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PDB Passive Direct Box, DI from D.W. Fearn.


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D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:D.W. Fearn
  • Model:PDB Passive Direct Box
  • Category:DIs
  • Added in our database on: 02/25/2005

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D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 3 reviews )
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moosers04/26/2010

moosers's review

D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box
The D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box is a simple piece of gear that I have used in a recording studio setting. I guess you could use this for a live show too, but this would never be something I'd recommend for the application since it is really too expensive for that sort of use. It's pretty much got the simplest possible make up for a DI box, consisting of 1/4" connections for instrument input and amplifier output as well an XLR output for sending the box to your console and/or audio interface. It isn't in rack mountable form.

UTILIZATION

Beyond making your connections into the D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box, there isn't anything that you need to know. As long as you understand basic signal flow and/or have set it a direct input box before, the PDB will be as easy to use as any other DI box out there. The only other feature that it has beyond it's basic connections is a ground lift switch, which comes in very handy. A manual for the PDB isn't necessary at all...

SOUND QUALITY

The D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box has a very impressive sound quality overall. I've really only used the PDB one time for getting a direct signal from a Wurlitzer electric piano. We also had the Wurli going to a speaker cabinet, so the PDB wasn't the only thing that I was using to record the source. Honestly though, I could have only used this DI box and have gotten a very respectable sound. I always like the sound that an amplifier will add though, as there are certain qualities of a sound that a DI box won't pick up. However, the PDB generally does a very good job of picking up a full direct sound and is definitely suitable for use on it's own if you don't want or have the means to record with an amplifier.

OVERALL OPINION

With a high quality sound and high quality make up, the D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box comes a big price as well. It's really only relatively expensive when compared to some of the other passive direct input boxes out there, but either way it really makes it a professional's piece of gear. I'd recommend looking into it if you're in the market for a very high quality DI box, but if it were me I'd probably stick with the cheaper and just as good in my opinion Countryman Type 85 DI box.
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ThunderStick10/28/2007

ThunderStick's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box
This is a box passively live analog and obviously because using a transformer. This is a nec plus ultra model by Jensen (experts in electronic reconnatront the excellent workmanship).
This bote is a passive direct signal processing, so without possiblit of amplication. The level +4 dBu (instrument) 1 MgaOhm becomes -50 and -30 dBu (microphone level) averaged 150 ohms.
The instrument is made by between asymmetric jack 1/4 "(36 mm), it is - ie cable guitar or synthesizer output to an amplifier is possible through. same type of connector. The output is Neutrik XLR symtrise mle, brooches gold plates 24K, equipped with a switch to switch the direction of the mass.
This bote aptly named: it is tiny, so not rackable. Its four rubber feet allow the placing on the floor or even on inclined plane without it slipping.

USE

The hardware configuration could not be simpler: just plug and play, enjoy!
The output level is the equivalence of a microphone signal, so easy grate from a mixer or even directly on the branch of a computer sound card.
The manual is explicit, but in English only: novices abstain.

SOUND QUALITY

Whatever the guitar brand used and brand pedal instead downstream of it, the sound is wonderfully prcis. But be careful in Annexes defects! Just as a dfectueuse voice reveals a high-end microphone, DW Fearn PDB must be handled in a chain intgralement irreproachable: good musician , good hardware, cables pro quality. The slightest flaw does not forgive!

NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for bientt a year - not one second of regret, on 31557600 ...
I love the simplicity of use, discreet size of the product, and simple retro look (means: ensured that need not be Vant I appr. cie above all the quality of its components, o dcoule its quality through its consquence.
I acquired this DI bote because I did not have the means to have VT-3 DI, DW Fearn also - this model is a two-channel DI, pure class A, lamps .dropoff window Suffice to say very onreux!
The report qualitprix is ​​questionable according to some: they say that the 280 qu'accusent this bote ds are made by a manufacturing amricaine labor. This argument certainly should Avalon U5 from home - and again, the Superior Price is in particular the fact that it is an active DI is - say a team pramplificateur and switchable filter. In terms of the product concerned here, everything is justified. No other PDB has sound PDB DW Fearn.
With the experience I would do this choice if and only if the VT-3 did not exist! Subjectively, I find the sound of a far more attractive lamps DI.
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ThunderStick10/28/2007

ThunderStick's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

D.W. Fearn PDB Passive Direct Box
This is a box of direct passive, analog Obviously well as using a transformer. This is a MODEL ultimate brand Jensen (experts reconnatront the excellent electronic invoice).
This is a bote direct passive signal processing, ie without amplification possible. The +4 dBu level (instrument) becomes a MgaOhm -50 to -30 dBu (microphone level) average of 150 Ohm.
The instrument is between asymtrique by jack 1 / 4 "(36 mm) is - ie cable guitar or synthtiseur. An output to an amplifier is possible by same type of connector. symtrise The output is XLR Neutrik mle, 24k gold-plated pins, team with a switch to switch the direction of the mass.
This bote is aptly named: it is tiny, so no rack. Its four rubber feet can put it on the floor or even on an incline without slipping.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the hardware could not be simpler: plug, play, enjoy!
The output level is the equivalence of a microphone signal, so easy grate from a mixer or even directly connected to the soundcard of a computer.
The manual is explicit, but rdig English: novices abstain.

SOUND QUALITY

Whatever the brand of guitar used, and the brand of pedals placed downstream of it, the sound is wonderfully prcis. But beware of default schedules! As a voice dfectueuse rvle is a high quality microphone, the DW Fearn PDB should be handled in a string intgralement irrprochable: good musician , good hardware, Cables of quality pro. The slightest flaw is not forgiving!

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using ending for a year - and not one second of regret, on 31557600 ...
I love the simplicity of use, size discrte the product, its look and simple rtro (means: insured does not need to be proud of it. But I learned cie foremost the quality of its components, o dcoule its quality through its consquence.
I acquired this beast of DI because I could not afford to have the VT-3 DI, DW Fearn also - this is a MODEL DI two-channel, pure class A lamps . In other words, trs onreux!
The report qualitprix is ​​questionable according to some: they say that the 280 is encountered by the bote ds manufacture made by a labor amricaine. This argument should certainly at the Avalon U5 - and again, the price is notably suprieur of the fact that it is an active DI is - a team that pramplificateur and selectable filters. As for the product concerned here, is justified. No other PDB has the sound of the DW Fearn PDB.
With exprience, I would do this election if and only if the VT-3 did not exist! Subjectively, I find the sound of a DI lamps more attractive.
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