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Behringer ULTRACURVE PRO DEQ2496 - Stereo 24-Bit/96kHz Digital EQ/RTA Mastering Processor

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The ULTRACURVE PRO DEQ2496 is a high-precision, 24-bit/96kHz digital equalizer/RTA mastering processor with four concurrently selectable EQ modules, ideal for audiophile mastering and PA purposes. The unit provides a thirty-one band graphic EQ, ten-band parametric EQ, a Feedback Destroyer section and three dynamic EQs per channel.

An additional sixty-one band RTA (Real Time Analyzer) can be run simultaneously with the EQ section and has a separate microphone/line input with phantom power. There are multi-functional level meters plus sixty-four user memories for complete setups and/or individual module configurations. MIDI connections provide for full remote control, preset dumps and system updates.

The DEQ2496 features 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters and two, high-performance floating-point SHARC digital signal processors for high-quality sonic resolution. Also included are a stereo auxiliary output, AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs and outputs and word-clock input. An internal switching power supply provides flexibility and assures noise-free audio, superior transient response and low power consumption.

High resolution processor for all EQ, RTA and dynamic applications, especially for PA and mastering
Four concurrently selectable EQ modules
Flexible compressor/expander function with peak limiter per stereo channel as well as a stereo imager and stereo delay
High resolution sixty-one band FFT analyzer with additional auto EQ functions for room and speaker equalization
Separate RTA microphone/line with phantom power
Sixty-four user memories for complete setup and/or individual module configuration
Multi-function level meters
Word-clock input
MIDI connections for full remote control, preset dumps and system updates
Filter Type 31-band graphic EQ, 10-band parametric EQ and 3 dynamic EQs per channel (all available simultaneously)
Number of Channels 2
Inputs 2 x XLR (audio)
1 x XLR AES/EBU
1 x TOSLink optical S/PDIF
1 x XLR microphone
Outputs 2 x XLR (audio)
1 x XLR AES/EBU
1 x TOSLink optical S/PDIF
2 x 1/4" TRS phone
Maximum Input Level +12dBu or +22dBu, switchable
Frequency Bands Graphic EQ: 31
Parametric EQ: 10
Dynamic EQ: 3
Bandwidth Graphic EQ: 1/3 octave
Parametric EQ: 1/10 to 10 octaves
Dynamic EQ: 1/10 to 10 octaves
Range (Boost/Cut) +/-15dB
Maximum Output Level +12dBu
Frequency Response 10Hz to35kHz, -1dB
Dynamic Range 113dB
Noise SNR:
Main input/output: >113dB
Auxiliary output: >107dB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 19" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4"
Weight 4.5 lbs
Specialties Compressor/expander with controls for threshold, attack, release and ratio
Limiter with controls for threshold, hold and release
Behringer ULTRACURVE PRO DEQ2496 - Stereo 24-Bit/96kHz Digital EQ/RTA Mastering Processor
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    BehringerDEQ2496 Digital EQ
     
    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

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      (10)

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      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Simple controls (12)
    • Great sound quality (10)
    • Good audio (6)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Audiophile (9), Tech savvy (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      great product poor support

      I agree with the other reviewers that this is a very nice digital processor. I use the DEQ2496 as part of a home audio system but I also use it in laboratory research. What...Read complete review

      I agree with the other reviewers that this is a very nice digital processor. I use the DEQ2496 as part of a home audio system but I also use it in laboratory research. What looks like a difficult to use instrument is in fact easy to use for a device with so much capability. The features and sound quality are quite good. I paid [$] on 6/8/10. The price is very reasonable. With that said, after two months of use the unit failed. It took me two weeks four emails and a phone call to get a RA number so the unit could be returned for a replacement. At the Behringer website where I filed the initial warranty claim, after submitting the requested information, a message appears that said " we will get back to you shortly" which in fact means 2 weeks. After receiving the RA number I shipped the unit off. From the time UPS delivered the DEQ2496 to Behringer it took 43 days, one phone call and three emails before a replacement DEQ2496 was shipped. Unfortunately the replacement DEQ2496 was sent to the wrong address which added another delay before I received the replacement unit. So adding in the two weeks to get the RA number it was more than two months to get Behringer to honor their warranty. I like the unit a lot but if it is used is a situation where extended down time is not acceptable then you probably need two.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Arrived DOA

      I'm awaiting my replacement unit - the first was DOA. Behringer has a reputation for this sort of thing; a shame because it is an amazingly capable unit.

