Behringer B2030a Musical Instrument User Manual

User Manual
TRUTH
B2031A/B2030A
High-Resolution, Active 2-Way Reference Studio Monitor
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Table of Contents
Thank you........................................................................ 2
Important Safety Instructions....................................... 3
Legal Disclaimer.............................................................. 3
Limited Warranty............................................................ 3
1. Introduction................................................................ 5
1.1 Before you get started....................................................... 5
2. Control Elements........................................................ 6
3. Applications................................................................ 7
3.1 Connection............................................................................. 7
3.2 Level setting.......................................................................... 7
3.3 Speaker placement suggestions.................................... 7
3.4 Adapting the TRUTH to the room acoustics.............. 8
4. Installation.................................................................. 9
5. Specifications.............................................................. 9
Thank you
Congratulations! With our new BEHRINGER TRUTH you have purchased one of the
best high-resolution active studio monitors available. It is a tool that reproduces
your program material with highest fidelity and balance, positioning sound
sources accurately on the stereo basis.
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Important Safety
Instructions
Terminals marked with this symbol carry
electrical current of sufficient magnitude
to constitute risk of electric shock.
Use only high-quality professional speaker cables with
¼" TS or twist-locking plugs pre-installed. All other
installation or modification should be performed only
by qualified personnel.
This symbol, wherever it appears,
alerts you to the presence of uninsulated
dangerous voltage inside the
enclosure - voltage that 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.
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.
Caution
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 liquids and no objects filled with liquids,
such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding-type plug. 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. Use only 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 tip-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. The apparatus shall be connected to a MAINS socket
outlet with a protective earthing connection.
16. Where the MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is
used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall
remain readily operable.
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. Repairs have to be performed by qualified
service personnel.
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.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND APPEARANCES
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND
ACCURACY IS NOT GUARANTEED. BEHRINGER IS
PART OF THE MUSIC GROUP (MUSIC-GROUP.COM).
ALL TRADEMARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR
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LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS WHICH MAY BE SUFFERED
BY ANY PERSON WHO RELIES EITHER WHOLLY OR
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OR STATEMENT CONTAINED HEREIN. COLORS AND
SPECIFICATIONS MAY VARY FROM ACTUAL PRODUCT.
MUSIC GROUP PRODUCTS ARE SOLD THROUGH
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FULLFILLERS AND RESELLERS ARE NOT AGENTS OF
MUSIC GROUP AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AUTHORITY
TO BIND MUSIC GROUP BY ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
UNDERTAKING OR REPRESENTATION. THIS MANUAL
IS COPYRIGHTED. NO PART OF THIS MANUAL MAY
BE REPRODUCED OR TRANSMITTED IN ANY FORM
OR BY ANY MEANS, ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL,
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
§ 1 Warranty
(1) This limited warranty is valid only if you purchased
the product from a MUSIC Group Authorized Reseller in
the country of purchase. A list of authorized resellers can
be found on BEHRINGER’s website behringer.com under
“Where to Buy”, or you can contact the MUSIC Group office
closest to you.
(2) MUSIC Group* warrants the mechanical and
electronic components of this product to be free of defects
in material and workmanship if used under normal
operating conditions for a period of one (1) year from
the original date of purchase (see the Limited Warranty
terms in § 4 below), unless a longer minimum warranty
period is mandated by applicable local laws. If the product
shows any defects within the specified warranty period
and that defect is not excluded under § 4, MUSIC Group
shall, at its discretion, either replace or repair the product
using suitable new or reconditioned product or parts.
In case MUSIC Group decides to replace the entire product,
this limited warranty shall apply to the replacement
product for the remaining initial warranty period, i.e.,
one (1) year (or otherwise applicable minimum warranty
period) from the date of purchase of the original product.
(3) Upon validation of the warranty claim, the repaired
or replacement product will be returned to the user
freight prepaid by MUSIC Group.
(4) Warranty claims other than those indicated above
are expressly excluded.
PLEASE RETAIN YOUR SALES RECEIPT. IT IS YOUR PROOF
OF PURCHASE COVERING YOUR LIMITED WARRANTY.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS VOID WITHOUT SUCH PROOF
OF PURCHASE.
§ 2 Online registration
Please do remember to register your new BEHRINGER
equipment right after your purchase at behringer.com
under “Support” and kindly read the terms and conditions
of our limited warranty carefully. Registering your
purchase and equipment with us helps us process
your repair claims quicker and more efficiently.
