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J33 Phono Preamp Direct box
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Radial Engineering is now shipping the Radial J33, a combination RIAA phono-turntable preamp and stereo direct box designed to allow a 33.3 long-play vinyl albums to be played directly through a professional microphone preamp and or mixing console.

Using the Radial J33 is easy: The turntable connects to the J33 via a pair of RCA jacks and ground lug. The inputs are equalized following the exact RIAA curve specifications. Outputs include a series of -10dB consumer line level connections including stereo RCA, 3.5 mini and 1/4" TRS that combine to offer quick and easy interface to virtually any consumer device or PC sound card. On the opposite end, two balanced outputs are standard 600-ohm mic level and are designed to feed a mic-preamp or mixing console. For high sound pressure environments such as concert touring and nightclubs, a built-in rumble filter reduces low the 'low-end feedback' that can often be problematic. The Radial J33 is powered with choice 48V phantom through the XLRs or by way of the 15VDC supply that comes along with the unit. An auto sensor automatically selects whichever power supply is present.

The Radial J33 employs a steel housing with internal I-beam construction to reduce opportunity for PC board distortion. This reduces stress on the PC board and any opportunity for the unit to develop cold solder joints; the most notorious cause of electronic equipment failure. As an added measure, a protective zone around the switches and jacks guards against damage and a full-bottom no-slip pad ensures the J33 will not slide around even when subjected to sub-bass rumble.

Suggested retail price: $199 USD.

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