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Behringer DEQ2496 Ultracurve Pro Digital EQ/RTA

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Overview
The Ultracurve PRO DEQ2496 is an ultra high-precision digital 24-bit/96 kHz EQ/RTA mastering processor. Its extremely high audio performance makes it ideal for audiophile mastering and PA purposes.
Highlights
  • Ultra high-resolution processor for all EQ, RTA and dynamic applications
  • Outstanding tool for PA applications and audiophile mastering
  • 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules
  • Flexible compressor/expander function with peak limiter per stereo channel
  • Stereo delay for delay line applications
  • Unique VPQ (Virtual Paragraphic EQ) option allows parametric control of graphic EQs
  • 61-band real-time FFT analyzer with auto EQ function for system equalization
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Behringer DEQ2496 Ultracurve Pro Digital EQ/RTA

The Ultracurve PRO DEQ2496 is an ultra high-precision digital 24-bit/96 kHz EQ/RTA mastering processor. Its extremely high audio performance makes it ideal for audiophile mastering and PA purposes. There are 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules (31-band graphic EQ, 10-band parametric EQ, Feedback Destroyer and three dynamic EQs per channel). Another highlight is the additional 61-band RTA that can run simultaneously with the EQ section.

The DEQ2496 features high-quality AKM® 24-bit/96 kHz A/D and D/A converters and two high-performance 32/40-bit floating-point SHARC® digital signal processors for ultimate sonic resolution and 113 dB dynamic range. There are also multi-functional level meters (peak/RMS, VU and SPL meter with dBA/dBC weighting via RTA mic input) plus 64 user memories for complete setups and/or individual module configurations. You get a separate RTA mic/line input with phantom power, a professional wordclock input and MIDI connections for full remote control, preset dumps and system updates. The DEQ2496 also boasts balanced inputs and servo balanced outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors, stereo aux output, AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs and outputs (XLR and optical). The internal switch-mode power supply assures maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V), noise-free audio, superior transient response and lowest possible power consumption. Like all Behringer products, the DEQ2496 is manufactured under ISO9000 certified management.



