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BBE Max-X2 2-Way Stereo Crossover

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The BBE Max-X2 2-Way Stereo Crossover offers a variety of options for virtually all live sound-reinforcement amplifier configurations. The Max-X2's l...Click To Read More About This Product

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The first signal processor of its kind to feature an onboard BBE Sonic Maximizer.

The BBE Max-X2 2-Way Stereo Crossover offers a variety of options for virtually all live sound-reinforcement amplifier configurations. The Max-X2's logical design makes it easy to operate and its sonic integrity provides clean, distortion-free audio with a predictable, repeatable range of control. The BBE High Definition Sound process employed by the Sonic Maximizer is world-renowned among music and sound professionals for bringing crystalline clarity and air to the source material as well as revealing rich harmonic subtleties.

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.

Full-function BBE Sonic Maximizer
Simplified controls
Shielded internal power supply with AC voltage select switch (~115V/60Hz or ~230V/50Hz)
Robust steel chassis withstands road wear
Phase inversion switches
Servo-balanced XLR inputs, unbalanced 1/4" inputs/outputs
12dB/octave filters
Top audio performance with high slew rate circuitry and over 115dB dynamic range for transparent sound
2-year warranty

Excellent sonic performance and reliability! Call or click to order yours today!


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At least the lows go to the subs, LOL

By JHRex

from Hill Country, Texas

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I should be the spokesman for all the companies I have purchased gear from. I have no problems with anything I have purchased, the Max-X2 also. I have 2 - Dual 15" Mains; and 2 - 18" Subs to run off of the BBE XOVER and so far my tests have all gone good. Well enough that I cranked the DOGS*@)outta my PA to the point that KPD was called. That was just hooked up to the home stereo. The kids got a real kick out of that. As far as experience goes, I play 1 or 2 shows a month as of current. Saloons/Dancehalls and such and I'm positive the PA will sound better than anything any of my competition has. Mostly folks around here run 1X15" PA's at around 500w total. I trust BBE with my 3600w of speakers and amps.


Good Crossover

By Cheese Factory

from Lubbock, TX

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There's better crossovers out there. But if you want something simple and with a Sonic Maximizer get it. The sonic maximizer is worth the price alone. The knobs are kinda cheap though. Even so, mines taken some abuse and still works fine. I use it with 2 JBL 18in. subs and 2 JBL 15in. Speakers on to. I can tell a big diffence in quality of sound if you work the sonic maximizer right on each channel. Deffenitely worth the price, kills two birds with one stone.


Cheaply Built

By jaygilb

from WI

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Very flimsy build. Uses the lowest grade opamps available.Avoid at all cost.


great for the money

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have used this for 2 years now and functions very well plus the fact you wont need to purchase a additional sonic maximiser unit is a great plus. Has never failed me and is very quiet in its operation.


Sweet deal

By Too Old to Quit

from South Dakota

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This BBE crossover made a significant improvement in our overall sound. Since I only needed a 2-way crossover (I needed to filter the lows out of my high packs and have a low send for my bass bins), I figured the BBE processing would be just a little icing on the cake, but whoo-eee I was pleasantly suprised at the result. EVERYTHING is MUCH cleaner and crisper. Sweeeeet. And before, I could NEVER get my break music to sound good from a DVD player or MP3 player. It was always muddy, but it now sounds like a million's OK, metal case, plastic knobs. I keep it in a rack, so no big deal there. As for features, it has what it needs, a crossover point and a couple of knobs for the BBE processing. Overall, a pretty good value IMHO.

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