BBE Sound Inc has launched two new models, the BBE 882i and BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer signal processors. According to BBE Product Manager, Judd Levison, both were designed to offer far greater strength under demanding applications such as sound reinforcement and touring.
These units, which feature a 1/4" thick extruded aluminum faceplate anchored to chassis via hex head bolts, also benefit from improved graphics which are easier to read in poorly lit environments. In addition, new knurled, aluminum knobs have been incorporated for ease of control and a more positive feel, often critical to musicians, live sound mixers and DJs making fine adjustments mid-performance.
Both models employ 1% metal film resistors and military spec PCBs with extra thick traces. Further optimizing signal flow, all pots, switches and jacks mount directly to the PC boards of these units, which also feature the extremely quiet, proprietary Sonic Maximizer op amp, designed by BBE.
The 882i unit features dual-mono operation with balanced XLR inputs and outputs. It is designed for applications requiring low noise, high headroom and +4dBu input levels.
Who needs this box? Recording studios of any size, for starters. If there's somebody singing or speaking, you'll wonder how you survived without it. If you record any acoustic instruments as well, stop reading this and order one now. In this age of CDs, cassettes are starting to show their limits. When you put this box between your master source, and your cassette deck, it gives the venerable little cassette a sonic fighting chance. If you are a mobile or nightclub DJ, this unit will kick everything up a notch. Sound reinforcement companies, large and small, it's a no brainer how you can use it. Finally, if you have a rack as part of your rig, whether you're a keyboard, guitar, or bass player, you need this as the final stage before your signal goes out.
Professional recording studios
Pro and semi-pro sound reinforcement
Nightclub sound systems
+4dBu balanced line (1/4" tip-ring-sleeve and XLR inputs and outputs)
Active balanced outputs
Bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal
Process Mode: Program controlled
Bypass Mode: 10Hz to 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
NON-US CUSTOMERS: BBE 882 is 110/220 V
BBE warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.
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