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Sonic Maximizer with ganged stereo operation for sound reinforcement, instruments, or recording.

The BBE 382i series delivers all the sound-improving benefits of a Sonic Maximizer with the convenience of ganged-stereo operation, perfectly suited for any -10dBV unbalanced studio, PA system, or guitar/bass rig. The BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer applications include DJ and PA sound reinforcement, musical instruments, and recording.

(Now with 4th-generation processing.)

FEATURES
  • A full-function Sonic Maximizer
  • +20dB of output headroom
  • Unbalanced 1/4"/RCA I/O
  • 108dB signal-to-noise ratio

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382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer


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BBE382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer
 
5.0

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (44)
  • Good audio (44)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Professional functions (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (36)
  • Home studio (34)
  • Outdoor events / games (28)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Professional recording (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (15)

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Ain't No Equalizer

By M.B.D.

from Payson AZ

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Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

I brought two of these with high hopes - one to lend it's magic to my backing track player and another to sprinkle pixie dust on my guitar signal.So basically I strung my audio player to equalizer to sonic maximizer to mixer and my Effects processor to equalizer to sonic maximizer to mixer.It's easy to look at these units and think MMmMMmm Low frequencies - high Frequencies.. Seems simple - Basically tone control.. No... These Sonic Maximizers do something else entirely.They seem to take any signal and pull it to pieces - polish all frequencies in the signal dynamically - and then put the signal back together with perfection. Highs are polished and defined - Lows are polished and defined, but not how an EQ would do it. Literally you would have to apply a dynamic EQ to each frequency in the signal to do what these puppies will do on the fly.The overall effect? HIGH Definition. Notes are more defined, Tightened and Tuned. Maximized. Simple Brilliance from the guys at BBE.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 star leave it on enhancement

By Paul COT

from McKinney, TX

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Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

Believe me once you try one of these preferably in your loop if you have one, you will never turn it off or want to play without one. The improvement is substancial and the cost is very. very low. This is NOT an effect, keep the levels of the processor pretty much mid point and forget it is there. This is the greatest piece of high tech to be invented since the graphic EQ maybe more important. Put one in your recording or PA system and notice the difference in sonic correction.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best kept secret!

By ProEars

from Huntington NY

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Simple Connection
  • Simple Settings

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Huge Dynamics Enhansment
    • Instant Dynamics
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

    This is not, and does not sound like an EQ. It is a
    high/low frequency dynamics enhancement. This is a stereo piece. L&R channels are controlled simultaneously. The best way to describe the unit is comparing and old style TV (crt) to an LED tv. Yes all the colors are there for both, but look at how the LED tv is so much more vivid and alive! An EQ would only change the color! This and/or the Aphex are the secret weapons! Both excellent units.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!

    By M. Fox

    from Jax FL

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    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

    I hemmed & hawwed & pondered over purchasing a sonic max for quite sometime, asking myself...is it worth it? A few months ago, I finally stuck my toe in the water and ordered the 382i. I figured for this price, it's worth a shot. I guess the only question I have now is, what do the higher dollar models do that this one doesn't? If they're even better...well, that's just unimaginable! Okay, two questions...how'd I live without it? When I put the unit in stand-by to compare the sound, it's almost an embarrassment to think the PA actually use to sound like that...and before the 382i, it didn't sound bad...beFORE the 382i! I've recommended it to many fellow musicians and a few friends who are DJ's and/or KJ's...pretty much, any friend of mine with a PA gets told about the bene's of a sonic max...382i in particular.

    As always, the service from Musicians' Friend was top-notch.
    Easy set up...plug & play. Only 1U of rack space...knowing what I know now, if it used 3 or 4 U's, I'd still have it. In a review I read before ordering it, the reviewer stated it's as if it takes each frequency and 'polishes' it for max tonal quality...true that! The difference it makes in the sound (live performance) is phenomenal.
    BBE has always made good quality products and the 382i is no exception.
    At this price?? Pfft...no brainer. Again, now knowing what it does, it's a STEAL!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Why dont you have one?

    By sg man-Bz7zT

    from Rochester, MN

    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

    for this price there is no reason to not have this. my amp was already getting good tones but this amazing little piece of equiptment took it over the top and i couldnt be happier with it

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Keith811

    from va

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

      I can't attest to the durability of the sonic maximizer but I can say that if it stopped working tomorrow I would make the 80 mile drive to the closest music store that sells the 382i and buy another. I picked this thing up yesterday and hooked it inline with the E.Q. on our mains. I thought we sounded good before so you can imagine my shock when I turned on the 382i and it made us sound 300% better. I tried turning the by-pass on and compairing the sounds between on and off. I will never play again withouth the maximizer. The 382i will be the best [$] you've ever spent on your rig.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Totally awesome!

      By Fndrb

      from Wilkes Barre, PA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

        Easy to set up and use. I'm a Bass Player and I've never heard such clear, precise and articulate notes . This was a SDOTD too good to pass up. Glad I took advantage of it!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Maximize one's listening experience

        By thumb92

        from New Jersey

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Defines Bass
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

        Cleans up the muddiness of highs, midrange and lows. Defines vocals and instruments throughout audio range. A great addition to any audio application. Easily trimmed to suit tastes.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SONIC MAXIMIZER

        By Drum565

        from Mineralwells, WV

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

          Got this in a stupid deal of the day and could not be happier, this is the easiest to use addition you will ever get. Plugged into my PA turned it on twisted the knobs and instantly better sound, clearer , cleaner , highs and lows. This thing will make you wonder why you don't have one for guitar rigs, bass rigs vocal unlimited possibilities ,,.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works great !

          By heqtbaq

          from 29 palms , CA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Enhances Sound
          • Rack Mountable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Large Home Audio Systems
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

            This is a simpler , less expensive version of model 882i which I also own and enjoy using . I connected both of them to the same system to make A/B comparisons , as well as bypassing them . I was suprised to find the new unit actually has higher output than the 882i when all controls are set the same . This makes up for the fewer features on the new unit . So , if you need more gain and desire a lower price , this is the one for you . If you want more features instead , pay more and get the 882i . Running either one in bypass and then switching them in will instantly sell you on either one ! The only people who will dislike these processors will be your neighbors at 2am and your competition !

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