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Microphone Month 5

Behringer Europower PMP530M Reviews

3.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • Robert Ferry
    from Livermore, CA USA March 18, 2014Music Background:
    Live sound engineer

    A power joke

    They rate this at 300w, but it delivers nowhere near that. Put any kind of low frequency signal through it (kick/bass) and it totally shuts down for about one second. Obviously a limiting circuit. Have owned dozens of power amps in my career, and would say this actually should be rated at no more than 100w. Probably ok for mid/high frequency mix (vox, or acoustic guitars), but don't expect it to deliver a full-range signal at any reasonable SPL.

  • Kasha Phillips
    from Indiana January 25, 2013Music Background:

    Love it!

    I bought this mixer to use with my Ampeg bass speaker (since the amp on that speaker blew) for use in my keyboard rig. I have 2 keyboards that I always use when we play live music. This unit also has some neat presets that you could use with vocals or even with your instruments. You have the option to turn them on and off and then to change the fx volume level for each input. Pretty neat gear for the price.

  • Will
    from Alaska January 19, 2013Music Background:
    professional bass player, singer, solo artist.

    Excellent value for the money

    I don't know what happened to the user's unit from the previous interview, but I am ordering this one soon. I had the 180 watt version and sold it for $100 more than I paid for it.

    I used the 180 watt version in a small hall with backing tracks, guitar, bass, and two vocals. We got loud and the party was noisy. We never had to turn past 5 on master and 12:00 o'clock on each channel.

    Behringer makes excellent products and this is one of them. They sound very professional and I know I play for living.

    Buy this it will be the best investment of your year, maybe 2!

  • Al Master
    from Woodland Hills June 8, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Form Factor is best feature

    Brilliant form factor. I can mount it in a rack on stage and put my guitar amp underneath . One rack, amp on topand still have room for a rack drawer with all my mics and cables in the rack. The unit sits out too much so I had to move my rack rails back a couple of inches so that the rack cover would not crunch the knobs. Not a big deal.

    Now that not-as-good part. It's fine at low volumes, but it's not really what I call clean sounding. Has that Behringer tweaky, rough edge sound characteristic of cheap amps. I question the power rating since I had to max the output of my smartphone to hear an mp3 played through the unit....Even with the Behringer at full volume it was loud enough to talk over the mp3.

    BUT is still great for small gigs where you have to haul equipment by yourself. Or, you could just make it part of your permanent setup and just use it to drive small monitors. It takes a feed from another mixer if you like.

    I would not use it for miking kick drums no matter what speakers you have. It will distort.

    Effects are certainly adequate. Pick a handful and memorize the numbers since there is no manual. No problem I found a decent slap. reverb, chorus, and some flangy stuff. I foot switch for the effect would be a really useful addition, as would a true stereo input.

    Overall it didn't sound any better than I though it would, but it didn't sound worse either...It will do the job for me, but I won't be using it to power a gym or outdoor gig. Small rooms, soft drummers, some nice reverb and it's a winner.

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