Radial Engineering is now shipping the JDV Mk5. Designed for use with bass and acoustic instruments, the JDV Mk5 is a 100% discrete class-A active direct box that retains the original zero-negative feedback topology from the series while adding features.
It has two inputs, each with a volume control signal presence and overload LEDs, as well as a fully variable high-pass filter for taming the low end. The inputs can be switched via the front panel AB select or by an optional footswitch. Input A has a Drag control load correction for sweeping the input range from 10 K-ohms up to 1-megohms. “This is of particular importance when using bass guitar as it enables the artist to replicate the ‘sound and feel’ as if connected directly to the bass amplifier,” Radial writes. It also has a side-access mic-select switch to activate a balanced TRS mic input for use with a condenser microphone. Phantom Power is included and has a safety feature that prevents it from being used by accident.
Input B has a load selector switch with options for 200 K-ohms for passive basses and 10-megohms for use with piezos. Both inputs can be blended with a side access button that tuns borth on at the same time. Radial suggests this set up for combining a magnetic pickup with a piezo or mixing a microphone with a pickup. A built-in Phazer aligns your two audio sources.
The JDV Mk5’s rear panel features a thru-put, a dedicated tuner output, and a balanced XLR output with polarity reverse and ground lift. There are also options for choosing between direct or transformer isolated outputs and boosting the DI by 4dB to feed a recording device.
The Radial Engineering JDV Mk5 is shipping now with a MAP price of $449.99.
Radial Engineering JDV Mk5 Direct Box Features:
|Professional DI box with dual switchable inputs|
|Drag control load correction|
|48V phantom power balanced input|
|Discrete class-A circuitry|
|Volume control signal presence|
|Two signal Blend function|
|180 degree polarity reverse|
|Dedicated tuner output|
|Made in Canada|
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