Behringer's EPX3000 Stereo Power Amp is built for the working musician. It's much easier to transport than a conventional AB power amp, it packs ample power, it's got a built-in crossover and limiter,... Read More
Behringer's EPX3000 Stereo Power Amp is built for the working musician. It's much easier to transport than a conventional AB power amp, it packs ample power, it's got a built-in crossover and limiter, and it's built to last through all the rigors of the road. Plus its affordability will leave you with enough cash left over to acquire more music gear to amplify.
The simple front panel controls the EXP3000 amplifier and gives you all of your sound's vital signs at a glance. After pressing the Power Button, the POWER LED will light when the amp is ready for action. Both channels have independent gain dials as well as clip LEDs that indicate when the signal is distorted and you need to reduce the gain. There are also SIGNAL LEDs that light up when a signal is present at the input.
The EUROPOWER EPX series' INPUTs accept balanced XLR, 1/4" TRS, and unbalanced 1/4" TS and RCA connections. Take your pick of professional locking speaker outputs or touch-proof binding posts to securely connect speakers.
A panel of switches found on the back offers an array of cool options applicable to both channels. The Clip Limiter lets you get even more out of the amplifier without overdriving either it or your speaker system. Built-in circuitry automatically senses when the amp is being overdriven into "clipping" and then momentarily reduces the input level to avoid clipping distortion.
The same panel contains the switches that allow you to put these power amps to work in either mono, stereo (two-channel mode) or bridge mode, which is always in mono. A built-in CROSSOVER switch lets you select the point at which highs and lows are separated (CH1<100Hz / CH2>100 Hz or FULLRANGE).
Power amps have always been heavy, mainly because of the massive transformers and huge banks of capacitors needed for high-power operation. In fact, six conventional power amps in a rack can easily top 250 pounds. The same number of Behringer EUROPOWER EPX Series amps come in at just under 134 lbs./61 kg, and they pack all the power of their conventional counterparts. The secret to the EPX series' incredible power-to-weight ratio is their use of a switching-mode power supply combined with Class-H topology. Switching-mode power supplies work on demand. Instead of constantly working at full power and dissipating excess power as heat, they only ramp up the power output when needed”thousands of times per second. Considerably more efficient than traditional power supplies, switching-mode power supplies are small and light, yet deliver ample power.
Think of a Class H amp as a car with two engines (in amps, you call them "rails"). One engine runs all the time. The other runs only when musical peaks demand extra power output. An EPX Class H power amp only generates a fraction more power than is immediately needed while the output stage operates at its maximum efficiency all the time. And just like in today's hybrid cars, the efficiency of this dual system is far greater than having one engine or rail that must operate all the time. EPX amps don't waste power. Class H amps don't waste power, require much smaller heat sinks and much lighter power transformers.
It takes huge pulses of energy (current and voltage) to propel a woofer cone out fast enough to match a bass beat. That's called Transient Response and it's the holy grail of amp designers. By carefully selecting transistors with extremely high slew rates and optimizing other proprietary parts of our circuitry, our amps are able to react instantly to even the most demanding electronic bass impulses. If the woofers in your PA system can keep up, your audience will hear a tighter, crisper, more natural sound.
Instead of operating relatively continuously like Class AB circuits, Class H amps, which were first described in NASA technology (U.S. patent 3,319,175), feature rail tracking for effectively modulating the power supply rails with only the peaks of the input signal. This technology has revolutionized pro audio amp designs with its outstanding performance and efficiency. When combined with switching-mode power supplies that replace heavy toroid transformers, Behringer's designs provide dynamic punch and, because they are so much more efficient, run cooler and don't require huge, heavy heat sinks.
Behringer didn't invent Class H technology, but its R&D Department has been working for years to perfect its own version, creating lightweight amps that run cool and also achieve the goal of Accelerated Transient Response.
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Comments about Behringer EUROPOWER EPX3000 Stereo Power Amp:
I have had some Behringer gear in the past. I usually consider it budget-line gear. However, it does fill a need in the music market for pricde conscious shoppers that need a decent product. Most often I find the overall quality of this manufacturer to be average... NOT THIS TIME! Dollar per watt, I don't think you can beat this amp. The first one I bought replaced an a Mackie M-2600 in our monitor rig. Blew me away with the power, combined with a 25% reduction in weight compared to the old Mackie. Bought 3 more to put in one of our new systems. We've had these out on gigs driving everything from monitors to subs. I am pleased with what I am getting for the price that I spent. Like most 'tech-rider snobs', I would have never accepted a rack full of Behringers, otherwise expecting to use Crest or QSC (of which I own both). But I am very satisfied with the results. You probably wonder why a 4-star rating... I will say that the 3000watt rating is a rather generous spec. I would say I am comfortable considering this to be a 2400-watt amp. We've had it on the bench and this seems like a more realistic number. With that in mind, we use a single amp bridged to drive our 218 subs, and get plenty of thump and satisfactory transient response. For the budget user this would be a great amp, having built-in crossover and the capability of outputting the split audio on the speakon being able to drive sub and top through a single connection. All in all a great amp... I just don't think the specs are realistic.
Comments about Behringer EUROPOWER EPX3000 Stereo Power Amp:
I purchase this amplifier and tried in bridge mode @ 4ohms side with my Crown xls 5000 same 4ohms bridge, man the behringer was sounding better to me. Keep it up Behringer GOOD AMP for the price.
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