I was mixing a record at home one day and started thinking back to how we used to use the speakers on 1/2" machines, boomboxes, Auratones, and anything else that would give us that "small" perspective. So I went to ebay and searched for Auratone.. didn't find much. So I came to gearslutz and read a monitoring thread where someone mentioned the Behringer Behritone. I checked the price and ordered it without even thinking or reading 2 reviews... $100!! I figured, how bad could it be? I didn't even have to buy an amp for it.
After I ordered it (yes, just one), I continued reading comments about how surprised people were that they actually owned a Behringer piece. Now I am too! And I'm surprised by how much I use it.
Honestly, it's been so long that I've heard an actual Auratone that I can't compare the Behritone to that. BUT, who cares? I use it just the same: to check balances and to start EQing vocals. It's amazing for that.
It doesn't sound great, but it's very satisfying to listen to because you know the mix is gonna translate. While the piece itself might not technically be worth more than $100, it's value is waaay more than that to me for the time is saves me running around listening different systems.
I own a pair of the Behritones C5A and one single C50A.
What I find disturbing is the following: All three speakers produce nasty distortions/unpleasing harmonics in the 100-500 Hz area or so...
This can simply be validated by listening to the following Song-Intros:
MC 900 feet Jesus - But If You Go (The Synth-Bass should sound clean)
Nightmares On Wax - Argha Noah (The pulsating Synth-Line has a rough tone to it, but no distortion)
Grace Jones - My Jamaican Guy (same as above)
The Behritones (at least the three I own) behave the same way. They sound quite good, but, especially at very low levels, these distortions drive me nuts...
It sounds like if the speakers were de-centered and the coil was grinding the air-gap. I blame the built-in Class-D Amp to produce these effects.
Finally I cut the Speaker-Wires and connected them to an old HiFi-Amp - all Problems gone, including the absurdly steep Highpass-Filter of the C5A...
Last edited by Bluedogs; 4 weeks ago at 08:55 AM..
I've had a pair of C5a's for a couple of years. They sound like crap. Just like they are supposed to. No problems. Run them everyday. They work every day. They were cheap. I was glad. And because gear sluts says that my review was too short and that I have to add 200 more characters, let me say that they are very black.