CS100 Compressor Sustainer review by Behringer

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  • Ease of Use: 3
  • Sound: 3
  • Reliability & Durability: 3
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reviewer's score: 3 Poor
  • Users' score: 6.8 (6 votes)
Behringer: CS100 Compressor Sustainer
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Purchased from: ebay

Ease of Use — 3
Easy to use; impossible to coax anything resembling decent, transparent sound out of, despite intense tweaking. Noise is a constant issue, and eventually the thing just blew, giving out an evil hiss over which you could only control the volume of, and definitely not anything resembling what a compressor is supposed to do in terms of smoothing dynamics and adding sustain. Spoiler alert: I replaced this piece of crap with a $35 Joyo compressor that kicks the shit out of most units in the $100-200 range. Should have gone that direction in the first place.

Sound — 3
I play everything from metal to acoustic/electric worship music, and have to say that this unit did more damage than good in terms of how it affected my sound. Used through a variety of amps (Vox AC30, various Fender tube amps, a variety of acoustic amps, and direct to board). Noisy throughout a wide range of settings, ultimately blowing after a couple of months. unit was noisy from the git-go, and just got worse over a relatively brief period of time, ultimately crashing. The net effect of this box was that it added noise, absent of any leveling of dynamics or increased sustain.

Reliability & Durability — 3
Plastic housing with weak internal components, manufactured in China. Doesn't give much confidence in terms of durability/road worthiness. The plastic outer shell seems as though it would be relatively durable, but the inner configuration (which must be accessed frequently to change out batteries) consists of puny plastic pushpads and a cheap spring. Build quality is also lacking, as most of the screws were quite loose, albeit easily tightened. Obviously quality controls were not in place or were severely lacking.

Overall Impression — 3
I've been a band and session player for 30+ years and have owned or used just about every popular electric and acoustic electric guitar out there, currently using a pair of American Standard Strats, a PRS, an Ibanez AE 6 and 12 string, an Ovation Balladeer, Vox AC30 and VT120 amps, Behringer ACX1000 acoustic amp and a pedalboard loaded with an interchangeable variety of f/x. I got the Behringer compressor on the recommendation of an otherwise knowledgeable friend who really screwed the pooch on this one!

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