Rapco Horizon DBBLOXF Signal Direct Box
- Approximate size 3-1/2" x 1-1/4" x 1"
- 1) XLR female balanced low impedance input
- 1) 1/4" output jack
The Rapco Horizon DBBLOXF DI box provides a compact and affordable way to convert a low impedance signal to be converted to a 10k ohm signal compatible with guitar and bass amplifier inputs. The Rapco direct box features an XLR female input and a 1/4" male output.
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I didn't want to have a stack of Whirlwind Directors (which I was using live, already had, and have been absolute rocks - but are big), I did not want to commit any of my new Radial DIs from my studio to this situation (I just didn't need that robust a feature set live). For this application, a rack DI (either the quad Whirlwind rack or the Radial solution (which I also have in my studio) was inappropriate and would've caused more trouble than the large individuals. I really wanted the smallest DI I could find and had good luck with RAPCO in the past as a utility players. I take care of my gear, so I figured even with modest build quality, I'd be ok. I was wrong.
(Regarding features) The live system in which I used the DBBLOX (I bought 4, one for each mono keyboard) is built around consistent balanced stage power, and everything is properly grounded, so I had no issue with the lack of a ground switch. Monitors are handled at the console and I have no amp on stage, so, I didn't need 1/4" thrus.
My issue with the DBBLOX is that after 2 years, only 1 out of 4 are "as purchased". 3/4 have needed repair. Two broke in the same spot (the XLR side, when unplugging/plugging a cable, broke and caused a disconnect to the transformer. The other, the innards just became loose requiring attention to prevent further breakage/damage. products with their components rattling around inside are, of course. a concern when you rely on them to get your instrument to the main PA. I have been able to fix them, but, it's still a bad design if 2 out of 4 have required surgery, and 1 was preventatively operated on. Even after repair, I have taken them out of service,
As mentioned at the top, I typically buy either proven rock solid live utility pieces or high end studio pieces, so this experiment was, I suppose, a failure, All DBBLOX have all been replaced by the Whirlwind DI's I already had. Even though their size still makes things cumbersome, I am confident that they will work on each gig.