Thank you for your cooperation!
§ 3 Return materials authorization
(1) To obtain warranty service, please contact the
retailer from whom the equipment was purchased.
Should your MUSIC Group Authorized Reseller not be
located in your vicinity, you may contact the MUSIC Group
Authorized Fulfiller for your country listed under
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“Support” at behringer.com. If your country is not
listed, please check if your problem can be dealt with
by our “Online Support” which may also be found under
“Support” at behringer.com. Alternatively, please submit
an online warranty claim at behringer.com BEFORE
returning the product. All inquiries must be accompanied
by a description of the problem and the serial number
of the product. After verifying the product’s warranty
eligibility with the original sales receipt, MUSIC Group
will then issue a Return Materials Authorization
(“RMA”) number.
(2) Subsequently, the product must be returned in
its original shipping carton, together with the return
authorization number to the address indicated by
MUSIC Group.
(3) Shipments without freight prepaid will not
be accepted.
§ 4 Warranty Exclusions
(1) This limited warranty does not cover consumable
parts including, but not limited to, fuses and batteries.
Where applicable, MUSIC Group warrants the valves or
meters contained in the product to be free from defects
in material and workmanship for a period of ninety (90)
days from date of purchase.
(2) This limited warranty does not cover the product
if it has been electronically or mechanically modified
in any way. If the product needs to be modified or
adapted in order to comply with applicable technical
or safety standards on a national or local level, in any
country which is not the country for which the
product was originally developed and manufactured,
this modification/adaptation shall not be considered a
defect in materials or workmanship. This limited warranty
does not cover any such modification/adaptation,
regardless of whether it was carried out properly or not.
Under the terms of this limited warranty, MUSIC Group
shall not be held responsible for any cost resulting from
such a modification/adaptation.
(3) This limited warranty covers only the product
hardware. It does not cover technical assistance for
hardware or software usage and it does not cover
any software products whether or not contained in
the product. Any such software is provided “AS IS”
unless expressly provided for in any enclosed software
limited warranty.
(4) This limited warranty is invalid if the
factory-applied serial number has been altered or
removed from the product.
(5) Free inspections and maintenance/repair work
are expressly excluded from this limited warranty,
in particular, if caused by improper handling of the
product by the user. This also applies to defects caused
by normal wear and tear, in particular, of faders,
crossfaders, potentiometers, keys/buttons, guitar strings,
illuminants and similar parts.
(6) Damage/defects caused by the following conditions
are not covered by this limited warranty:
• improper handling, neglect or failure to operate the
unit in compliance with the instructions given in
BEHRINGER user or service manuals;
• connection or operation of the unit in any way
that does not comply with the technical or safety
regulations applicable in the country where the
product is used;
• damage/defects caused by acts of God/Nature
(accident, fire, flood, etc) or any other condition that
is beyond the control of MUSIC Group.
(7) Any repair or opening of the unit carried out by
unauthorized personnel (user included) will void the
limited warranty.
(8) If an inspection of the product by MUSIC Group
shows that the defect in question is not covered by the
limited warranty, the inspection costs are payable by
the customer.
(9) Products which do not meet the terms of this
limited warranty will be repaired exclusively at the buyer’s
expense. MUSIC Group or its authorized service center will
inform the buyer of any such circumstance. If the buyer
fails to submit a written repair order within 6 weeks after
notification, MUSIC Group will return the unit C.O.D. with
a separate invoice for freight and packing. Such costs will
also be invoiced separately when the buyer has sent in a
written repair order.
(10) MUSIC Group Authorized Resellers do not sell new
products directly in online auctions. Purchases made
through an online auction are on a “buyer beware” basis.
Online auction confirmations or sales receipts are not
accepted for warranty verification and MUSIC Group will
not repair or replace any product purchased through an
online auction.
§ 5 Warranty transferability
This limited warranty is extended exclusively to the
original buyer (customer of authorized reseller) and is
not transferable to anyone who may subsequently
purchase this product. No other person (reseller, etc.)
shall be entitled to give any warranty promise on behalf
of MUSIC Group.
§ 6 Claim for damage
Subject only to the operation of mandatory applicable
local laws, MUSIC Group shall have no liability to the buyer
under this warranty for any consequential or indirect
loss or damage of any kind. In no event shall the liability
of MUSIC Group under this limited warranty exceed the
invoiced value of the product.
