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Headway EDB-2 Direct Preamp 

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High-quality preamp for acoustic instruments. The Headway EDB-2 is a new addition to their range of Acoustic Pickups & Pre-Amplifiers. It is a re...Click To Read More About This Product

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High-quality preamp for acoustic instruments. The Headway EDB-2 is a new addition to their range of Acoustic Pickups & Pre-Amplifiers. It is a refinement of the highly acclaimed EDB-1, but with some major improvements derived from customer feedback and ongoing acoustical research.

The EDB-2 boasts Refined Class "A" Inputs and Pro Audio IC Components, easy to read Pro-Audio design layout & sturdy metal housings built to withstand "Life on the Road". The EDB-2 is supplied with belt clips, rubber feet and is threaded for microphone stands.

  • Two channels
  • Assignable EQ
  • Notch filter
  • Phantom power

Order today and shape the sound of your instruments, as well as condition their signal for optimum amplification.


EDB-2 Direct Preamp

  • Twin channel with individual inputs & gain controls
    5 Band EQ assignable to Channel 1, 2 or both
    Notch Filter assignable to Channel 1 or 2
    Huge 0-32 dB Gain to interface with most mixers/desks etc
    Phantom Power is assignable to either "ring", "tip", or XLR to power virtually all instrument microphones/pickups.
    Phase Reverse assignable t each channel
    Earth Lift Switch
    "Range" Switch tuned for specific instruments i.e. Violin, Guitar, Bass etc
    iPod Input for backing tracks, practice routines etc
    Mute Switch
    Mono, Stereo & XLR Inputs, Jack and XLR Outputs
    Battery or Mains powered (power supply included)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Sounding Preamp and DI, but returned it!

By Steve

from Chicago

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  • A lot of function in a small package
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good EQ
  • Good feedback control
  • More than just a simple DI signal pre-amp
  • Multiple signal routing options
  • Portable


  • More than an average guitar player needs
  • More than just a simple DI signal pre-amp
  • No phantom main power
  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Stage

Comments about Headway EDB-2 Direct Preamp:

After hearing a lot of hype about Headway products, I purchased the EDB-2 to do an A/B with my L.R. Baggs ParaDI. I went with this model over the EDM-1 to get the full EQ section. With Anthem SL systems in my ac guitars, the boxes sounded identical. With multiple guitars, I couldn't get one to sound any better than the other. Both had a very similar sound both through my amps as well as direct into my computer/DAW. Good, strong, clean and balanced signal and tone. No phantom power (requiring a wall wart or two 9v batteries) is a big strike, though understandable given the additional features. The EDB-2 is really meant for players who need multiple inputs for dual pickup systems that require blending as well as to incorporate other audio sources (Stereo iPod and XLR mic). If you have a single output pick-up in your acoustic and are looking for an easy, simple set-up, this product is overkill and doesn't sound any better than other pre's that are less expensive.

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Great idea; cheap quality.

By Jonas

from Columbus, OHIO

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  • Flexible, smart functionality (EQ, notch, 2-ch)


  • Cheap components inside

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Headway EDB-2 Direct Preamp:

The only thing of its kind, I believe, and it was perfect, in concept, for my dual-pickup upright bass system. My bass is mic'd with a mic that needs phantom power and a piezo pickup that uses a regular 1/4" line cable. This unit receives both those inputs and supplies the phantom power to the mic. The two channels have independent volume controls, and the EQ can be assigned to either channel (but only one). A notch filter can be assigned to the other channel. Very handy, actually, as I wanted to cut the top end off the piezo sound.

BUT, the pots started making noise within five months, getting worse and worse, and finally making static without me touching them. THEN the inner circuits started failing and my batteries drain in two hours (vs. five days when new), AND the AC adaptor makes a huge screaming noise in the signal path. Horrible.

I wrote service last week and they didn't reply. Go figure. I would not buy this product.

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