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Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box   

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OVERVIEW

Indispensable audio tool!

The Nady DB-1 Direct Box is one of the most useful and versatile tools available. The DB-1 enables the connection of any high-impedance unbalanced audio source signal to any low-impedance mic-level balanced input. Its parallel output allows the simultaneous connection to 2 separate inputs. A 3-position input attenuation switch (0dB, -20dB, -40dB) facilitates optimum level matching to connected equipment, and a ground lift switch eliminates ground loop-induced hum. The DB-1's rugged, roadworthy all-steel construction assures you years of continuous reliability.

FEATURES
  • Perfect for live use and permanent installations
  • Connect hi-Z unbalanced source to lo-Z balanced input
  • Parallel output allows simultaneous connection to 2 separate inputs
  • 3-position input attenuation switch
  • Switchable ground lift
  • Rugged, roadworthy all-steel construction
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Rapco HorizonDB-1 Direct Box
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Professional functions (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You need this direct box.

EVERY musician at some point will need a direct box. This Nady DB1 is a great value for the money. You should have one in your gig bag or on your pedal board or...Read complete review

EVERY musician at some point will need a direct box. This Nady DB1 is a great value for the money. You should have one in your gig bag or on your pedal board or in your home studio. Some sound guys like it when you already have your own direct box with you. You may see that direct boxes can be real pricey when you go shopping for them but with this direct box you can scratch up enough coin to get it. IF you play live and also have an amp here is a cool thing those new to a direct box might like to know. You can plug your guitar cord into the 1/4 inch input on the direct box then take another guitar cord and plug it into the out side of the direct box and that will i turn plug into your amp then you take a mic cord and plug it into the XLR connection and then that will go into the channel on the snake that more that likely you sound guy will plug into or you will be told what number it will plug into. now your amp can be used as a stage monitor , the sound guy can put some guitar or bass in the monitors and the sound guy can mix your sound so the audience hears you well. That is how to use this type of direct box. Now that part that says ATT next to those 1/4 inch jacks, that is a way to adjust how hot the input signal is. i believe you can plug in an instrument with active electronics by switching to - 20dB or -40dB. active pickus and electronics are a bit on the hot side so switch the switch accordingly. On the XLR side you will see a ground switch and if you ever need to use that switch you will need something to stick in the hole like the tip of a pen or something that will poke in the hole to actuate the switch. Sometimes you may need to do that and that is how it is done. Be gentle it is a little switch. on other DI boxes that is called a ground lift and uses a different style switch. this direct box is metal and that is strong. IF you want to install this on your pedal board you have a couple ways to do this. velcro or screws. Get one today you will save cash.

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You Get What You Pay For

While this box is functional, quality control leaves a lot to be desired. For instance, two of the case screws on mine are stripped out. The pad switch could not be any...Read complete review

While this box is functional, quality control leaves a lot to be desired. For instance, two of the case screws on mine are stripped out. The pad switch could not be any cheaper, and still function. The Ground Lift switch on mine has no knob, you have to use a pencil point in order to change it.

Other than that it works fine; the most quality is in the Steel case, that would probably survive a nuke blast. If you can overlook the negatives, its is a good box; at a comparatively (for quality) good price.

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5.0

It Works

By Grinch

from Dayton, Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

    It works as advertised. Well built. Keep two in my bag just in case it is needed at a gig. You never know sometimes what you are going to run into with a house PS.

    Good price. Will likely buy some more soon as it is always good to have these things around.

     
    5.0

    Nice Direct Box For The Money

    By Roam512

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

      I bought this direct box to play an Ibanez acoustic/electric guitar through a PA. The construction of it is pretty decent and the inputs and outputs are securely in place and tight. Like other reviewers, the ground lift is sunken into the box where you need a small screwdriver or pen to switch it, but I don't think that's a reason not to purchase this direct box. It does what it is supposed to do and that's all I can ask for.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You need this direct box.

      By rljmusic13

      from In a trailer park by a cornfield in IOWA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • ZERO CONS

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

      EVERY musician at some point will need a direct box. This Nady DB1 is a great value for the money. You should have one in your gig bag or on your pedal board or in your home studio. Some sound guys like it when you already have your own direct box with you. You may see that direct boxes can be real pricey when you go shopping for them but with this direct box you can scratch up enough coin to get it. IF you play live and also have an amp here is a cool thing those new to a direct box might like to know. You can plug your guitar cord into the 1/4 inch input on the direct box then take another guitar cord and plug it into the out side of the direct box and that will i turn plug into your amp then you take a mic cord and plug it into the XLR connection and then that will go into the channel on the snake that more that likely you sound guy will plug into or you will be told what number it will plug into. now your amp can be used as a stage monitor , the sound guy can put some guitar or bass in the monitors and the sound guy can mix your sound so the audience hears you well. That is how to use this type of direct box. Now that part that says ATT next to those 1/4 inch jacks, that is a way to adjust how hot the input signal is. i believe you can plug in an instrument with active electronics by switching to - 20dB or -40dB. active pickus and electronics are a bit on the hot side so switch the switch accordingly. On the XLR side you will see a ground switch and if you ever need to use that switch you will need something to stick in the hole like the tip of a pen or something that will poke in the hole to actuate the switch. Sometimes you may need to do that and that is how it is done. Be gentle it is a little switch. on other DI boxes that is called a ground lift and uses a different style switch. this direct box is metal and that is strong. IF you want to install this on your pedal board you have a couple ways to do this. velcro or screws. Get one today you will save cash.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nady DB-1

      By rafael

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

        Satisfied

         
        5.0

        Nady DB-1

        By rafael

        from undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

          Satisfied

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great unit

          By Rockhound

          from Berkeley, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

              I bought one of these because of the attractive price and have been very pleased with it. The sound is clear and transparent and its construction is tough so it can be just tossed into my gig bag with no problem between uses. A great value overall.

               
              5.0

              inexpensive direct box

              By dave

              from Houston, tx

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

                simple, functional direct box. Nothing extra, but everything you need. Attenuation and ground lift, and pass through. You could probably drive over the case and not hurt it.

                 
                4.0

                Does what it should

                By Doug-L3fBo

                from Monterey Indiana

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Looks To Be Built Well Do

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

                  Got this and it was fine.Looks built well and should last last for the money very nice i would recomend

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Mine filtered out the bass.

                  By jt

                  from Utah

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

                      I got this mostly for eliminating ground loop from a PA system. The ground lift seemed to work but I lost a lot of bass frequencies.
                      Not transparent at all.

                      I also have the "Live Wire SPDI Passive Direct Box" sold here. It looks a lot the same in the pictures and it is built from similar materials but it is actually smaller and in my tests it sounds transparent to me. I would recommend the Live wire but not the Nady db-1.

                      BTW, Musicians Friend's customer support was awesome when I called them about the Nady.
                      They really took care of me.

                       
                      5.0

                      Working just like it says. on time

                      By Countryjim

                      from Nelsonville, Oh

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Functions

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Rapco Horizon DB-1 Direct Box:

                        They are just perfect and was on the time like they said.
                        Thanks to musician friends. Jim

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