      I'm awaiting my replacement unit - the first was DOA. Behringer has a reputation for this sort of thing; a shame because it is an amazingly capable unit.

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      5.0

      Amazing Product

      By The Sound Guy

      from Memphis, TN

      About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy, Tube Amp Lover

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Great Performance
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lots Of Useful Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • DJ / Mixing
        • Larger Rooms

        Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

        I am using the DEQ2496 to analyze and clean up the sound on several PA systems I use at church. I have used it on my home stereo and on some of the speakers I have built. I am very happy with the results and have had several people comment on the improvements. You will need to read and keep the owners manual handy. The performance of this device is far beyond the price!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great in a 2-channel Audiophile System

        By Nickster

        from Southern Ontario

        About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Poor Manual

        Best Uses

        • Audioiphile System
        • DJ / Mixing
        • Home Theater

        Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

        Use for system EQ in my audiophile setup. Works like a charm. Has hardwire bypass so you can determine if it's adding any coloration. I don't hear any with my system.My system has a Pro sound amp so I use the XLR jacks.I let it auto EQ my system in stereo so there is no degradation in imaging or channel balance.When I let the Behringer auto EQ the L & R speakers separately, one channel was 2 dB louder.In stereo auto EQ mode (default factory setting), imaging and channel balance are perfect; actually better than without the EQ.An excellent product, with a bit of a learning curve. Optional ECM8000 mic is needed to use the RTA.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great sound, difficult to learn.

        By Ccanino

        from Nj

        About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Energy Efficient
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Steep learning curve

        Best Uses

        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

        Auto eq works great once you look at a few tutorials on the web. Sounds great but they really need a much better user guide.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        AWESOME!

        By BrYan

        from Prescott, AZ

        About Me Business owner

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Events

          Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

          I bought this as part of my Black Magic Designs ATEM TVS switcher rack design, and it works wonderfully, sounds great, delays the audio perfectly, and I'm very happy with it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Works well

          By Ryan the DP

          from Portsmouth VA

          About Me Video Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                Works perfectly as the delay I purchased it for. Can independently delay the main and aux outs as much as 300ms. That it's a great EQ and compressor/limiter is a wonderful bonus. It's a bit of a pain to learn to operate, but once you figure out the interface conventions it's not too bad.

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                • No

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                5.0

                works like it is supposed to

                By grimm

                from RVA

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                    I purchased this impressive device several weeks ago, and it has taken me about that long to figure out all the features on this thing. Don't misunderstand me, the manual is well written, and the controls all make sense. There are simply that many useful features. the auto EQ works well (you do need to put up with about a minuet of loud pink noise) but then your eq is corrected for the speakers and the room. The feedback finder is also a useful however loud feature. All in all, seems to be a really good product for the price. I haven't used it live yet, but will repost with results

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great product poor support

                    By APK

                    from Bloomington, Indiana

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Any audio playback
                      • High end audio system

                      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                      I agree with the other reviewers that this is a very nice digital processor. I use the DEQ2496 as part of a home audio system but I also use it in laboratory research. What looks like a difficult to use instrument is in fact easy to use for a device with so much capability. The features and sound quality are quite good. I paid [$] on 6/8/10. The price is very reasonable. With that said, after two months of use the unit failed. It took me two weeks four emails and a phone call to get a RA number so the unit could be returned for a replacement. At the Behringer website where I filed the initial warranty claim, after submitting the requested information, a message appears that said " we will get back to you shortly" which in fact means 2 weeks. After receiving the RA number I shipped the unit off. From the time UPS delivered the DEQ2496 to Behringer it took 43 days, one phone call and three emails before a replacement DEQ2496 was shipped. Unfortunately the replacement DEQ2496 was sent to the wrong address which added another delay before I received the replacement unit. So adding in the two weeks to get the RA number it was more than two months to get Behringer to honor their warranty. I like the unit a lot but if it is used is a situation where extended down time is not acceptable then you probably need two.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Arrived DOA

                      By Spartacus

                      from L.A.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                      I'm awaiting my replacement unit - the first was DOA. Behringer has a reputation for this sort of thing; a shame because it is an amazingly capable unit.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      All you'll ever need in an equalizer

                      By boatnoise

                      from State College, PA

                      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Energy Efficient
                      • Good Power Output
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Basic Systems
                        • DJ / Mixing
                        • Home Theater
                        • Larger Rooms
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                        I use this equalizer in my home stereo system and have been very pleased with it. It makes my system (2.1 with HSU speakers) sound incredible and offers the home audio enthusiast a truly complete toolbox for changing the sound of his or her system. Auto EQ with the Behringer reference mic is super easy, and each of the filters, such as the parametric EQ, offer more than enough granularity for the finest, barely perceptible adjustments. For someone with an EE, signal processing, or audio engineering background, the unit's controls are very intuitive. The manual, however, is not particularly easy to follow, and doesn't offer good explanations of what each of the filters do. I am constantly interested in upgrading components of my audio system; this equalizer is not something that I will need to upgrade.

