I have an SM Pro DJDI stereo DI box that I am very happy with. It has been through so many events with me and makes my controller sound totally great all the time. But now that it is getting old, I decided to get a new DI box for my controller. I thought of getting the Palmer stereo DI but decided to get something that sounds even better. That is when I chanced upon this Radial ProD2 stereo DI box and I think that is the next one I am going to get. According to what I got from Radial’s website:
The Radial ProD2 is a compact stereo direct box developed specifically to address the needs and challenges of interfacing a stereo keyboard to a professional audio system. This passive DI features two independent channels with separate inputs and thru-puts for the artist’s stage amp and two fully isolated outputs for the PA system.
At the heart of the design are two high performance Eclipse ET-DB2 transformers. These deliver 20Hz to 20kHz performance with less than 1.5dB deviation above 18kHz and are able to withstand tremendous signal levels without distortion. Unlike active circuits that overload when the signal exceeds the rail voltage, transformers saturate. This creates a pleasing effect that naturally rounds out the tone, acting like a subtle limiter which is particularly advantageous when interfacing the ProD2 with digital pianos, samplers and drum machines that can produce excessive dynamics. Transformers are particularly adept at eliminating hum and buzz caused by ground loops.
As with all Radial products, the ProD2 is built tough to handle the rigors of professional touring. A 14-gauge steel ultra rigid i-beam skeleton frame eliminates opportunity from outside stress to flex the sensitive PC board and cause premature solder joint failure. The innovative book-end design creates a protective zone around the connectors and switches further increasing lifespan. And a full bottom no-slip pad adds mechanical isolation and electrical insulation to further reduce opportunity for noise.
The Radial ProD2’s warm sound, legendary build quality and compact design have made it the most popular stereo direct box made today.
Radial DI boxes are legends in the audio world and I dare say that this one will suit me well. One thing I like about their transformers within the DI box is that they are encased in cases with Faraday shields. They are a little pricey but I think you get what you pay for…and that is excellent sound
I was taking a look at this DI box the other day and was wondering about it. It is made by Palmer in Germany and it looks to be a pretty good DI box, judging from the rave reviews that I have been reading online. Do not get me wrong…there is nothing wrong with my SM Pro DJ DI. As a matter of fact, it is functioning great. But in my line of work, I have to check out what other companies offer
I have no idea what transformers are installed in this DI box but I have been led to believe that Palmer makes their own transformers. German engineering at its best I feel. It is three times the cost of my current DJ DI but being made in Germany, and I trust “zee Germans” for most of their stuff. Do not get me going on about Volkswagen Golf gearboxes…that is all. According to their website:
The PAN-04 consists of a housing containing the equivalent of two PAN-01s, making it a dual channel passive DI box. This „stereo” configuration makes it ideally suited for use with certain keyboards and devices which have several outputs.ive DI box. Jack input with parallel „THRU” output, transformer balanced XLR output. Attenuable input sensitivity, can handle both line level and speaker level signals.
I am seriously thinking of getting one in the future to augment my current SM Pro DJ DI. The price is not too bad too!