I was considering to buy several Behringer products myself, and this one got me thinking even along a broader scale. There should be a forum with musicians using this type of stuff for HT. Mackie's active studio speakers are also promoted as ideal HT components.
ps: a cheap online shop for Behringer, etc. is here: Musik Produktiv, though I couldn't find the above amp there. Shipment is 13 euro's to Great Brittain, when buying with a credit card.
If you want big power/low price and are willing to go a bit more exotic..... try nOrh LeAmp II. This is a 200W monoblock which has the lovely habit of doubling with halved impedence right the way down. I have heard seriously good things about these and intend to grap a pair sooner or later to try out. I initially was intending to buy 10 of them to biamp my whole setup (but they werent released yet so I got something else). They are $300 each shipped to you
If you delve into pro-audio forums and ask a question like "any thoughts about the Behringer brand....?" it's generally a case of light blue touch paper and run like hell !
I certainly don't want to trigger such a debate here and will try and keep my comments to things which are generally regarded as fact rather than opinion.
With Behringer products you almost always (if not always) get very good value for money. But given that their products are normally very cheap for the spec they offer, you can draw your own conclusion as to the overall performance.
As with anything, auditioning a product before you buy is probably the best advice, or second best buy second hand and if you don't like it sell it (unlikely to find any of these power amps second hand though as they're quite new).
I would suspect that if you're into true high-end AV this amp will probably not satisfy your needs. However if you want something big and cheap to give a room shattering slam bang and not too worried about absolute fidelity then I'm sure it would be fine.
Just my 2p worth.
If you do go ahead and get one let us know how you get on with it.
If I can get them @ $300 each and no additional shipping costs it may prove too good to resist. I just hope the quality issues I've seen mentioned on Audio Circles have been resolved. The only other concern I have is that they are supposed to get quite hot.
Hrm, that IRD preamp looks nice, maybe I should get that instead of the ATC CA2. Ponder ponder.
I like the look of the Le Amp 2 better than the original plus 200W is more appealing than 100W. The balanced input may come in handy too. Since I can't demo either I'm going to have to go with the better specced amp.
Have you had a look on some more exotic sites.... tnt-audio as an example has some very interesting reviews. This was where i first encountered my Koratos and they are the bedrock of my entire system (and will continue to be for many years). If you are prone to a big of travelling or are willing to blind buy for fun.... then there may well be other things that might be of interest