Price paid: $ 299.99
Sound — 8
Mainly thanks to the Precision of the 7-Band EQ, and the compressor this amp has a wide range of sonic possibilities. This amp sounds clear as a bell. It is actually a challenge to get a muddy sound out of it. This is probably due to the aluminum cone speaker. Also due to the lightweight speaker cone design, this amp is remarkably punchy, especially when you consider the size. The weakest point of this amp is the distortion channel. In order to get a respectable sound you have to turn up the gain and shape controls all the way. Needless to say, this doesn't result in much versatility in sound. Overall; despite the clearness of the tone, it can still produce excellent low, punchy bass when using the correct compressor and EQ settings.
Overall Impression — 8
Sonically, this amp has almost infinite possibilities. Creating clear, but punchy, barking tone. While most of the effects are good, due to the lack of controls they take large amounts of time to adjust to get a good sound. However the end result is well worth the work. For the working musician this is the perfect alternative for large racks and unwieldy speaker cabinets.
Reliability & Durability — 7
While this amp is rather heavy, weighing in a just over 60 pounds, it is remarkably rugged. The case is built tight as a drum. It doesn't have any kind of play in the joints. The handle is well mounted and doesn't seem like it will really go anywhere. My chief concern with the amp would be in the speaker. I have had many a friend complain that their aluminum cone speaker quits on them at the most inopportune times. This could be an urban Legend. While the speaker did tend to move a lot, even at low volumes, I didn't really think that this would be a cause for speaker problems.
Features — 10
The BXL3000A is a masterful culmination of modern sound, brilliant effects and German engineering. This amp is loaded down with features. Some are more useful than others. But it manages to maintain a good balance between hip effects and huge sound. This amp utilizes a Bugera 15 inch hard attack aluminum cone speaker. While the speaker sounded great, it has gained somewhat of a reputation of failing at inopportune moments. This could be caused by speaker over-extension. However this particular amp held up excellent, even when played at high volumes for long periods. The controls of this amp start with the dual channel volume/fuzz controls. The fuzz channel features 3 controls; Gain, Shape and Level. The gain knob controls the amount of the distortion, while the shape control defines the harshness of the fuzz. Next on the chain is a 7-band parametric EQ with Behringer's exclusive FBQ Technology. The FBQ utilizes LED's in each slider. These LED's light up with varying degrees of brightness based on the energy content of each frequency. This is supposed to help you get a more flat, balanced sound. While this sounds like it could be helpful in theory, in reality the LED's don't light up enough to be helpful. Sometimes not at all. However while it is not the most helpful effect, at least it is quiet. Past the EQ are the Compressor and Ultrabass effects. While the compressor doesn't have very accurate controls, you can adjust it enough to get a very nice punchy sound. The ultrabass on the other hand really seems to rob the amp of all of it's tone. The idea behind the Ultrabass is to take what you are playing and lower it one octave. This, in theory, creates the ever popular studio effect. However, Behringer doesn't seem to completely have this down. When playing all but the slowest bass lines it seems to be late or out of tune. However you can use the blend control to quiet it enough so that it is acceptable. On the back you will find a multitude of other features. These include FX send and returns, CD inputs, DI and line out and a 1/4 jack for the included foot switch.