Behringer B215A User Manual
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User’s manual

Version 1.0 April 2006



CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the top cover (or the rear section). No user serviceable parts inside; refer servicing to qualified personnel.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance to rain and moisture. The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage inside the enclosure—voltagethat may be sufficient to constitute a risk of shock.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to important operating and maintenance instructions in the accompanying literature. Please read the manual.


The appliance should be situated so that its location or position does not interfere with its proper ventilaton. For example, the appliance should not be situated on a bed, sofa rug, or similar surface that may block the ventilation openings: or placed in a built-ininstallation, such as a bookcase or cabinet that may impede the flow of air through the ventilation openings.

Check the floor:

Always check the floor for stability before you set up the speaker cabinet. Vibrating floors (e.g. elements/components on the stage) do not provide reliable support for speaker stacks. So, always set up your speakers on a solid and even support.

Make sure that speaker cabinets are set up properly:

Set up your speaker cabinet at a distance to dance floors or other audience areas, so as to avoid that somebody can knock over a speaker stack.


1)Read these instructions.

2)Keep these instructions.

3)Heed all warnings.

4)Follow all instructions.

5)Do not use this apparatus near water.

6)Clean only with dry cloth.

7)Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

8)Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9)Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10)Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11)Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12)Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tipping over.

13)Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14)Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

15)CAUTION - These service instructions are for use by qualified service personnel only. To reduce the risk of electric shock do not perform any servicing other than that contained in the operation instructions unless you are qualified to do so.




Processor-Controlled450-Watt2-WayPA Speaker System with 12"/15" Woofer and 1.25" Titanium Compression Driver

High-power450-Watt2-WayPA sound reinforcement speaker system for live and playback applicationsB212A/B215A Ultra-compactlightweight system delivers excellent sound even at extreme sound pressure levels

Integrated sound processor for ultimate system control and speaker protection

Extremely powerful 12''/15" long-excursiondriver provides incredibly deep bass and acoustic powerState-of-the-art1.25''titanium-diaphragmcompression driver for exceptionalhigh-frequencyreproductionUltra-widedispersion,large-formatexponential/conical horn

Ultra low-noiseMic/Line Input with Volume control and CLIP LED

Dedicated 2-bandEQ for perfect sound adjustment

Additional Line Out connector allows linking of additional speaker systems

Versatile trapezoidal enclosure design allows different positioning:

-Stand mounting with 35-mmpole socket

-Tilts on its side for use as a floor monitor

Ergonomically shaped handles for easy carrying and setup

High-qualitycomponents and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany




Dear customer,

welcome to the team of

EUROLIVE users, and thank you very much for expressing your confidence in us by purchasing these

PA loudspeakers.

Writing this foreword for you gives me great pleasure, because it represents the culmination of many months of hard work delivered by our engineering team to achieve a very ambitious goal: to develop an outstanding PA system that offers a maximum in flexibility and performance

through its impressive sound character and outstanding features.

The task of designing our new B212A/B215A certainly meant a great deal of responsibility, which we assumed by focusing on you, the discerning user and musician. Meeting your expectations also meant a lot of work and night shifts. But it was fun, too. Developing a product usually brings a lot of people together, and what a great feeling it is when all who participated in such a project can be proud of what they’ve achieved.

It is our philosophy to share our enjoyment with you, because you are the most important member of the BEHRINGER team.

With your highly competent suggestions for new products you’ve made a significant contribution to shaping our company and making it successful. In return, we guarantee you uncompromising quality as well as excellent technical and audio properties at an extremely reasonable price. All of this will enable you to give free rein to your creativity without being hampered by budget constraints.

We are often asked how we manage to produce such highquality devices at such unbelievably low prices. The answer is quite simple: it’s you, our customers! Many satisfied customers mean large sales volumes enabling us to get better purchasing terms for components, etc. Isn’t it only fair to pass this benefit on to you? Because we know that your success is our success too!

I would like to thank all of you who have made the B212A/B215A possible. You have all made your own personal contributions, from the developers to the many other employees at this company, and to you, the BEHRINGER user.

My friends, it’s been worth the effort!

Thank you very much,

Uli Behringer


1. INTRODUCTION .........................................................



Before you get started ...................................................




Shipment ...............................................................




Initial operation ......................................................




Online registration ................................................




