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Behringer EM600 Echo Machine (Echo/Delay Stomp Box) - Description & Review

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When buying a used Behringer EM600 Echo Machine consider the device's condition. Any stompbox is likely to experience some serious wear and tear. Also Keep in mind that the pedal you are looking to buy could be up to years old.

Sellers often make absurd claims like 'in excellent condition, just minor wear from normal use' and the thing looks like it was run over by a truck (several times) - just walk away. There are people who look after their gear - buy from them!

*** It's not a bargain if it's busted ***

Being a good, tough little machine, I don't often see used ones for sale. So expect prices to be in the realm of 50% to 75% of the new price.

There are some sellers who think that they can claim 'great condition, minimal use' and ask just a few bucks less than the cost of a new one - well, good luck with that. As a general rule of thumb, the price drops to 60% when it leaves the store ;-)

Chuckling to myself - as if to make the point - just saw a used one that has 'never been used' on ebay for AUD $235, or almost 3 times what I paid for a new one. Well, I guess people can dream ;-))

Just FYI: When you 'on-sell' gear, the warranty is almost always voided, regardless of the age and/or condition of the device.
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Behringer EM600 Echo Machine Specifications

Inputs
A & B
Use input A for mono
6mm (!/4") TS
500 kΩ impedance
Frequency Response Not Stated
Noise Response Not Stated
Sampling Rates Not Stated
Max Delay Length Not Stated
   
Outputs
A & B
Use output A for mono
6mm (!/4") TS
1 kΩ impedance
Power  
Power Consumption 60mA
Power Supply DC - 9V 100 mA Regulated
Power Connector 2mm DC jack,
Negative Centre
Battery 9V type 6LR61
Editor - Not suited for use with Rechargeable Batteries - See note about battery operation.
Physical Specs
Weight: 330gm (11.6 oz)
Dimensions: Width: 70mm (2-3/4 ")
Depth: 123mm (4-4/5")
Height: 54mm (2-1/8")
   




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Behringer EM600 Echo Machine - Review and Description
(Rating 6/10)

The Behringer EM600 Echo Machine has been in production since around 2012 (an estimate only) and is excellent value as a low budget, echo/delay stomp pedal, having a good set of useful delay options.

An important consideration for the purchase of the RV600 was that this unit can be used as Stereo In/Out or Mono In with Stereo Out (most similar pedals are Mono only or Mono In with Stereo Out).

The EM600 has a good array of echo / delay models including:
3 Tap Tempo variants (1/4 note, 1/8 note, Dotted Note), Slap, Swell, Sweep, Ducking,
Multi 1, Multi 2, Ping/Pong and Reverse.

A basic set of controls includes: Mix, Repeat, Time, Mode, Tone
and switches for Type: Tape / Digital / Analogue and Trails: ON / OFF .

  About Review and Description articles, click to expand
 
  

The EM600 has been a solid workhorse for about years now. I'm using it primarily with a small mixer in the FX loop, along with a Behringer RM600 Reverb Machine. A simple and compact ambience solution for a small keyboard, synth (etc.), sub-mixer setup.

The EM600 Echo Machine has been around for a while and generally gets good to excellent reviews. While certainly not a trend-setter, this old beast still does a great job for its price-point. Definitely much better than some of the reviews I read before purchasing one (back in 2016).



Audio Quality (9/10)

For a budget priced pedal, the overall audio quality really is quite excellent. I'm using this pedal where a rack unit should be.

Even though the EM600 was never intended to be used with line level signals, it works fine (undistorted) with some careful signal level control.

There is no inherent noise to speak of and the various settings provide some great Echo / Delay effects. One would need to spend a considerable amount more to get better results.

Note:
The provided specifications make no mention of Frequency Response, Noise Levels or Sampling Frequencies (A/D, D/A), for the EM600. Sad, but not unexpected coming from Behringer.

Features (7/10)

For a small footprint single switch stompbox, the EM600 Echo Machine really is quite well optioned. Some echo effects being more 'useful' than others.

Worth remembering is that all delay/echo effects are being simultaneously generated across two channels (in stereo).
Remembers Power On/Off State - If power is disconnected while device is ON, device switches ON when power is restored.


