Behringer MICROMON MA400
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At the level of complaints:
- The microphone does not plug a line source (impedance too low, no pad). It's a shame because I could use the MA400 as HA4700, namely with a stereo mix back on the general (by input monitor) and a specific signal resumed in auxiliary output console (plugged into the microphone input ) dose for each musician his own instrument. We can always use an ID but it loses the compact side of the unit.
- Cutting the MA400 phantom power: Can not use a condenser microphone. I had a question about it because nothing is mentioned in the doc now so I can confirm. In home studio use, there are many other ways to manage the monitoring, but it could help, especially since in my quick test the MA400 is proving very transparent and can be easily inserted at the output of microphone.
- A consequence of previous point, the MA400 can not be powered by 48V, in the manner of a DI: one is obliged to use the small 12V adapter included. Again, Behringer could think about on stage as small fragile cables are not convenient and require more care.
- Not based non-stick or belt clip. And since there are quite a catch, it may be difficult to fix the MA400 on a desk or a microphone stand.
on the other hand, if the outlet is accidentally disconnected, the signal continues its course without interruption, and only a very discrete "pop" occurs during the reconnection of the power supply.
In the end, this device is intended to stage than the studio, and less than 30 euros it is convenient to replace a wedge. It is very simple and seems solid (heavy, no play in the decision, avoiding direct minijack adapters often sources of false contacts) and allows qux singers adjust their return on their own. I publish the notice as soon as I get used in real conditions, but for now I am optimistic.
8 / 10 for the problem with the phantom power.
After a few uses on stage, I confirm that this little headphone amp is handy. VERY important: it does not recognize the phantom power, but it puts him in default if the 48V is enabled on the voice of the microphone, the MA400 no sound comes out, it was just a big buzz. I got trapped and I'm looking forward to pinpoint the problem, especially when nothing is plugged into the auxiliary input can be understood in the headphones (but nothing comes out through the outlet Thru ...)
To overcome this problem, I bought an ART MyMonitor, which in turn accepts and returns the 48V power to the microphone. But for a little more expensive than the Behringer, it does not have mono / stereo minijack output, or ground lift, and breath a little more. For the cons can be battery powered, which can be useful to overcome the small power supply.
Small, practical and cheap!
I have not tried other models.
It is well designed so it is: a headphone amplifier output direct instrument.
There is no breath and no noise.
But we must forget the idea of increasing a signal already amplified: it does not probably rise higher! It's THAT useful to increase a weak signal, like that which comes directly from an instrument like an electric guitar for example.
The microphone input schedule is very useful! It serves me, for example, to mix the sound coming out of a drum machine with the sound of an instrument. But one can envisage many other applications ...
There is a mono / stereo to adjust listening to the signal being used.
In short, this is a small preview mixer amplifier with headphones. His ontruction appears solid. Its size is mini. It does not generate noise, and it has an external power supply provided, all for a price well compressed!
I am very pleased with this acquisition, which is handy and good quality!
We will see in the long run. I would come to an update if by chance it fails!
Behringer MICROMON MA400 tech. sheet
- Model:MICROMON MA400
- Category:Headphone Amplifiers
- Added in our database on: 08/10/2008
The Monitor Headphone Amplifier MA400 features Mic In and Mic Through XLR connectors with an integrated Ground Lift switch. It’s ultra-compact in size but big in features.
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