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BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover   

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Housed in a compact and easy-to-use package, the BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover provides a variety of options for virtually all live so...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Highly sophisticated electronics and a logical design!

Housed in a compact and easy-to-use package, the BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover provides a variety of options for virtually all live sound-reinforcement amplifier configurations. The BBE Max-X3 promises 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 remarkable improvements in total sound quality, bringing crystalline clarity and air to the source material as well as revealing rich harmonic subtleties. The Max-X3 employs state-variable, 4th-order Linkwitz-Riley filters. This minimizes phase inaccuracies in the critical crossover region and ensures the output at all frequencies remains in-phase, which is critical for the accurate summing of each driver in a speaker stack. This design has a very steep 24dB/octave slope, which ensures that each driver designed to reproduce a specific frequency range is not driven beyond its limits.

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
  • Full-function BBE Sonic Maximizer
  • Simplified controls
  • Shielded internal power supply with AC voltage select switch (~115V/60Hz or ~230V/50Hz)
  • Phase inversion switches
  • LED clip indicators for both high and low outputs
  • x10 range multiplier switch makes crossover point adjustment easy
  • Constant directivity horn equalization provides progressive high-frequency boost
  • Robust steel chassis withstands road wear
  • Servo-balanced XLR inputs, 1/4" unbalanced inputs/outputs
  • 12dB/octave filters
  • Top audio performance with high slew rate circuitry and over 115dB dynamic range for transparent sound
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BBEMax-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover
 
5.0

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  • Professional functions (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

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5.0

quqlity counts

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from new hampshire

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

    only in mind!!! ////// nice unit

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    5.0

    A very nice crossover....though one small problem...

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    from Akron, Ohio

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • One missing function!

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Live Sound
    • Performances

    Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

    I am a trained and college educated sound technician, as well as a music professor and musician. I purchased 2 of these BBE's for my Music Shoppe sound company live racks, and was very happy with the sound and functionality of these units, EXCEPT for one thing. These units do not allow you to dial your crossover point all the way down, ONLY to 80 cycles. This means each time I am not using subwoofers (for venues that do not need them), I have to disconnect the XLR inputs from this BBE crossover, and come directly out of my dual 31 band EQ's to my mixer. This means I also will not have access to the very nice BBE process that is installed in this crossover. My past crossovers allowed me to dial the crossover frequency all the way down, when ever I wanted to use only upper mains on tri-pods for any smaller and quieter venues. I didn't notice this when I purchased these BBE crossovers, and it is a bit of a pain to contend with. Otherwise, they are great units. The BBE process adds a lot to the over all sonority and timing of the frequencies, and I engage this process ONLY after doing my initial sound check for each show. It adds a wonderful "wrap around" sound quality, that is similar to surround sound in some ways, and adjusts the higher and lower frequencies with more efficiency to work well together. The 4 mute buttons are also wonderful, because I can run an mp3 player when I power up, and check each sides subs and mains for signal, without having to get out of my chair. This is also a nice function that can help protect your speakers when you power up or down. I turn the BBE process buttons off at the end of each gig, and also mute all 4 of these buttons before powering down.

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    5.0

    Great product

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    from upstate New York

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

      If you need a crossover this is the one to buy. The sonic maximizer function is worth the price alone and will clean up your mix. Our live sound is improved 100 percent with this unit, the lows are defined and the highs are clear and sharpened.

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      5.0

      Day light to dark diffrents !!

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      from Bedford,Indiana

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

        This little unit made our sound go from ok to sonic bliss its unreal,the lows boom the mids sing and the highs are over the moon !! If you want to improve your sound by 1000% you need this little unit it is awesome !!!!

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        5.0

        Amazing and Simple

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        from Houston Tx

        Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

        I installed a Max-X3 in our church and it changed the quality of sound dramaticly. before the Eq's were mostly below flat responce and the sound was not clear as I would like. after installing the MaX-X3 I couldn't be happier. Thank you for a superior product

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No complaints

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        from Sacramento, CA

        Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

        Isn't that what you want from your equipment? No complaints? This does it job. Contrary to another review, I get no discernible hum from this. He may have grounding issues, either from a faulty unit or external to it. Whether or not the Sonic Maximizer is a plus or not depends on the kind of program. You can always bypass it completely. I will say that the x10 button shouldn't be so close to a level control where it could accidentally be pressed.

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        5.0

        good stuff

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        from Minneapolis

        Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

        This is a great unit. The x-over works just like it should and the Sonic Maximizer is just icing on the cake. My only "complaint" is that I wish BBE would make a 3 way stereo version, but I knew what I was getting. Anyone who knows their way around a X-over will find this versatile and easy to use.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great piece of equipment

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        from torrance

        Comments about BBE Max-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover:

        i bought one, and it works great, i bought this because it has a sonic maximizer built in. i love how it adds some color to my rack. red is definatly a bright color. you can use it as a crossover, and a full function sonic maximizer. i am very happy with the results i have gotten with this unit. but i do not like that the unit is about 2mm wider than other gear i own, so i cant add a rack tray behind it (because it wont fit into the area available, since its too wide)

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