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BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections

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Desktop BBE for your studio.

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 features RCA and 3.5mm connections which makes it suitable for use in DJ systems where RCA interfacing is used, or in desktop playback systems.

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 RCA and 3.5

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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 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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BBE282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections
 
4.9

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Good audio (35)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Professional functions (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (28)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Performances (15)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (15)
  • Professional recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (11)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice!!!

By Travisty7

from Philly

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Verified Buyer

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 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

    I bought a Blackstar HT-5R amp (see my review) and it's sound needed something more. I use BBE Sonic M's with my other gear and tried it through the Blackstar's effects loop. Now the Blackstar sounds great!
    Trouble is, the Blackstar is supposed to be a "grab 'n go" amp and I don't want to bring a rack to practices or gigs. Then I saw this desktop model on Musicians Friend's Black Friday list and velcro'd it to the back of the Blackstar (see pics). My Fender Blues Jr amp cover fits over it just great and the amp sounds awesome, thanks to my BBE Desktop 282iR.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best investment everrrrr

    By Rem

    from Breda Netherlands

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Better Soundfield
    • Clear Sound
    • Improved 3d Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

    Got it hooked up on a Geneva Sound System model L. Hearing is believing. Just buy it. The higher frequencies now jump against ceiling and the bass has taken possesion of the concrete walls en the 3D effect is overwhelming. NO REGRETS

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Silver Bullet

    By David R. Brown

    from El Paso, Texas

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Cost-effective
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

      BBE's claims about the Sonic Maximizer Series are not a bit exaggerated, even for this entry-level model. (Its big brothers use the same technology to benefit professional recording engineers.) For restoring brilliance and accuracy to any recording, old or new, this may be the magical, instantaneous "silver bullet" for achieving better sound in just about any listening environment. The Maximizer is much more than simply an EQ; it actually clarifies the sound across the musical spectrum, rather than simply increasing or decreasing the volume in a specific tonal range. With a simple press of a button, the highs become startlingly crisp and brilliant, and the bass notes become punchy and clear, not "muddy." The clearer bass allows the midranges (where most of the music occurs) to come through unfettered and clean, so that every nuance of the vocals and instruments may be heard and appreciated. (By the way, the Sonic Maximizer also noticeably improves the sound of amplified instruments! It would be a great enhancement for either performance or recording.) The one time I might recommend bypassing the Max is when one is listening critically for flaws in a recording; it corrects so well for those flaws that they are not likely to be noticed. However, if you simply want to hear your favorite music as it was intended to be heard, this product delivers on that promise!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A definite must-have for studio

      By Dennisio

      from Summerhill, PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Improves marginal tracks
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

      I have a bunch of older live tracks on minidisc that I could not transfer to my computer without losing the brightness, life and punch of the performances. I was about to give up on salvaging these tracks.

      The BBE Sonic Maximizer allowed me to recover these tracks and bring the life and live magic back to them.

      I did not believe this was possible until I experienced it. This item found a home in my studio.

      Way to go, BBE!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Subtle, yet obvious enhancment

      By JJ3810

      from Roanoke, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

        Works best when the musical selection needs a little help to sound its best. Really improves FM radio and a lot of LPs & CDs that lacked depth and punch. Not a drastic effect, but enough to notice an obvious improvement. RECOMMENDED!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!

        By rook the meatboy

        from tacma wa

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

          For the price this is a awesome deal!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent!

          By Olaf Tryggvasson

          from England, UK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Enhancing Hi-fi And Tv

          Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

          Excellent sound and value for money. Buy one now!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't Live Without This

          By Andy

          from South San Francisco

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Computer Playback
            • Home Studio
            • Home Theater

            Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

            I bought one and hooked it up to my home theater and it immediately made a huge difference. It was almost as if I "unlocked" my speakers to provide the sound that they were meant to produce. I liked it so much I just had to buy another one for my computer/electronic drums. Fortunately for me I got the second one for the same cheap price as the first one. Not a bad deal - 2 for about half as much as full retail price.

