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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

SPECIFICATIONS

882i Sonic Maximizer

  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Professional functions (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

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

 

Bypass Is Not Really Bypass Mode

An important thing to note about this unit is that when comparing what the unit labels as bypass mode versus when the unit is inline, there is a huge difference in the sound you...Read complete review

An important thing to note about this unit is that when comparing what the unit labels as bypass mode versus when the unit is inline, there is a huge difference in the sound you hear.

However, it should also be noted that when the unit is in bypass mode, it is not really bypassing the unit, but is instead greatly cutting the low end out of your signal. This is really marketing hype more than anything else.

Here is a really good and thorough review on YouTube.

BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i Demo and Review - www.youtube.com/watch?v=LosL-gdHLpk&index=258

Reviewed by 34 customers

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5.0

GREATEST INVESTMENT I EVER MADE... BILL HALL...

By CODY

from EAST CANTON OHIO

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Verified Buyer

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 882i Sonic Maximizer:

    HOOK IT UP AND LET IT DO ITS JOB..

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    buy one!!

    By Pat Strat

    from NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

      Had mine for 6 yrs now,built like a tank.I run my guitar thru one side and vocals thru
      other side..Highly recommend,Takes all the mud out of your sound.

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      5.0

      A must have

      By Dj Cyrax

      from Fort Bragg, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

        It gave my setup and new sound, much clearer and sound even more clean. Make you think you can pick out all the instruments playing one by one

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        5.0

        what a difference

        By CODY

        from EAST CANTON OHIO

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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 882i Sonic Maximizer:

          WHAT A PIECE OF WORK... MAKES MY STUDIO SOUND ALMOST PRO...

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          wow !

          By FRONI

          from Greencastle, Pa.

          About Me Professional Musician

          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 882i Sonic Maximizer:

            I cant listen to anything now unless this thing is turned on. It makes that big of a difference.

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            (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bypass Is Not Really Bypass Mode

            By J M

            from Gainesville, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • None

            Comments about BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer:

            An important thing to note about this unit is that when comparing what the unit labels as bypass mode versus when the unit is inline, there is a huge difference in the sound you hear.

            However, it should also be noted that when the unit is in bypass mode, it is not really bypassing the unit, but is instead greatly cutting the low end out of your signal. This is really marketing hype more than anything else.

            Here is a really good and thorough review on YouTube.

            BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i Demo and Review - www.youtube.com/watch?v=LosL-gdHLpk&index=258

            Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

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

            By Drastic

            from Sandy, OR

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            Ask me a question

            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 4 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

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  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.

                  About Me Experienced

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                  Verified Buyer

                  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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