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                        4.0

                        Just what the DR ordered

                        By TRP

                        from Kentucky

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • 300 seat room

                          Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                          We use this to kill loud sounds and to equal out the overall sounds in our Church services.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          MASTERING SETUP TECHNO

                          By UBERKONTROL TECHNO

                          from NY

                          About Me Audiophile

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Controls
                          • Clean Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • DJ / Mixing
                            • MASTERING

                            Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                            WORKS AS GOOD AS 8000 WEISS COMPRESSOR.

                            I WAS ABLE TO MASTER TRACKS IN AES IN AND AES OUT at 44.1 IT SOUNDS AS HIGH QUALITY MASTERING SETUP.

                            LIMITER IS TRANSPARENT AT SETTINGS 200ms hold and 200ms release.

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                            5.0

                            Great Eq For The Money

                            By Wild Bill

                            from Milwaukee, WI

                            About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Controls
                            • Clean Sound
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                                Great Eq for the money. I use it for monitors and F.O.H. I like the virtual paragraphic Eq option, The RTA is nice to have to. Has a nice sound to it. Makes a great channel insert, I like this unit, Behringer did it right with this unit. B&H has the best price on this unit.

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                                4.0

                                Flexible and powerful

                                By SQLGuy

                                from Colorado Springs, CO

                                About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Controls
                                • Clean Sound
                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                                    I'm using the DEQ in a home audio system: analog preamp signal -> DEQ2496, then digital out from the DEQ (AES/EBU) -> DCX2496 -> 3 amps -> speakers. I am also using the Behringer calibrated mic.

                                    I found the setup to be pretty easy and intuitive, except that I cannot yet find any way to use multiple room response readings to make an average. I'm pretty sure that, despite comments by others, that's not possible other than through manually noting and averaging different AEQ curves.

                                    One other minor complaint is that the VU meter display, while cooly retro, doesn't seem to allow any adjustment of their range. In a home audio setup, the output levels are low enough that the needles barely twitch.

                                    Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results, but still need to do some more measurement attempts with other crossover curves and variations of amp levels to see how much easier I can make things for the DEQ to equalize. It definitely made a difference, even though the AEQ curves looked pretty much the same, when I tried a couple of different crossover overlaps.

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                                    4.0

                                    Excellent low-price Digital EQ

                                    By Mike

                                    from Poughquag, NY

                                    About Me Audiophile

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Controls
                                    • Clean Sound

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Audiophiles

                                      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                                      I am using this product in a Hi-Fi stereo setup (Magnepan MMG, Halfler 500, Pioneer Elite C-91, two Audio Pro 100W subs, REL Stadium). I have to say that the unit has endless configuration possibilities, and I cannot find any discernable audio signature (i.e. very clean). The Auto-EQ is what I use, and it solved my sound balancing issues. Highly recommended. This same usit was used by many High End copanies at a recent CES (so I've read). My only compalint is it would be nice if the unit was 24bit/192Khz to decode DVD audio.

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent value and performance

                                      By Christopher the Audio Junkie

                                      from Alexandria VA

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Powerful
                                      • Professional Functions
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                                          I bought this to act as an eq entirely in the digital domain (digital in -> digital out) and It does this flawlessly.

                                          In addition it has may other very useful functions for the headphone based listening I do which included the RTA and the ability to cross-feed signals with a fully adjustable system (which gives more soundstage).

                                          I've even ordered the measurement mic so I can do a auto-equalization for my speaker based system.

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                                          5.0

                                          At [$], it is being given away

                                          By George Flanagin

                                          from Richmond, VA

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Powerful
                                          • Professional Functions

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult To Use

                                          Best Uses

                                          • HiFi

                                          Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Digital EQ:

                                          I bought it first as an RTA and equalizer. After a while, I kicked out my existing pre-amp, and now just use the Ultracurve between my (SA)CD player and the amplifiers. You can read my substantial and in-depth review at [@] It is way too long to quote here.

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