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Behringer B2 Microphone...Should I freak out?

Hi there,
I just purchased a Behringer B2 on eBay. I plugged it into my counsel to see if it works. Nope. I then plugged it into a mic pre amp to see i it works nope. Well, since I bought it on eBay, should I freak out & bitch the dude out who sold it to me OR...Do I keep a cool head & see whether or not this Mic requires a phantom power source? "you know, give peace a chance" type stuff :)

Wouldn't it work with the tube pre-amp I plugged it through? Or, Do I need an additional 48V phantom power source?


Just kiddin' But really, any advice would be quite helpful to my blood pressure.


zemlin Fri, 05/19/2006 - 11:16
FWIW, I'm really not a big fan of spoon feeding.
Almost all manufactures have product specs posted on their web sites - and most of the online sellers also have specs.

A visit to or or or or or ... ... ... would have let you look up the B2 specs in short order to learn whether or not it needs phantom.

Same thing with your mixer and tube preamp - I shouldn't have to tell you whether or not they can provide phantom power - you can look it up just as easily as I can.

RemyRAD Sat, 05/20/2006 - 10:21
For any modern transistorized condenser microphones, most require external phantom power to be supplied from the audio console or from a standalone phantom power supply plugged into the microphone prior to the console. This is true of all externally polarized diaphragm condenser microphones. For back electret transistorized condenser microphones, many allow you to simply plug in a AA battery into a compartment inside the microphone since those kinds of capsules do not require a 48 volt polarization voltage.

All tube microphones, (with the exception of one particular Audio Technica microphone) have large external high-voltage power supplies that must be plugged into the microphone and then the power supply is plugged into the microphone input of the console.

It still no luck making that microphone work, go kill the son of a bitch!
Ms. Remy Ann David