Ultrabass BX1200 review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.8 (26 votes)
Behringer: Ultrabass BX1200
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Purchased from: www.musicianswarehouse.com.au

Sound — 8
I am only using a cheap Samick and the Behringher amp makes it sound alot better than it ever could have on my old, small inferior amp. When the amp has been goping for a while on a loud setting it does make some fairly loud noise from the electronics inside but that never fusses anyone. The amp does have some fair variety and does sound good both when the volume is down and when it is also cranked. When you are in a room where there is not much to be rattled, for example, the 20th fret on the fat E string sounds as clean as you would ever want it - very minimal distortion. Rating of 4.5 instead of four! So far it has stood up very well to other players amps and a drum kit and I am yet to push it to its limits.

Overall Impression — 8
I thought that $450 bucks australian for a german designed 120watt amp was a very good deal. A friends brother has 100watt bass amp which looks about 25% taller so the Behringer has proven to be quite a pint-sized beast. Although it is not very tall (20 inches, 51cm) it does way a stack 22kg or 48.5 pounds. I do like the way the back is cut which allows the amp to lie back on an angle getting the sound up into the air. Does have a very short power chord though, only 3 feet long cary an extension cord.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It has proven to be very reliable except once I got scared but then realised that because the power chord plugs in instead of being moulded in, it had just droppped out.

Features — 10
The amp is versatile for the things I have played which is rock and funk. It has 2 channels and it is very easy to change between the 2 because the amp has a footswitch included. It has features such as shape treble and its own ultrabass feature which adds ultra-low bass signals. The back of the amp has plug-in space for a tuner, headphones, external speaker, drum machine, mixer, external effects and footswitch.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

    bennya
    I paid about $120 less from the same place.....$333 and i haven't had problems with funny noises. The quality and sound are brilliant and i do agree about the short power chord.
    bahizta-fclef
    i tested one a few months ago and i really liked how it sounded. it's very versatile and you can get sounds ranging from a crispy slap sound to a very deep booming bassy sound. i'm planning on getting one myself, for my graduation gift. i also heard it's very reliable.
    smb
    They're a good price and I'm thinking of getting one but does anyone have a sound clip? Does the aluminium speaker cone make it sound unusual?
    cleadus_134
    I also agree with the short power cord, but thats about the only thing I don't reallt like on this amp.
    Jonn0
    the place i get my stuff from doesn't sell this model anymore, but they do sell a 150w and 180w, so as long as they're pretty much the same i'll be happy. My bass tutor and the school's practice room both have this amp, and i find it great, goes from really heavy meaty stuff to funky treble
    deathbat411
    I have a BXL900A and once the amp's power just went off, the switch was still on so i thought it had fried, but then i realized the power chord had just fallen out. scared the crap outta me
    t3hrav3n
    smb wrote: They're a good price and I'm thinking of getting one but does anyone have a sound clip? Does the aluminium speaker cone make it sound unusual?
    if by unusual, you mean "good", then yes.
    OttovanZanten
    I've just tested the 180 watt version with an OLP MM2 (bout 320 euros) and.. it wasnt good if you ask me. I have played guitar for a little over a year now, and want to start playing bass. It sounds like... its made of aluminium? i dont know, like the whole thing is made out of a pile of cans. Dont know how to describe in english. The quality check in asia isnt great, maybe it was just a bad one, but it was enough reason for me to buy an Ashdown FiveFifteen (Asap, when i get the money, haha).
    nprince.02
    ive had the 300watt version (bxl3000a) for about half a year and rarely turn up past 6. it started off relly well but recently buzzes when it hits the low bass notes ~(whick aint gd). has neone else had a similar prob?.ps i play through a mexi 50s fender p-bass
    djsteiner
    nprince.02 wrote: ive had the 300watt version (bxl3000a) for about half a year and rarely turn up past 6. it started off relly well but recently buzzes when it hits the low bass notes ~(whick aint gd). has neone else had a similar prob?.ps i play through a mexi 50s fender p-bass
    i have too, i think it comes from having a 12 inch speaker, it has a higher resonant frequency and thus less low bass response. i usually play higher stuff, so it doesnt bother me much, the only place its much of a problem for me is open E and sometimes A on my Fender/Squier Jazz
    wakemxbmx89
    This amp has so many different options on it all the plugins on the back are great doesnt buzz for me i dont have the footswitch because i got it used but i really like it and i got for only 75 so i would say its worth around 200 though