GK vs Behringer

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by theory028, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    I hope to order a 410 cab soon and I'm having a tough time with my budget. I essentially have $350 to cover the price of the cab and shipping. Unfortunately I am faced with a slight dilemma.

    Should I go with the GK 410BLX-II or the Behringer BB410? They are similarly priced and there aren't any features in either that makes me want one over the other.

    What would you recommend? I've read a lot of bad things about the GK (easily blown speakers, not being able to handle the advertised power) and very few bad things about the BB410. The downside of the BB410 is the brand name, which isn't quite enough to steer me away ;).

    I'm quite impressed with what I'm reading about the BB410. I'm leaning towards that right now. The GK, however, is available at a guitar store about an hour from my home. My P bass is there right now being set up, so I could easily go in and try and deal with them to get a nicer price on the GK.

    For the sake of simplicity, I'd like to get the GK. The reviews I read about the blown speakers were older (2006, 2007). Perhaps the cab has improved?


    What about the Hartke VX410? That would handle 400W at 8 ohms and costs less than the Behringer. Free shipping, too! Tough choice.
  2. Do yourself a favor, save an extra hundred and buy an avatar b410neo. I had the backline stuff, and was not a fan. And Behinger...well its Behringer. Also, I've heard many comments about the speakers blowing in the Behringer, more so than GK. I think a avatar 410 is 450 shipped.
  3. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    Or just save a few more bucks and go with the Avatar 212 ~ $380 shipped. You will be much happier with this than either of the other two.
  4. Frankly, the b210neo is a 500 watt cab, and only $290, also a good choice.
  5. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    I just looked at the Avatar site again. I had dismissed them as an option because I didn't have a credit card available and was unaware of them accepting money orders. I see that they do take money orders, so I may just take that route.

    Now, another tough choice. I'll probably get the 212, but would it be worth the extra money compared to the 210, assuming I've already got a 410 cab? It's only $50 more for the 12" cab, so I'd imagine whatever benefits there may be certainly are worth it. So, it looks like it'll be the B212 Neo at 8 ohms. :D

    What a sudden change of heart.
  6. Absolutely. I hear they pair quite nicely with a 410.
  7. bobbybass85

    bobbybass85 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
  8. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Thanks for the suggestion bobby. I had looked at that cab. It definitely caught my attention. I don't really want to pay MF $70 just for shipping. I'll seriously consider it, but not before looking for a different retailer. ;)

    Is there an older version of that Ashdown that was rated at 350W? I'm seeing some sites that say 350 and some that say 450.

    I change my mind quite a bit. In fact, about two days ago I was having GAS attacks over a Behringer 810 cab. I'm going to consider all of my options before I jump to any sudden decisions.
  9. lkedmiston


    Jun 17, 2008
    I bought my amp & cabs from Musicians Friend and they didn't charge shipping on anything over $100.00
  10. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    How much did they weigh? I'm looking at the Ashdown right now and it says there is an additional cost of 69.99 due to the size and weight. I guess shipping is free, but they stick ya with a little extra cost.
  11. Mastersonics

    Mastersonics Inactive

    May 31, 2004
    Do yourself a favor and avoid the Behringer.

    go ahead and get either:

    Hartke 410XL
    Ampeg 410HE

    there are a few other brands in your range that you could check
    just stay away from Behringer, you'll thank us later

    hope that helps
  12. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Heh. I think I'll stay away from the Behringer. ;)

    I'm kind of stuck between the Ashdown and the Avatar. I just want to make sure that the Ashdown is 450W and not the 350W that some sites list it as.
  13. another vote for an avatar cab. also spend some time in the tb classifieds or post in the Want to Buy section. Post what you are looking for and your budget and see what comes up.
  14. lkedmiston


    Jun 17, 2008
    I just looked on their website, and the Behringer BB210's I ordered also say that. They didn't charge me anything, however. They weigh about 65 lbs. apiece.
  15. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    Get the Avatar 212. Great all around cabs, great price, and great customer service.

    I have an Avatar B210 Delta cab and it has been trouble free for the last two years and plenty loud for the gigs I played. The 212 would give you more volume and versatility.
  16. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    Another vote for Avatar!!

    Something else to consider
    is resale value,avatars sell
    easy later on down the road..
  17. bobbybass85

    bobbybass85 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    From what's on Ashdown's website it looks like all the new stuff is rated @ 450W, not sure about their older ones. Also I found the same $279 price at Bass Central (great local shop out of Florida tho i'm not sure where your from)
  18. BassBoy24


    Jan 4, 2007
    definetly pick GK over Behringer
  19. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    Used Peavey cabs are dirt cheap.
  20. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    +1 on the Peaveys.

    The MAGs also sound better than both cheap GK cabs and Behringers, IME.

    Can't comment on the Avatars, I'm in Europe. :atoz: