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BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer
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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.

BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer 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
    Bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal

BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer Specifications:

  • 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

BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer


BBE Sound, Inc. products are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from date of purchase from BBE Sound, Inc. or an authorized dealer.

During this period, BBE Sound, Inc. will repair units free of charge providing that they are shipped prepaid to:

BBE Sound, Inc.
5382 Production Drive
Huntington Beach, California 92649

BBE Sound, Inc. will pay return UPS shipping charges within USA. All charges related to non-US shipping, including customs clearance, will be billed. The warranty will be honored for the longer of either 90 days from the date of any service or the remainder of the original 5 year factory warranty.

If a BBE Sound, Inc. product is purchased through an authorized BBE distributor outside the US, contact the distributor to arrange warranty repair.

This warranty will be considered null and void by BBE Sound, Inc. if any of the following is found:

1. The equipment has been physically damaged.
2. The equipment shows signs of abuse
3. The equipment has been electrically damaged by improper connection or attempted repair by the end user or third party.
4. The equipment has been modified without authorization.
5. The bill of sale indicates that the purchase date of the equipment is not within the warranty period.

A copy of the original sales receipt must be provided for service under this warranty.

All non-warranty repairs are warranted for a period of 90 days from the date of service.

BBE Sound, Inc. is NOT LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Should the unit fail to operate for any reason, our sole obligation is to repair the unit as described above.

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Pro Coverage includes:

  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited Repair
  • Free Shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% Coverage for Commercial Use
  • Extended Return Period
  • Extended Price Protection
  • No Lemon Guarantee
  • Free Transfer of Coverage to a new owner
  • Repair Costs Covered for up to 3 years from date of purchase
  • Repairs Can Be Authorized Toll-Free by Phone or the via the web
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  • Dummy Proof clarity

    As reviewed by tacodude on 8/11/2006

    I use this thing for my guitar, my bass player, sound systems, pa's, you name it. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to dial in a 31 band EQ and get just the right sound. This made a huge improvement to all of my audio processing. Plus it's dummy proof, you adjust 2 knobs and you're done. It doesn't get any easier than that. If you don't have the ear for dialing in an EQ, this product is for you. It adds fullness to your overall mix and clarify's everything. A must have for guitarists.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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  • What You've Been Waiting For!

    As reviewed by GenaroQ on 5/1/2007

    As a guitarist in a metal band, i was looking for something to add clarity to my tone and the BBE Sonic Maximizer 482i does just that. Right out of the box i was impressed with the way it cleaned up and clarified the notes. Not only that but you don't have to crank the knobs all the way up to hear a difference. The great thing about this is that it eliminates a use for an EQ. Just set the presents on your amp and adjust the knobs on the BBE and you have a complete and full sound that will impress your audience. It's inexpensive and a great addition to any rack system. Don't be fooled by the price, you get more than you pay for. Plug this into your rack and prepare to hear your music in a way you have never heard it before.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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  • W O W ! ! !

    As reviewed by tcgibson91 on 8/30/2006

    I started using the Maximizer a couple of weeks ago and wow what a difference it makes for my guitar rig. I use to use a 4x12, 4x10 and a 1x15 cabinets for my rig to get the sound I needed, but not anymore since I got the BBE Maximizer!!! And using it is so easy, just adjust 2 knobs to your liking and you're done.. My two yr. old can work with this unit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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