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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. Provides processi... Click To Read More About This Product


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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. 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. Single rackspace.

  • 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
  • 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 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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  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
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BBE482i Sonic Maximizer

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Good piece of gear.

By D

from Kansas City

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


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    Home studio.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Best deal for DJ's

    By Pedro Muniz

    from Stamford, Connecticut

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    I Purchased this unit a few days ago and used it on a live set and the Sound is amazing on this piece of equipment. Having a device on your set will truly make all your notes come out and the bass feel detailed and punchy. I used these on a set of EV's and they did the job. it was so noticeable I even had people from the party downstairs come upstairs just to see what was going on. THATS HOW CLEAR IT IS!! Pair the unit up with a Behringer EQ and your good to go!!.. IF you use an eq make sure that your Sonic Maximizer is the last to be hooked up.. meaning Mixer-EQ-Maximizer-AMP. Then do your fine tuning!!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Single Greatest Device to Improve Your Sound

    By Shawn Staub

    from Washington DC

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    I'm a guitar "purest" which means I don't want a lot of accessories to bog down my sound. However, the Sonic Maximizer gives any and every amp clarity and fullness in tone. No need for EQ, it does the work for you. No doubt, you WILL be satisfied.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Worth the loot, great sound to boot!

    By PappaZip

    from Texas

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    I was a little skeptical before buying this unit, but now that I have I am very happy with it. The BBE482i provides thick, solid, well-rounded low end while keeping crisp, punchy (not twangy) highs. I have never been a proponent of EQ's and still don't have to, because the unit fills the need to adjust frequencies with super easy, intuitive product design. I highly recommend this unit, for bassists, or in any other application -I can see a difference in the 'shape' of my sound. (Warwick Corvette 4/GK 1001RB/Peavey 4x10 & 1x15 cabs)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    best sound i've ever heard

    By gguillo

    from Little Rock, AR

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    Didn't really realize how much clarity and equalization was lost in our system until we hooked this up! instead of having to rely totally on the L/R house EQ system, we just flatten almost everything out and let the Sonic Max do it's thing. It is a great way to be able to manage your overall high/low without having to go through each individual instrument channel or each EQ frequency. I really like this item!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    You can't afford to NOT have it!

    By The Slim - Jubilee

    from Ft. Myers, FL

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    I've been playing music for over 17 years, professionally for the last 10. I can say with all confidence that this unit will revolutionize your life! SCREAMING tones, boosted sustain... and an unbeatable price!! You can make ANY rig sound like a million bucks!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



    By elipsis1

    from Charotte, NCE

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    This unit always stays on in my rig, everything runs through it. You really need to try one out, it cleans everything up and makes it sound alive. Great Unit, well worth the price!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



    By The Red Devil

    from IN

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    I got a great deal on this thing used at the local guitar store. I took it home and ran it right after my Randall RG75 combo amp without even going through my rig and I was absolutely blown away! You haven't heard your guitar till you play through one of these! If you almost have the tone you are looking for but still feel its lacking...problem solved. If you think your tone is perfect and can't get anybetter...guess again. After I ran my whole rig along with this I was left speechless. This thing immediately went in my rig and is there to stay. I recomend running this as the first thing in your effects loop and then all your effects after it for best results. I would have paid full price for this thing or even more. Try this sonic maximizer out and you will never play without it again. I know I won't!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    A must for any Studio or Guitar Rig!

    By Joe

    from Tallahassee, Florida

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    The BBE Sonic Maximizer has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of my guitar sound. The best way that I have heard it described is "It is like taking a blanket off of the speakers", which is a very true statement. I have been using the stompbox version of this effect for awhile and just recently upgraded to the rackmount verison. This unit has a few features that the stompbox doesn't offer, one being the fact that this unit has two seperate channels (or Sonic Maximizers), built in so you can run a stereo rig not to mention the fact that it has RCA inputs and outputs. In my opinion the BBE Sonic Maximizer is a must (in any form that it comes in, rack mountable or stompbox), for any guitar setup or studio, espically if you are looking for an effect to help get that "Perfect Tone" you have always wanted.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    What You've Been Waiting For!

    By GenaroQ

    from Whittier, California

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    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.

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