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BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\4" Connections

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Desktop BBE for guitarists, bassists and keyboard players.

The BBE 282i Sonic Maximizer is a two channel signal processor that will benefit any recording or sound reproduction system. Whether you purchased the Sonic Maximizer for your home studio, P.A., DJ system, or instrument rack, you will find the Sonic Maximizers rugged construction and careful electronic design a welcome addition to your sonic arsenal.

The 282iR featuresfeatures unbalanced ¼ phone connectors making it ideal for interfacing with guitar, bass or keyboards.

The 282s smaller chassis makes it ideal for DJ systems, DAW-based recording environments and space challenged live systems, as well as desktop applications, where space is at a premium and there s no 19 rack space available. However, the 282 series delivers exactly the same performance as BBEs world renowned rack-mounted Sonic Maximizer products.

BBE High Definition Sound compensates for phase and amplitude distortion, restoring the brilliance and clarity of the original content material. The BBE High Definition Sound process begins by applying a linear phase shift across the full frequency range of the signal, which allows the speaker system to reproduce the transients and harmonics in the correct order. The BBE process then compensates for speaker amplitude distortion by progressively boosting lower and higher frequencies, and doing so within the context of the phase correction process. This efficiently creates a fuller, richer sound without excess equalization.

FEATURES
A full-function Sonic Maximizer
+23dB of output headroom (282iX), +20dB (282iR and iQ)
108dB signal to noise ratio
Unbalanced ¼

Order today and realize unprecedented clarity and presence.

SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Response: 5Hz to 30kHz +/-0.5dBu, -10dBu input 
THD in process mode: less than 0.1% at -10dBu input, 20-20kHz
Maximum Output: +20dBu (may vary due to control settings)
Input Impedance: 47k Ohms, unbalanced 1/4 phone jack, RCA jack or balanced XLR
Output Impedance: 1k Ohms, unbalanced 1/4 phone jack or RCA jack (282iQ and iR) 600 Ohms balanced XLR (282iX)
Sensitivity: -45dBu for maximum process
Maximum Process: +12dBu boost at 5kHz
Lo Contour: +12dBu boost at 50Hz
Power Requirements: 12 VAC power supply
Dimensions: 10.63(W) x 8.27(D) x 2.36(H)
Shipping Weight: 2.65 lbs
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BBE282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Good audio (25)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Professional functions (10)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (22)
  • Performances (21)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (12)
  • Professional recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (9), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big Bang For The Buck

If you are reading this, you know what they do. I had one high end full rack space BBE just for my Live stereo main speaker system then decided I wanted to have the...Read complete review

If you are reading this, you know what they do. I had one high end full rack space BBE just for my Live stereo main speaker system then decided I wanted to have the same sonic quality for my monitors but was one rack space short. I bought two of these. One for stereo mains and one for 2 channel monitor mix. There is a little quality loss in comparison to any of the full rack versions but not near enough for most to tell. A real good solution to conserve rack space and cover both mains and monitor mixes on a budget. Plug in, Turn on, Set knobs to 12 o'clock, Engage BBE, and forget it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Doesn't Pop - Yet

I've used 282IQ for a few applications and so far haven't hit on any that really sell me. Admittedly it could be in the said applications - so far I've tried Yamaha S90XS, Korg...Read complete review

I've used 282IQ for a few applications and so far haven't hit on any that really sell me. Admittedly it could be in the said applications - so far I've tried Yamaha S90XS, Korg X50, and media play through to Roland KC 350 and JBL monitor/PA. Possibly because all my speaker use so far is powered?

I've still more homework to do with the device and will re-review if I hit on success.

