Submitted February 26, 2009 by Jon
"JDI a real game-changer for gigging bassists and keyboardists."
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The only DI box I see myself replacing this with costs $700. So, I'm fairly sure I will never be replacing this. It has everything I need, it sounds great, and it certainly doesn't take up much space in my rig. If this got stolen, I would replace it shortly after swearing vengeance.
This DI has been a total game-changer for live performances. In the past I've had to make do with the house DI box at shows and the like. It did the trick alright, I suppose. However, since investing in this DI, I've had a huge jump in people complimenting me on my sound. I don't have to worry about my cab being suited to the room, or about a mediocre DI neutering my tone. It's been a great solution for my bass, and several of the sound guys I've worked with have expressed admiration for its performance as well.
It has a lot of features - frankly more than I see myself needing to use. I don't use stereo outs, and I don't really feel compelled to use the -30dB speaker pad. However, this DI is fully featured enough that I feel confident I could use it in nearly every live scenario, and I would recommend it to keyboard players as well.
Ease of Use
Everything's easily labeled. Insert it before your amp, plug and play. Since it's passive, you don't even have to worry about power.
This box is a brick house. Unless it ends up under our van's tires somehow, I'm certain it'll continue to perform at this level.
Yes, this product is a little expensive, especially for something that most players don't think they need. But I think of it as insurance - you don't have to worry about your tone getting fouled up by something outside your control (barring a sound guy who's completely out of his depth.) I considered the JDI expensive until I actually used it at shows. Now I realize what a big value it is.
I haven't needed support on this product, but I've met a couple folks from Radial, and they seem courteous, adept, and friendly. Three year limited warranty, which is nice - though with how durable this thing is, I'd be surprised if I needed it.
The Wow Factor
DI boxes typically aren't the sort of thing anybody but a soundguy will notice on stage. However, I do have to admit this thing looks pretty cool. I like the green and orange - gives me a "military issue" vibe.
Alt-Country, Prog, 60s Pop. Thankfully, never at the same time.
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