3. APPLICATION EXAMPLES.........................................



Using a mixing console ...................................................



Using several B212A/B215A loudspeakers ..................



Direct connection of a stereo signal source .................


4. INSTALLATION ...........................................................


5. SPECIFICATIONS .......................................................


6. WARRANTY ................................................................



Thank you very much for expressing your confidence in BEHRINGER products by purchasing the EUROLIVE B212A/B215A. This active and extremely compact loudspeaker has been designed specifically for those applications in which space is a problem. The compact dimensions and the low weight, despite the high-performancepower amp, as well as the option to mount the loudspeaker on a wall give this product maximum flexibility. The input section accepts both linelevel ormicrophone-levelsources. Additionally, the loudspeaker has a2-bandequalizer for accurate high andlow-frequencycontrol. All of these features make this loudspeaker ahigh-qualityand highly reliable companion on the road.

1.1 Before you get started

1.1.1 Shipment

Your B212A/B215A was carefully packed at the assembly plant to assure secure transport. Should the condition of the cardboard box suggest that damage may have taken place, please inspect the unit immediately and look for physical indications of damage.

Damaged equipment should NEVER be sent directly to us. Please inform the dealer from whom you acquired the unit immediately as well as the transportation company from which you took delivery. Otherwise, all claims for replacement/ repair may be rendered invalid.

Please always use the original packaging to avoid damage due to storage or shipping.

Never let unsupervised children play with the B212A/B215A or with its packaging.

Please dispose of all packaging materials in an environmentally friendly fashion.

1.1.2 Initial operation

Be sure that there is enough space around the unit for cooling. To avoid overheating, do not place the B212A/B215A on top of power amps or near radiators, etc.

Blown fuses must be replaced by fuses of the same type and rating. Please refer to the “SPECIFICATIONS” for further details.

The mains connection is made using the enclosed power cord and a standard IEC receptacle. It meets all international safety certification requirements.




Please make sure that all equipment is properly grounded at all times. For your own safety, never remove or disable the ground conductor of the unit or of the AC power cord.

1.1.3 Online registration

Please do remember to register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase by visiting

(alternatively and kindly read the terms and conditions of our warranty carefully.

Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, our goal is to have it repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service, please contact the retailer from whom the equipment was purchased.

Should your BEHRINGER dealer not be located in your vicinity, you may directly contact one of our subsidiaries. Corresponding contact information is included in the original equipment packaging (Global

Contact Information/European Contact Information). Should your country not be listed, please contact the distributor nearest you. A list of distributors can be found in the support area of our website


Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us process your repair claims quicker and more efficiently.

Thank you for your cooperation!


This loudspeaker is capable of producing extreme volumes. Please keep in mind that high sound pressures do not only temporarily damage your sense of hearing, but can also cause permanent hearing damage. Be careful to select a suitable volume at all times.



Fig. 2.1: Control elements and connections (B212A and B215A)

Use this 1/4" stereo jack to connect a signal source that has 1/4" output.

Use this XLR connector to connect a signal source that has XLR output.

Always use either the XLRor the 1/4" jack input, and use the LEVEL controlto adapt the input sensitivity.Never use both inputs at the same time!

The LINK OUTPUT is directly connected to the inputs of the

B212A/B215A and carries the input signal with no processing applied. In this way, you can route the signal to the input of another device (for example, a second B212A/B215A).

To set the volume of the LINE or MIC signal, use the LEVEL control. The left half of the control range is for attenuating the LINE signal. The right half is for raising the level of the

MIC signal.

The CLIP LED lights up when signal distortion occurs. Reduce the volume with the LEVEL control until the CLIP LED does not light up any more, or occasionally lights up at signal peaks.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that extremely loud sound levels may damage your hearing as well as your headphones/loudspeakers. Turn the LEVEL control fully to the left before you switch on the unit. Be careful to select a suitable volume at all times.

The HIGH control adjusts thehigh-frequencyrange.

Use the LOW control to raise the level of thelow-frequencyrange.

The PWR LED lights up when the loudspeaker is put into operation.

Fig. 2.2: Control elements and connections (B212A and B215A)

You can replace fuses at the FUSE SWITCH of the B212A/ B215A. Always replace fuses with the same type. Please follow the instructions given in chapter 5 “SPECIFICATIONS.”

