[quote="The Elf"]There's snobbery both ways. Some people don't have many good things to say about Behringer just because they are believers in the 'reassuringly expensive'. Some simply want to appear to be 'cool' on internet fora! There's also a reverse snobbery with some people who seem to feel that any criticism of Behringer must be fought and defended. Of course, it's all nonsense.
Let's face it, a lot of B gear is cheap because it's built down to a price. You get what you pay for, in other words. If you're happy to accept a lower build standard for the sake of just being able to get going, then no problem, but don't be blinkered into believing that cheap always equates with good. Some days I don't want to eat McDonalds.
Some B gear is great for the money. Some does an 'OK job' for a knock-down price. Some of it is just pants. I'd include some of their DI boxes very much in the latter category - not only unreliable, but appallingly noisy and tinny when it *is* working. Some of it is also derivative, arguably to the point of plagiarism, and I would not be comfortable giving my money away for such gear - I voluntarily paid more for my cable tester, for instance.
But I do own and use some of their stuff and I have no problem with this. I'm no snob either way. If a piece of their gear works to an acceptable standard, then I'll use it, but if it doesn't meet my requirements then I'll pass and buy something else that does.
I've had two ADA-8000s fail too early in their lifespan, and one studio owner I know went through several of their headphone amps in an alarmingly short timespan before ditching them for another brand. That many of us are aware of that kind of track record makes us realistic about what we get with Behringer - it may be cheap, but it's not always cheerful, and when your living depends on your gear you need to be able to rely on it to an acceptable standard day after day.
Behringer aren't a cause or a religion that need to be defended, or championed. They simply make gear that should be viewed for what it is, and either does what you want, or doesn't.
Spot-on your Elfness.