§ 7 Limitation of liability
This limited warranty is the complete and exclusive
warranty between you and MUSIC Group. It supersedes
all other written or oral communications related to this
product. MUSIC Group provides no other warranties for
this product.
§ 8 Other warranty rights and
national law
(1) This limited warranty does not exclude or limit the
buyer’s statutory rights as a consumer in any way.
(2) The limited warranty regulations mentioned herein
are applicable unless they constitute an infringement of
applicable mandatory local laws.
(3) This warranty does not detract from the seller’s
obligations in regard to any lack of conformity of the
product and any hidden defect.
§ 9 Amendment
Warranty service conditions are subject to change without
notice. For the latest warranty terms and conditions
and additional information regarding MUSIC Group’s
limited warranty, please see complete details online at
behringer.com.
* MUSIC Group Macao Commercial Offshore Limited of
Rue de Pequim No. 202-A, Macau Finance Centre 9/J, Macau,
including all MUSIC Group companies
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1. Introduction
The TRUTH features two separate amplifiers for bass and high frequencies,
sporting loads of power reserve. On the bass end, a long-excursion woofer
embedded in a sturdy cast-aluminum casing springs into action. The scope
is broadened downward by using a special bass reflex system. In the upper
frequency range, a specially developed dome tweeter provides for subtle signal
reproduction. The chassis and the amplifiers are protected from overload using
a sophisticated circuitry. The speakers are magnetically shielded, so you can use
your TRUTH near computer monitors or TV sets. The audio signal is separated
using an active crossover that guarantees accurate frequency separation and
perfect tuning of both speakers among each other.
We recommend that you experiment with your TRUTH away from the
pressures of a recording session, in order to get a feel for it. It will be a good
idea to listen to your favorite CD’s over the TRUTH, so that you can get an
impression of the neutral sound this speaker produces—which might be
somewhat unusual at first!
◊ The following user’s manual is intended to familiarize you with the
unit’s control elements, so that you can master all the functions.
After having thoroughly read the user’s manual, store it at a safe
place for future reference.
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Caution
◊ The TRUTH is capable of producing extreme volumes. Please bear in
mind, that high sound pressures do not only temporarily damage your
sense of hearing, but can also cause permanent damage. Be careful to
select a suitable volume.
1.1 Before you get started
1.1.1 Shipment
The TRUTH was carefully packed at the factory 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 units 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 of the unit.
Otherwise, all claims for replacement/repair may be rendered invalid.
1.1.2 Initial operation
Please make sure the unit is provided with sufficient ventilation, and never
place the TRUTH on top of an amplifier or in the vicinity of a heater to avoid the
risk of overheating.
◊ Before plugging the unit into a power socket, please make sure you
have selected the correct voltage:
The fuse compartment near the power plug socket contains three triangular
markings. Two of these triangles are opposite one another. The voltage indicated
adjacent to these markings is the voltage to which your unit has been set up,
and can be altered by rotating the fuse compartment by 180°.
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Caution
◊ This does not apply to export models that were for example
manufactured only for use with 120 V!
◊ If you alter the unit’s voltage, you must change the fuse accordingly.
The correct value of the fuse needed can be found in the
chapter “Specifications”.
◊ Faulty fuses must be replaced with fuses of appropriate rating without
exception! The correct value of the fuses needed can be found in the
chapter ”Specifications“.
Power is delivered via the cable enclosed with the unit. All requiered safety
precautions have been adhered to.
◊ Please make sure that the unit is grounded at all times. For your own
protection, you should never tamper with the grounding of the cable or
the unit itself.
◊ The sound quality may diminish within the range of powerful
broadcasting stations and high-frequency sources. Increase the
distance between the transmitter and the device and use shielded
cables for all connections.
1.1.3 Online registration
Please register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase
by visiting http://behringer.com and read the terms and conditions of our
warranty carefully.
Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, it is our intention to have it
repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service, please contact
the BEHRINGER 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 (http://behringer.com).
Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us process your repair
claims more quickly and efficiently.
Thank you for your cooperation!
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2. Control Elements
The control elements described in the following are the same on
both loudspeakers.
(6) Use the POWER switch to power up your TRUTH. The POWER switch should
always be in the “Off” position when you are about to connect your unit to
the mains.
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Caution
◊ The POWER switch does not fully disconnect the unit from the mains.
Unplug the power cord completely when the unit is not used for
prolonged periods of time.
