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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 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Professional functions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (5)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good product at a reasonable price

By Kirk

from undisclosed

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, GA.

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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 JoeSound

from Texas

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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

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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

    great DI

    By btfpack

    from dallas, tx

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        Comments about Whirlwind IMP 2 Standard Direct Box:

        perfect for electronic drum pads into PA

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