ART Pro Audio Active DI Box

SKU: # 247840   |   Model: # XDIRECT   |    Product Reviews3 Reviews  Write a Review

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The Xdirect is a high quality interface that lets you connect instrument, line, or speaker level signals to a mixer or other balanced input. The high impedance single-ended 1/4" and XLR inputs are buffered and converted, by very low noise active electronics, into an isolated balanced low impedance signal source. The Xdirect has an extremely flat and wide frequency response and can handle high signal levels while still maintaining an isolated balanced low impedance output. This gives the Xdirect a very clean and neutral sound with a wide variety of signal sources and over long signal runs in high noise environments.

The Input Attenuator switches allow for a wide range of signal levels and the Input Link jack allows for tapping off of your signal chain. The Ground Lift switch lets you totally separate the input and output signal grounds, when appropriate, to isolate two systems, thereby reducing hum and ground-loop noise.

What further sets the Xdirect apart from other "Active DI" boxes are its extended features and versatility. We have added a switchable low pass Filter that cuts out all very high frequency interference. This Bessel filter on the input is placed out of the audio range and is primarily intended to reduce radio frequency interference before it gets into the main system. The filter is also very effective in reducing any digital computer noise artifacts when using the Xdirect as an interface between a computer based audio workstation and your monitors.

A Phase Invert switch, while not normally included with your run of the mill D.I. box, has been added to allow you to switch signal polarity right at the source. This feature is especially handy when you are combining a direct tap with a microphone feed in the mix.

The Xdirect's active circuitry is powered by an internal 9volt battery, when external power is not available. In this mode it draws 3.5 ma which should give you more than 250 hours of operation off of a new battery. If phantom power is available, then the Xdirect will automatically draw its power from the external source. The Battery on/off switch lights dim when the unit is running off of the battery, lights brightly when it is running off of phantom power, and is off when the unit is inactive.

The compact black anodized all aluminum case and its flexible power design allow the Xdirect to provide years of trouble free service in Live Sound, Permanent/Fixed Install, D.J., and virtually any PA application. Its full feature set, rugged construction, and high-end specifications make the Xdirect the obvious choice whenever you have to interface high impedance sources with a low noise balanced system.

SPECIFICATIONS:
• Frequency Response: 10Hz 100kHz, +/-.5dB @ +0dBu
• Maximum Output Level: +6dBu (battery powered)+14dBu (phantom powered)
• Maximum Input Level: +4/+24/+44dBu
• Dynamic Range: >100dB typical
• Input Connections: 1/4 TRS and XLR female unbalanced, 470k Ohm
• Output Connection: XLR male balanced,

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Good box for the price 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Mississauga, Ontario
Some older reviews mention the fragility of the device, I did not have the broken jack issue yet. I have seen lots of people kick and toss their DI boxes while playing, I am careful with all my equipment! I use it to connect my keyboard or guitar to a mixer and it's all good. The phantom power feature saves on the batteries. Good box for the price.
Posted by François on May 20, 2022
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Bad Design 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
As with the review above I bought 4 of these. They worked great for the price for a little while and then the problem started. The 1/4 inch input breaks off on the PCB on ALL 4!! This problem will happen to you!! These were lightly used. So when I tried to repair them I noticed that the tracks on the PCB were very thin and not up to the job of holding an input connector. Bad design. So I had to re track most of the unit . Would not buy again. Save you money now but will cost you in the long run. Not to mention make you look bad when it doesn't work mid concert.
Posted by Stephen Genge on Feb 7, 2017
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Lost connections 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Bedford, Nova Scotia
I purchased the Art pro Active DI to use for live performances. I only got to use it a few times during jam practices and it began to lose the connection on the 1/4" input. The input became loose. The 1/4" jack is only soldered to the internal board, it's not secured to the box. Not the toughest product, but for the price can't expect the best. However Long and Mcquade were very understanding and took the DI back. Thanks
Posted by wayne grimes on May 9, 2016
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