The mains connection is established using a cable with an IEC mains connector. This cable is delivered with the B212A/

B215A. To avoid ground-loophum, loudspeakers and mixing consoles should be connected to the same power circuit.


Press POWER to turn on your B212A/B215A.

Attention: The POWER switch does not fully disconnect the unit from the mains. To disconnect the unit from the mains, pull out the main cable plug or appliance coupler. When installing the product, ensure the plug or appliance coupler is readily operable. Unplug the power cord completely when the unit is not used for prolonged periods of time.






Turn the LEVEL control fully to the left before you switch on the unit with the POWER switch. Then, raise the volume to a suitable level.

3.1 Using a mixing console

A common way to use 2 B212A/B215A loudspeakers is with a mixing console. In this case, connect each of the main outputs that are on the mixing console to a B212A/B215A loudspeaker.

The B212A/B215A includes XLR and 1/4" connectors. To avoid interference, use only XLR or 1/4" jack cables.

3.2 Using several B212A/B215A loudspeakers

Fig. 3.1: Wiring several B212A/B215A loudspeakers using the LINK OUTPUT connector

For larger rooms, you can connect several B212A/B215A speakers using the LINK OUTPUT connector (see fig. 3.1).

3.3 Direct connection of a stereo signal source

When you use two B212A/B215A loudspeakers, you can directly connect one stereo signal source, for example, a CD player. In this case, each of the speakers is connected to 1 signal-sourceoutput. (If necessary, use the appropriate adaptor.)


Both audio inputs of the BEHRINGER B212A/B215A and the LINK

OUTPUT connector are fully balanced. To maximize interference compensation, try to establish balanced connections to other equipment, whenever possible.

Fig. 4.1: 1/4" TRS connector

Fig. 4.2: XLR connector

Make sure that only competent people install your B212A/B215A. They must be sufficiently earthed during and after the installation process. Otherwise, electrostatic discharges may negatively affect the operating characteristics of your equipment.















12" (308 mm)

15" (387 mm)

Sensitivity (1 W @ 1 m)

95 dB (Full Space)

96 dB (Full Space)


8 Ω

8 Ω

Power rating (peak program)

800 W

800 W

Tweeter compression driver




1.25" (34 mm)

1.25" (34 mm)

Sensitivity (1 W @ 1 m)

105 dB (Full Space)

105 dB (Full Space)


8 Ω

8 Ω

Power rating (peak program)

60 W/2 kHz @ 12 dB/oct

60 W/2 kHz @ 12 dB/oct







Power (peak program)

400 W @ 8 Ω/0.1% THD

400 W @ 8 Ω/0.1% THD




Power (peak program)

50 W @ 8 Ω/0.1% THD

50 W @ 8 Ω/0.1% THD







XLR connector




-40dBto +4 dB

-40dBto +4 dB

1/4" jack




-40dBto +4 dB

-40dBto +4 dB

Input resistance

20 kΩ

20 kΩ




XLR connector






Frequency range

65 Hz to 20 kHz

55 Hz to 20 kHz

Crossover frequency

2.4 kHz (12 dB)

1.9 kHz (12 dB)

Maximum sound pressure level

125 dB @ 1 m

126 dB @ 1 m





12 kHz/± 15 dB

12 kHz/± 15 dB


80 Hz/± 15 dB

80 Hz/± 15 dB




Mains voltage


120 V~, 60 Hz



220 V~, 50 Hz



230 V~, 50 Hz



100 V~, 50 - 60 Hz


General export model

120/230 V~, 50 - 60 Hz

Power consumption

300 W max.



100 - 120 V~: T 5,0 A H 250 V


220 - 240 V~: T 2,5 A H 250 V

Mains connector

Standard IEC receptacle





Dimensions (H x W x D)

approx. 550 mm x 345 mm x 270 mm

approx. 690 mm x 440 mm x 335 mm


(approx. 22" x 14" x 11")

(approx. 27" x 17" x 13")


approx. 16.5 kg (approx. 36 lbs.)

approx. 23 kg (approx. 51 lbs.)

BEHRINGER is constantly striving to maintain the highest professional standards. As a result of these efforts, modifications may be made from time to time to existing products without prior notice. Specifications and appearance may differ from those listed or illustrated.