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BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections

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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, PA, DJ system, or instrument rack, you will find the Sonic Maximizer' rugged construction and careful electronic design a welcome addition to your sonic arsenal.

The 282iX features XLR balanced input and outputs, and +23dB of output headroom. Perfect for studio, or professional live sound applications. Its 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 BBE' 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
Balanced XLR (282iX)

Order today and get unprecedented clarity and presence on your vocal tracks.

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: 47kOhms, unbalanced 1/4 phone jack, RCA jack or balanced XLR
Output Impedance: 1kOhms, 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
Low 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: 2.65lb.
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BBE282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Good audio (24)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Professional functions (13)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Performances (18)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (16)
  • Professional recording (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow - awesome

I bought this unit to replace a older full width model BBE that only had the 1/4 plugs and not the balanced XLR's this unit has. Wow, what a difference. This unit...Read complete review

I bought this unit to replace a older full width model BBE that only had the 1/4 plugs and not the balanced XLR's this unit has. Wow, what a difference. This unit really punches the low end out alot more then the older unit did as well as giving the system a large volume boost. I guess the only flaw I can think of is I wish it came with removeable flanges for rack mounting. I ended up using double stick foam tape to sanwich it in between other rack mounted components.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I just don't know

I'm finding it difficult to write a review on this... Bought it cause it was on sale... Just can't see what its purpose is....i hear pretty much no difference...Read complete review

I'm finding it difficult to write a review on this... Bought it cause it was on sale... Just can't see what its purpose is....i hear pretty much no difference other than some highs that you just EQ in if u wanted that....

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow - awesome

By thedj1963

from Willard, OH

About Me Professional Musician

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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 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

    I bought this unit to replace a older full width model BBE that only had the 1/4 plugs and not the balanced XLR's this unit has. Wow, what a difference. This unit really punches the low end out alot more then the older unit did as well as giving the system a large volume boost. I guess the only flaw I can think of is I wish it came with removeable flanges for rack mounting. I ended up using double stick foam tape to sanwich it in between other rack mounted components.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Happy.

    By 6doublefive3two1

    from Cloud 9

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Rocking Out

    Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

    My set up: Mac>Apogee Duet 2>BBE 282ix>Stereo

    First, I'm not a professional musician, DJ (hang 'em all), or programmer. I'm an amateur guitarist and music enthusiast. I didn't want to add an eq to my signal chain or spend a lot of money.

    I was looking at the 882i. It's way more expensive; so that scared me off. And I'm glad it did. The 282ix's controls are much simpler. I would've hated having to make adjustments to both channels opposed to the one set of controls on the 282ix.

    Love the simple on/off button. Great for comparison. This thing is very quiet. A sign of quality for sure. But I really love the dynamics it (not adds, but) lets loose. Night and day difference!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Cheap church sound system upgrade!

    By Rick

    from Elkton, Maryland

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

    I asked a professional sound engineer friend about this unit and he told me that unless you have a really high end p.a. system the Sonic Maximizer would make a big difference. I ordered one, hooked it up to our church sound system... what an improvement! Our Galaxy monitors actually sound good, and our E.V. house speaker cluster has a clarity I've never heard before. I highly recommend this unit, especially for vocals.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great!

    By Cujo

    from Brookville ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

      great little tool. does everything the larger rack mounted models do. I am out of rack space..so this works out just fine. I would buy it again...made this mix standout better with more clarity.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      bbe

      By flaxenpro

      from tulsa ok

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

        great product works great no complaints

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A bargain at twice the price!

        By Mike

        from Kansas City

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

          The great BBE Sonic Maximizer processor, in miniature. I have been using BBE maximizers for over 20 years. This model represents an incredible value, especially if you catch it on sale! The XLR model with the 15V AC supply has the most headroom for professional applications. The other models excel as channel inserts (1/4") or for home studio (1/8" / RCA).

          You will find negative opinions about BBE Sonic Maximizers, mainly from mis-application (not for guitar amps) or over-application (the knobs go all the way, but YOU shouldn't).

          The LO Contour is perfect for making up bass at low volume, otherwise the 12 o'clock position is just right. The Process control is just right at 1-2 o'clock, more or less depending on the system. I find with modern active speakers that noon on both is good. The processor is time- and phase- aligning the frequency spectrum to compensate for the shortcomings of all but the highest quality sound systems. If have spent $20K plus on amps and speakers, congrats: you don't need this box. For everyone else, this is the single most cost-effective way to improve your system!

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          "LOOKS SMALL SOUNDS HUGE"

          By JAY

          from MILLBROOK

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          Pros

          • 1 Set Of Controls Does It
          • 3 Fit On 1 19" Rack Shelf
          • Can B Used Live Or Studio
          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful Sound Enhancment
          • Small Footprint
          • Sound Of 882i Rack Mount
          • Sounds Just As A Bbe 882i
          • Studio Quality Sound
          • Super Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Again None I Can Think Of
          • Bbeix Only 1 Set Controls
          • Buy It Now Save Space
          • None That I Can Tell

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Any Instrument Benifits
          • Bass Guitar Benifits Exc
          • Events
          • Guitar Players Benifit
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Pro Audio
          • Professional Recording
          • Studio use

          Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

          LOOK GUY OR GALS I HAVE BBE 882i 'S IN MY PRO AUDIO RACK. GREAT FOR STEREO AND BEST FOR ME AS A SUB BBE XLR BALLANCED PROCCESSER. I GOT 1 OF THESE TO TRY OUT ON STEREO USE. WHOA!!! THE SAME GREAT RESULTS, BUT EVEN BETTER ONLY 1 SET OF KNOBS CONTROLS BOTH STEREO CHANNELS. NO SLIGHTLY OFF ON 1 SIDE OR ACCEDENTAL BUMPS TO A KNOB. PLUS I CAN USE 3- SIDE BY SIDE IN A 19" 1 RACK SPACK SHELF. I USE 2 AMPS FOR STEREO,RUNNING 4- MAINS ON EACH AMP. 2 OF THESE MAKES EVERYTHING SO MUCH EASIER. KEPPING 2 -BBE 882i'S FOR ADDING MORE SUBWOOFERS. BBE HAS THE BEST SOUND PROCESSING IN THE BUSINESS,GOING BACK TO MY CAR AUDIO DAYS INSTALLING AND COMPETING,ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO. DON'T EVEN THINK THIS ISN'T THE REAL DEAL . "BUY IT YOU'LL SEE" EASY TO DISCONNECT AND THEN POP INTO YOUR STUDIO RACK SET UP. VERY VERSITALE. SO BUY ONE BEFORE TEHY GO UO IN PRICE. NOONE ELSE CAN ENHANCE YOUR SOUND LIKE BBE!!!

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          every one should have one.

          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 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

            BOUGHT ONE FOR MY GUITAR RIG,
            THEN I NEEDED TO HAVE ONE FOR MAINS.
            THEN I NEEDED ONE FOR MONITORS.
            THEN I NEEDED ONE FOR SUBS.
            IT JUST MAKES EVERY THING BETTER.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome little box

            By Ralphy52302

            from Marion, IA

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

              Not sure how it does it but it can bring out the vocals or add bass. You can tune it to hear what you want to focus on. Need to get another.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              should have bought

              By imafastone

              from lake geneva wi

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Works Great
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Professional Recording
              • Recording Sound Renforcem

              Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

              could not be any happier

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              MAKE VOCALS SHINE

              By HarVette

              from Kennewick, WA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Functions

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                I have used Sonic Maximizers on my guitar and my wife's bass for years. Produces great sound. This unit does the same thing for your vocals. It's hard to describe, but it really works. There are no decent instructions to be found, but you'll catch on in no time to be able to dial in an amazing difference in your sound. It's also available in 3 different in/out setups.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Own 5 and one rack mount

                By TA Oklahoma

                from Oklahoma

                About Me Professional Musician

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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 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                  Love BBE products on vocals , piano , recordings ,home theater ,

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Can't live without it!

                  By ISDAMan

                  from Leftachusetts

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                    I run all my instruments through this. It is unreal how well it cleans, boosts, and fills out sound.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Have two now work great

                    By TA Oklahoma

                    from Oklahoma

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great On Mic
                    • Great On My Key Boards
                    • Powerful
                    • Professional Functions
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                      Hooked one up to roland 300 nx and the other up to digitic vocal processor on shure 87a in stereo both sound great this way

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent product

                      By Charly

                      from Passaic New Jersey

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                        This is a excellent product, used and you will hear the difference!!!!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Day and Night difference!

                        By LT2 THE SOUND MECHANIC

                        from PARADISE, CA

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Balanced In And Out
                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions
                        • No "q" Adjustment

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                        This thing is awesome! I bought 2 of them just because they were on sale, I only needed one. I was impressed with the build quality and the weight of it. Comes with a 15 volt power supply which means you get a little more headroom on recordings(other models come with 12 volt). I use this for my synth computer audio output. The output from bypass to active is impressive. It makes a big difference on the sound level without clipping. I'm glad I bought it. Get one if you want BIGGER sound from your synths/recordings.

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Haven't used yet....I'm sure it's great!

                        By wooiskie

                        from slidell la.

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                        Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                        None yet....great price..

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great deal and great sound

                        By Brian

                        from Az

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                          Easy to use and on off switch to compare sound is nice.Quite pleased with the sound improvement!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great price for such a great product

                          By Eddie

                          from Dallas, TX

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Knobs Are Not Ones On Box
                          • Non-standard Power Supply

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                          This can really give life to any source that sounds a bit dull. On vocals after a preamp it's great. It makes an ordinary mic sound full and rich. For the price it cant be beat.

                          (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Different knobs on actual product

                          By mesa

                          from California

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                          Comments about BBE 282iX Desktop Sonic Maximizer with Balanced 3-Pin XLR Connections:

                          Four stars only because I can't ACTUALLY rate this, as I haven't actually used it. I bought it as a gift for a friend.

                          When it arrived, it had basic plastic knobs. This may not be an issue for you, but since this is a gift for a friend I wanted it to have the same look as other BBE gear.

                          I emailed BBE support, and they sent new knobs right away. Unfortunately one of the replacement knobs is missing an insert, so I can't use it... But I have contacted them again and hopefully they will send me the insert. Altogether great customer service by BBE so far, and as long as I receive the knob insert before christmas (when I am giving the maximizer to my friend) I will not hesitate to buy other BBE products.

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