Behringer CS400 Compressor Review

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Behringer CS400 Compressor
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Summary

Pros: This is an extremely economical pedal and it sounds fine.
Cons: Only the lowest quality components and techniques are used to build this pedal.
Overall: You can save a bundle of money with the Behringer CS400, but only do so if you are prepared for it to break at any time.

Full Review

Most Behringer pedals are cheaper knockoffs of a Boss counterpart. In this case, the Behringer CS400 Compressor Sustainer is a clone of the Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer. Behringer manages to offer its pedal at a third of the price of Boss’s by using cheaper components. The CS400’s chassis is made out of plastic, the pots have plastic poles, and the plastic jacks are connected only to the circuit board, not fastened to the chassis in any way. The build quality of the CS400 could be described using two words: flimsy and cheap.

That being said, the CS400 performs as a compressor remarkably well. It sounds extremely similar to the Boss CS-3, with perhaps a little less sustain available for extreme compression settings. I noticed little noise added to my signal, certainly no more that was added by the CS-3. If the build quality of both pedals were equal, The CS400 might be a viable alternative to the CS-3.

I would not suggest this or any other Behringer pedal to a musician that takes their gear outside the house. A pedal constructed in this manner is likely to break easily, and could disrupt your signal during a performance. If you are not worried about this risk, you could buy three new CS400s for the price of one CS-3. The CS400 is probably best suited for musicians just beginning to experiment with effects pedals. It performs its function well, but it will not stand up to rigorous use.

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Behringer CS400 Compressor Review2.5Admin2016-03-31 03:24:55Most Behringer pedals are cheaper knockoffs of a Boss counterpart. In this case, the Behringer CS400 Compressor Sustainer is a clone of the Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer. Behringer manages to offer its pedal at a third of the price of Boss’s by using cheaper components. The CS400’s chassis is made out of plastic, the pots have plastic poles, and the plastic jacks are connected only to the circuit board, not fastened to the chassis in any way. The build quality of the CS400 could be described using two words: flimsy and cheap. Check Amazon Price…

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