I also have and still own,a Behringer UMX610 midi controller and it works perfectly fine and it's the only 61 key semi-weighted controller in it's price range.
Actually,it makes the most sense for Sweetwater to carry Behringer,since they stand behind their merchandise more than any other retailer.
Good news is,you are not required in any way to purchase Behringer products....but if you're worried about what your friends my think of you for shopping at a retailer that stooped low enough to carry such a brand and your mortified by this,then perhaps you should shop elsewhere.
I guess you're not very aware of their history and reputation in the prosumer industry.You're assuming "cheap" is the reason for my protest.Glad you liked them, but I would have recommended a better near-field for just a little bit more than what you probably paid. Then, you probably wouldn't have had the itch to upgrade and you'd have a monitor that didn't rely on aping off Genelec to sell units.Yup. Behringer can make things that work, that much is true. And it's also true many of their digital products are unique, effective designs that don't suck as much as their analog products. You're missing a big chunk of history there, though, if that's the only thing you base your opinion on.No, it doesn't. Just like it doesn't make sense for a Lexus dealer to sell Chevy Cobalts with a 60k-mile warranty. Again, you're missing a little history so let me fill you in: Circa 2000 Sweetwater makes a *BIG* splash-page entry in one installment of their quarterly catalog trumpeting the availabilty of Behringer products. Only one year later, Behringer is nowhere to be found in any Sweetwater catalog. Why? One can only speculate but I imagine it's some mix of poor reliability coupled with Behringer's lack of ethical product "development." Sweetwater took a fiscal and reputation hit then, which is why I was shocked they would try again.It makes sense to buy Behringer from Sweetwater because of the value added proposition, but that assumes you want to play Russian Roulette with your Poker buddy.but I AM afraid... I used to easily refer clients and friends to Sweetwater because I trusted their brand selection. Now I have to refer people with a caveat: that I review the salesman's suggestions just-in-case. You know why? Because... Drum-roll please... History! That client relationship, cultivated over years, could be worth $30, $50 thousand dollars. A Behringer product ( so cleverly marketed and "well" designed) would put my reputation in jeopardy, if solely for the fact that I referred the client to the salesman. My friends are even MORE important so, yeah, mortified is pretty much how I felt.But, I understand, business is business. It's a rough economic season so it makes sense to follow a Walmart-style plan. The problem for me, though, is that Sweetwater has always been about the True Value proposition. I've turned dozens of clients and as many friends towards Sweetwater saying, "Sure, you might've found a cheaper price or a Behringer POS elsewhere but, Sweetwater... man, Sweetwater has standards, trained sales staff, and great support!" When one of those great qualities starts to slip, how long before the rest goes with it? To wrap-up, Sweetwater still has a better-than-average sales staff and FANTASTIC support. They are an excellent presence in their community and I still regularly do business with them (Yucal Fuchs, specifically, if you need a good Sales Engineer). Sorry for the long post, but...[ATTACH=CONFIG]682[/ATTACH]JP
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.
I would say it's a bit more than that since others might share that viewpoint. Mimic?
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