Package is neat, all inclusive and arrived quickly, but I didn't get any magic from it when used with keys or recorded tracks.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Bang For The Buck

By Tastesipps

from Louisville KY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

    If you are reading this, you know what they do. I had one high end full rack space BBE just for my Live stereo main speaker system then decided I wanted to have the same sonic quality for my monitors but was one rack space short. I bought two of these. One for stereo mains and one for 2 channel monitor mix. There is a little quality loss in comparison to any of the full rack versions but not near enough for most to tell. A real good solution to conserve rack space and cover both mains and monitor mixes on a budget. Plug in, Turn on, Set knobs to 12 o'clock, Engage BBE, and forget it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for Bose L1 M2

    By Thomas

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

    I bought 2 of these, one with XLR and one with 1/4 inch unbalanced inputs. They do make a difference both with vocal clarity and with my Acoustic electric Ibanez. Be careful not to turn up the 2 controls past 12 o'clock positions.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little box with a big sound

    By Basement.Band.Dad

    from West Fargo, ND

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

    We used this in my church to improve the muddy sound that came out of our monitors. The piano and guitars brightened and we could suddenly hear what was being sung. With our Christmas production coming, we needed something to improve our system and the unique acoustical challenges. This did it. However, for just speaking, we turn it off. The human speech spectrum is so limited this unit has little to no effect. We don't need our preaching to boom or shatter like glass. Musician's Friend gave us an awesome price on a unit that made a high-value difference.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!!!

    By bf

    from denver colorado

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    Pros

    • Clairity Is Superb
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Professional Functions
    • Super Investment
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

    Ive always heard of these (sonic maximizers) and thought yeah, sure.This thing brings out sounds you never heard before. Any guitar player can get the 1/4 inch one and you will be a believer. Amen

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A lot of bang in a small box.

    By Bob110

    from Pa.

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Really Does Work

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Not So Good For Guitar

    Best Uses

    • Home stereo system
    • Home Studio
    • Home theater system
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

    I never used a sonic maximize before so I really didn't know what to expect. It really does open up the sound! It is like using mastering software on your home recording! This would be great for a DJ or for one's home theater. (I tried it with a guitar but I could tell no difference between switching the unit on and off).
    Once you have it on for your stereo you won't want to shut it off!

    Great for pre-recorded music...not so much for live guitar sound.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A helpful audio enhancer

    By heqtbaq

    from 29 palms , CA

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Small to medium venues

      Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

      This is a nice , small enhancer that adds measurable improvement to the sound . The only thing I would change would be to add a balanced feature to the jacks , which are unbalanced 1/4 " format . This is a good unit at a reasonable price .

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      you need this

      By AxeChapel

      from Omaha NE

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      Pros

      • Built Like A Brick
      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Won't Mix With Vodka

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

      You need this.
      You might not think so, but you do.
      From Home audio to recording, to the guitar effects chain, this thing does its magic.
      Lows become richer, highs sparkle, without making concessions
      Operation is similar to simple bass and treble controls, with no technical layers to deal with. Anyone can use it to great effect.
      It is surprisingly heavy in build. It might withstand being used to bludgeon stage divers if necessary.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a SONIC SMASH ... very cool!

      By Terry Dean

      from North Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Acoustic Wonder
      • Lifts The Blanket Off
      • Tonal Teaser

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

        This is a great little box. It takes the average signal to the speaker and enhances the tonal qualities. It's like lifting a blanket off your speakers. The tonal qualities come alive ... crisp and clear. Makes my acoustic guitar sound much better!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A must have

        By WHISKEYPETE1134

        from LEWIS COUNTY NEW YORK

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

          A must have for any live sound. Do yourself and your speakers a favor get a maximizer. The 2 15 peavey's scream clearer. The ev 18's thump fuller, and little peavy 12 monitors will make your ears bleed, just buy one out of curiosity. Bet you'll buy more. My first maximizer is over 10 years old it's plugged into the effects loop of a 5150 combo . The diffence in sound may not be super noticeable 5 feet away , but listen to it 30 feet away. I'll never play without one.they make me play and sound better than I am.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A MUST HAVE.

          By WHISKEYPETE1134

          from LEWIS COUNTY NEW YORK

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful
          • Professional Functions
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

            ITS LIKE REVERB OR DELAY, ONCE YOU HAVE IT THERE IS NO GOING BACK, IT'S NOT A EFFECT, IT JUST MAKES EVERY THING SOUND BETTER. PHASE CORRECTION ENGAGED.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GET IT!!!