Behringer DEQ2496 Ultracurve Pro Digital EQ/RTA
  • BrandBehringer
  • ModelDEQ2496
  • Part Number248-661
  • UPC4033653030243
  • Product CategoryEqualizers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (18 Reviews)
  • Weight10 lbs.
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Behringer DEQ2496 Ultracurve Pro Digital EQ/RTA
Behringer DEQ2496 Ultracurve Pro Digital EQ/RTA is rated 4.7222 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Queen of EqualizersI won't repeat all of the features of this amazing analyzer, equalizer etc etc because you can read them at Behringer. I would just like to say that the feature set has been carefully thought through for the user's purposes, so that every adjustment you may need is there, and some that you didn't realize that you need! The manual is a little cryptic, but I downloaded a slightly expanded version at some aftermarket site that you can Google up. I got the RTA microphone as well, the ECM8000, and shall begin testing that tomorrow.In audio heaven, hail to the queen.Gary EickmeierLakeland, Florida
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AmazingI had been wanting one of these for a long time but didn't trust Behringer enough to fork out that much $ even though I have a FBQ1502 Ultragraph Pro Dual 15-Band EQ that has NEVER given me a problem EVEN THOUGH it has been beat to death and half the sliders have been broke off and have to be adjusted with my pocket knife but I found one of these on Craigslist for cheap so I bit the bullet.. Now, I am saving for one of these for my truck... YES I SAID TRUCK... I ABSOLUTELY LOVE how this thing sounds. Right now I use it for my DJ system, and since I got it, my set up time is MUCH shorter, and SOUNDS AMAZING... If you are not sure about it... JUST GET IT... I also have a Behringer NU6000DSP iNUKE 6000W Lightweight Power Amplifier with DSP... Super amp... It has enough power that most of the time, even in medium sized venues I run a single or pair of MTX 7500 12" car subs in a prefab ported enclosure and beat the doors down... and its so clean that the magnet on the speakers get warm at most... I AM NOW A BEHRINGER FAN FOR LIFE...
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where has this thing been all my life?I bought this thing a little over a year ago and after all that use, I can't find enough to say about it. I can't remember from where I bought it but that doesn't matter. PE sells it and Behringer did a fine job designing it. The review is about the DEQ2496.First of all, it's being used in a home audio system. One may wonder why such a device would be needed in such an environment when an ordinary equalizer should suffice. Well, please allow me to explain.My room measures 17.5 by 20 (feet# and unfortunately, has an 8 feet high ceiling, close to a 2:1 ratio with one of the wall dimensions which gives me a horrible peak of about 12 dB in room response at about 64 hz. This peak is at the center of a very narrow band with corner frequencies at about 61 hz and 67 hz. Corner frequencies are the point at which the response changes by 3 dB. A graphic eq just can't cut the mustard, so to speak as the bands are just too wide. A 31 band graphic despite they have a band centered at 63 hz is 1/3rd octave, far too wide with corner frequencies at 57 & 72 #hz#. A 1/10th octave filter would do the trick and the DEQ2496 allows adjustable notch filter bandwidth to 0.1 octqave with a slope of 12 dB. At 64 hz center frequency, this equates to corner frequencies of 62 and 66 #hz). The unit has 10 such adjustable parametric bands with 64 memory locations, meaning one can set the room EQ in 64 ways and recall any one. It works.A hi-Q notch filter design was considered and made but had the limitation of being set to one frequency. This little widget goes far beyond that in that one can listen to the music while adjusting the EQ for the desired effect.Another very desireable feature is the Dynamic EQ filter, DEQ. On some recordings with a powerful female voicalist, the singer may bellow out a very strong note. At low levels this is no problem but if one wants to hear the music at levels similar to a live performance, then one is listening to levels approaching 100 dB, not uncommon with country female singers at live venues such as night clubs. The DEQ allows setting the bandwidth, attenuation as well as attack and release times and the level at which the filter activates. So, if one is playing at low levels, the filter remains dormant. If the volume is turned up to a considerable level, all is well until the singer hits that loud note. The filter then comes into play and puts the brakes on that high note only. It's quite effective and doesn't seem to have an adverse effect on the music. One song that comes to mind is Crystal Gayle's "You Never Miss A Real Good Thing". She really get's into it about 2/3rds into the song.Speakers aren't perfect, neither are rooms. The only perfect room is the one in which the original performance was done, wherever it may have been and no matter how good or bad its acoustics are. The definition of High Fidelity is to reproduce as accurately as possible the original performance.Anyway, if one is looking for a good tweeking machine, this baby will do the trick. What amazes me is how so much technology can be sold for so little. I suppose one should thank the microprocessor. I can remember a time when stuff like this was too big to fit a house and after the invention of the transistor, still too expensive for anyone but a millionaire or a very affluent recording studio.In short, would I recommend this? In CAPITAL letters, YES.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing unit for hi-fi applications - instruction manual is hard work!It's hard to say anything new over the other reviews. In my experience I was attracted to the unit to help address any -in-room response issues which is one of the many functions it can perform very well. I am always cynical about adding anything into the audio chain in case it adds distortion / errors. I personally could not hear any difference in the sound with off my system with all the filters / effects off - which is perfect - the unit is essentially neutral and any errors it produces are inaudible in normal use. I know Behringer has had a reputation of having DOA units - not sure if this has been rectified in more recent times but I can certainly say that I have never had an issue with the unit. Aesthetics may be a bit questionable but then again some hi-fi out there can look butt-ugly in my opinion so hide it in a cupboard if it's looks offend you. The only downside I can see is the instruction manual which reads like it was written by a German scientist then interpreted in text-book English. All the information is there but it makes no attempt to help you understand what it's getting at, there are very few diagrams and some flow charts might be useful. Still, if you can wade thru the manual and you have a good microphone you will have a lot of fun with this unit.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from from past experience...well....i haven't had a chance to fire up my 5 rack spaces of behringer gear at this call for a reveiw...but i have worked with a DEQ2496 back when i built the system for a local theater/ venue...it was 4x18's per cabinet, hyperbolic horn loaded to 58hz, a line array folded on it's side and stacked, if you will...i was bi-amping with the cross at 510hz, with the throat constriction designed to 600hz, it was as high as i could cross into the Bohlender Graebener RD75 ribbon driver with out a distinct change over in resolution and detail...now that sounds like one crazy unit i bet, but the DEQ2496, along with it's XO sibling, provided me the tools to align the drivers, EQ the room, and ramp power into the top of the ribbons and into the bottom before cutoff, and iron it all out into a luscious dynamically self adjusting equal loudness contour....while also providing dynamic protection, especially appreciated for the ribbons that where running with the bottom two octaves of their response axed 4th order and screaming like wild in keeping up with the folded horn....rulg
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a Behringer fan until now.This unit is perfect for a system with one channel for mains and one for minitors. It is very easy to use and has a TON of features. The auto-EQ with external mic and 10 auto feedback destroyer filters are just a few. This unit with a couple of Crown xTi amps have eliminated an entire rack of processors.
Date published: 2011-10-23

