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Super affordable, super effective, and super flexible!

The Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box is a high-quality interface that lets you connect instrument, line, or speaker-level signals to a mixer or other balanced input through a high-performance audio isolation transformer. The high-impedance, single-ended 1/4" input is converted by the transformer into an isolated balanced low-impedance signal output. Extremely flat and wide frequency response with high signal level handling. The ART Zdirect delivers clean and neutral sound with a wide variety of signal sources and over long signal runs in otherwise high-noise , live sound environments.

FEATURES
  • High-quality passive interface
  • Connect instrument, line, or speaker level signals to balanced input
  • High impedance single-ended 1/4" input
  • Isolated balanced low impedance signal output
  • Flat and wide frequency response
  • High signal level handling

High-quality, rugged, and affordable enhancement for any studio or live sound system. At this price, you don't even have to think about it. Just put it in the cart.

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ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Professional functions (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Direct Box Buy 2 or 3

Our band uses these in the studio and on stage. The line through allows a nice clean signal to the recording interface or to the sound man on the XLR output and a jumper...Read complete review

Our band uses these in the studio and on stage. The line through allows a nice clean signal to the recording interface or to the sound man on the XLR output and a jumper to the amp for on-stage sound. Gets rid of that single coil pick-up hum and allows the acoustic guitars to sound nice and warm with good tone. Keeps things simple in the studio at practice. I own 3 passive and one powered. They have all been working well for over 3 years. Compact and self-contained with no batteries to worry about. With ground lift, and pads for signal control you can't ask for more. Great product !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be Careful

Watch out!!! I have owned this DI box for less than 2 months and it just quit working. I take care of all of my gear. This DI went from the floor...Read complete review

Watch out!!! I have owned this DI box for less than 2 months and it just quit working. I take care of all of my gear. This DI went from the floor in front of me to my bag. Used once a week and it quit working.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Direct Box Buy 2 or 3

By Doug-L0SnP

from Wisconsin

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Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

Our band uses these in the studio and on stage. The line through allows a nice clean signal to the recording interface or to the sound man on the XLR output and a jumper to the amp for on-stage sound. Gets rid of that single coil pick-up hum and allows the acoustic guitars to sound nice and warm with good tone. Keeps things simple in the studio at practice. I own 3 passive and one powered. They have all been working well for over 3 years. Compact and self-contained with no batteries to worry about. With ground lift, and pads for signal control you can't ask for more. Great product !

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little DI box for short money

By Derek Smalls

from Boston MA

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Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

I was looking for a decent quality, low-cost passive DI box, and this unit was just the ticket. I've always been happy with ART products, and this passive DI box is no exception. More features than any other passive DI box in its price range, and it used a decent quality transformer that's dead quiet and quite musical. Sounded great on an old Guild acoustic-electric guitar.
No other unit in this price range has the same features. Has 2 pads, 1/4" "thru" output, a noise filter, and a ground lift. I don't know what else you could possibly need/expect in a passive DI.
Dead quiet, and built like a tank. No plastic - an all metal housing.
Best deal around - believe me, I checked out just about every low-cost option, and this was the best value (quality/features vs. price) that I could find.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value-Rugged Gem--Buy this one

By Bai Long (White Dragon)

from Hartford, Connecticut

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Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

This direct box has allot of great features, is rugged, cool looking and is completely transparent. When I switch effects on my guitar, sometimes the signal levels change drastically. The built in pads on the ART DI box are perfect for knocking down the really loud effects. In fact, it was so effective, the sound guy never knew the difference.The filter helps with hum too.The case is cool looking and solid. Cast anodized aluminum I think. Over time it probably will get scratched up, but so what, I like my equipment to have that worn in look.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Direct Box!

By Dulcimerist

from Billings, MT

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Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

When the venue I run audio at needed a direct box, the ART ZDirect Passive was my first choice! ART products are always top-notch in quality, making ART a brand I can rely on. With phase invert, low-pass filter at 30Hz, two 20dB pad switches, ground lift switch, and 1/4" tap to run to an amp; this little gem has all the tools you could possibly need from a direct box! Plug your instrument into the 1/4" in, plug the XLR output to the mixer, and you're all set! This box doesn't even require batteries, phantom power, or a wall wart! This is an excellent product!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Stuff!

