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Live Wire SPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad   

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The SPDI passive direct box from Live Wire Solutions features a 1/4" high impedance instrument input and output plus balanced and floating low-impeda...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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

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.

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 WireSPDI Passive Direct Box with Attenuation Pad
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Professional functions (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (4)

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

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 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, PA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Just Works

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Live Wire 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 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 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 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..

        By 

        from Gresham, Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        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 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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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It does what it is suppose to do

        By 

        from Louisville Ky

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          What can you say about a direct box? I plugged two of these in on keyboards, and one coming off of my speaker output on my guitar amp. All three performed with no problems! For the price, these will be hard to beat. I've haven't had these very long so I am not going to comment on their longevity. However, as inexpensive. As they are, what would it matter? Try one, I think you will be glad you did!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          good and cheap

          By 

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            a nice little unit that does what it is supposed to do.

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            5.0

            At this price, I would buy again

            By 

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Perfect Price

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Great Di For Computer
            • Performances

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

            Great item at a very resonable price

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great DI Box

            By 

            from Alabama, USA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Functions

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              Great DI Box. Does it's job... Thumbs up.

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