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Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO - 24-Bit/96kHz Digital Loudspeaker Management System

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The DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO from Behringer is a digital loudspeaker management system, that provides excellent audio quality, along with a comprehensive feature list. It allows for precise set-up of multiple loudspeaker arrays, suitable for live sound, fixed installations that require control of loudspeaker systems, and other contractor-installed applications.

Each of the three-inputs and six-outputs have fixed processing blocks, including gain, delay, EQ and dynamic EQ on the input channels, and gain, crossover, EQs, limiter and delays on the output side. One of the inputs can accept a stereo AES/EBU digital signal. An integrated sample rate converter assists in accepting various sample rates. Additionally, an internal input-sum signal is easily set-up.

Four different mono and stereo output operating modes are available, all with individual crossover filter types with selectable roll-off characteristics. Input and output delays allow for time adjusting signals to compensate for ambient temperature changes or for adjusting arrival time differences for individual speaker clusters. EQs can be used for both musical enhancement or for level-dependent equalization. Brick-wall limiters guarantee speaker protection.

Remote control of one or several units can be accomplished utilizing downloadable software for a Windows based computer. Set-ups can be saved to the software, or to an optional PCMCIA card for the ultimate in portability. Servo-balanced, gold-plated XLR connectors for all inputs and outputs guarantee excellent connectivity.

Three-input, six-output loudspeaker management system
Four different mono- and stereo-output operating modes
Individual crossover filter types including Butterworth, Bessel and Linkwitz-Riley, with selectable roll-off characteristics from 6dB to 48dB per octave
Choice of high-, band- and low-pass filters for each input and output
Dynamic EQ for level-dependent equalization and parametric EQ selectable for each channel
"Zero" attack limiters on all output channels for optimal signal protection
Automatic or manual-adjustable delays for all inputs and outputs allow for adjustment due to room temperature, phase and arrival time differences
Link option via RS-485 network interface allows for linking multiple units for larger installation requirements
Downloadable software enables single- or multiple-unit remote control utilizing a Windows based computer
Sixty user-defined internal presets can bestored via software or on a PCMCIA card
Internal universal power supply allows the unit to operate virtually anywhere
Frequency Response 10Hz to 35kHz, -1dB
Dynamic Range 109dB
Input Connections 3 x XLR
Output Connections 6 x XLR
Input Impedance 20kΩ @ 1kHz
Output Impedance 160Ω @ 1kHz
Maximum Input Level +22dBu
Maximum Output Level +22dBu
Sample Rate 32kHz to 96kHz
RTA Mic Phantom Voltage +15V
Crosstalk (Main Outputs) -100dB @ 10dBu In
THD & Noise 0.007% @ 0dBu In
Dimensions 19" x 8.5 x 1.75" (483 x 217 x 45mm)
Weight 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO - 24-Bit/96kHz Digital Loudspeaker Management System
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    BehringerDCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System
     
    4.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good audio (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (3)
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      4.0

      Nice All-Purpose Tool

      By drawbars

      from Ashby. MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Loudspeaker Design Tool
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

        I use DCX for two purposes: 1) PA amp+speaker control, as it was intended; and 2) real-time room equalization, before moving to a smaller, dedicated DSP controller like miniDSP. The DCX can make changes on the fly, which the miniDSP cannot, which allows me to test different crossover types and slopes to find the best design, then lock it down in the little box.For PA control, the DCX seems well suited, and has enough control and range to handle any stereo 3-way or mono 5-way setup out there. It can also be used to send a stereo pair to three different 2-way setups in different rooms/areas, with individual adjustment for each pair. The only thing that I wish it had was a mic input for real-time analysis like my Driverack PA. Then again, it costs a lot less than the Drive rack, while doing a few things the Drive rack can't. For HiFi room equalization and setup, it's not perfectly matched. The DCX only accepts XLR inputs and outputs, so a set of adapters is required. Also, the ideal signal levels are around +15dBu or so, with +20dBu or +22dBu peaks, much stronger than a typical stereo system can provide. There is a 15dB gain boost available in the DCX, but even that falls a little short of using the full +22dBu range; it also requires padding the output by 15dB, giving up about 3 bits of output range for the DACs. But for testing, one can ignore the extra noise floor and focus on the settings; then, when choices of crossover type, frequency, and slope are complete, one can worry about matching the levels. Is it a perfect tool? No, but it allows quick comparisons of different setups, something that nothing in its price range can provide. At B+H's current price, I'm thinking about buying another one!

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        4.0

        I am so glad that I select this product

        By Jeff

        from Philippines

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

          I used it on my loudspeaker system and it's great, clear sound, user friendly and worth the price.

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          5.0

          Another Great product from Behringer

          By Spytech

          from Suburban Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None as of yet

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Home Theater- Hi-fi Setup

          Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

          Applied in an Hi-fi system to separate signals to mains and subs LFE.

          I like the flexibility and endless capability of the device. A well laid out menu system. Did not need the manual to configure.

          Can't find anything I don't like as of yet.

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          4.0

          Best digital crossover in price range

          By Trumpet John

          from Toledo, Oh

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

            I needed an eq, crossover and delay in my rack for 3 sets of speakers (bi-amped stage monitors) and after doing extensive research as well as being familiar with higher priced options, I decided on this unit. I highly recomend downloading and experimenting with the software before you purchase! I use the DBX driverack 260 in my main rack and have the JBL srx712m's tuned per JBL's specs with that unit but cannot enter exact specs into the Behringer - the software will not allow such fine tunning as the driverack!
            At roughly half the price of the driverack, I decided the ULTRADRIVE PRO was an acceptable compromise.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            They Can Be Good And Bad

            By SoundTechScott

            from Glenside, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

                With this product you never know if it will turn on or not, or if it will stay working for longer than a week. in the last month or so i have used 4 of these guys. and 3 have already been replaced. Now don't get me wrong. these units are GREAT when they work and for the price which no one can beat! but when they stop working and you don't have a spare it can hurt a lot!

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                2.0

                2 out of 3 DOA

                By oddiophool

                from Washington state

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

                  Should have known, given Behringer's reputation, but we really needed these devices to multi-amp a couple of three-way systems. I ordered two (one for backup given the reputation issue) and a friend ordered one. Of the two I ordered, only one functioned properly when first turned on. My friend wasn't even that lucky. So, one for three. Acceptable in baseball, but not for our needs.

                  When my friend called in about his, he got a replacement in a week. His return and the new unit must have crossed paths in shipping. Me? I went the Email route, returned it, and then waited two+ weeks for the replacement (which thankfully works). Lesson: it pays to call and gripe.

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                  4.0

                  It's work good

                  By PTL

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Good Selection Of Effects

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

                  A lot of time to read manual and practicing before make it work. Most of German products don't have clear instruction like USA and Japanese products. However finally it work

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                  5.0

                  Big Bang for the Buck

                  By FreeMan in PA

                  from Hershey Pa

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Behringer DCX2496 ULTRADRIVE PRO Loudspeaker Management System:

                    I have many electronic crossovers by everyone from dbx to BSS. Since we keep the best stuff on the road it is packed up most of the time or not in the shop.

                    I needed something for T&D that I can keep in the shop to test and tune cabinets. This has done the trick for me. It does sound good and I was able to set it up from the front panel in about 15 minutes for a 3 way stereo with delays, EQ and some limiting on the outputs to go with our boxes.

                    Not hearing them side by side, but it works well and the setting changes measured in the shop worked out well on the BSS and Ashly's in the field. I think we will get a few more and change out a monitoring rigs analog stuff.

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