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 Behringer designed the B2031A 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
Our TRUTH B2031A 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. Due to their high-resolution performance, B2031A active 2-way reference studio monitors are perfect for nearfield monitoring applications: from small mixing environments to multi-channel surround setups.
Ultra-Linear Frequency Response
The TRUTH B2031A is a serious contender capable of achieving output levels in excess of 116 dB SPL. Powered by separate 80- and 25-Watt built-in amplifiers with an 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 B2031A spends up to a half hour with a Calibration Engineer being meticulously tweaked to ensure ultra-linear frequency response. When you buy a TRUTH B2031A monitor, you’re truly getting a hand-calibrated unit. We ship a calibration certificate with each B2031A 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.
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 B2031A’s long-throw 8.75″ 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”
B2031A’s HF (High Frequency) content comes courtesy of an ultra high-resolution 1.0″ 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 ideal 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 pack 105-Watts of bi-amped technology (including a time- and phase-optimized active crossover) into every B2031A, 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.
Suited for All Placements
The ideal 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 wide variety of situations. Switches are provided to adapt the monitor’s low- and high-frequency characteristics for optimal performance specific to your listening environment.
Placement is also critical. Ideally, all loudspeakers should be placed away from walls to ensure proper bass response. But fear not, B2031A 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.
Since placement of studio monitors can significantly affect their performance, often they are placed in a manner that makes it inconvenient to get to the power switch on the rear panel. Not to worry, the B2031A provides a simple solution to breaking out the stepladder or climbing onto your desk. The B2031A features an AUTO power switch that, when activated, powers up the system as soon as it detects an input signal. If no signal is detected, the system automatically switches into standby mode after five minutes of silence.
XLR and 1/4″ Inputs
The B2031A 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 B2031A 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 B2031A 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 265-Watt Bi-amp module with enormous power reserve
- Ultra-high resolution ferrofluid-cooled tweeter
- Long-throw 8 3/4″ 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
- Automatic standby mode (defeatable)
- Magnetic shielding allows placement near computer monitors
- Servo-balanced inputs with XLR and 1/4″ TRS connectors
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany
Unbeatable for the price. Power-save feature’s threshold is a little too high for casual listening sometimes, but for studio work it’s never a problem. They’ve survived a move from my parents house into my own house without any problems, and have endured a lot of careless power surges during power-up and power-down. The one was attacked by my cat, and the foam around the woofer got slightly sliced, but after I carefully repositioned the tiny V-shaped slices, it hasn’t effected the sound at all.The design is beautiful. They mean business. My friends are lined up to buy them when/if I eventually move on. They work amazingly for my setup. If I were going to upgrade my speakers, I’d have to upgrade my room first! I’ve had them for about 4 years now and have used them heavily. They’ve been solid. If you can’t get these working, you probably have no chance with music. Plug, and play. I just bought the matching subwoofer unit for these. If something were to happen to them, I would replace them with the same item.I’ll start off this review by noting I’ve been using these monitors now for 7 years, so I’m not some excited newbie I’m actually a guy that’s been recording for about 17 years now and have had this product for 7 years. I’ll start by noting how flat these are. They are perfect in that whatever I play on them that sounds bad sounds bad on all other systems. Whatever sounds good translates to sounding good on other sources. Being I’ve had mine so long I have to rate the quality very high as I’ve had ZERO problems with mine – no joke… not one problem, though I’ve read some horror stories from some owners. That being said I’d like to note I’ve read some slight speculation on the net that the older models, such as mine, are far better in quality than the more current models… again though that is purely specualtion from 1-2 people. I’ve tried upgrading, cause we all want the supposed “best” no? I’ve tried Dynaudio BM15A’s, Mackie HR824’s (MK1 & MK2) and I keep coming back to these and returning the others. I will say, the new Mackies are awesome but the bass is just way too much for a “half-space” setup, meaning a setup where there’s a wall right behind your speakers. The room acoustics need serious treating due to the Mackies low end response and that costs thousand in serious bass trap to fix the problem. I don’t have this problem with the Behringers, yet I still have great tight punchy low end, just not as low as other brands go. In all honesty though most consumer listening sources don’t have a good accurate sub 50hz response anyway. I don’t know what else to say about them. I mean, they’re flat, they’re super accurate, they’re super inexpensive, and I’ve had mine for 7 years and they’re still going strong. Your mileage may vary of course so you’re on your own. But after all this time I thought, “Why didn’t I ever write a review? After all this time I think I have something valuable to contribute”.
I have owned them for 5 years with no problems what-so-ever. Behringer is an amazing company that churns out amazing products at amazing prices. Considering that you can get a pair of Behringers for half the price of 1 of the Mackie 824s I would say it’s outstanding.
They are still kickin ass after 5 years. Even if they were to blow out today I consider it a good use of my money.
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