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User Manual
800 / 1000-Watt 2-Way
PA Speaker System with
12" / 15" Woofer and
1.75" Titanium
Compression Driver
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Table of Contents
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Important Safety Instructions.................................... 2
1. Before you get started............................................ 3
2. Connections.............................................................. 3
3. Optimal Operation.................................................. 4
4. Additional Considerations..................................... 4
5. Application Examples............................................. 5
6. Installation................................................................ 6
7. Specifications........................................................... 7
Legal Disclaimer........................................................... 7
Warranty........................................................................ 8
BEHRINGER products by purchasing the EUROLIVE B212XL/B215XL.
This extremely compact loudspeaker has been designed
specifically for those applications in which space is a problem.
The compact dimensions and the low weight as well as the option
to mount the loudspeaker on a wall give this product maximum
flexibility. The EUROLIVE B212XL/B215XL is equipped with both
¼" TS and pro-level speaker connectors, so that you can expand
your set-up flexibly at any time. All of these features make this
loudspeaker a high-quality and highly reliable companion on
the road.
This manual is available in English, German, French, Spanish,
Italian, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Danish,
Portugese, Greek, Japanese and Chinese. There may also be
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Important Safety Instructions
* 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.
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.
* Caution
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.
Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this device near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Be sure to mount your speakers on a solid, stable and level base or stand.
Vibrating floors do not provide reliable support for speaker enclosures
or stacks.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves,
or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the device.
When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/
device combination to avoid injury from stumbling
over it.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when
the unit has been damaged in any way, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the device, the unit has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
1. Before you get started
1.1 Shipment
Your B212XL/B215XL 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
B212XL/B215XL or with its packaging.
◊ Please dispose of all packaging materials in an
environmentally friendly fashion.
1.2 Initial operation
Your B212XL/B215XL speakers are connected to a power
amplifier using the speaker connectors located in the back.
Please read ch. 4, “ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS” and
ch. 5, “APPLICATION EXAMPLES” to get important technical
information and practical suggestions about use.
◊ 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.
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!
2. Connections
Fig. 2.1: Connections (B212XL and B215XL)
[1] The B212XL/B215XL features two professional speaker {1}
connectors which are wired in parallel. You can alternatively connect one of the connectors to the output on your power
amp and tap into the signal from the amp once again on the
second connector, in order, for example, to feed this signal
into an additional loudspeaker. The pin designation of the
speaker is pins 1+ and 1-.
◊ ATTENTION: Never connect the output signals of different
power amps to both parallel inputs at the same time. This
may permanently damage your setup.
[2] The B212XL/B215XL includes 2, parallel ¼" loudspeaker
{2} inputs. You can alternatively connect one of the connectors to the output on your power amp and tap into the
signal from the amp once again on the second connector,
in order, for example, to feed this signal into an additional
◊ When several loudspeakers are wired in parallel the
overall impedance ZT to be handled by the power amp can
be calculated, as shown below, from the individual
impedance values of the connected speakers:
◊ Your amplifier may be damaged if the
actual impedance drops below its input T
impedance. Please make sure that
the calculated total impedance ZT is not smaller than the
minimum impedance specified for your amplifier.
[3] Serial number
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3. Optimal Operation
We have developed the B212XL/B215XL for use in a wide
range of possible applications. Of course, the sound of your loudspeakers depends on the acoustic characteristics of the room/
space in which they are being used. The following chapters of
this manual will give you information about getting the most out
of your EUROLIVE speakers.
3.1 HF drivers
High frequencies are the segment of the audio spectrum
responsible for clarity and speech intelligibility. These frequencies are the easiest ones to locate, but at the same time they are
also the easiest ones to “obstruct.” Therefore, we recommend
positioning your speakers so that the HF drivers are located
slightly above the height of the audience. This guarantees the
best possible dispersion of high frequencies and considerably
higher intelligibility.
3.2 How to prevent feedback
Always place the “front of house” speakers ahead of the microphones (from the audience’s perspective), and never behind. Use
professional floor monitors or an in-ear monitoring system to
hear the stage performers.
3.3 How to avoid feedback
when working with record players
(DJ applications)
In applications with record players, bass feedback can occur.
Bass feedback occurs when low frequencies get back to the
pickup and are reproduced on the speakers. The most common
causes for this are: speakers located too closely to the record
player, a room with a wooden floor, or presence of a podium or
a platform. In such cases, it is best to move the speakers away
from the record player and “banish” them from the stage, so that
they are located on firm ground. Another option is to use raised
stands, which prevent the speakers from having a direct contact
with the ground.
3.4 Loudspeaker protection by using a
low-cut filter
Try to prevent damage to your speakers caused by extreme
oscillation of the bass membrane due to subsonic noise and
extremely deep frequencies. Use an equalizer to cut off those
frequencies that fall below your speakers’ frequency range,
or use a low-cut/high-pass filter. Most equalizers and
sound-improvement systems offer a low-cut function, like the
Using a low-cut filter in your signal path is particularly recom-
mended if you use record players or CD players as your signal
source. CD players often produce extremely deep frequencies,
which can lead to extreme excursions of the bass membrane.
