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      Radial Engineering PZ-DI Select Acoustic/Orchestral Instrument Active Direct Box (108573643)
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Get the right signal to the board.

The Radial PZ-DI is a unique direct box that is specifically designed for acoustic and orchestral instruments. Unlike most direct boxes that are limited to a 'one size fits all' design, the PZ-DI lets you properly match the input impedance to the source to optimize the frequency response, dynamics and feel so that no matter what type of pickup you employ, you will enjoy smoother, more musically pleasing results.

The design begins with a 3-position load adjustment switch: The 1 meg-ohm position delivers the classic impedance found on most active DI boxes. The 220k-ohm setting warms up the tone of a magnetic pickup to give you the feel and tone as if connected to a tube amplifier. The ultra-high 10 meg-ohm impedance is used to compensate for the harsh, squawky tone that usually plagues piezo-equipped instruments. This is followed by a fully variable high-pass filter that lets you 'size the instrument' by gently rolling off bass frequencies to eliminate unwanted resonance. You could for instance, retain the low frequencies on a cello or increase the cut-off point to better suit a violin. For active instruments such as acoustic guitars that incorporate a battery powered preamp, you can engage a low-pass filter to gently soften the hard edge for a smoother more natural tone.

To maximize signal handling and reduce distortion, the PZ-DI incorporates an innovative DC to DC switching supply that converts the phantom power to deliver extra headroom. This provides ample dynamic range for acoustic instruments. Should an extra loud source such as an active bass or digital keyboard be encountered, simply activate the -15dB pad to satisfy the situation. Other problem solvers include a 180° polarity reverse switch to tame hot spots on stage that can cause feedback and a ground lift switch to help eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops.

The Radial PZ-DI is a ground breaking direct box that can instantly adapt to all types of pickups so that you can enjoy the full frequency response and dynamics of an orchestral string instrument, smooth-out the peaks of bluegrass fiddle, banjo or mandolin, split off a bass guitar without excessive loading, or naturally amplify an acoustic guitar without the usual tone-altering effects.

Radial Engineering PZ-DI Select Acoustic/Orchestral Instrument Active Direct Box Features:

  • Optimized for orchestral instruments on a live stage
    Adjustable load for piezo and magnetic pickups
    Variable low-cut filter to control bass resonance
    48V phantom powered, does not require batteries


Radial Engineering PZ-DI Select Acoustic/Orchestral Instrument Active Direct Box Specifications:

  • Audio circuit type: Proprietary analog circuit with low-noise FET op-amp
    Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
    Dynamic range: 105dB
    Equivalent input noise: -98dBu
    Maximum gain: +4.6dB
    Total harmonic distortion: 0.02% /td>
    Input impedance: 10M/1M/220K-Ohms
    Input impedance with PAD on: 50K-Ohms
    Output impedance: 200 Ohms - nominal

    Input pad: -15dB
    XLR configuration: AES standard (pin-2 hot)

    Power: 48V phantom - proprietary digital switching
    Construction: 14 gauge steel chassis and outer shell, baked enamel finish
    Size: 2.75" x 4.25" x 1.75" (70 x 108 x 45mm)
    Weight: 1.2 lb (544 g)
    FCC approval: Complies with section 15 of the FCC Rules
    Warranty: Radial 3-year, transferable


Radial Engineering PZ-DI Select Acoustic/Orchestral Instrument Active Direct Box

90 day warranty on footswitch and tubes. One year warranty on all other products.

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Pro Coverage includes:

  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited Repair
  • Free Shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% Coverage for Commercial Use
  • Extended Return Period
  • Extended Price Protection
  • No Lemon Guarantee
  • Free Transfer of Coverage to a new owner
  • Repair Costs Covered for up to 3 years from date of purchase
  • Repairs Can Be Authorized Toll-Free by Phone or the via the web
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