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Added functionality and enhanced audio performance for a price that won't break the bank.

The AR-133 Active DI Box from BSS Audio uses an enhanced version of the same audio path as the AR-116, now regarded by many people as a reference standard. The sound quality is legendary, particularly on acoustic and bass guitars. Numerous applications can be satisfied by the AR-133. For example, as well as the traditional guitar use, the AR-133 can be used with keyboards, DJ consoles, amplifier outputs, and other electronic sources. An additional bonus is the ability to use the AR-133 as an active balancing device.

Input connectors are both 1/4" jack sockets and an XLR socket, the latter meaning that the AR-133 can be used to convert unbalanced signals to a balanced output on XLRs throughout. The arched case allows cables to run back underneath the unit from the end for neat cable management. Input attenuation is 0, -20 or -40dB, making the box suitable for instrument, line or amplifier levels on inputs. On the output side, a ground-lift switch is provided for quick solutions to ground-loop problems.

The BSS AR-133 includes phantom power and battery supplies as standard. Should the phantom power from the console fail or be accidentally switched off, the AR-133 automatically switches over to the internal 9V battery providing uninterrupted use. This unit is housed in a rugged aluminum extrusion case, with robust polyurethane end-cheeks which give the AR-133 a very distinctive look.

BSS Audio AR-133 Active DI Box Features:

  • Switchable input
    attenuation
    0dB for guitar-type
    pickups
    -20dB for line level
    signals
    -40dB for speaker
    feeds
    Matches the level and impedance
    with unity gain without
    loading the source
    Can drive signals up long cable
    lengths
    Powered from console
    phantom power or internal
    battery
    Automatic switchover to battery
    if phantom power fails
    Parallel Link Jack output to feed
    amplifiers directly
    Parallel XLR input for
    converting unbalanced outputs
    to balanced lines


BSS Audio AR-133 Active DI Box Specifications:

  • Input Section

    Input Impedance
    1MOhm (pad at 0dB)
    47kOhm (pad at -20dB)
    47kOhm (pad at -40dB)

    Max Input Level
    +9dBu (pad at 0dB)
    +29dBu (pad at -20dB)
    +49dBu (pad at -40dB)

    Connectors
    Two Parallel 1/4" jack connectors and a parallel XLR connector (unbalanced)

    Jack:
    Tip Hot (+ve)
    Sleeve Ground

    XLR:
    Pin 2 Hot (+ve)
    Pin 1 & 3 Ground

    Output Section
    Output: Transformer Balanced
    Max. Output Level: +8dBu into 600 ohms or greater
    Connector: XLR3-32 or equivalent

    System Performance
    Distortion (THD): < 0.005% at 1kHz, 0dBu output
    Noise: < -105dB unweighted, 22hz-22khz, rms*
    Frequency Response: 30Hz to 20kHz, +0dB/-1dB

    General
    Main/Standby battery: 9 volt PP3 type, preferably alkaline.
    Current drain: on phantom - less than 7.5mA, on battery - less than 2mA
    Phantom Power: +20 volts DC to +48 volts DC
    Weight: 650 gms, excluding batteries.
    Overall Dimensions: 59 mm x 124 mm x 143 mm (2.3" x 4.9" x 5.6")


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  • Active DI Box solves signal problems

    As reviewed by James on 6/21/2011

    Scenario: I regularly plug directly into mixers (no amps) to get a different sound during rehearsals. The Problem: weak signal from deluxe Strat N3 pickups and Fender P-bass into a mixer compared to mics and Les Paul humbuckers. This DI box produces a crystal clear sound and very strong signal for both the strats and p-bass. I actually have to turn down the input level on the mixers. It's very easy to use. I bought this one as an experiment (no previous experience using DI boxes). I can't say whether it's better or worse than any other boxes, but I can say it solves my problems wonderfully. Very happy.

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