The Type (Tape / Digi / Analog) switch provides emulations of old-school tape echo (with tonal damping), analog echo (bucket brigade with iteration degradation), along with the now standard and squeaky clean, digital echo. A nice touch that noticeably varies the flavour of the resulting delay/echo sounds.

The Trails ON/OFF switch is a must-have for any delay-centric device.

Maximum Delay/Echo Length is not specified. Some may consider this inconsequential but It matters to me.

I remember modding my old Boss DD-3 (pic at right >>) to almost double its delay length. It's amazing what you can achieve with just a switch and some component tweaking. Unlike today's digital delays, the DD-3 sound did gradually degrade with successive iterations.

Just by the way the EM600 totally slays the old DD-3 in every conceivable way other than construction.

Behringer's PR for the EM600 include this: "
Real Sound Modeling (RSM) combines state-of-the-art DSP technology with sophisticated algorithms to emulate real acoustic environments". Yes, that 'state-of-the-art' thing - I'm thinking that would have been some ten years ago ;-)

Wishlist:

A short 'timed fade-out' (a variation on the trails idea) would also be a useful addition for those really long delay settings. Also ducking should be available for all delay/echo options (and better implemented).


'The Echo Machine Setting Options:

The EM600 pedal's electronic bypass is clean and without issues.



EM600 Echo Machine - Build Quality (7/10)
Durability & Reliability (Not Rated)

While the externals are all plastic, they are quite solid (case and knobs). The design is efficient for minimal material usage. The case relies on a metal base-plate to give the whole device some weight and to prevent it from blowing away at the slightest artistic fart.
Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine PCBs
The internal build quality / soldering was good in this case.

Durability & Reliability have not been scored because the device has hardly ever been used as a stompbox in the years I have been using it. As such I'm unable to comment on micro switch durability and hinge reliability. The hinges are plastic, so my expectations would be low.

In my application it is left permanently on (with a DC supply) - coming on when the keyboards are fired up.

The actual micro switch (Upper right SW3) does look flimsy, though these switches are usually rated at 500K cycles or greater.

Click on the image at right for a larger version -->

Note: The EM600 Echo Machine and RV600 Reverb Machine use the same primary DSP chipsets.



Some Additional Notes

Battery Operation & Performance (Sucks badly!)

Important! if operating with batteries - Remember to unplug the guitar lead when not in use to avoid unnecessary battery depletion.

The Behringer EM600 Echo Machine (like the RV600 Reverb Machine) depletes 9 Volt batteries at a truly frightening pace. In truth, it is really not practical to operate these devices with batteries and the instructions should say as much.

Because of their 'hunger', these stomp boxes are not rechargeable battery friendly. If you absolutely need pedals that run on battery power, give the EM600 and RV600 a miss.

Strongly recommend a suitable 9V DC power pack that can comfortably provide 100mA (stated minimum required is 60mA) to the 2mm, negative centre, DC socket.


Warranty

All new and registered Behringer products come with a 3 year limited warranty. The catch of course is that the product should be registered within 90 days of purchase and the warranty is not transferable upon resale ... and you have to jump through their hoops, which is to say they try to put you off from doing this [Warranty - Please go here].


  About Behringer products
 
Behringer have designed an extensive range of products and some are, as one would expect, better than others. Their products may be designed in Germany but they are manufactured in China and the quality control could best be described as 'some, better than others'. I would ask: Why would that be a surprise to anyone?

I have read quite a few forum posts where someone has purchased a Behringer stompbox (or other gear), then complained long and loud about how it doesn't work properly in their rig. Often, this turns out to be due to user ignorance (too lazy to read the manual). Sometimes it is because they have cobbled together a collection of truly diverse and utterly crappy gear and yet expect it all to sound like something you'd find in a studio.

And lastly, there are also those who absolutely hate Behringer products and will grasp any opportunity to mention that to anyone who will listen. To whom I would just say, - Get over it, get a life!

The reality is that Behringer do have some great products. Whilst some products might be considered budget or entry level gear, try finding a similar Chinese clone that offers a 3 year warranty.   



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