Actual Behringer User
I'm happy to see Sweetwater giving Behringer a chance. I actually have owned this board. Behringer has taken some knocks from a lot of folks, but I have owned numerous pieces of Behringer equipment without any problems. This particular board offers outstanding features. I used one for two years with a gospel group with 3 singers plus musicians playing live venues. Never had a problem. When you consider the number of inputs, mixer channels, dual effects, and routing capabilities of this board you simply can't touch another board with this many features at this price. I used this board in conjunction with a Behringer dual 31 band EQ, (one for mains and one for monitors)split into two Behringer 3000 watt power amps driving Samson 215 mains, using 4 Peavey PR-12's for monitors. The sound was exceptionally clean. The power is not about volume, but about headroom. I also had a Behringer 4 channel compressor inserted on the vocal channels. We always got great compliments on the sound. Granted, good vocalist help, because you can't fix bad vocals regardless of how much you pay for equipment. The dual effects are easy to use and with separate controls allowing feeds to main or into monitors the board is well configured for live use. Given Sweetwater's extended warranty and history of service, you can't go wrong with at least trying this board before you pay twice as much to get the same features on competitors boards.