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

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

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


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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  • Pretty Good Unit

    As reviewed by Chase Traxx on 5/1/2009

    Ive heard alot of people say they get a hum when they turn this unit on...its a grounding issue with your amp! After I pumped some sound threw it the first time I haven't heard it hum once! The crossover is as good as any DBX ive had and much better then the Alesis 3630...the Sonic Maximizers good both for some reason the single BBE Sonic units have a better sounding range but for the most part im very impressed with this..Kill 2 birds with one stone...unit. Pros.. Very easy to use... Good Range on Low and High/Mid.. Cons... None really if you use XLR cables if you use 1/4 and plan on getting this unit switch ASAP...

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  • I love this piece

    As reviewed by David on 4/4/2011

    My dbx drive rack went south on me. Had a gig to play that nite. So the bbe was all they had available at the local music store and boy am I glad I gave it a shot. I will not be putting my drive rack back in. As the saying goes k.i.s.s. (keep it simple stupid)-referring to myself of course. This is a plug and play unit for those of us with half a brain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Will never do it again

    As reviewed by Wendell Frohwein on 8/11/2008

    Got this unit home, hooked it up, nothing but buzz come out of the outputs to my amps. Took it back, got another unit, this time it worked (still hums), then i was adjusting channel 2 high gain from min to max, and it crackled and popped between 5 and 7. Very unhappy with this unit. I'm going to return it 1 final time and get a dbx crossover instead.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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