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BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer  

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Overview
  • +4dBu balanced line (1/4" tip-ring-sleeve and XLR inputs and outputs)
  • +23dBu headroom
  • Active balanced outputs
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    $499.99
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Two pro-quality sonic maximizer channels!

The BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer is perfect for pro studios, sound reinforcement, clubs, and other venues requiring balanced outputs. Designed for uses requiring low noise, high headroom, and +4dBu input levels. It provides either stereo processing or processing for two separate mono channels, brightening, clarifying, and adding fullness to the sound. Features 5-segment LED output meters, +23dBu headroom, XLR and 1/4" stereo inputs and outputs, hardwired bypass, and a bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signals. Single 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
  • +4dBu balanced line (1/4" tip-ring-sleeve and XLR inputs and outputs)
  • +23dBu headroom
  • Active balanced outputs
  • Hardwire bypass

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882i Sonic Maximizer Specifications:

  • Process Mode: Program controlled
  • Bypass Mode: 10Hz-50kHz, ±0.5dBu, 0dBu input
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 115dB Process IN
  • THD, Process mode: less than 0.025% 20-20kHz
  • Bypass mode: less than 0.002% 20-20kHz
  • Maximum Output: +23dBu (may vary due to control settings)
  • Input Impedance: 14.7K Ohms, balanced 1/4" stereo phone jack or XLR jack. Pin #2 is the hot or "+" signal.
  • Output Impedance: 600 Ohms, balanced 1/4" stereo phone jack or XLR jack. Pin #2 is the hot or "+" signal.
  • Sensitivity: -45dBu for maximum process
  • Maximum Process: +12dBu boost at 5kHz, 0dBu input
  • Lo Contour: +12dBu adjustment at 50Hz, 0dBu input
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BBE882i Sonic Maximizer
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    excellent tool!

    I basically use this as sort of a direct box for my PA speakers. Fed from an amp modeler or mixer, it works as an intelligent equalizer. Phase correction is amazing - adds...Read complete review

    I basically use this as sort of a direct box for my PA speakers. Fed from an amp modeler or mixer, it works as an intelligent equalizer. Phase correction is amazing - adds often-needed clarity - and low/high controls on each channel provide a good degree of flexibility. Balanced I/O is definitely a plus, and overall this is pro-grade equipment. Also, with appropriate A/B setup, you can run two rigs (one at a time) without replugging anything.I wish additional controls were available to tweak contours of various frequency ranges, but overall this simple-to-use unit makes an incredible difference in just about any sound - at the push of a button.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sonic Maximizer or Minimizer...You be the judge.

    I purchased this unit hoping to improve the overall sound quality of my small PA system; however, after extensive testing I found that it was nothing more than a bunch of marketing hype.Read complete review

    I purchased this unit hoping to improve the overall sound quality of my small PA system; however, after extensive testing I found that it was nothing more than a bunch of marketing hype.
    Unit is well built and the fit and finish is very nice.
    If you are looking for and effect unit, it can be useful; however, if you are seeking a system processor spend your money elsewhere.

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    4.0

    If it does as good as they say......

    By Drastic

    from Sandy, OR

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

        According to the manuf. description, this sonic maximize is designed to be placed between the amp and loudspeaker/monitor setup. Unless I am incorrect, this unit, or any of the BBE units would not work for me due to the Speakon connectors employed on the amp and speaker systems. Any live sound setup that is up to date will have this same scenario, so where does the benefit come from if the device can't be fit into the system?

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A dj must have

        By KING

        from NEW YORK CITY

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

          When DJ's are focused on mixing music we don't want to be worried about the sound. That's where this unit comes in. A knob for treble, a knob for bass. Need more or less of any of the two and this unit has the answer with the clarity that cleans up files with low bit rate enhancing your performance. But don't get it twisted, you still have to have a good sense of sound to to make the adjustments but when you figure that out it allows the DJ to sound more polished and less abrasive.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Better Sound

          By heqtbaq

          from 29 palms , CA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Functions

          Cons

          • Not Low Priced

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

          This unit works as advertised and with some adjusting provides a notable difference in the sound of the system . For what it is it seems that it could be offered at a lower price level with the tradeoff that more would be purchased .
          I recommend it for larger , more powerful systems .

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          5.0

          Will brighten-up the show!

          By A.C.C. Soundman

          from Petaluma CA.

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

            Being used for main loudspeakers, everything above 100hz. Has removed some of the "mud", as the product claims. So far I'm using it sparingly, due to live sound application.

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            5.0

            882i sonic maximizer ...

            By om1962

            from Sunnyvale, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

                Super easy to setup (2 knobs per channel). You do have to do the setup by listening to your audio to get the best setting. Much more easier than trying to set an equalizer.
                So far I have tested it with my DJ setup (pair of eon G2) and it is easily noticeable the effects of the 882i. It opens the sound and seems to separate frequencies so it provide a much more clear sound. That was tested with music.
                I am also using it on my instrument setup (Yamaha S90 with logic connected to a Roland AMP via a Yamaha mixer). There the effect is not as dramatic but I wonder if it is because of the AMP and the music played not being as rich in terms of number of instruments playing at the same time.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Clarity and sparkle in the front end

                By T. Gath

                from Cortland, NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

                  We have run the 882i in our PA twice now anb both times listeners described our sound, especially vocals as 'extremely clear'. Another listener said that it was the best PA sound that he had ever heard in that club. I used this to replace an older BBE unit. The new 882i has XLR's in/out while the older one didn't.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderfully done

                  By Woodenships

                  from Southeast Mo

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

                    It's like taking a blanket off your sound. Be ready to hear. Ever little thing.

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                    (6 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Sonic Maximizer or Minimizer...You be the judge.

                    By james ivey

                    from Florida

                    Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

                    I purchased this unit hoping to improve the overall sound quality of my small PA system; however, after extensive testing I found that it was nothing more than a bunch of marketing hype.
                    Unit is well built and the fit and finish is very nice.
                    If you are looking for and effect unit, it can be useful; however, if you are seeking a system processor spend your money elsewhere.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    the iceing on the cake!!!

                    Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

                    seriously by far the best part of the cake meaning of how it sounds. it emphisizes the higher frequencies and the lower. i feel that it pretty much equals out the sound for me. i love this toy. just to compare the before and after sound on the bbe proccess button is so much fun. get it people. only for those serious musicians that want to be remembered for such clean sound when you play in front of your fans.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Mixing and Mastering Dream

                    By Jonny T

                    from Virgin Islands

                    Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

                    This unit is an absolute must-have for anyone involved in audio production. I first purchased a BBE sonic maximizer years ago for a home studio set-up and instantly, my mixes were better, balanced and more focused due to the nuances the BBE process brings out.Years later I still religiously use BBE Sonic Maximizers for live and pro studio work and cannot fathom removing them from my signal path.

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