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Radial JDV Super Direct Box
The Radial JDV Mk5 is a high performance active direct box and preamp with two inputs, so you can move seamlessly from one instrument to another and optimize the signal chain—no matter what the source. Bass players really love the transparency, portability and rugged construction.
The JDV uses 100% discrete electronics and a unique class-A circuit with zero phase-cancelling, negative-feedback front end. Drag control load correction lets you optimize the impedance being applied to the pickup. Extra rail voltage gives you tons of headroom. The result is virtually zero distortion (harmonic, phase or cross-point), so you get the most natural sound from your instrument without coloration or artifact.
The JDV can handle any type of instrument:
• Input 1 is equally well suited for magnetic pickups or active instruments. And with its balanced mic input (with 48V phantom) it also handles instrument-mounted condenser mics easily.
• Input 2 adds another dimension with a selectable 10 meg-ohm input to properly load piezo transducers.
• Both inputs may be active at one time and mixed together using the front panel controls. These can then be phase-aligned using the built-in Radial Phazer for what can only be deemed the most natural sounding reproduction of an acoustic instrument ever.
- Fully variable high-pass filters on each channel
- Easy-read LED level meters
- Jensen Transformer isolated outputs to eliminate ground loops, hum and buzz
- +4dB line level output for direct recording.
- Switching between channels via a front panel switch or the optional JR-2 remote control
- 100% discrete class-A active direct box
- Feed forward design – no negative feedback
- Drag™ control load correction for natural tone
- Huge 30-Volt rails for exceptional headroom
Why We Like It
If it says Radial, we know it’s well engineered and built to last. There’s less-expensive gear out there, but none better. Radial gear performs gig after gig, session after session, and you can expect years of service—which means our customers love them and we don’t see them coming back for repairs. We always like that.