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BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer  

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Overview
  • Pro and semi-pro sound reinforcement
  • Multitrack studios
  • Mobile DJ systems
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    $299.99
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2 independent Sonic Maximizers in 1 chassis!

The BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer is perfect for home studios, DJ systems, PA systems, nightclub sound, and guitar, bass, or keyboard racks—any application not requiring balanced jacks. It provides processing for stereo or 2 separate mono channels—brightening, clarifying, and adding fullness to the sound. Features 5-segment LED output meters, +18dBu headroom, RCA and 1/4" inputs and outputs, and a bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal. Occupies one rackspace.

The BBE Process--"What it Is"

Loudspeakers have difficulty working with the electronic signals supplied by an amplifier. These difficulties cause such major phase and amplitude distortion that the sound reproduced by the speaker differs significantly from the sound produced by the original source.
In the past, these problems proved unsolvable and were thus relegated to a position of secondary importance in audio system design. However, phase and amplitude integrity is essential to accurate sound reproduction. Research shows that the information which the listener translates into the recognizable characteristics of a live performance are intimately tied into complex time and amplitude relationships between the fundamental and harmonic components of a given musical note or sound. These relationships define a sound's "sound".
When these complex relationships pass through a speaker, the proper order is lost. The higher frequencies are delayed. A lower frequency may reach the listener's ear first or perhaps simultaneously with that of a higher frequency. In some cases, the fundamental components may be so time-shifted that they reach the listener's ear ahead of some or all of the harmonic components.
This change in the phase and amplitude relationship on the harmonic and fundamental frequencies is technically called "envelope distortion." The listener perceives this loss of sound integrity in the reproduced sound as "muddy" and "smeared." In the extreme, it can become difficult to tell the difference between musical instruments, for example, an oboe and a clarinet.
BBE Sound, Inc. conducted extensive studies of numerous speaker systems over a ten year period. With this knowledge, it became possible to identify the characteristics of an ideal speaker and to distill the corrections necessary to return the fundamental and harmonic frequency structures to their correct order. While there are differences among various speaker designs in the magnitude of their correction, the overall pattern of correction needed is remarkably consistent.
The BBE Process is so unique that 42 patents have been awarded by the U.S. Patent Office.

Features
  • Pro and semi-pro sound reinforcement
  • Multitrack studios
  • Mobile DJ systems
  • Cassette copies
  • Nightclub sound systems
  • Instrument racks for guitar, bass, and keyboards
  • 2 channels of processing for stereo or separate mono mixes
  • 5 segment LED output meters
  • +18dBu headroom
  • RCA and 1/4" inputs and outputs
  • Hardwire bypass

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482i Sonic Maximizer Specifications:

  • Frequency Response
  • Process Mode: Program controlled
  • Bypass Mode: 10Hz to 50kHz, +/- 0.5dBu, 10dBu input
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 112dB Process IN
  • THD, Process mode: less than 0.025% at 20-20kHz
  • Bypass mode: less than 0.002% at 20-20kHz
  • Maximum Output: +18dBu (may vary due to control settings)
  • Input Impedance: 47kOhms, unbalanced 1/4" phone jack or RCA jack.
  • Output Impedance: 1kOhms, unbalanced 1/4" phone jack or RCA jack.
  • Sensitivity: -45dBu for maximum process
  • Maximum Process: +12dBu boost at 5kHz, -10dBu input
  • Lo Contour: +12dBu adjustment at 50Hz, -10dBu input
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BBE482i Sonic Maximizer
 
4.7

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Professional functions (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Performances (7)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    night and day difference!

    we just added this today to our church's sound system to add some kick to our drum set and fullness to our vocals and keys. I am blown away at what this does for...Read complete review

    we just added this today to our church's sound system to add some kick to our drum set and fullness to our vocals and keys. I am blown away at what this does for us! is it the best on the market? no. BUT! it is the best for a church setting. we have this and a feedback killer looped together into our mains. This went from oh we have an electric set to oh we're in a hall and that's an acoustic set. This is much worth the money to add to your small concert setting or church worship rig.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Save your money

    I bought one of these and tried it for a while. Couldn't exactly put my finger on what was happening to the signal, it just sounded like an EQ to me. So I...Read complete review

    I bought one of these and tried it for a while. Couldn't exactly put my finger on what was happening to the signal, it just sounded like an EQ to me. So I brought it to work where I tested it using an Audio Precision test system (THE Standard test system), and ran every test I could think of. What this thing is is a glorified EQ, and not much more. While it is true that there is a phase shift with the high transients leaving a millisecond or so before the lows, I doubt anybody could hear that difference. One millisecond corresponds to the time difference you get if you step back one foot from a sound source...hardly noticeable. What is very measureable in this unit is distortion. Even with the effect turned OFF, there is considerable low-end distortion, similar in ways to a transformer.I don't understand why, but when I turn the process knob up, I get a LOT of trebble EQ - about +15dB, and the Low Countour knob gives me about +15dB of low EQ. The Q is set such that these two curves slightly overlap in the 1K range.If you were to open up the unit you will see, all there is is two tiny Op-Amp chips and one comparator chip controlling the LEDs, and a power circuit. NOTHING ELSE! This device is truly made to be the Emporer's new clothes.The EQ is so strong it is masking any effect it has on the high transients. But somehow, we are TOLD this thing works and so we believe it works when we hear the EQ! If you have a clean signal, don't use this box as it will only add distortion. If you have a dull signal and want to EQ it, go ahead and use this box. But don't fall for the "magic", what you are hearing is all EQ,and if you saw what was in the box, you'd feel cheated.

