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

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The BBE Max-X3 2-Way Crossover offers a variety of options for virtually all live sound-reinforcement amplifier configurations. The logical design makes this processor easy to operate, and its sonic i... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The BBE Max-X3 2-Way Crossover offers a variety of options for virtually all live sound-reinforcement amplifier configurations. The logical design makes this processor easy to operate, and its sonic integrity provides clean, distortion-free audio with a predictable, repeatable range of control.

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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE END USER TO PROVIDE THE BILL OF SALE OR OTHER MEANS OF PROOF OF PURCHASE TO VALIDATE THE WARRANTY IF WARRANTY SERVICE IS REQUIRED.

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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BBEMax-X3 2-Way Stereo/3-Way Mono Crossover
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional functions (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unhappy

Sounded great for one day and then the static started and just got worse. The product is a good idea just need someone else to produce it.

Sounded great for one day and then the static started and just got worse. The product is a good idea just need someone else to produce it.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the way BBE Sonic Maximizer should be used. Amazing

By Dan L.

from Grapeview, Washington.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ

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

    I have been using active crossovers since the late 1980's for Bi-amping, Tri-amping and Quad-amping. I have owned many crossovers and still own several crossovers besides the 2 BBE MAX-X3's. When dialed in correctly the sound is AMAZING. Very clean, detailed and dynamic. I have read many reviews about the BBE sonic maximize and was some what skeptical. This is the way the Sonic Maximizer should have always be implemented using it in an active crossover. I have 2 of these, 1 for each stereo channel. My system is powered by 2 Yamaha DSP-A1 Processor amplifiers for powering my open baffle satellite speakers consisting of 2 Audax HM130 CO Mid-woofers and a Vifa D25AG-35 1 inch Aluminum Dome Tweeters with the rear chamber cup removed. The Woofers Below the Satellites are 2 each HiVi research W-10 woofers in a ported 3.4 Cubic Foot enclosure with all 1.5 inch thick construction, Powered by the Emotiva LPA-1 amplifier below the 2 BBE MAX-3 Crossovers. My input levels on the MAX-3 are set at 5. The Output on the W10 woofers are set at 5, the Mid-woofers set at 6 and the tweeters are set at 5. After 8 weeks or so of tinkering I settled for the Sonic Maximizer setting for both the LOW and HIGH at just below the 3 setting. The Bass form the W10 woofers is tight and very well defined and blends better than ever with my 3 Sub-Woofers. The midrange and highs sound fantastic. I do not think the Sonic maximize is well benefited for use on full range speakers with internal passive crossovers. Active cossovers is the way the Sonic Maximizer should be used. My older brother is Bi-amping using 1 BBE MAX-3 and he is also amazed at the sound. My brothers system is the Emotiva UMC-200 Preamp, Emotiva XPA-5 Generation 2 amplifier, OPPO BDP-3 Blu-ray player HTD Level 3 Satellites and 2 of my DIY Woofers with 2 each Dayton 10 inch Reference Series Woofers in each enclosure. The MAX-3 is an amazing piece of equipment especially at such a low price I highly recommend it.

     
    4.0

    BBE max 3 crossover

    By tbonetone

    from washington state

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • must use 1/4 in. plug cables or adapters

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    The reason for the 4 star rating was because I had to buy 1/4 in to rca adapters which is by no means a deal breaker. just another low cost inconvenience which wasn't even a big deal to me.

     
    4.0

    BBE Max 3

    By tbonetone

    from Washington state

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Must have cables with 1/4 in. plugs or use adapt

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    This BBE crossover replaced my broken TDM X 2 crossover and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm using it for front Bi amped speakers in my surround home system. Works and sounds awesome and the sonic maximizer really increases the sound quality.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By Music Shoppe

    from Akron, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product

    By Dan

    from upstate New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Day light to dark diffrents !!

      By ICUB4UCME

      from Bedford ,indiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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 !!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great product

        By LUIS LATRE

        from union city ca.

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

        purchased from gc I been using this product for years and have had no problem with it its worth the money a maximizer and a crossover together you cant beat it. your saving another $100 to $200 from buying a seperate crossover no issue of hum others complain about thats a grounding issue

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Unhappy

        By Jerry Kinman

        from Raytown Missouri

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

        Sounded great for one day and then the static started and just got worse. The product is a good idea just need someone else to produce it.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing and Simple

        By tinygcourtney

        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

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love this piece

        By David

        from Seaford, DE

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

        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.

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