            If you're on the fence about buying this don't hesitate any longer - you WILL not regret buying it!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Hear the difference"

            By JBL10

            from NYC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

              This is my third BBE sonic maximizer. Installed it in my DJ rack, home studio and along with my other DJ controller. Just can't do without it due to sound clarity, compact and ease of use.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              excellent purchase

              By no nickname

              from Hudson fl

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                I loved this so much I bought another one for my turntable and one for my CD/computer well worth it for the price

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Little BBE Sonic Maximizer!

                By PoPs-HxFm4

                from New Jersey

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                  Great little unit, I never listen to anything without a BBE Sonic Maximizer!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Bought three now

                  By TA Oklahoma

                  from Oklahoma

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great In Studio
                  • Powerful
                  • Professional Functions
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Great On Tv
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                    Have used BBE now for years live and in studio bought two unbalanced and now one balance even use one on my tv

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    excellent for home stereo

                    By craggar

                    from Simpsonville SC

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Cleans Up Older Cd's
                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                        I bought this out of curiosity to see if it would enhance my vintage stereo system.Well it sure does.Older cd's that sounded dull and lifeless take on a clarity and definition that is musical and non fatiguing.Like most signal processors it is not a set and forget solution.The low contour and process controls are simple to use and have a wide range of effect on the audio spectrum.Moderation is the key here.I tend to tweek it depending on the quality of source material with satisfying and musical results. you can find a lot of love hate about BBE Sonic Maximizers on the net.For home 2 channel stereo listening I love mine.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Powerful Little Box

                        By Ivan Doc Rodriguez

                        from New York City

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Computer Audio
                        • Home Studio
                        • Home Theatre
                        • Mobile DJ

                        Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                        Nice Little Box, Very, Very Powerful With Several Uses For An Incredible Price, If You Plan To Use In In A Pro Set-Up Opt For The "Balanced" Unit, This One Uses RCA I/Os

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        An audio "Wonder Box"? Well, almost.

                        By MrGerg

                        from Sacramento, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Subtle Enhancement
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                        Having experimented with several different audio setups, I find the BBE most suited to improving sub optimal playback situations. While having a minimal effect on my class A tube setup in the den, it works wonders on my push/pull amp in my workspace, bringing a brilliance to dull highs without making them thin or screechy.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Unbelievable improved of HE Stereo

                        By Deimos12

                        from Poland

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Sound Improvement
                        • Low cost

                        Cons

                        • Lack Of Eu Plug

                        Best Uses

                        • High End Stereo

                        Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                        Buy this one. It's great addition to your stereo sound system. It will make bigger improvement than most of expensive power cords and speaker cables. Great work!! Recommended!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        It does it's job

                        By Bob110

                        from Pa.

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Different Knobs
                        • Smaller Size Than Spec's

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ

                        Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                        Item works as it should. The over-all size is smaller than advertised and the knobs are different than what it shows on the box but it works. It works great for home music systems. Not so great on individual instruments if you try and record them through this unit.
                        This would work great for a DJ setup.

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Sound Enhancer

                        By Alan

                        from NJ

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                          I still have the BBE 1002 that I bought in 1990. This is by far, a lot smaller and compact. It does exactly the same thing except not as loud as my old one. The 282iX is about 3dB louder with the XLR connections but difficult to find these days. The main differences between this and the bigger 482i and the flagship 882i are the extra channels and the extra headroom. Otherwise, they do exactly the same thing. I love what it does to my overall sound if used in moderation. It makes my middle tier equipment sound like top of the line without costing an arm and a leg!

                           
                          5.0

                          Can't live without these BBE chips in my home

                          By Wally

                          from FL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                            BBE's enhancers are #1, by far. Makes music just sound better in the most natural ways.

                             
                            5.0

                            Really opens up the sound !!

                            By Paul's on Bass

                            from Milwaukee, WI

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about BBE 282iR Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm Connections:

                              I use this on my computer monitors in my studio (282iR) and the sound just came alive. And the 282iQ to open up the sound on my Stereo. Small footprint takes up very little space. I did add 4 small self adhesive feet so the unit would not slip around.

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