Aural Chaos wrote:You would have to look pretty damn hard to find people that think the FCB1010 is "shit".
HP's were not my purchase decisions...
That was for bmanic cause he's the one complainin (yet he's bought both brands???). I know a friend that has had his fcb1010 for years stomping on it too.
Oh, and I own all Acer laptops and netbooks. Have one that's been going for 7 years without a hitch. My coworkers told me "Acer is shit" so I asked why. Same story from one - he bought one that had a mobo go out after a year and the other guy "just remembered reading it somewhere". Haha.
Wouldn't that be cool if people judged music the same? You could hear a 2 minute snippet of a band and based on that, you could tell everyone if they were shit or not...
See that's the thing, we can only base our assumptions on our own experience. In the case of Behringer I've seen and experienced FIRST HAND way too many failures to deem it a coincidence.
That illusion falls apart when you constantly see the same units broken in one way or another and have tried dealing with the support (perhaps it's just lousy here in Finland? Who knows).
You can be in denial if you want but in this regard experience deals a harsh lesson.
Lets see, due to the live work I've done in various low profile venues (bars, amateur theaters, clubs etc) over the past 15 years I've probably seen/used/abused quite a lot of behringer gear. At these same venues there was usually similar stuff and sometimes higher priced stuff to replace the old. So I've gathered some very nice comparative data and have thus come to the conclusion that Behringer just doesn't work.
EDIT: scratch that.. make that the last 20 years. f**k! I'm getting old. This is stupid!
To be fair, the last "serious" behringer unit I bought was the FCB1010 and that's like 5 years ago. I've only used it a tiny bit over the years because the damn flimsy expression pedals and their shitty potentiometers piss me off. The actual stomp button part works well and the case is solid. I tried to get a refund of the unit but I got talked out of it by a skilled manipulator in support (yes, I fall for this quite easily.. what can I say?). It is very possible that Behringer gear of today works well. I can not know but I will not stop spreading my cautionary tale until it is proven false.
In Behringer's defense it must be said that they don't "stand out" as much as they did before. There is so much rubbish hardware out there today, some that cost way too much. Behringer is definitely not alone in this matter (and never was, there was other rubbish brands back then too).
Anyhow, if it's behringer, make sure it's 1) Cheap 2) Doesn't get moved around a lot. I think the sound quality of the gear is perfectly adequate for the price. Actually I'm extremely tempted to buy their new 8 in/out adat mic pre thing. The old one was a bit hit and miss.. some units worked, some didn't, but the concept of a low cost 8 additional mic pre's was good. The new one got some help from the recent Midas acquisition so it might even sound exceptional. Will monitor the situation and see what the rumor mill churns out.