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Behringer DEQ2496 Ultracurve Pro Digital EQ/RTA

I'd like to know if I can connect the DEQ2496 in the following manner, just in the digital domain. My equipment: CD Player, DEQ2496, Emotiva XDA-2 DAC, Amplifier. CD Player Toslink Out-->DEQ Toslink In-->DEQ AES/EBU Out-->Emotiva XDA-2 AES/EBU In-->Amp

Asked by: hongrn
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-23

The diagram in the manual shows the DEQ sitting in between the mixing board and the amps. Can this indeed sit between my preamp and amp with volume control at the pre? The post above mentioned this might not work do to varying input levels.

Asked by: Fergie04
Yes this can be used between a preamp and amplifier with no problems.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-05

Subwoofer EQ Use

To what extent would this be a good subwoofer (only) EQ?For example, how would this compare vs the Feedback Destroyer in that type of application?
Asked by: 1957Chevy
This will have all the same frequency bands as a feedback destroyer for subwoofer EQ purposes. In my opinion it will work fine but be complete overkill if that is the only intended use for it.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-10-29

Can the internal DAC be bypassed for completely digital processing?

I have a very nice DAC for my stereo but I would like to do some digital equalization if possible without using the Behringer DAC.
Asked by: ariel
The unit has two available digital outputs. One is AES/EBU , which is rare on home gear, and the other is Toslink. It appears that you can input either analog or digital audio, manipulate the signal, and then output either analog or digital. The manipulated signal is mirrored on the two digital outs. Only thing to watch out for is the sample rate output. It is selectable, your home DAC may not support all of its available outputs. In fact, your home DAC may output loud/frightening sounds if fed incompatible sample rates. Standard is 44.1kHz. Looks like a fun and capable unit.
Answered by: Robert E.
Date published: 2014-06-20

Am I correct in saying this will be better "more options and better sound quality" than the Audio Source EQ sold here at P.E.?

I will be using this with my home stereo as it needs a little adjusting in my opinion. Receiver-Yamaha RxV-995, Amp-Yamaha Mx-D1 digital 500 wpc., Speakers- Polk Audio SRS SDA 2.3's with Dick Sequerra line source tweeter array's added on top of the SDA's. I will be getting a blue-ray player later on, for now just have digital cable and DVD's and CD's and MP3's for music. Is this the better choice for me? I am very good with complicated electronics usually. Thanks for the help!
Asked by: Hytekrednek
The AudioSource EQ to which you refer is designed specifically for home audio applications, concentrating on simplicity of operation and overall sound quality. Behringer products are designed for the professional audio industry, so it is quite a bit more complex, and would give the user more features, options, and ultimately, a greater level of control over the sound. Typically (but not always), home audio products have lower distortion and noise, where pro audio equipment is a bit more forgiving in those areas, as a trade-off for ruggedness and other features required to survive the rigors of professional use. Also, home audio and pro audio have differences in the voltage that is used to pass your signal along from one piece of equipment to another. If you do decide to add pro audio equipment to your home audio setup, you may want to invest in a signal converter, such as the one I've linked below, or give us a call to discuss your options at 1-800-338-0531.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2011-09-10

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