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Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter 

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The innovative, active 2-channel Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter takes the signal directly from an unbalanced high-impedance...Click To Read More About This Product

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Converts 2 separate unbalanced 1/4" jack inputs into 2 balanced XLR outputs.

The innovative, active 2-channel Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter takes the signal directly from an unbalanced high-impedance output--like an electric guitar--and feeds it directly into a mixing console or recorder. It is ideally suited to augment the traveling gear of musicians (especially guitar/bass players) as well as live/studio/broadcast engineers, installation contractors, and studios/live event engineers. The DI20 converts 2 separate unbalanced 1/4" jack inputs into 2 balanced XLR outputs. There is a 2-channel/link mode for flexible use as mono, 2-channel, or splitter box. In link mode, channel 1 can be split up into 2 balanced XLR connectors plus one unbalanced 1/4" jack connector. Switchable input attenuation in 3 ranges allows input levels of up to +48dBu, while a ground lift switch eliminates typical ground loop problems. Operates on 9V battery or 48V phantom power. Ultracompact rugged housing.

FEATURES
  • Converts 2 separate unbalanced 1/4" inputs to 2 balanced XLR outputs
  • 2-channel/link mode provides flexible usage as a mono, 2-channel, or splitter box
  • Switchable input attenuation
  • Operates on 9V battery (not included) or 48V phantom power

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BehringerDI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter
 
3.7

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love it

I've had this unit for a year and bought it before reading the reviews...after reading them I started to worry. Turns out, I had nothing to be concerned with. This DI...Read complete review

I've had this unit for a year and bought it before reading the reviews...after reading them I started to worry. Turns out, I had nothing to be concerned with. This DI rocks! I got the DI so that I could split the audio from my laptop (used for electronic sound sources) between the FOH mixer and my monitor mixer during live shows and also for practicing at home, and it works like a champ...clean and quiet. The only time I've had audio issues is when I had to replace the laptop's power supply temporarily with a not quite right spare power supply...the correct replacement solved the issue. Battery lasts for a long time (I don't use the phantom power on the DI). I haven't replaced the battery yet, and I've left it on overnight several times. If used properly (read the manual) and the source has a good, clean power source, there should be no issues with the DI.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Direct Box for Limited Use

I have four of these units, some travel with a group, others are for local stage. We've had them two years and found that the balanced line out pins seem to pull out....Read complete review

I have four of these units, some travel with a group, others are for local stage. We've had them two years and found that the balanced line out pins seem to pull out. Unfortunately the warranty didn't cover replacement. Also have had some crosstalk between channels. Did like the price and they work when passive units fail. Generally a better idea to buy separate units for each instrument.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By StickS707

from St Louis, MO

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Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

I've had this unit for a year and bought it before reading the reviews...after reading them I started to worry. Turns out, I had nothing to be concerned with. This DI rocks! I got the DI so that I could split the audio from my laptop (used for electronic sound sources) between the FOH mixer and my monitor mixer during live shows and also for practicing at home, and it works like a champ...clean and quiet. The only time I've had audio issues is when I had to replace the laptop's power supply temporarily with a not quite right spare power supply...the correct replacement solved the issue. Battery lasts for a long time (I don't use the phantom power on the DI). I haven't replaced the battery yet, and I've left it on overnight several times. If used properly (read the manual) and the source has a good, clean power source, there should be no issues with the DI.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Direct Box for Limited Use

By Doc Smock

from Pottstown, PA

Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

I have four of these units, some travel with a group, others are for local stage. We've had them two years and found that the balanced line out pins seem to pull out. Unfortunately the warranty didn't cover replacement. Also have had some crosstalk between channels. Did like the price and they work when passive units fail. Generally a better idea to buy separate units for each instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little tool on a budget

By John

from British Columbia

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions
  • Works As Described

Cons

  • It's A Behringer

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Stereo Equipment To Foh

Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

I wasn't going to post a review but the last person said you cannot pass through. You can, plug guitar into Ch1, use the link, now either xlr can go to the PA and the CH2 input jack is now your pass through to the amp.

This is what I love about this little box, it's a problem solver.
Not sure if I'd trust it if I was a full on pro rig, but it has worked flawlessly for me when I do live sound at small festivals. I mostly use it for keyboards or for a Laptop/ MP3 player send. But I've also used it as a Bass or Guitar DI as well as Acoustic instruments with PU.
Nice that you have the Battery option too.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Stereo Application

By JerWade

from Muscle Shoals, AL

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Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

Great lil DI for the money. I love the fact that it is active. Works best on a stereo Keyboard signal. No Problems with it at all. I was definately designed for the stero Keyboard signal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works for me

By Ryben

from Connecticut

Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

This direct box has been in use for me for a few years now. I once had it used on a weekly basis. I haven't had a problem with them yet. I mostly use the phantom power from my board.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Its good for one signal

By jg0yr4C.4

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

If you want this product to work you nned a box for each instument. Have not tried to use as a splitter but the two channel mode is not that great. Like I said one signal per box and it works great.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

If you must...