(1)(2)
◊ The TRUTH should be the last device in the signal chain to be
switched on and the first to be switched off. This way, loud switch-on
”thumps” that can occur when powering other equipment on or off
can be avoided.
Fig. 2.1: Front panel display elements (here: B2030A)
(1) ON: This LED lights up as soon as you switch on the speaker.
(2) LIMIT: Lights up as soon as one of the built-in protections is activated.
(4)
(7)
Fig. 2.4: INPUT TRIM control
(3)
(5)
(7) INPUT TRIM: Use this control to adapt the TRUTH’s input sensitivity to the
signal source.
Fig. 2.2: Rear panel connectors
All connectors of the TRUTH face downwards, so as to allow you to place the
speaker as closely to a wall as possible.
(3) INPUT: These are the balanced inputs of your TRUTH, laid out as 1/4" TRS and
XLR connectors.
(4) The mains connection is achieved via the standard IEC connector. A matching
power cord is included.
(5) FUSE COMPARTMENT/VOLTAGE SELECTION: Before plugging the unit into
a power socket, please make sure you have selected the correct voltage.
Faulty fuses must be replaced with fuses of appropriate rating without
exception. Some units feature a fuse compartment that can be operated in
two different positions, allowing alternating between 230 V and 120 V.
◊ When using the unit outside of Europe (running on 120 V), you have to
implement a fuse with a higher rating.
(6)
Fig. 2.3: The POWER switch
(8)
(9)
(10)
Fig. 2.5: Rear panel control elements
(8) LOW FREQUENCY: With this switch you can adapt the woofer to a subwoofer
system or emulate the sound characteristics of small speaker systems.
(9) ROOM COMPENSATION: For maximum flexibility the TRUTH features a
switch that adjusts the speaker depending on its setup position.
(10) HIGH FREQUENCY: This switch adapts the speaker's frequency response to
the damping characteristics of the control room.
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3.2 Level setting
(11)
(12)
(13)
Fig. 2.6: Rear panel control elements
The following control elements are found only on the B2031A:
(11) POWER MODE: This switch allows you to toggle between “ON”, “OFF” and
“AUTO” power-up modes (see chapter 3.1).
(12) MUTE LOW: Disables the woofer for servicing and maintenance.
(13) MUTE HIGH: Disables the tweeter for servicing and maintenance.
3. Applications
3.1 Connection
Use the enclosed power cord to connect the TRUTH to the mains. To avoid ground
loops, both speakers and the mixing console should be fed from the same outlet.
For your convenience, the B2031A features an automatic power-up system which
activates the TRUTH as soon as a signal is present on its input, and deactivates
the speaker after signal pauses of more than five minutes (only B2031A).
Function: The switch for the automatic power-up system (11) has three positions.
When set to OFF, the speaker is completely switched off and cannot be activated
with the POWER switch (6). Position AUTO allows the automatic operation as
mentioned above. In position ON, the B2031 is activated all the time and can be
switched off only with switch (6).
◊ Be sure to switch the TRUTH off with the POWER switch during
longer pauses.
Now connect both speakers to your console by means of commercial XLR or
TRS cables. Since the TRUTH is an active speaker system, instead of conventional
speaker cables you will need normal TRS or XLR cables.
Connect the TRUTH to the control room outputs of your console, so as to be able
to control the monitoring volume independently of the main mix level. If your
console does not have such outputs, you can also use the main mix outputs.
However, in this case the speaker volume cannot be set independently of the
main mix level, i.e. you must adjust the monitoring volume on the TRUTH.
Please consult the operating instructions accompanying your console to find
out whether it has balanced or unbalanced outputs. Connect these outputs to
the TRS or XLR (3) input. If possible use the balanced connectors, so as to avoid
interference and hum. It won’t help, however, to connect unbalanced outputs
with balanced inputs. The benefits mentioned above will apply only when both
inputs and outputs are of the balanced type.
When the TRUTH has been connected properly and switched on, you can now
turn up the console output that feeds the B2030A/B2031A. Provided you have a
signal source connected, you now hear the audio material as it is played back by
the TRUTH. The INPUT TRIM control (7) on the rear panel is set to 0 dB ex-factory,
i.e. unity gain, which is okay when you feed the TRUTH from a pro-level console.
In this case, the TRUTH automatically operates at maximum level, provided that
your console has been set up correctly and its output is set to 0 dB.
The LIMIT LED (2) helps you control the level. It lights up as soon as overloading
causes one of the internal protections to respond. The TRUTH doesn’t
get damaged when the LIMIT LED lights up with occasional signal peaks.
