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  • Which budget passive di box?.

    I play Keyboards more nowadays...in which I always plug it into a passive Carvin di box...which then sends the signal to the main mixer in front.

    My Carvin di box was stolen recently after a gig...along with my phono cable. Instead of crying over it (coz I've met musicians who lost even more expensive things than me) i decided I have to buy another passive di box....but want to see whether Carvin is the only choice I have.

    I am not in favour of an active di box as it is dearer and dont want the hassle of changing batteries every now and then.

    So what should I consider?.

  • #2
    This one!
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    • #3
      ctardi...thanks for your reply. I've never heard of EWI before. The DI box looks rugged and tough though....wonder if they ship to Malaysia here?.

      Have you used it before?. how would you rate it against the other brands if the same price range?.

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      • #4
        I'd look at a whirlwind too. The EDB1 is cheap, durable, and sounds just fine.

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        • #5
          bigmike, thanks. I wrote to Whirlwind and asked them whether they ship to Malaysia too. Still waiting for their reply.

          The EDB1 is made in Korea. Any problem with your unit?.

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          • #6
            The Whurlwind Imp and Director are the staple of the industry for passive DI's, rugged and very dependable.

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            • #7
              Both the Horizon and Rapco pasive DI's are excellent performers, as well as Audiopile's and Whirlwinds.
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              • #8
                I second the Audiopile DI and would als suggest the Rapco DB 100 to the list of affordable/rugged/good functioning DI's.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by where02190
                  The Whurlwind Imp and Director are the staple of the industry for passive DI's, rugged and very dependable.


                  Yes definately. They're built like tanks and do what they're supposed to.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by stunningbabe
                    ctardi...thanks for your reply. I've never heard of EWI before. The DI box looks rugged and tough though....wonder if they ship to Malaysia here?.

                    Have you used it before?. how would you rate it against the other brands if the same price range?.


                    I'm not sure if Mark (Audiopile) Will ship to Malaysia, but I think he will probably say something when he sees this here.

                    *hint to Mark* *hint to Mark*
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                    • #11
                      Mark from Audiopile surfs in here?. Hey...that'll be cool if Mark can advise me here.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by stunningbabe
                        Mark from Audiopile surfs in here?. Hey...that'll be cool if Mark can advise me here.


                        Yup, he's a very contributing member here.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ctardi


                          I'm not sure if Mark (Audiopile) Will ship to Malaysia, but I think he will probably say something when he sees this here.

                          *hint to Mark* *hint to Mark*

                          Liz and I had a long weekend... big New Year Eve's show in the big city. The show went well... the headliner was great! If anyone here gets a chance to work with Junk Yard Jane, you're in for a treat. That's one of the best band's I think I've ever worked with.

                          Everything was fine until load-out where-upon the motor that runs the hydraulic pump that drives my lift-gate took a dump on me. I found that if the lift-gate is on the ground at the venue load-out doors, and the hydraulic motor craps out, the day goes from good to very bad very quickly... especially if you're 150 miles from home, on New Years Day. 6 to 8 hours of fumbling around in a pouring rain-storm in 35 degrees... I had the lift-gate back up (resorting to brute strength and creative tool usage)... and headed back home... with an empty truck. My gear's still in a buddy's truck who helped bail my busted ass out.

                          It's good to be back home... 'cept for the 217 e-mails waiting for us piled up since Friday afternoon. Working shows is always a learning experience. I believe I'm going to add 40ft. mic cables to our inventory. On a ballroom stage 30ft. is just a tad too short for those stage left mics, and 50ft. is just too dang long to be tasteful.

                          I'm working on fixing the somewhat exotic DC motor from my lift-gate (which might be hopeless)... Liz is flogging away at the e-mail.


                          Originally posted by stunningbabe
                          Mark from Audiopile surfs in here?. Hey...that'll be cool if Mark can advise me here.


                          I saw your e-mail in the in-basket. We'll answer it today.

                          The Whirlwind products recommended are very good for the money if available in your area.

                          I don't know for-sure, but there's a possibility EWI might have been involved in the construction of your estranged Carvin DI.

                          The EWI FDB-101 passive DI is a decent economy DI. The case is good. The jacks and switches are cheap, but servicable for general use among us folks that need something that works ok and won't break the bank. The guts are pretty good... the transformer is better than average for the price-point IMO. There are certainly better DI's out there... but generally for more money. There's lesser DI's out there for about the same price or maybe a little less money. IMO, the FDB-101 is a good value and well suited for general use where budget is a strong consideration.

                          We ship some of the EWI products internationally, but shipping internationally as a importing distributor oftentimes isn't very cost effective. I've put in an e-mail to EWI inquiring if there is a stocking dealer of EWI products in The Philippines (I think that's were you are?)

                          Yes... I surf here. I seem to remember asking about your handle a few years ago (during a round of posting pictures or avitars). You assured me your handle is applicable.

                          Well... I gotta go pull the pump assembly off my truck to test my motor repair (resoldered the commentator assembly).

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                          • #14
                            Mark...you've got mail!.

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                            • #15
                              Mark...I didn't get any reply from you.

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