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    5.0

    482i sonic maximizer

    By rockin' rojo

    from Wyoming

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    Pros

    • Adds Colordepth
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

        I now have two. They are great for any application. Terrific overall result will make your system sound more pro like. I will probably get the one with the sub out.

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        (0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Asking for a review before it's here?

        By Jaxon

        from N. California

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              I find this funny. I'm being asked to review a product that hasn't even arrived yet. This has happened more than once so it's funny and aggrivating at the same time.

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              5.0

              just buy it u b glad u did

              By xtream worshiper

              from north rexas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • No Cons Love It

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Soloist Performer

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              4821 sonic maximizer purchase it on stupid deal of the day im a soloist ply on smal churches gospel music contemp,jazz, blues,, rock play piano and bass i also have bb3821 on my bass stack it enhanses my lows high and mids realy well i also have bb stomp box its alway good to have extra for back up, i love these pruduct thank u musicians friend

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works as claimed

              By LB

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Build Quality
              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful
              • Professional Functions

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                Thr product works as claimed. It cleans up the sound coming form an amplifier by making it clearer and better defined. I was skeptical but it does work.

                My only quip, and it may not be an artifact of the unit, is when the "Processing" knob is turned up, there seems to be quality to the sound that seems more from the BBE circuitry versus the preamp stage. Turning down the "Processing" knob eliminates the sound. The sound is like a higher pitched buzz. It's easy to adjust out.

                The build quality is first rate. The unit's price is a value considering the above. Give one a try and see if you agree.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BBE Sonic Maximizer is Awesome.

                By kc3611

                from dayton, ohio

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Functions

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                  A must have for any PA system. Adds clarity (highs and lows). You don't realize how important this device is until you use it for the first time.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I hear the difference

                  By CRS

                  from Maui Hawaii

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clarity
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Not Trs Or Xlr

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                  I bought this as the Stupid Deal of The Day for a reduced price. I didn't realize until after I made the purchase that it's doesn't have balanced connections (tip ring a leave/ XLR) so even though I could probable patch it into my PA somehow, it will be living between my trusty Pod Pro and Guitar amplifier. I have really become accustom to the sound, so when I bypass it, I find everything almost sounds mono, I have a modified Roland JC 120 that I'm using only as a power amp into a custom half stack. This just makes it sound sweeter.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  night and day difference!

                  By slaveofthemaster777

                  from Lima, Ohio

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Minimal In Depth Control

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Church worship
                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                  we just added this today to our church's sound system to add some kick to our drum set and fullness to our vocals and keys. I am blown away at what this does for us! is it the best on the market? no. BUT! it is the best for a church setting. we have this and a feedback killer looped together into our mains. This went from oh we have an electric set to oh we're in a hall and that's an acoustic set. This is much worth the money to add to your small concert setting or church worship rig.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice Addition

                  By Brian Garber

                  from Michigander

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                    Someone else on here paralleled this to the 80's-90's tape deck with the "Loudness" function where it gave your music a boost across a decent spectrum. I agree with that statement. I have a 32-band eq, and I was still unable to get it tweeked and tuned quite like this little guy did. I know that it's probably not all too complex in the mechanics, but I don't really care because it's functional. I give it a 4. Good addition that is welcome in my rack.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Bang for Buck

                    By TMAC

                    from Vancouver Washington

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Can Damage Amp-- Read Ins
                    • Read Owners Manual

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                    wanted one of these for a very long time, read allot of reviews but the one comment I saw over and over was ...Using the BBE is like taking a blanket off you amp, WOW my amp came alive. I am using a Strat ran through some pedals then to my Bogner Alchemist, the BBE is the last in the chain before signal hits the amp. The BBE put some real depth in my sound, it opens the sound stage similar to an eq but better. Highly recommend. Just read the manual because you can cause damage to the unit or your amp if not connected correctly.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I "think" it works for what I intended..

                    By Tank

                    from Duluth Mn

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                      I set it up on my guitar rig and it did great things. I already have a nice sound but this helped to bring it out more. But, I originally wanted to use it for live mix on stage while playing out. We mic the drums, vocals, and some processed guitar. Normally we sound pretty good but I wanted to enhance the show and sound. However, I am the only one in the group who knows much about sound and being the sound board is behind the mains (within arms reach while playing) it makes it very difficult to listen to the mix out front and be on the controls at the same time. The band members are great at playing their instruments but horrible at helping me out when trying to get a "Mix". So I can't tell if it helps or not...:( Nice unit still.

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