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I have a good understanding of (and experience with) both units, though much of it is from years ago. They are fundamentally different, in that they achieve their results from very different processes. Consequently, while the end result is kinda' the same in some respects there are potentially important differences.The Apex relies a lot on adding harmonic information (a.k.a. distortion) to the signal. The idea is to restore lost higher frequencies by sort of synthesizing new ones. This gives a brilliance or sheen to things without adding a lot of amplitude information.The BBE relies a lot on expanding (opposite of compression) the higher frequencies. The idea is to restore lost dynamics in the high frequency range. This adds a sort of brilliance and crispness to things without the potentially grating effects of increased distortion. It does add amplitude information to your signal though.Neither method is "right." They are just different, and bring different things to the table. In fact, many pros and audiophiles will argue that both of these boxes are nothing more than band-aids for correcting problems that should be sorted out in other ways (by fixing the problem instead of just the symptoms). I don't have that hard of a stance on them. i think they can be useful at the right times under the right circumstances, just like any device that manipulates audio. Not sure how much this really helps. Either one will make that duller/muddier keyboard jump out much more than it has been. And, as with most things, too much of it will eventually cause either one to grate on your nerves after a while (be subtle with it until you really understand the long term effects).Good luck.
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