However, please make sure that it won’t light up all the time, because sooner or
later this will activate the thermal protection system and temporarily mute the
built-in amplifiers, to warn you that you are driving the TRUTH too hard. If so,
you can reduce levels either on your console or using the INPUT TRIM control (7) .
If the outputs on your console don’t provide studio-level signals, you can turn up
the INPUT TRIM control. If you connect the TRUTH to the preamp output of your
stereo system, it may also be necessary to raise the level on the TRUTH itself.
To build up a rudimentary stereo system, you can directly connect the outputs of
a CD player to the TRUTH’s inputs, and use the CD player to adjust the volume.
◊ The TRUTH is capable of producing high volume levels. You should mix
your recordings at moderate levels, so as to avoid listening fatigue and
hearing impairment.
3.3 Speaker placement suggestions
Since the sound of a speaker depends to a great extent on its surroundings,
placing your TRUTH correctly is very important. Please try to follow these
suggestions through. Your efforts will be rewarded with better sound and
higher resolution.
Both speakers are built identically. There is no need to concern yourself with
which speaker should be placed left and which speaker should be placed right.
Place the TRUTH on a flat and stable surface, if possible use a dedicated speaker
stand. In this way, the speaker is acoustically decoupled and won’t induce
vibrations in nearby objects, which would affect the bass response. If you cannot
use a stand, put the TRUTH on spikes or damping foam material. Another aspect
is the distance between speaker and wall: keep the speaker away from the wall,
as this would emphasize the bass response, particularly in corners, where two
walls form an angle.
The BEHRINGER TRUTH B2030A/B2031A are so-called near-field monitors,
which means that the impact of the room acoustics on the sound will be reduced
considerably owing to the short distance between speaker and listener.
◊ Be sure to mute the signal sources before you put the TRUTH
into operation.
Once the TRUTH has been connected as described above, you can activate the
speaker with the POWER switch.
Fig. 3.1: Incorrect speaker setup
This illustration shows how you shouldn’t do it: you can clearly see that a portion
of the sound bounces back from the walls before it reaches the listener’s ears.
Thus, direct and reflected sound waves overlap which results in a coloration
of the sound.
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Fig. 3.2: Correct speaker setup
This effect can be reduced by turning the speakers towards the listener. To make
reflections from ceiling or floor less likely, the tweeters should be on the same
height as your ears. Please note that the TRUTH should be operated vertically.
Where this is impossible, place it horizontally as shown in figure 3.3, to allow for
an improved stereo image.
Fig. 3.3: TRUTH setup horizontally
Not only the physical location of speakers but also the acoustic characteristics
of the room have a substantial effect on the way your TRUTH sounds. Make sure
that the room neither sounds too hall-like nor too dull-basically, neither like a
bathroom nor totally without an echo. You can alter the room acoustics easily by
installing or removing carpets, curtains or furniture. Fabric covering on the wall
opposite the speakers might be a good idea if the room is too reflective. The next
chapter describes how to adapt the TRUTH to the room acoustics, once it has been
set up properly.
3.4 Adapting the TRUTH to the room acoustics
This chapter describes how you can use the switches on the rear of the
B2030A/B2031A to adapt the speaker to the acoustics of your control room.
However, you should try to improve a potentially impaired sound by optimizing
the loudspeaker placement beforehand.
FREE FIELD
CORNER
WALL
0 dB
Fig. 3.4: Rear panel legending
WIDE
NARROW
-2 dB
-4 dB
-6 dB
If you are still having problems, you could try the following: The ROOM
COMPENSATION switch (9) allows you to lower the bass range, depending on
the speaker position. Ex-factory, the switch is set to a neutral position. If you’ve
set up the TRUTH close to the wall or in a corner, try reducing the low-frequency
level in steps of 2 dB. Since every room and speaker setup are unique in their
acoustic properties, we cannot provide more specific information here. The same
applies to the HIGH FREQUENCY switch (10) , which determines the tweeter level
(between +2 dB and -4 dB). Here too, the best setting depends on the room
acoustics. If you have an additional subwoofer installed, you can attenuate the
TRUTH’s lower cutoff frequency using the LOW FREQUENCY switch (8) . This can
be necessary when adapting the TRUTH to your subwoofer. Trust your own aural
instinct, but don’t forget: Listening at high volume levels over long periods
leads to listening fatigue and thus reduces your ability to judge the sound.
