Highly sophisticated electronics and a logical design!
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.
• 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