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BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer
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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.

BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer Features:

  • +4dBu balanced line (1/4" tip-ring-sleeve and XLR inputs and outputs)
    +23dBu headroom
    Active balanced outputs
    Hardwire bypass
    Bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal

BBE 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

BBE 882i 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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  • Im singing the Halleluya Chorus Right Now!!!

    As reviewed by Muerte Guitarist 1 on 10/27/2006

    Mmmm... The smell of success. This Sonic Maximizer helps clean up and Compress your tone. You definately need this, regardless of the style you play. I play from Death Metal and Progressive to Acoustic and this helps in any case. It really fattens up your tone, while compressing it so it isnt as muddy or harsh sounding. It gives you a really warm sound, while still forcing your tone to shine through with lots of clarity, and all the gain you want. The thing that I like the most about this, is that it isnt too many nobs to mess with. Im a tone freak, and its nice to get an effect that works as well as the top end models with ony 4 nobs on it. And the 2 inputs are a nice little featre. I think you get what i'm trying to say... BBE Sonic Maximizers do everything. They probly even have a nob that you push and it makes you coffee in the morning for work. Perfection really does come in a rack... space.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful.
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  • Completely Impressed

    As reviewed by Craig on 7/17/2008

    I'm not one to write reviews, but in this case I felt like I really wanted to let people know how much of a difference the BBE 882i can make in the way your system sounds. The music will be much more well defined and clear. Crisp and bright are more words to describe the sound. I can assure you that you will not find any other piece of gear costing 4-5 times more that can make as much difference as this single item will.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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  • Sonic not EQ.

    As reviewed by GORDON SLAGLE on 12/11/2012

    Sonic Maximizer is the way to go. Many Dj's use a EQ. EQ. may be good for a band but does not work for a disc jockey set-up. Sonic maximizer brings sound the back with a bang and adds no distortion.I have used a Sonic Maximizer for the last 15 years and have always had positive comments on the sound of my systems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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