Telefunken TDA-2 Dual Active FET Transformer DI Direct Box

The Telefunken TDA-2 dual active direct box uses a less-is-more signal path and a Carnhill transformer for warm tone with low noise and minimal distortion.

The Telefunken TDA-2 (dual unit) is an active FET direct box design that utilizes top quality components in a modern take on classic circuitry to give you a full, rich character that both complements and retains the natural tone and feel of your instrument. The TDA circuit employs discrete Class-A FET circuitry coupled with a high quality transformer that provides the perfect balance between clean, high headroom performance and warm, saturated tone with vibe.

The heart of the design is a custom-wound output transformer by OEP/Carnhill, made in the UK. The circuit board features gold plated traces and is entirely hand-assembled with through-hole components, providing more secure and reliable connections than typical surface mount circuitry. The frequency response of the circuit is +/- 2dB from 20 Hz to 70 kHz, with extremely low distortion and self-noise. Each individual unit is manually tuned by hand for the lowest distortion figure possible. High input impedance prevents the loading down of passive pickups. This careful attention to detail and high quality component choices results in a direct box with a harmonically rich low end and a detailed, open high-end clarity.

The circuit is housed in an extremely durable extruded aluminum enclosure with recessed switches and connectors. This rugged construction is virtually indestructible, able to easily withstand the wear and tear of gigging. Each channel features two heavy duty metal toggle switches to engage a -15 dB pad and ground read more lift. The circuit is powered from standard +48V phantom power with an LED indicating when it is powered. The TDA-2 unit features two independent DI channels with separate controls, giving you the ability to run two instruments through one footprint on stage or in the studio.

While some direct boxes focus on providing sterile, ultra-clean gain, they often leave the instrument devoid of any soul or character. Conversely, some DI's artificially hype too much low-end and overemphasize harmonic distortion, resulting in a tubby and undefined output. The Telefunken active DI avoids these common design pitfalls and delivers a new standard in reliability and performance for direct boxes.


- Custom-wound OEP/Carnhill transformer, made in the UK
- Rugged aluminum construction
- Class-A discrete FET circuitry
- Recessed switches and connectors for protection
- +48V phantom powered with LED indicator
- -15 dB pad switch
- Ground lift switch
- 100% through-hole components
- Amphenol connectors
- WIMA, Nichicon, and Panasonic capacitors
- 1% 1/4W metal film resistors
- 3 year warranty
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- Type: Active Direct Box
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 50 kHz, +/-1 dB
- Power Source: +48V Phantom Power
- Transformer: Custom-Wound OEP/Carnhill
- Input Impedance: > 30 k
- Output Impedance: < 250
- Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): +3.5 dBV (no pad); +18 dBV (with pad)
- Input Connections: 1/4" Jack (per channel)
- Output Connections: XLR Output, 1/4" Thru (per channel)
- Dimensions: 100 mm L x 100 mm W x 50 mm H
- Weight: 540 g
- Included Accessories: Cloth Drawstring Bag
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SYTM-085

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