Peavey 1500 or Behringer EP2500?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bassslayer69, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Behringer EP2500

    20 vote(s)
  2. Peavey PV1500

    71 vote(s)
  1. I have the opportunity to aquire one of these tommorrow, and want to make an informed decision.

    Which is better?

    I am using it to power my rig.
    a 210(175WRMS) and a 115(450WRMS)
  2. JMDT


    Jan 30, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
    I would buy ANYTHING over Behringer!!!
  3. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    Ya, I would say Peavey anything is mo betta than Behringer anything- but that's just me.
  4. Zombbg4


    Jul 15, 2008
    Behringer is junk. Peavey isnt top of the line but has a good rep.
  5. MHensleyJr

    MHensleyJr Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Redlands, CA
    Don't buy anything Berhinger, EVER!
  6. 3506string


    Nov 18, 2004
    Lawton, OK
    The EP2500 is a perfectly good amplifier. I've had over two years and it has never let me down. It's even taken a few drops one pretty hard and it is still running like new. Despite Behringer's questional rep this is one product that has held it's own. Just look at the reviews 241 ratings and it has 4.5/5 stars. I've never own a peavey poweramp so I can't comment on it but you wont be dissatisfied with the EP2500
  7. Is newer or durability better.

    Peavey focuses on their domestic pro sound stuff.. Behringer focuses on designing stuff that can be chineese cheap.

    (I own both brands)
  8. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    I have owned numerous Behringer and Peavey products and my opinion is that Peavey is a FAR superior poduct.
  9. forgot.. our tour bus burned to the ground.. the power amp worked (stunk like fire)

    Guess which brand.
  10. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    wow, a lot of people in this thread who have probably never used a Behrigner power

    The EP series amps from Behringer have been solid performers since they were introduced. Their biggest drawback is that they are heavy.

    We have 2 of the 2500's running our subs and have never had an issue with them in over 3 years (one was even purchased as a B stock unit).

    The same cannot be said for our Carvin amp or our Crown CE2000 (both purchased new) which both have thermaled out and gone into protect mode running our monitors. Something the B Stock Behringer never did when it was doing monitor duty. We had to add a Peavy CS 800 to the monitor rig to help out the Crown. And the only thing running in the monitors is vocals....
  11. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.

    heh, i wouldn't doubt that a Peavey power amp could survive a fire...them things is tough!

    I wouldn't be surprised if there were still thousands of the old school 20+ year old CS 800's from back in the 70's and 80's still in service somewhere. I'm just glad I don't have to move them...
  12. Bingo Bingo and Bingo.. they were 800s in the early 90s... man were they beasts... I've heard they're still running.
  13. Forgot .

    I do own Behringer power amps and newer Peavey Power Amps..

    Suggestion still stays the same.

    Guess I'm tainted by affordable factory service in the US when (if ever) needed.
  14. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    Heck, i still have an over 20 year old Peavey M2600 power amp. I bought it used in the late 80s for $175. It was the power amp in my bass rig back then. It still works and is currently running my studio monitors. I always forget to turn it off so it sits and runs for days at a time...
  15. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    My baby rig has a pair of CS-800S Peavey's in it, I have owned nothing but Peavey PA gear in the last 10 years or so. (soon to try some Crown)

    It's too bad they still don't make the S... It's a great amplifier. They are lying a bit when tested side by side to the same 1200W @ 4Ohms in mono-block as my SVT-4PRO's though...

    But a truck? If you got stuck in the snow you could probably throw an 800S each side under your dualies and drive out and still use them at your gig. :bassist:

    I don't think I'd go that far with some of their other gear as it's cheaper constructed looking. This stuff was real 1990's Pro Audio Technology.

    I drive the two with a Behringer Bass V-amp pro, that thing is a bit of a joke, but it was cheap and powers the two Peaveys nicely for my "Practice amp" and has an SVT setting that is a calming influence.

  16. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    For my money, Yamaha is the best power amp on the market for bass. Nice features, all the connectors you could ever want (1/4, XLR in, banana/1/4/speakon out), parallel mono, stereo, low cut and high pass filters, tons of wattage, light, loud and cheap.

    Peavey is good, but not really comparable feature wise, or dollar per watt wise.

    I would not use Behringer for anything that puts out enough power to kill a human being. Seems like it's just asking for trouble to me. :)

    QSC is the only other brand I'd consider, and they are much more expensive than Yamaha. Crown and Crest are nice enough, but Crest specifically requires REALLY high input voltage to perform, so is unsuitable with most Bass preamps/slave outs from bass heads. Crown is just overpriced compared to Yamaha - more money for fewer, heavier watts, with fewer features.

    Anyway, them's my 2 pence on power amps :)
  17. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    +1 on the peavey and +100 on the carvin
  18. N8116B

    N8116B Guest

    Jan 14, 2008
  19. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I never thought I would end up advocating for Behringer but in the case of the EP2500 I make an exception. I bought two of these for my school's performance PA and they have been thrashed for two years now -and I do mean really pushed hard every day by teenagers for whom louder is better and who care little about impedance. I caught them one weekend running about a 1.8 ohm load onto one of the amps for a disco (all day, multiple speakers and LOUD!). It got hot but did not miss a beat. Based on this I bought an EP2500 to replace one of the Peaveys in our PA, again no problems and positive comments about the sound. I believe the EP2500 is a clone of the QSC 2450(?), so ethically perhaps we should be buying QSC, but unfortunately money talks.