            By Keyman

            from Schertz, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful
            • Professional Functions
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Keyboards
              • Keyboards Pa Recording
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

              I have used BBE Sonic Maximizers in the past, and they have always been great for my uses. I purchased the 282IQ to use with my Korg BX3, and it is totally amazing. The BX3 is awesome by itself, but putting the BBE in line totally changed the dynamics of that keyboard, raising the sound quality to an even higher level. I play keys and co-pastor a biker church, and everyone was complimentary over the keys. The BX3 is a killer board, and the BBE enhanced each patch -- and you ought to hear what it did for the overdrive/tube effects. WOW!!! I wonder if I can put one on my Harley???

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Get one and you'll want 4 more...

              By SpyderTL

              from Birmingham, AL

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                I picked up one of these to help brighten up my vocals and V-Drums, which it does really well. The problem is that it only works well for stereo (or mono) 1/4in connections in a studio setup -- it's small but not very portable. After using it for 30 minutes, I immediately wanted the stomp box version for guitar and bass (and vocals), and an RCA version for my living room.

                This is a great addition if you want a good sound on a tight budget.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A real improvement well worth the price!

                By JSound99

                from Roanoke, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Appearance
                • Really Clarifies Sound
                • Solid Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amplified Acoustic Guitar
                  • Bass Guitar
                  • Keyboards
                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                  Purchased for use on bass guitar rig. Had a great sound already but adding the BBE 282i brought out a noticeable clarity in the mids that makes notes stand out in the mix. Plus the bottom end (5 string bass) is now very solid and strong without any boominess. After hearing the difference I don't want to play without it!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  easy sound fix

                  By Mark one

                  from Silver Spring,MD

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Mobile DJ

                    Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                    An inexpensive fix for inexpensive sound systems, or deteriorated tape recordings, and other types of problems. The two channels can be looped back from left to right to double the process in mono applications or be used in standard stereo. The high low boost with phase correction can give a real nice sound to a over done mid range sound. a metal box well constructed, however the two channels are sharing the same control knobs, over all it works well. I would not use it for every sound application, but I do like what it can do.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just can't beat a Sonic Maximizer

                    By PJ

                    from Green Bay, WI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                      I've been using Sonic Maximizers on all of my gear for years(stereo and guitar) and they just simply open up your sound to a point where it's more intelligible. BBE users have heard this B4, it's like taking a pillow away from the front of your speakers! The 282iq has ganged stereo outs so I use it on my Fender Blues Deluxe and Fender Mustang III simultaneously for massive tone. Use sparingly for huge results!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Who doesn't need a little more volume?

                      By adawsmit

                      from Indian Mound, TN

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                        Every decibel counts when you are recording. This gives you the extra volume and tone without spending a lot. I don't think this is described as a preamp but it might as well be. I use this in conjunction with Voicelive Play, MXL condenser mic and stand alone phantom power. This setup is recorded with a Zoom R16. Mastered with Cubase and monitored with Yamaha monitors and Shure sh440 headphone monitors. For forty this little unit is hard to beat. As always, Musician's Friend was awesome.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Little Box, Big Difference

                        By Steve

                        from San Antonio, TX

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Live Sound

                          Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                          My live sound setup includes 2 Kustom PA-112S's and 2 Kustom PA-50's, plus my new Yamaha MG124-cx mixer from Musician's Friend. This little box made a big difference in the sound by smoothing out the highs and, to my ear at least, making the bass more "velvet-y". (I do standards and light rock.) It works great!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Own 4 now

                          By TA Oklahoma

                          from Eufaula , Oklahoma

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful
                          • Professional Functions
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                            Just added this for my keyboard sounds great one on vocal mic both bal and have two un bal one on recorder and one on ext speakers on tv and rack mount in my sound system can not go wrong with BBE for clear sound

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Wow! Sweet sound.

                            By Paddlefoot

                            from Mechanivsville VA

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Professional Functions

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                              Sweeten your live or recorded sound!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesom Product

                              By SynthStar

                              from Honolulu, HI

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Increase In Sound Level

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Increase In Sound Depth
                              • Increase In Sound Output
                              • Performances
                              • Richer Sound For Synth

                              Comments about BBE 282iQ Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced 1\\4" Connections:

                              I bought 2 of these to run from my Juno Gi and SH-201 and they work great; makes the sound more alive. Works great for boosting the sound levels out of my synthesizers and seems to add polyphony to already great machines.

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