4. Additional Considerations
4.1 Length and diameter of
loudspeaker cables
Loudspeaker cables whose diameter is too small can considerably limit the power amp performance. The longer the cable,
the more pronounced the problem. As a result, musicians
often simply “turn up” the amp, which can lead to loudspeaker
damage. Therefore, don’t use cables longer than 15 m (45 ft.).
For most applications, this will not be necessary. Cable diameter
should be at least 14 - 12 gauge.
4.2 Power amp rating
Selecting the right amp can turn out to be rather difficult.
Therefore, stick to the following rule of thumb: the power
rating of your amp should be roughly twice the speaker load
capacity. A speaker rated at 200 Watts continuous performance
can easily be powered by an amp rated at 400 Watts output
power. An optimal addition to your speaker system would be the
BEHRINGER EUROPOWER EP2000 power amp, for example.
4.3 Fuses
We do not recommend the use of fuses with audio applications.
Damage to loudspeakers can be the result of high peak signals
and high output power. However, fuses can only offer protection
from one of these two factors, and never from both. Additionally,
fuse resistors are sometimes nonlinear, leading to distortion and
unpredictable overdriving.
4.3.1 Protecting your equipment
• Always try to find the optimal signal level. Try to avoid
overdriving your amp.
• Keep in mind the physical limitations of your PA system.
• Use a limiter to restrict the output signal level. Place the
limiter between the mixing console and the power amp. For
this purpose, our proven AUTOCOM PRO-XL MDX1600,
MDX4600 compressors offer an outstanding solution. All
models can be used as a limiter: the audio signal doesn’t
overdrive any more, and unpleasant “peaks” are effectively
CX2310 crossovers are particularly well-suited for protecting your equipment: for each output, they have
independent limiters.
5. Application Examples
5.1 Full-range stereo operation
In the following example, the main output signal of a mixing
console is connected to a power amplifier. Both the outputs and
inputs are stereo. A B212XL/B215XL is connected to each of the
amp outputs, and these speakers reproduce the entire frequency
range (a full range).
5.2 Using several B212XL/B215XL
For larger rooms, you can connect several B212XL/B215XL
Fig. 5.1: Full-range stereo operation
Fig. 5.2: Wiring several B212XL/B215XL loudspeakers
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5.3 Stereo operation with a subwoofer
Using a crossover, the main output signal of a mixing console is
split into a stereo signal and a mono signal. The mono signal
covers the lower frequency range and the stereo signal covers all
other frequency ranges. Then, the stereo signal is connected to a
stereo power amplifier. A B212XL/B215XL is connected to each
of the amp outputs. The mono subwoofer signal is connected to
one channel of an additional power amplifier, which powers one
EUROLIVE VP1800S subwoofer.
6. Installation
The EUROLIVE B212XL/B215XL features professional speaker
connectors that assure problem-free operation. The connector
was developed for loudspeakers with high power ratings. If it is
connected into the corresponding plug, it locks into place and
cannot accidentally be disconnected. It protects against electric
shock and assures correct polarity. Each of the plugs only carries
the assigned individual signal.
Fig. 6.1: Professional speaker connector
Please use only commercially available cables to connect your
loudspeakers to the power amp. Verify the pin assignment of
your loudspeakers and cables depending on the loudspeaker
output you are using.
Fig. 5.3: Stereo operation with a subwoofer
Fig. 6.2: ¼" TS connector
7. Specifications
High-performance woofer
Technical specifications and appearance are subject to change without
notice. The information contained herein is correct at the time of printing.
12" (305 mm)
15" (381 mm)
1.75" (44 mm)
Frequency range
65 Hz to 18 kHz
55 Hz to 20 kHz
800 W Peak Power
200 W Continuous Power
(IEC 60268-5)
1000 W Peak Power
250 W Continuous Power
(IEC 60268-5)
Sensitivity (1 W @ 1 m)
95 dB (Full Space)
96 dB (Full Space)
90° x 60°
70° x 40°
Crossover frequency
1.9 kHz
2.0 kHz
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B212XL and B215XL:
Dimensions (HxWxD)
BEHRINGER, accepts no liability for any loss which may be suffered by any
statement contained herein. Colors and specifications may vary slightly from
Tweeter compression driver
B212XL and B215XL:
Power rating
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approx. 21 2⁄3" x 13 5⁄8" x 10 5⁄8"
(approx. 550 mm x 345 mm x 270 mm)
approx. 27 1⁄3" x 17 1⁄3" x 13 1⁄16"
(approx. 695 mm x 440 mm x 335 mm)
24.0 lb / 10.9 kg
38.7 lb / 17.6 kg
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constitute an infringement of national warranty law.
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with the instructions given in BEHRINGER user or service manuals;
mechanical and electronic components of this product to be free of defects
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in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year* from the original
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period that are not excluded from this warranty as described under § 5,
BEHRINGER shall, at its discretion, either replace or repair the product
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