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Radial Engineering JDI Stereo Passive Direct Box

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Radial Engineering JDI Stereo Passive Direct Box
R800 1012
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The Radial JDI Stereo is a passive stereo direct box designed to handle extreme signal levels without distortion of any kind. Unlike an active DI that is limited by the buffering amplifier's rail voltage, the JDI employs a pair of Jensen audio transformers that at once balance the signal and lower the impedance to drive long cables. No power is required. You simply plug in and it works.

The magic comes from the amazing Jensen transformers inside. Jensens are legendary in their ability to gracefully handle transients while delivering a smooth, warm sounding Bessel curve, reminiscent of the finest vintage gear. Ruler flat from 10Hz to 40kHz and with virtually zero phase deviation, the JDI Stereo delivers the natural, pure sound of the instrument without artifact. In addition to converting the unbalanced Hi-Z signal to low, the transformers also serve to isolate the input from the output, essentially filtering out stray DC voltage that can cause noise and lead to so called ground loops. This allows audio to pass while eliminating problems.

Features include input and thru-put 1/4" connectors plus a -15dB input pad on each channel. This is supplemented with a ground lift switch that lifts pin-1 on the two XLR outputs to further reduce hum and buzz caused by ground loops. Built tough to handle the abuse of live touring, the JDI Stereo employs a 14-gauge steel I-beam inner frame and a unique book-end outer shell. The innovative design eliminates stress on the PCB, reducing opportunity for solder joints to go 'cold' while the outer shell creates a protective zone around the switches and connectors. The steel enclosure works with the transformer's MuMETAL cans and internal Faraday shield to protect the sensitive inner workings from powerful magnetic fields such as those generated by stage amplifiers. This ensures the signal transfer is quiet and free from hum.

The original Radial JDI has become the most popular passive direct box in both professional touring and recording studios around the world and there is no question that the JDI Stereo is sure to follow suit. These combined features have made the Radial JDI the most popular passive direct box in professional touring and an excellent choice for instrument interface in the studio!

  • Jensen Transformer equipped passive DI
  • Eliminates hum and buzz from ground loops
  • Virtually zero phase & harmonic distortion
  • Compact stereo format for twice the performance

Technical Specifications

Audio Circuit Type Passive, transformer based
Channels 2 (dual mono)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (± 0.2 dB)
Dynamic Range 135 dB
Maximum Input +21 dB @ 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.05% from 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ -10 dB
Phase Deviation 0.3° @ 100 Hz; 3° @ 20 Hz
Input Impedance 140 kOhms, unbalanced
Output Impedance 150 ohms, balanced
Connectors 2x 1/4" (6.3 mm) inputs
2x 1/4" (6.3 mm) thru
2x XLR-M outputs
Transformer Jensen JT-DBE
Shield Dual Faraday, mu-metal can
Input Pad Switch -15 dB
Polarity Reverse 180° Polarity Reverse: Inverts absolute phase
Ground Lift Disconnects pin-1 at XLR output
XLR Configuration AES standard (pin-2 hot)
Construction 14-gauge steel chassis & outer shell
Finish Powder coat
Power Passive, no power required
Operating Conditions For use in dry locations only between 41 and 104°F (5 and 40°C)
Dimensions (L x W x D) 5 x 3.3 x 1.8" (127 x 84.1 x 45.5 mm)
Weight 1.55 lb (703 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 4.2 x 3.0"

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