Behringer Pedal Board PB1000 with Power Supply by Se7enHeaven
The electronics and electrical supply of the PB100 are of sufficient quality to maintain sound integrity. I did not notice a sound quality difference whether connecting with an expensive power supply (the Carl Martin Pro Power v2) or the integrating electronics supplied with the PB1000. However, I found the ¼-inch TS cables lacking in quality and the sound was thinner, tinnier or with added treble (this will add to the cost if replacing the cables). Below is a YouTube demonstration video showing the features of the PB1000 and how to put it together for quick usage:
Behringer is known for producing decent products at a good price, and this pedal board is no exception. At $129 USD you’re getting quite a bit, considering it’s a hard-shell case with plenty of protective dense foam padding inside… that the unit comes with a power adapter that produces 1.7 A of power… and that you get all the TS cables required. Many pedal boards will cost at least half as much at a minimum, and many are definitely more expensive and necessitate a carry case or gig bag, a power supply, and all the TS cables to get things connected. There are other aspects that make the PB1000 a good buy and design, such as being able to cut the inside foam to fit larger pedals and that when in use or when transporting the pedals stay in place without any glue, Velcro or strapping. Also, the PB1000 can store vertically against a wall and you can add small locks for added security (both from theft of the pedals inside, but also to prevent the case from popping open if the sliding latches happen to work open from handing or road vibrations).
EASE OF USE:
It takes about 15-minutes to set up the PB1000 (perhaps a bit longer if you are anal about how tight and organized all the cables fit). The most difficult part is to know what pedals you want, particularly if you use more than 12, which is how many normal sized pedals the PB1000 will house (the PB600 is a six-pedal sized pedal board, and so perhaps having another smaller unit may be required for some gear hounds and all their toys). I then found connecting all the power cabling best, as later adding the thicker ¼-inch TS cables over top kept the power cables lying down and out of the way. The power cabling works from the top left corner over to the top right, and then down (to the bottom layer of pedals) and back to the left. The ¼-inch TS cables work in the opposite manner, starting from the top right while connecting all the bottom pedals (from right to left), then swinging around to the top right and working to the left. The last pedal (top left) then plugs into the ‘From Effects’ either in mono or stereo (depending on your setup); likewise, the cables going out to your speakers/PA can be in mono or stereo. Once set up you can interchange pedals easily since they are not glued or strapped down. And any smaller pedals remain in place fairly well, sitting on dense foam, and remain in place when transporting since the top half of the casing’s shell is lined with thick foam.
RELIABILITY & DURABILITY:
The Behringer PB1000 is lightweight, but made of a heavy plastic similar to modern-day guitar cases. When fully loaded with pedals it weighs approximately 15-pounds or 7kg. The foam inside is of high quality – fairly dense with a slight give to keep the pedals in place, but also to provide a good shock absorber. All power and cable plugs (ins and outs) are firm and solid feeling when inserting and removing. The power adapter (with daisy-chain plugs), as well as the TS cables, are standard, so that if any become damaged they can be replaced inexpensively. The PB1000 is solid enough that the only concern could be the one ‘working’ part – the two sliding latches to close the unit. Initially they seem firm and fit well (so long as you close the top and bottom halves squarely and don’t force them), and so they should last if not abused with other equipment slamming up against the case.