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OVERVIEW

The SPDI passive direct box from Live Wire Solutions features a 1/4" high impedance instrument input and output plus balanced and floating low-impedance XLR output that ignores +48V phantom power.

Variable attenuation provides maximum input flexibility, while Lift mode severs ground connection between the input and the XLR output. GND mode leaves ground connection intact between input and XLR output.

Passive DI gives you level control to tame hot signals from high output instruments.

FEATURES
  • 1/4" high impedance input and throughput
  • Balanced XLR output
  • Ground lift switch
  • 0/-20/-40 dB attenuation switch
  • Heavy duty, all-steel chassis

SPECIFICATIONS

SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad

  • Weight: 0.75 lbs.
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Live Wire SolutionsSPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Professional functions (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

good, some audio quality issues

Bought two of these to solve a ground loop problem between a Rocktron tube pre-amp and ADA tube head in my guitar rack. There was a very faint but annoying 60 cycle hum present...Read complete review

Bought two of these to solve a ground loop problem between a Rocktron tube pre-amp and ADA tube head in my guitar rack. There was a very faint but annoying 60 cycle hum present I had been living with for years and these DI boxes eliminated it completely. My amp is now dead quiet for the first time EVER. BUT -- I did notice an attenuation of the signal from the pre-amp into the amp inputs, even with the DI boxes set to zero on the attenuation pad. About 20%actually, definitely enough to notice. I had to increase the output signal from my pre-amp and bump up the high end slightly to compensate, no problem after doing that. I have not used passive DI boxes much so this is probably a "feature" of the passive design and to be expected. Otherwise, they work great, built sturdy and a great value overall.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I had to modify

The pad sw in my unit was intermittently passing/not passing signal in the 0db position. I fixed the problem by removing the sw from the case and filing the rectangle opening a bit...Read complete review

The pad sw in my unit was intermittently passing/not passing signal in the 0db position. I fixed the problem by removing the sw from the case and filing the rectangle opening a bit longer to allow the sw to fully lock into it's 0db position. It's cheaply made but does it's job and sounds fine for live work.

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3.0

Generally pretty good

By 

from Washington

Verified Buyer

Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

It does the job for which I bought it - reducing the hum gremlins, but drops the volume more than I would like. Overall worthwhile.

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5.0

excellent next day service

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from lake havasu city,AZ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

    Use it for praise band in church service

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    3.0

    Good product, wrong application

    By 

    from North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

    I wished to eliminate mid range twang from my guitar, without using mixer, for small appearances.

    Customer Service recommended a Direct Box. Did no meet expectations

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    5.0

    good box

    By 

    from portland

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

        easy peasy DI box

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        3.0

        I had to modify

        By 

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • basic functionality

        Cons

        • less than pro quality

        Best Uses

        • Live Sound

        Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

        The pad sw in my unit was intermittently passing/not passing signal in the 0db position. I fixed the problem by removing the sw from the case and filing the rectangle opening a bit longer to allow the sw to fully lock into it's 0db position. It's cheaply made but does it's job and sounds fine for live work.

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        5.0

        Works great

        By 

        from Pittsburgh

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Just Works

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

        Bought and used 3 boxes when found out our venue only had XLR and we had to wire up an acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and electronic drumkit (instrument cable output). Plugged them in and all 3 worked fine with Ground Lift off and 0db attenuation. Sounded clean. No issues. Only used once so far so cannot comment on long-term durability, but boxes were metal and seemed solid.

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        5.0

        Simple and Solid

        By 

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

          I've been using this with a Tech 21 Character Series pedal, as I recently had some gigs in spots where it would have been a pain to haul an amp along. (Yes, you can plug the Tech 21s in direct with the 1/4" jack, but I have some pedals running after the amp emulator, so I thought it would be best to use a DI.)

          Boxes like these are underappreciated heroes. The LiveWire did its job reliably and delivered great sound quality, for a lovely price. Cheers.

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          5.0

          Does the Job

          By 

          from S FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Sound
          • Quiet
          • Quiet Improves Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Bass
          • Guitars
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Use With Synthesizers

          Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

          Already had 2 SPDIs, liked them so I bought 4 more!

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          4.0

          Solved my problem

          By 

          from Vermont

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

              This unit solved the immediate problem of hooking laptop audio (required an additional adapter cable) into the audio snake in our sanctuary without significant hum or overdrive. Haven't had the opportunity to use it in live performance yet, but expect it will produce less background hum than my previous units.

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              5.0

              THE FIRST ONES WERE ENCOURAGING ENOUGH..

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              from Gresham, Oregon

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Expensive If Not On Sale

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad:

              It enhances my very first experience in using DIRECT BOXES and it keeps up in my positive curious expectation...I wished that I should have own them years ago that my frustration in sound mixing must have been remained to zero and nothing more...

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