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What is the cheapest passive Direct Box worth buying?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by burn000, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. burn000

    burn000 Guest

    it's for studio use, for bass DI and also reamping some stuff

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    make one

    see the Jensen site for ideas and you will end up with something of true quality
  3. KungFuLio

    KungFuLio Guest

    Or if you gatta spend some dough... a Countryman...
  4. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    I'd be willing to build one for you....I'd have to look at the schematic and find out the parts, but if you are interested let me know.
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    a Countryman while very cool ... :)

    is not passive
    ... and might not be so happy in reverse as a re-amp box
  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Don't bash me for saying this, but for cheap, it's hard to go wrong with the Behringer DI. Have HAD to use it while helping some wankers a few times now, and it worked just fine. Less than $50
  7. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    The Groove Tubes PDI (passive direct) box streets around $37, is quiet, has a ground lift switch and gets the job done. It's my favorite out of 2 passive DI's I have. The other is a Whirlwind EDB-1 which has a Jensen tranny that I like and you can pick one up on ebay typically for around $15.

    But I recommend the GT PDI for $37.
  8. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    I don't think there is any harm in having a couple of these sorts of units

    different is good
    simple is good
    cheap is good

    this does include the B unit

    my favourite go to passive DI box is a No-Name unit I bought in my first year of being interested in musical instruments

    I have better more expensive units that also include one I have made from expensive parts
    why do I choose my little cheapie ??
    I don't know
    ... but I guess it is to do with track record and the need to have some safe proven units that I know I can rely on ... like 57's and 58's

    it does saturate a little on bass guitar and I just like it
    and always take it with me to a live gig
  9. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    Yup, it's nice to have a few around and I love the GT model with a noisey Yamaha fretless bass I play sometimes. Hushes that puppy up quick and allows me to interface with a lot of interesting gear.

    When re-amping it's always nice to have at least 2 available anyway.
  10. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I second the Whirlwinds, but Radial has a real nice one with a real Jensen tranny (the Whirlwinds don't use those anymore), and they have a good one (budget) that has a no-name as well. Definitely stick to PASSIVE if you want to "re-amp"!!!
  11. burn000

    burn000 Guest

    ART have a cheap one too, is it good? it's a dual direct box and sell for 40-50$
  12. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    I've never used the ART passive DI's so I can't comment on those. I can, however, vouch for the Whirlwind, Groove Tubes, Rolls (not bad), and Radial boxes.

    I can say this however, whatever brand you go with make sure it's got a ground lift switch. Not all of them do. No ground lift = no good. LOL.
  13. Digger

    Digger Guest

    Forgive me for taking so long to reply, it just took me a while for me to pick my jaw up off of the floor!!! :eek: - I never thought the king of gear snobbery on RO would admit to using Behringer.

    I actually use a couple of active Behringer DI's on the advice of an engineer friend, and they have been great. I was inches away from buying a Radial Engineering DI and I am glad I didn't, the Behringers work fine.
  14. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Gaff?? The KING of gear snobbery?? Maybe prince or jester, but KING?? :lol:

    I'm gonna jump in and say - not ALL Behringer is bad. Some (okay, most) is, but their DIs, active or passive are actually quite decent. And they're a great price to boot. I keep a couple of both around the studio for just a different flavor.

  15. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    for the same price as a B you could get a Rolls matchbox. its really not any better. ive just had to mutch bad experience with them.
  16. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Yep I admit it. It wasn't my choice to use it, and I did not have any choice in the matter as it was the only thing available, and low and behold, it worked well for the wankers I was working with. A good example that even when a design is stolen and gutted for the most cheapest parts, it still can be decent sounding.

    No doubt I'm a big gear snob, but not close to a King Gear Snob. I know many that are much, much worse than I. Some of them are my hereos...
  17. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Active Member

    Re passive, I just picked up a Radial Engineering Pro D2 (stereo) passive box with their own version of a Jensen transformer (at a lower price). I bought it for $149 Cdn. The D1 is even cheaper (one channel). I used a SansAmp Bass Drive DI before and was unhappy with the results.
  18. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    I know this is an old thread but......
    I'm curious, how do you turn a DI box into a reamp box? I thought they were two different things, unless that Jensen DIY box is special. I have a Radial JDI (passive, Jensen trannie). Is there a trick to use this as a reamp box?
  19. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    I don't know this specific unit ... so I don't know which trnsfornmer is fitted.

    Before I try to answer this question spend a little while having a look at the Jensen Transformers Tech Notes page.
    half way down the page for the section titled
    Musical Instrument Application Schematics

    passive DI box with most of the typical features

    the basic idea in reverse

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