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Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box

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The Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box is an economical direct box that converts line or instrument level unbalanced signals to low-impedance balanced. Input is Hi-Z bridging. Output has a ground lift switch. Basic, low cost, and it does the job.

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    WhirlwindIMP 2 Standard Direct Box
     
    4.8

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Good audio (12)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Professional functions (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (8), Experienced (7)

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    very good product at a reasonable price

    By Kirk

    from Poughkeepsie

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    I did an A/B comparison and find this product to be very good regarding sound quality.

    We tested three instruments with the following setup: the instrument was plugged into a Morley A/B box, with one output going into a high-Z input of a Mackie powered mixer (Mackie PPM608), and the other output going into the Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box, which fed one of the XLR inputs of the Mackie powered mixer. This way we could quickly switch between ¼" directly into high-Z, and the DI box, and play the same measures of music over and over to get a good comparison.

    The Mackie feeds Electro Voice SX100 speakers in a small venue that seats about 80 people.

    The instruments were 1) a Kala UBass, which is a version that has a passive pickup under the saddle (no battery, no EQ) 2) a mountain dulcimer with a passive saddle pickup, and 3) a Cordoba tenor ukulele with a K&K Aloha Twin pickup.

    We had four listeners, and the room was otherwise empty.

    The listeners could tell no difference in the sound quality or the volume of the UBass and the mountain dulcimer. The sound was louder for the tenor uke through the DI box. After we adjusted the volume to match, the listeners could tell no difference in the sound quality on the tenor uke, either.

    I therefore recommend this product. It appears to be rugged, and the sound quality was very good on the three instruments tested.

    It solves our problem at a reasonable price. We only have two high-Z inputs into our mixer, but six XLR inputs. This DI box enables us to plug instruments into the XLR inputs.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great item for the price.

    By Liljimmy

    from Eagle Pass, Tx

    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    I have had several of this items for 7 years and still have not fail. Have been able to handle the road abuse and still kicking. Just recently bought a few more since some people can keep their hands to themself, but other than that for me they are worth it and have a clean sound and the ground lift really does work. Hardly had any troubhle since using them in the road and local events. Very durable and worth the moey, case is strong, cool color. Warranty, well wouldnt know yet since i bought 6 about 5 years go here in MSF, still havent had any problems.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get this

    By Rockerduck

    from Marietta, Georgia

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    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    There is not a better passive DI out there. Unless you want to pay more for the same sound.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid little DI box

    By Marconelli

    from Eastsound, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Solid Build

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    It doesn't do much, but what it does, it does well. If you want to plug a hi-Z output (e.g., guitar pick-up) into a low-Z input (e.g., a mixer's mic input), this is what you want. It also has a ground-lift switch (which all these direct boxes seem to have), but that's it for its features. No bells and whistles: it's passive (no battery), no preamp, no tuner, no sound-shaping. But then, it doesn't cost much, and it's very well built in a sturdy metal case. And it's small enough to fit inside my guitar case along with my picks, capos, and 1/4" cable.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does a good job for a good price

    By Rob M

    from simi valley, CA

    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    Good clean sound when used with my keyboard.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dependable, highly recommended

    By JoeRmz

    from Laredo, TX

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    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    Dependable workhorse... I've used IMP2 for years & years. extremely reliable. I used them on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, drum machines.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    IMP 2

    By Two Shoes

    from S.E. Pa. - U.S.A.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Durable For Road Use
    • Easy To Use
    • Gets The Job Done
    • Reasonably Priced

    Cons

    • No Cons With Designed Use

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Great For Set Up Go
    • Live Performances
    • Performances

    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    Full time musician here - been doing a solo acoustic show for the last 7 years - the IMP 2 is great for no fuss, no muss, set up & play to accommodate my 6 & 12 string acoustic & electric guitars as well as my electric bass... gets the job done every time & a durable work horse too..!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    imp 2 direct box

    By Fredric

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

    I bought this for the price. I was looking for something to record guitar and bass with. I didn't need any of the other features that other di boxes come with (for ex. having 2 channels - which is nice if you need it, obviously).
    The imp-2 is a great little di box that is going to serve it's purpose.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent, Sturdy and nice features

    By Stan

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

      The quality is excellent! Nice sturdy metal box and it features a ground lift. No noise or coloration of the signal. Acoustic guitar sounded fantastic and my electric Sans sounds great into the PA as well.

       
      5.0

      Works great!

      By Steve

      from Detroit Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

        Works great!

         
        5.0

        I would buy again

        By Sk1988

        from Aberdeen, SD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

          I use this for praise band.

           
          5.0

          Highly recommend

          By Steevadore

          from Michigan

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

            No need to buy any other DI box.

             
            5.0

            great DI

            By btfpack

            from dallas, tx

            About Me Professional Musician

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                perfect for electronic drum pads into PA

                 
                5.0

                whirlwind-imp-2

                By DJ

                from Beaumont, Texas

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                  Use to interface acoustic-electric guitar to PA.

                   
                  5.0

                  Industry standard, never let me down

                  By JoeRmz

                  from Laredo, TX

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                    I use this DI on bass, electric guitar, keyboards, drum machine, electronic percussion modules. works excellent on every single one of them.

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice functionality + small footprint.

                    By Kevin

                    from undisclosed

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                    So far, so good. Nice small footprint and haven't had any issues with it. Use it every week to gig at church, usually velcro'd on my pedalboard.

                     
                    5.0

                    never fails

                    By Xstrophy

                    from Gettysburg, Pa

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                      You can't go wrong with this di.

                       
                      5.0

                      Simple but effective

                      By THE SOUND GUY

                      from VENTURA COUNTY, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                        I have used the IMP2 for decades in professional live sound. Always reliable. That ground-lift switch works wonders.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        K.I.S.S.

                        By yoellis

                        from Baltimore, MD

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Built Like A Tank
                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Professional Functions
                        • So Simple
                        • Very Reliable

                        Cons

                        • No Tonegain Control

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                        This unit is an industry standard because of its simple, uncluttered, reliable profile. It does exactly what it purports to do, and does it without any unnecessary noodling. If plug'n'play appeals to you, then this unit will not disappoint. Period. Every gig bag should have one of these for regular use, or "just in case…"

                         
                        4.0

                        A eally Good Passive Direct Box

                        By Pfeffie

                        from Pekin, IL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

                          good product, as advertised. Fast shipping. I would buy again from Musician's Friend

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