By Josh-NN7yW

from Lethbridge, Canada

Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

I bought this for Church a couple months ago and let the guitarist play while I switched out this di box with another equally priced di box (apex ADP1 PASSIVE DIRECT BOX) and both us us much prefer the this one....and its got a couple of extra features so thats a bonus!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do you need to present and be heard cle

By Ek37334

from Tennessee

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

    Anyone traveling to different venue's with a laptop or DVD/CD player needs this

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid budget DI

    By Ethan

    from Winston Salem, NC

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

      This DI is very good for the money. The housing is solid. I like being able to pick it up and not be afraid to break it. Still not sure what the filter button does but its a good little budget DI.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Stop here and add 10 to your cart!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

      I spent many hours comparing the specs and features between many of the different 'direct boxes' available. (E.g., the Rolls' freq. resp is 50hz-15KHz. This is 20-20+k! This has the best of all! And the price clinches the deal! I velcro'ed 2 to the underside of my keyboard, another 2 are the exits from my guitar's FX chain, you get the idea.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great signal adapter

      By Rigolok

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

      I use this little box to connect my ampeg combo to the mixer and it works perfectly I've had it for about 7 months and it's been beat up but it works great and it needs bo battery which is even better and the price is perfect buy this little box!

      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      tone sucker

      By fligchris

      from KCMO

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      Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

      overall, a nice di box for the money, however it sucks the tone out of our guitars and piano. does okay for a bass. can not recommend this DI box.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Be Careful

      By Texas Worshiper

      from Texas

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      Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

      Watch out!!! I have owned this DI box for less than 2 months and it just quit working. I take care of all of my gear. This DI went from the floor in front of me to my bag. Used once a week and it quit working.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Completely Transparent

      By Jello the old school Punker

      from Indianapolis

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      Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

      I have owned and recorded with this box for 2 months now using it for DI bass and guitar, as well as guitar amp applicatoins and it is absolutely quiet. The filter is also somewhat effective on 60 cycle hum present in single-coil pickups. "Features" only got a 9 because it would be nice to also have an unbalanced 1/4" jack on the output end. Other than that this product is an excellent value for the cash.

       
      5.0

      Works fine!

      By Jp

      from A2, Mi.

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

        Works as advertised, no moving parts, no issues.

         
        5.0

        Well Built and Feature Rich product.

        By Jordanrctm

        from Daisetta, TX

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

          Our church has gone through quite a few high end and high priced direct boxes. I needed to replace 2 10 year old units that failed recently. Seeing the price of these thought I would take a chance on them. I am not disappointed. Extra features not found on most and very quite running. They appear very durable.

           
          5.0

          Best DI Box Value

          By Joey

          from Miami, FL

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Functions
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

            I have the version of this DI box that has dual inputs and outputs. Its the best value on the market. I own a recording and rehearsal studio and have been using this for about 4 months since the date of this review and its worked like a charm. Simple to use just plug in your unbalanced source and it converts to balanced with no coloration at all, sounds beautiful especially on keyboards. The build quality is terrific it has a nice weight to it and is rock solid, I would definitely buy a couple more.

             
            5.0

            Built,works,priced WELL Above the comp!

            By Doug Stuart

            from Brookfield, Ct.

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful
            • Professional Functions
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

              Built like a tank , Has all the features I need and more , at this price I bought 2 !

               
              5.0

              Great value in professional DI Box!

              By Albert B

              from Freeport, IL

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Functions
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

                Great product and a nice addition for any on-stage guitarist

                 
                4.0

                Pretty good little box

                By Tatts

                from Niantic, Il

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Non Yet

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about ARTcessories Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box:

                You don't have to use your guitar or bass amp. Just plug your guitar or Bass into the DI and your mixer and you can do most anything.

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