Behringer C210B: portable column PA with 10 hours of battery life
Behringer said that they weren’t done yet for 2019, so they just keep on going. The Behringer C210B is a compact, battery-powered column PA system with an 8″ subwoofer, four high frequency drivers and Bluetooth streaming. The company claims that it runs for ten hours on a single charge. Oh, and it also does lighting.
If you’re looking for a portable PA for busking, events, presentations, or other mobile sound reinforcement needs, you have many options these days. From small all-in-one packages like the JBL EON One Compact and Alto Uber FX to higher-end columnar systems like the Mackie SRM Flex and Yamaha STAGEPAS 1K, it’s never been easier to set up a sound system on the go. Nearly all of them have Bluetooth streaming now, and many can be powered with batteries. Behringer has decided that it wants a bigger slice of this pie. So they’ve taken their C210 column PA and made it even more portable by sticking a battery into it.
The Behringer C210B has many of the same specs as the C210: 8″ subwoofer, four 2.75″ high frequency drivers in a column arrangement, and an integrated 3-channel mixer with Bluetooth. However, there is one difference. The C210B’s Class-D power amplifier is rated at 160 W, as opposed to 200 W in the C210. That’s presumably due to the battery power option. Speaking of which: Behringer claims that the C210B lasts for 10 hours on a single charge of the integrated lithium-ion battery, when used at 50% power. At full power, the company states a battery life of 6 hours. That’s pretty impressive, and we’ll have to see if those numbers hold up in real life. Alternatively, you can of course connect the C210B to AC power, if available. According to Behringer, it takes seven hours to charge the battery to 80%, and ten hours to 100%.
The rest is the same. Like the C210, the Behringer C210B offers a 3-channel mixer with two 1/4″ inputs for dynamic microphones and one XLR-1/4″ combo jack for mics, instruments and line-level sources. There’s no option to connect a stereo source except via Bluetooth. However, the C210B offers an on-board MP3 player, which plays music files from a USB stick or SD card. The mixer section also features an integrated DSP, which provides an echo effect and a 3-band EQ with presets for different styles of music. These are accessible via the LC display or the included remote control.
What sets the C210B (and the C210) apart from any other column PA system that I’ve seen, is its lighting feature. The column is fitted with multicolour LEDs, which “dance in time to the music”, as Behringer says. That, of course, makes the C210B an ideal choice for your next mobile disco event. Luckily, you can turn off this feature with a switch on the back of the subwoofer, for more serious applications.
With a weight of just unter 16 kg / 35 lbs, the Behringer C210B weighs a bit more than the C210, which is again due to the battery. But it’s still quite portable.
Price and availability
As of now, we don’t know how much the C210B will cost or when it will come out. To give you an idea, the related C210 sells for around USD 470 in the United States, and EUR 225 in Europe. Quite the discrepancy – are we seeing tariffs at work here?
- 3-channel mixer with DSP and Bluetooth streaming: Behringer