NAMM 2010: Behringer TRUTH B1031A - High resolution monitor speakers
Behringer announce the TRUTH B1031A Monitor Speakers built with an 8" Kevlar Subwoofer, they make ideal rear channel speakers for surround sound applications.
Built on a LegacyOur monitors have been so wildly successful that we’ve sold thousands upon thousands of them to some of the most critical ears on the planet — ears that demand the neutral sound of a true reference monitor. Ask any recording engineer and they will tell you that listening to a recording on just a single set of monitors doesn’t always paint an accurate picture of the mix. Since people listen to music at home, in their cars, on mp3 players, etc., it is critical your final mix be heard on as many sizes and types of speakers as possible. That’s the reason we created these smaller B1031A monitors, plus they make ideal rear channel speakers for surround sound applications.
Years of R’n’DFor the past three years our Research and Development team has been on a mission to create the “perfect” studio monitor. Our acoustic engineers tried a variety of transducers and enclosure designs, along with existing and emerging technologies. When all the dust settled, they chose to deploy an ultra-high resolution 1" dome tweeter and a long-throw 8" Kevlar-coned woofer in the B1031A.
Why Kevlar?We’re glad you asked. Kevlar has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio — that’s one reason it’s used in bulletproof vests. Kevlar gives our LF transducer the strength to handle the extremely high energy levels required for distortion-free, chest-pounding bass. And since they have such low mass, Kevlar speaker cones also respond much more quickly than those made of paper, important for not only maintaining bass content integrity, but critical for midrange accuracy and definition. Our Kevlar transducers reproduce even the subtlest nuance of the low-frequency realm without muddying the midrange.
Power to the People
It takes quite a bit more than just a “bulletproof” woofer and a high-tech tweeter stuck inside a fancy box to make a studio monitor of this class. It also takes power — and lots of it! But even more importantly, that power has to be matched to the individual high- and low-frequency transducers. While some of our competitors are content to stick whatever speakers they have on the shelf into haphazardly designed boxes and then strap on a one-size fits-all amplifier package, we build every single component from the ground up.
We pack 150-Watts of bi-amped technology (including a time- and phase-corrected active crossover) into every Behringer B1031A, ensuring that you have the enormous power reserves you’ll need to drive them really hard.
Designed to Work in Your Environment
The ideal environment for listening is a linear sounding room neither too reflective (too much reverb and echos) nor too absorptive (muffled and unnatural sound). But since all rooms are not the same acoustically, all TRUTH monitors come equipped to function in a wide variety of situations. Switches are provided to adapt the monitor’s lowand high-frequency characteristics for optimal performance specific to your listening environment.
Placement is also critical. Ideally, all loudspeakers should be placed away from walls to ensure proper bass response. But fear not, B1031A monitors feature Room Compensation switches so you can place them against walls, or even in corners. Walls tend to enhance low frequency content, and corners exaggerate bass even more, but your TRUTH monitor can be customtailored to provide honest bass response for your situation, with the simple flick of a switch or two.
Non-fatiguing, Wide “Sweet Spot”
While some of our competitors’ studio monitors have a highly focused “sweet spot” (the optimal listening position for a pair of loudspeakers), our wave-guide is designed to create a much more generous, broader listening zone. That means you won’t wear a hole in the carpet in that one spot where everything sounds great. You are free to move around inside the stereo image to find the ideal spot in the mix for subtle instrument or effects placement opportunities.
You also won’t suffer the ravages of “monitor-fatigue-syndrome,” an ailment that comes from listening to harsh highmids and treble content for hours on end — a pretty important consideration for those all-night mixdown sessions that can really test your nerves.