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Avalon Ultra Five Direct Box Instrument Preamplifier
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Pure, clean power for transparent recordings.

The Avalon Ultra Five is the most powerful direct box available. Variable gain Class A preamplifier to boost low-level pickup signals and a high-level speaker input for capturing the live sound of the instrument's amplifier. Six passive tone-EQ curves enhance a variety of acoustic and electric instruments. Twin DC-coupled Class A output amplifiers drive both low-level mic preamp inputs and high-level +4dB inputs for direct-to-tape recording or processing. Direct box has dual mic and line outs, very low noise -100dB, high headroom +30dB, low-pass filter, LED active signal indicator, headphone out.

Avalon Ultra Five Direct Box Instrument Preamplifier Features:

  • Variable gain Class A preamplifier
    High-level speaker input for pristine amp capture
    6 passive tone-EQ curves enhance a variety of acoustic and electric instruments
    Twin DC-coupled Class A out
    Dual mic and line outs
    Very low noise -100dB, high headroom +30dB, low-pass filter, LED active signal indicator, headphone out




Avalon Ultra Five Direct Box Instrument Preamplifier

One year parts and labor warranty. 90 day warranty for tubes.

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  • The "Purists" DI

    As reviewed by SeaKiteAir on 8/29/2006

    If I had to sum up the Avalon U5 DI in one word, it would be "versatile." Finding a transparent, high quality DI is a chore by itself, but finding one with the feature set of the U5 is any engineer's dream. The boost gain is clean and musical. The six EQ presets are just what some instruments need. The transient response is unmatched. The build is VERY solid. What a great piece of gear. The Avalon U5 is highly recommended.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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  • Be careful what you use it for...

    As reviewed by Benny Mac on 4/2/2007

    I just purchased the U5 about a month ago right before we left to tour for 15 straight dates. I had been referred to the U5 by a lot of friends. I intended to use the U5 for my acoustic guitar but found it very hard to find a good tone using the U5. halfway in to the tour I started to let our bassist use it and it sounded great. Needless to say - my warning is to not buy the U5 for acoustic guitar. I think for every other application it would work great. There are so many more variables when using the U5 through an acoustic and the fact there are just a few presets to choose from really works to your disadvantage on acoustic. I was pretty disappointed with the U5 but if you play bass or keys this box would work very well I am sure.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful.
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