Consequently, we recommend regular pauses to keep your hearing “healthy”.
As a general rule, you should set up and adjust the TRUTH with great care.
Above all, you should take your time: unlike hi-fi speakers, the B2030A/B2031A is
tuned to produce a neutral sound, which can be confusing when you are working
for the first time with such a high-quality speaker. Don’t try to adjust the TRUTH
with its rear panel switches to produce a “bombastic” sound that impresses
you or other listeners. To get a feeling for the TRUTH’s sound, you should listen
to as many records as possible that were produced in other studios. We also
recommend that you listen to your own recordings over as many other systems as
possible, for example, your car system. If you find that your mixes are somewhat
"dull" in their overall sound, the reason might be too much treble from your
TRUTH. On the other hand, if you set the bass level too high, you will find that
your mixes lack bass power. Tuning a speaker can take several days’ time, so once
again: take your time!
It might be necessary to insert an equalizer between console and speaker,
in particular, if you prefer extreme setups or sound images. The BEHRINGER
ULTRACURVE PRO DEQ2496 has proven its usefulness in practice, as it is not
only a simple equalizer but also features a real-time analyzer. You can use our
measuring microphone ECM8000 to automatically adapt the TRUTH to your room
or modify its frequency response.
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4. Installation
The BEHRINGER TRUTH features one balanced XLR and one balanced 1/4" TRS input.
If connecting to other equipment is possible using balanced inputs, always make
such connections because they offer maximal compensation of disturbing signals.
Unbalanced ¼" TS connector
5. Specifications
Audio Inputs
B2030A/B2031A
XLR connector
servo-balanced input
sleeve
1/4" TRS servo-balanced input
tip
Input impedance
10 kΩ
Max. input level
+22 dBu
strain relief clamp
sleeve
(ground/shield)
Components
B2030A
tip
(signal)
Fig. 4.1: 1/4" TS connector
Tweeter
¾" ferrofluid-cooled dome
Woofer
6 ¾" polypropylene diaphragm
B2031A
Balanced ¼" TRS connector
strain relief clamp
sleeve
ring
tip
Tweeter
1" ferrofluid-cooled dome
Woofer
8 ¾" polypropylene diaphragm
Amplifier
B2030A
sleeve
ground/shield
ring
cold (-ve)
tip
hot (+ve)
For connection of balanced and unbalanced plugs,
ring and sleeve have to be bridged at the stereo plug.
RMS @ 0.1 % THD
70 W
Peak power
125 W
B2031A
RMS @ 0.1 % THD
140 W
Peak power
265 W
Fig. 4.2: 1/4" TRS connector
Crossover
Balanced use with XLR connectors
2 1
3
input
1 = ground/shield
2 = hot (+ve)
3 = cold (-ve)
1
2
3
output
For unbalanced use, pin 1 and pin 3
have to be bridged
Fig. 4.3: XLR connectors
B2030A/B2031A
Type
active, 4th order Linkwitz-Riley
Crossover frequency
2 kHz
System Specification
B2030A
Frequency response
50 Hz to 21 kHz
Sound pressure level
max. 113 dB SPL @ 1 m (pair)
B2031A
Frequency response
50 Hz to 21 kHz
Sound pressure level
max. 116 dB SPL @ 1 m (pair)
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Power Supply
B2030A
Voltage/Fuses
100 - 120 V~, 50/60 Hz
T 2.0 A H 250 V
220 - 230 V~, 50/60 Hz
T 1.6 A H 250 V
Voltage/Supply current
100 - 120 V~, 50/60 Hz
max. 1.0 A
220 - 230 V~, 50/60 Hz
max. 0.5 A
Mains connection
Standard IEC connector
B2031A
Voltage/Fuses
100 - 120 V~, 50/60 Hz
T 5.0 A H 250 V
220 - 230 V~, 50/60 Hz
T 2.5 A H 250 V
Voltage/Supply current
100 - 120 V~, 50/60 Hz
max. 2.0 A
220 - 230 V~, 50/60 Hz
max. 1.1 A
Mains connection
Standard IEC connector
Dimensions/Weight
B2030A
Dimensions (H x W x D)
12 1/2 x 8 2/5 x 8 1/3"
317 x 214 x 211 mm
Weight
21 2/3 lbs / 9.84 kg
B2031A
Dimensions (H x W x D)
15 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 11 3/8"
400 x 250 x 290 mm
Weight
33 lbs / 15 kg
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