By SDBennett

from Louisiana

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Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

I've had this box for a few years now and only keep it around for EXTREME emergencies. It has had many problems with crosstalk between the two channels and yes, a constant hiss keeps finding its way into the mix. It's an ok investment for garage bands on a budget and want to save some space.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Hissssss

By Crazy Fingers Sanchez

from Miami

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Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

Just got this a few months ago, and I'm not even sure if I've used it. Anyway, plugged it in today and it has a very noticeable hiss. I've used other Behringer DI's without any problems. But this one doesn't fall in the same category. I'll try to replace it under warranty, but I'll probably invest in another unit anyway.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect DI for a live on-stage DJ.

By DJ.Psalms_150

from Humble, TX

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Pros

  • Reliable
  • Works As Described

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

    I use this direct box for a variety of things on my DJ gigs, On-stage performances with tracks and click, and to my home studio. This is literally the most powerful and versatile direct box I have used. Other than this DI box, I also own the Radial Engineering ProDI, Whirlwind IMP2, and the Berhinger ULTRA-DI DI100. I love the linking functions to this direct box because of how I can set it up and split my instrument tracks from my click and guide tracks when I am performing by myself. You don't have to worry about buying 9V batteries nonstop, when you are using a sound system with 48V preamp phantom power. It comes in very handy and I am loving it. Usually I have bad stuff to say about Behringer, but when a friend recommended this for my DJ rig for venues with a sound system already, I thought that I might as well try it out and I am not regretting it one bit. This DI here allows me to split my left and right decks from being stuck into one channel only and making it stereo. I definitely recommend this for any DJ.

     
    5.0

    Best dual DI Box for a low price

    By DJ.Psalms_150

    from Humble, TX

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

      I bought this direct box sometime around 3 years ago for my DJ set up. I was to perform at a local church's Christmas music production and I needed a direct box to handle 2 channels and something cheaper. Found this at a local guitar/pawn shop and bought it on the fly. I use this for all of my performances now for events, parties, and weddings. I love how versatile this DI can be, especially when you constantly forget to buy 9V batteries for it, lol. You can link the DI box in ways to use it as parallel inputs/outputs or as a thru output to send to an amp or monitor. As a Sound Engineer, I use this Direct Box for stereo based instruments like laptops and iPads used for stems/tracks as well as for those that use stereo keyboards or multiple keyboards.

       
      1.0

      Colors original guitar for the worse

      By Exocutshoner

      from PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

      Colors sound for the worse. sorry but that's what my box did.
      HAte it.

       
      5.0

      I have two.

      By daddylongnecks

      from Houston

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

        I use for stereo keyboard sends to the snake. Works perfectly. Have used for years.

         
        5.0

        Toolbox must have!

        By Tommy

        from SC

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

          Good active stereo/two channel direct box with stereo to mono switch if you need it.

           
          5.0

          Love It!

          By Joel UniK

          from Bronx, NY

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

            Purchased to eliminate noise from a Roland MC808 and solved the issue. Love the stereo capabality. Can be used as 2 seperate channels so I plan to purchase more of them!

             
            5.0

            I will be purchasing 2 additional units soon.

            By Milton

            from Richmond, TX

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            Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

            We use this unit with our keyboard to utilize the L & R channels (1/4" TRS inputs) and connect the XLR outputs direct to a Behringer S16 stage box. The S16 supplies the necessary +48v for power. The unit is very rugged and has perform flawlessly. We have not had to engage the ground lift switches or the gain switches.

             
            5.0

            Does what it says it'll do.

            By jeffrey

            from undisclosed

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

            does what it's supposed to do.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good enough

            By VirtualSoundNW

            from Pacific NW

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Simple Clean Works Well

            Cons

            • Pass Thru Would Be Nice

            Best Uses

              Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

              Good, not great. Requires a 48v phantom power supply, if you have that it's very good. Pass through would be nice, it would simplify plugging devices into the mixer and an amp at the same time, but that's not a big deal.

               
              5.0

              Well worth the money!

              By Rezman

              from Fairhope, AL

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              Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

              I am a drummer and use two Alesis DMPRO sound modules. They have 1/4" outs and I have to hook-up to XLRs on stage snakes when I gig. These boxes convert the 1/4" line level to XLR perfectly. I have never had a single problem with them. Highly recommend!

               
              3.0

              Not built for the long haul

              By Gretsch &Vox2008

              from Dixie

              Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

              The physical size of this box was a great selling point to me as I wanted to mount it on my pedalboard. That it has two channels was even better. The downfall of this unit is quality: within two years of purchasing one channel quit & the other followed soon after. If they could build this unit to higher quality standards it would be great- until then, save your money for something better. It's only a bargain if you don't have to replace it.

               
              2.0

              Buzzes like a beehive

              By 5thumbs

              from SW MO

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              Comments about Behringer DI20 Ultra DI 2-Channel Active DI Box/Splitter:

              Since about 50% of the reviews here have this dual active DI box rated as good (and the other 50% rate is as less-than-desirable), I figured I'd try one out for myself. Well, I'd put the Behringer DI20 squarely in the LESS-THAN-DESIRABLE review category.I typically use a (wonderful) Countryman Type 85 active DI box (owned by the church), but I wanted to have my own dual-channel active DI to run my TLSE through when playing at gigs outside our church. The Behringer DI20 buzzed like crazy (even with both settings on the ground-lift). We're not talking about "buzzing to the point of being totally unable to hear my guitar signal", but "buzzing to the point the sound guy and drummer (monitoring via headphones) were ready to kill me."I returned the DI20 and will now buy a Countryman Type 85 (and start saving to buy a second Countryman Type 85 later on.)

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