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Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box

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For instruments with onboard preamps, keyboards or, CD players.

The PDI Double Shielded DI Box provides increased protection against noise and interference. Features 1/4" high impedance from instrument wired in the panel. Makes no difference which is used for input or output. 1/4" high impedance goes to your amp when input/output is used as a loop.

Balanced and floating low-impedance XLR goes to your workstation or mixing console, and ignores +48V phantom power. The Lift mode severs ground connection between the input and the XLR output and ground remains connected in GND mode.

FEATURES
  • 1/4" high impedance input and output
  • Balanced XLR output
  • Ground lift switch
  • Double shielded to reduce interference
  • Heavy duty, all-steel chassis
  • Rubber skid pad

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Weight: 1-1/4 lbs.
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LivewirePDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Professional functions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

cancels hum

Most people will get this for studio help in cancelling noise or live performance with thier amps...
You can also use this if you run a wire from your mixer to a powered...Read complete review

Most people will get this for studio help in cancelling noise or live performance with thier amps...
You can also use this if you run a wire from your mixer to a powered speaker- this is why I use it-
it cust the 60 cycle hum that my powered PA speakers were picking up by 90%- some set ups have a ground lift- if they dont this item will act as that lift.
We all know that there are still venues out there that can cause a lot of problems with your live sound.
For the money this non powered direct box has both xlr out and 1/4 inch out-
+ a ground lift. nice options.
solidly built - case is not plastic.
excellent value for dollar.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

No, I would not buy this box again

No improvement with this box inserted.

No improvement with this box inserted.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

cancels hum

By THARN

from NE-Ohio

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Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

Most people will get this for studio help in cancelling noise or live performance with thier amps...
You can also use this if you run a wire from your mixer to a powered speaker- this is why I use it-
it cust the 60 cycle hum that my powered PA speakers were picking up by 90%- some set ups have a ground lift- if they dont this item will act as that lift.
We all know that there are still venues out there that can cause a lot of problems with your live sound.
For the money this non powered direct box has both xlr out and 1/4 inch out-
+ a ground lift. nice options.
solidly built - case is not plastic.
excellent value for dollar.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Live Wire Solutions best product

By Walking the Backline

from Richmond, VA

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Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

I know, a direct box is a direct box right? Not so fast. This guy is road tough and is fantastic at doing what it needs to do while doing two things that are VERY important. Super quiet and no coloring of tone!The PDI double shielded box that I use run the board for conditions. From church worship to Football games without any issues. I would seriously compare this to the more expensive units all day long.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sturdy product

By Familyman

from Little Rock, AR

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Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

I've used other DIs but this one has to be my favorite.
This is definitelty a heavy duty grade product. When I recieved the package the first thing I noticed was the weight, then when I actually used it at a gig there was no noise and the audio was clean.
Well built sturdy quality built product!
Worth every penny!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rugged and Solid

By Living for Jesus

from Virginia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

    We bought three direct boxes made by another manufacturer that were very inexpensive. Well, you get what you pay for. Two failed within the first few months, and the third one is too. This direct box has the essential and professional features needed for live performances, and to survive the frequently setting up and taking down week in and week out. We setup/tear-down twice a week: weekly rehearsals and Sunday services.

    This box has a metal XLR connector, unlike the cheaper boxes which have plastic XLR connectors that loosen over time and wore out after several months of use.

    The two 1/4" connectors on this box are solid and the ground lift switch is a rugged power switch.

    Essential features and long-lasting components. Solid box, solid buy.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product and Great Price!

    By KHadden

    from Swainsboro, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

      This is a very high quality DI at an affordable price. I also have Radial DI's and this particular DI is just as good. I highly recommend.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good fix when signal is low

      By none

      from Upstate South Carolina

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

          On stage, I play a Taylor with the old electronics system (i.e., not the Expression set up) and a Privia keyboard. I wasn't getting enough signal to to the mixer (Mackie 808S; I am antiquated, a low-fi guy). Used two of these units, one in line with guitar to board; the other in line with keyboard. Better signal. I can compete with my loud bandmates. I recommend them for that. I don't know how they work: you just plug a 1/4 instrument cable in one side and a mic cable going out the other, and it's like having preamp. Very good. I can't tell if they improve the sound but the first gig using them went very well and everyone could hear the guitar and keyboard. I held back giving it a five-star only because I've only used them one time.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          fanastic direct box, fantastic price

          By verticalsidewall

          from louisville, kentucky

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

              Pure and simple: A well-built direct box at a very good price. Absolutely transparent and quiet sound, and all the connections are rugged and metal. If you need a simple passive DI, this one is a fantastic choice. I've many gigs and travels with this DI, and it's performed flawlessly. It's evident that I'll have this little guy around for a long time.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              useful

              By Ashok Mathews

              from Shelton CT

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                I'm well pleased with my purchase thanks MF.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                reliable and simple

                By Chuck

                from west covina, CA

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                  i have 2 and used them both when i need to plug in my acoustic directly to the PA system

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  It works!

                  By Terrell Johnson

                  from North Carolina

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                  The price is right for this product can't be beaten for what it does. If you're looking for a DI box with a bunch of wacko tech then look else where. This does what it's supposed to and converts your hi z input (guitar, bass, etc) into a line level (microphone level) input which makes it useful for recording electric guitar directly into a DAW with plug-ins rather than micing an amp up. This can also be used to send your acustic guitar with a DI out direct through the mixing board during a gig. Plus this comes with a Ground/lift which is useful for getting rid of any noise from interference.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Product

                  By rattman

                  from Daniels,WV

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                  Pros

                  • Exactly what I needed! Easy to use,Clear sound

                  Cons

                  • No cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                    Great people to deal with.. Great products and Service.. I will be a return customer.

                     
                    5.0

                    Works well

                    By Broncomaniac

                    from Lake Havasu City, AZ

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                    Pros

                    • Effective

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                      Instantly and completely eliminated unbalanced ground hum from acoustic guitar pick up. Solved a chronic problem at our church.

                      (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      No, I would not buy this box again

                      By Value for the Buck

                      from Hudson, Iowa

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                      Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                      No improvement with this box inserted.

                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very Well Built

                      By ngcfish

                      from tigerville SC

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                        n/a

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        D I improved sound

                        By Gstring

                        from Delaware

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                            Literally off the UPS truck, into the vehicle, and off to the gig!
                            Easy setup! Noticeable clarity in guitar. Better than mic on amp.

                             
                            5.0

                            Very high quality

                            By Dave

                            from Hershey, PA

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • High quality
                            • Professional Functions

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                              This is a very sturdy unit that is designed to hold up for years.

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Value

                              By Sunshine

                              from Western Slope, Colorado

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Livewire PDI Double Shielded Heavy Duty Passive Direct Box:

                                A well built affordable direct box.

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