I just got a brand new bbe bmax and I'm not happy at all with the noise it generates. I already have the gain down in the "2" range. I'm using a passive Fender J-Bass with all knobs all the way up. Sonic maximizer is off. Compressor is off. I've tried with XLR out to my mixer as well as the main (1/4") out. I'm playing through the headphones at the moment. I've worked with several combinations of gain/level on the mixer. The noise (fuzz, mild static) is definitely coming from the bmax. Direct-out of my Hartke produces no noise to the mixer. Direct-in from my bass to the mixer produces no noise. I even got crazy and ran the main out of the bmax to my Hartke Kickback 12 and it faithfully reproduced the same noise coming out of the BBE. I've tried the ground lift switch in both positions. I'm running "flat" (bass, treble at 2, mid at 10). I am also getting little pops and clicks on the decay of a note. This issue was listed on a review, but there were so many other positive reviews out there, I thought that one guy was crazy. I'm listening through headphones, which is critical listnening, but like I said, I hear it coming through the Hartke. Is my unit defective? What else can I try? Thanks, Pat.