Portable PAs come in all shapes and sizes. For the workshop facilitator or seminar speaker on the road, smaller, portable PAs serve them well. Although many venues have their own audio systems, they do not always deliver an acceptable quality of audio. Enter the Behringer BEH-PPA500BT, an ultra-compact, 500-Watt, 6-Channel, portable PA system.
The Germans have always been known for efficient design in just about everything. Consider that the Volkswagen, the “people’s car” was created in the early thirties and they are still manufacturing it adhering to the basic design signatures the world has come to know.
The same goes for electronics. Behringer, founded by the Swiss engineer Uli Behringer in 1989, is an audio equipment company in Willich, Germany. They are still one of the largest manufacturers of music products ranging from speakers to mixers and more. The BEH-PPA500BT is one of their most sophisticated portable PAs and a perfect example of efficient German design. It is the perfect fit for parties, schools, corporate and educational presentations, seminars, aerobics, auctioneers, working musicians, tour guides, weddings … just about any situation where smaller (and powerful) is a better solution.
Behringer packed everything into the system: Bluetooth wireless technology, a wireless microphone option, Klark Teknik Multi-FX processor and FBQ feedback detection. It may be small and lightweight, but it delivers huge performance. The internal 500-Watt stereo amplifier is capable of driving the detachable loudspeakers to rich-sounding and room-filling volume levels. High-powered 8″ woofers provide punchy low-end and articulate midrange, and the 1.35″ aluminum diaphragm compression drivers offer crystal-clear sonic reproduction.
Users can connect iPods, iPhones, iPads and any other MP3 player via Bluetooth. Plus, it is wireless ready” for a high-quality Behringer digital wireless microphone system, which is an optional add-on. The two, high-quality, mic preamps come with switchable +48 V phantom power for condenser microphones.
Behringer thought of everything for this perky little unit; like the FBQ Feedback Detection system that instantly reveals critical frequencies for easy feedback removal, which is perhaps one of its best features, especially for people who find themselves in venues that are sound challenged.
What also makes Behringer’s portable PA system interesting is the ultra-high quality Klark Teknik FX processor with 100 presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and various multi-effects. Musicians also like its effective, extremely musical 2-band EQ, switchable Pad and Clip LEDs.
The integrated storage compartment handles your microphones, cables, and accessories. In addition, Behringer backs the product with a 3-year warranty program.
All in all, German ingenuity and a desire for efficiency have clearly found its way into the Behringer BEH-PPA500BT. Like the Volkswagen, this one will still be on the road before something better comes along … if, in fact, anything better does come along.