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Behringer B2030A Studio Monitors

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When it comes to your studio recordings, you want honesty. In fact, considering how important your art is, you should demand it! That's why we designed the B2030A Reference Monitors to speak nothing but the TRUTH. Oh, they still sound great hooked up to your stereo or your video surround system, but they were really built with the studio in mind - where every note you play or sing is "under the microscope."

Built on a Legacy
The TRUTH B2030A has all the great features of a standard-sized active TRUTH monitor packed into an even more compact cabinet! Due to your high-resolution performance, B2030A active 2-way reference studio monitors are perfect for nearfield monitoring applications: from small mixing environments to multi-channel surround setups. Our TRUTH B2030A monitors have been so wildly successful that we've sold thousands upon thousands of them to some of the most critical ears on the planet.

Don't Let the Size Fool You
Despite its small size, the TRUTH B2030A can achieve a peak output level in excess of 113 dB SPL. Powered by built-in 80- and 35-Watt amplifiers combined with a high-precision active crossover, these monitors provide ultra-linear frequency response from 50 Hz to 21 kHz.

We Call it a Speaker Graduation Diploma
After final assembly, each B2030A spends up to a half hour with a Calibration Engineer being meticulously tweaked to ensure ultra-linear frequency response.

When you buy a TRUTH B2030A monitor, you're truly getting a hand-calibrated unit. We ship a calibration certificate with each B2030A that shows the actual frequency response of your monitor, as tested at the time of manufacture.

After all these rigorous tests, only then is the speaker granted its own Graduation Diploma.

Rock-Solid Bass
Bookshelf-style home stereo speakers can really fool you when it comes to bass output, mainly because they are not designed for critical listening applications. That's why recording engineers and producers listen to projects through studio reference monitors or studio-grade headphones. The B2030A's long-throw 6.75" polypropylene-diaphragm woofer delivers smooth, deep bass all the way down to 50 Hz. Bass content that isn't exaggerated, as it can be in home speaker systems. Rock-solid bass that is an honest representation of the recorded sound, full of subtle nuance; the sound of fingers on the strings, or the rush of air through the long pipes of a cathedral organ, etc.

Why the Polypropylene Woofer?
We're glad you asked. Polypropylene is light and strong, enabling the speaker cone to respond very quickly to fast transient peaks. This low-mass cone material is also much stiffer than paper, important for not only maintaining bass content integrity, but critical for midrange accuracy and definition. The deformation-resistant aluminum die-cast chassis maintains suspension integrity and provides highly efficient voice-coil cooling, even under extreme operating conditions.

Non-Fatiguing, Wide "Sweet Spot"
B2030A's HF (High Frequency) content comes courtesy of an ultra high-resolution 0.75" ferrofluid-cooled tweeter mounted on our proprietary wave-guide. While some of our competitor's studio monitors have a highly focused 'sweet spot" (the optimal listening position for a pair of loudspeakers), our wave-guide is designed to create a much more generous, broader listening zone. That means you won't wear a hole in the carpet in that one spot where everything sounds great. You are free to move around inside the stereo image to find the perfect spot in the mix for subtle instrument or effects placement opportunities.

You also won't suffer the ravages of "monitor fatigue-syndrome," an ailment that comes from listening to harsh high-mids and treble content for hours on end, even during those all-night mix-down sessions that can really test your nerves.

Expect the Best
We packed 115-Watts of bi-amped technology (including a time- and phase-optimized active crossover) into every B2030A, ensuring that you have the enormous power reserves you'll need to drive them really hard. The unique BEHRINGER wave-guide and the extremely low-distortion crossover network produce an absolutely linear frequency response with excellent sound dispersion and stereo imaging.

Designed to Work in Your Environment
The perfect environment for listening is a room that is "flat," neither too reflective (echoes) nor too absorptive (where the sound is muffled). But since all rooms are not the same acoustically, all TRUTH monitors come equipped to function in a huge variety of situations. Switches are provided to adapt the monitor's low- and high-frequency characteristics for optimal performance specific to your listening environment.
Suited for All Placements
Ideally, all loudspeakers should be placed away from walls to ensure proper bass response. But fear not, B2030A monitors feature Room Compensation switches so you can place them against walls, or even in corners. Walls tend to enhance low-frequency content, and corners exaggerate bass even more, but your TRUTH monitor can be custom-tailored to provide honest bass response for your situation, with the simple flick of a switch or two.

XLR and 1/4" Inputs
The B2030A is equipped with servo-balanced inputs on XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors to handle a variety of audio sources. Thanks to its compact size and magnetic shielding, the TRUTH B2030A can be placed near video monitors, computer displays or digital audio workstations.

Hearing is Believing
We could bore you to tears with all the technical jargon (if you like that stuff, you're sure to enjoy the product spec sheet at the back of the manual), but hearing the TRUTH will make you a believer. We think you'll agree that nothing in this class outperforms the B2030A monitors. Compare them to any competition and hear the TRUTH!

High-Resolution, Active 2-Way Reference Studio Monitor
Ultra-linear frequency response from 50 Hz to 21 kHz with individual frequency diagrams
Built-in 125-Watt Bi-amp module with enormous power reserve
Ultra high-resolution ferrofluid-cooled tweeter
Long-throw 6 ¾" woofer with special polypropylene diaphragm and deformation-resistant aluminum die-cast chassis
Controlled dispersion characteristics and extremely large 'sweet spot" owing to the unique BEHRINGER wave guide technology
Active crossover network with 4th order Linkwitz-Riley filters
Adjustable to a wide range of acoustic conditions and subwoofer operation
Separately controlled limiter for low and high frequency overload protection
Magnetic shielding allows placement near computer monitors
Servo-balanced inputs with XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors
High-quality components and exceptionally super durable construction ensure long life
Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

September 2004
Title: Small, compact and sporting a sleek, distinctly Teutonic look, these new monitors from BEHRINGER certainly look the part - but how do they sound? Paul Pettengale gets to the TRUTH.

We tested the TRUTHs with a variety of music to see if they really do offer as flat a frequency curve as BEHRINGER promises. Ng off with Morrissey's You Are the Quarry, we noticed a clear, punchy attack, especially in the midrange. Morrissey's voice was surrounded by space and airiness that you'd expect from a monitor costing a great deal more. This open sound was demonstrated to a greater degree when listening to a Naxos recording of Madam Butterfly: with the monitors showing a great deal of flexibility. Describe the TRUTHs' sound in a few words? How about, forthright, energetic and flexible? The TRUTHs aren't going to suit everybody - there's not a pair of monitors out there that can make that claim - which is why it's so important to audition them before parting with your cash. But if nothing else, these speakers do deserve to be on that audition list. They proved sturdy, highly capable and, even after six hours in front of them in a single sitting, comfortable when used for extended periods of mixing. BEHRINGER has pulled off a minor miracle with these TRUTHs - they're absolutely as good as you could expect for a smidgen over a ton a piece. Verdict: For the price the new TRUTH is an absolute steal, offering high-quality, unfatiguing monitoring that'll be hard to beat in terms of value for money.

September 2004
Title: The new baby in BEHRINGER's TRUTH monitor range offers great value for money and sleek good looks. If you are on a very tight budget, then the B2030As offer very good value and they can be made to perform perfectly adequately in smaller rooms, provided that you take due care with your placement and experiment with the EQ switch settings. I think that the designers have used your available manufacturing budget extremely well in producing a useful and good-looking monitor at such a low UK price point. Verdict: You generally get what you pay for when it comes to monitors, but these new monitors do seem to offer just a little bit more than you'd expect for the price.

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