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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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SPECIFICATIONS

482i Sonic Maximizer

  • 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 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Professional functions (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as claimed

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...Read complete review

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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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

Wow!!! What a difference!

By T-Bone Dean

from Twin Falls, Idaho

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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 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    What an amazing product! Every rack should have at least one of these. I already had a 382i dedicated for my guitar in my mixer rack, it worked so well, I figured I'd give one of these a try for a second instrument or my audio leads. It didn't disappoint one bit. The increased dynamic range is amazing! I have recommended it to several friends & they love theirs as much as I do. Buy it! You won't be disappointed.

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    5.0

    I'm amaze how the Sonic Maximizer has improve my guitar.

    By Bovie

    from San Antonio, Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

      I have always thought about getting the Sonic Maximizer.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      SUCCES IS IN THE DETAILS

      By Steve

      from Wetumpka, Al.

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

        The 482i is very versatile in the studio. I use it with my acoustical instruments. So many times I find the right mic. With a great gain structure but emphasizing the lows too much.I use the BB E to reduce the base component and the guitar sounds natural. It works just as well with vocal mics. For the overall recording or live mix, it really helps taking out the mud and adds clarity. If I were making a living as a budget minded recording or sound engineer, I would have multiple units performing multiple jobs in the front end and post.

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        4.0

        Better than I expected.

        By RJ in PA

        from Pittsburgh, PA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

          This unit performed well on my first use. I need to experiment with my total sound setup to see what it can really do, but it definitely adds a fullness and clarity to my guitar that I haven't been able to dial in with the EQ controls on my amp. Getting it at the Stupid Deal of the Day price was an added bonus.

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          5.0

          A must for Budget recording!

          By DaveyGuitar

          from Mokena, IL.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

            This Unit will make your recordings sparkle! Even Cassettes can sound great when you add the BBE effect.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hope is is better than the BBE 382i St

            Pros

            • Adds Warmth To The Bose
            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Don't Know Yet

            Best Uses

            • Primary Sound Systems

            Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

            I am hoping that this unit is better than the BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer. I used the BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer for about six months before it started adding noise in the mix. The new one is very quiet. I just hope it stays that way.
            I would certainly not recommend the BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer to anyone.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            good stuff

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            By 4suremann

            from MT USA

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              I've enjoyed BBE for a long time, I keep 482 in live rig, run guitar ahead of amp through left side and right side through fx loop on mixer so I can apply per strip.
              It's very transparent, just makes any signal fed to it sound way clearer, like "taking a blanket off your speakers".

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A diffinate differnce in sound.

              By Larry J

              from Lockport, NY

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              It rocks no issue as usual from Musician' Friend be trying it on all the 60's music I have on reel-to reel.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Amazing sound for less money!!!

              By CMusic

              from El Paso Texas

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                Amazing clear sound!!! Im was put in my acoustic guitar and my LR signal and sounds great. About the shipping> Very Fast...

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                GREAT RETURN ON INVESTMENT!

                By GillyDee

                from Orlando, fl

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                For its price range, this unit is absolutely a must for any studio/performer

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