Coming from one of the most renowned manufacturers of affordable guitar effects, the Behringer DR600 digital reverb pedal comes with a rather budget-friendly price tag, yet keeps the sonic quality way up.
We don't tend to recommend Behringer stompboxes as top choice for every type of effect, particularly not for distortion, but as far as reverb and delay go, we believe that they have all the needed punch at significantly lower rates than their peers. Let's check what this one's about then!
The item features a standard Behringer plastic casing and design, along with two In and Out jacks, a status LED and a classic large on/off stomp button. As is often the case with the company's products, this pedal features a set of surprisingly advanced components and top-level circuitry on the inside, while making budget cuts on the exterior.
Not that there's anything wrong with the aesthetic department, but the durability of the plastic casing we have here certainly can't be on par with the sturdy metal casings of Boss or TC Electronics. But then again, you are getting a sonic attack very close to those companies for twice less money. So just treat this puppy right, don't stomp it too hard, don't drop it, and it will serve you well in years to come.
As far as controls go, we are looking at four pretty much standard reverb knobs – Level, Tone, Time, and Mode. Let's dig right in…
Level – This knob determines the volume of the reverb effect infused into your audio output. Quite simple, very straightforward.
Tone – This one adjusts the brightness of the reverb effect. The more you crank it up, the darker and more massive your tone will become.
Time – The Time knob is used to control the length of the reverb, or the length of the echo produced by the pedal. The more you add, the larger the “room” in which you're playing will become.
Mode – This knob selects a specific type of reverb you will be using, each carrying a distinctive sonic mark. The choices are: Spring, Plate, Hall, Gate, Room and Modulate.
As noted, the level of sound quality of this pedal is on par with items that are twice more expensive. But what we also like very much is how easy to use this pedal is. All control knobs are not just self-explanatory, but give a crystal clear audio image of the exact effect they have on your sound output.
We recommend that you first put all knobs in the 12 o' clock position and determine the Mode that suits you the best. Then, proceed to adjust that Mode with the remaining three controls so it suits your needs to a tee.
Overall, this is one of the strongest contestants for the flattering title of the best cheap reverb pedal on the market. It offers top value for money in just about every department, and perhaps most importantly – the sonic quality can't be matched within this price range. A thumbs up from here!