Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 2-channel Active Direct Box / Splitter

Active 2-Channel DI-Box/Splitter With Phantom Power, 3-position Input Attenuator, and Internal Battery
Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 2-channel Active Direct Box / Splitter image 1
Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 2-channel Active Direct Box / Splitter image 1
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The Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 Active 2-Channel DI-Box/Splitter can convert two separate unbalanced 1/4" inputs into two balanced XLR outputs. Need a signal splitter? The DI20 does that too. Whether you're a keyboardist, guitarist, or bassist, you'll marvel at the flexibility this little box gives you. Feed it two mono signals, a stereo signal, or a split signal feeding two separate amps. You also get a groundlift and a 3-position input attenuator to school unruly signals - so you can even connect it to your guitar amp's speaker output! The Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 is cool.

Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 Active 2-Channel DI-Box/Splitter Features at a Glance:
  • Multi-purpose direct injection box for stage and studio applications
  • Provides impedance and signal matching for direct connection of instruments to mixers and amplifiers
  • Converts 2 independent unbalanced 1/4'' TRS line inputs into 2 balanced XLR outputs
  • Additional Split mode (channel 1 assigns signal to both XLR outputs)
  • Ultra-flat frequency response due to servo-balanced operation
  • Internal battery automatically shuts off when phantom power is applied
  • Allows direct connection to speaker outputs with up to 3,000W
  • Groundlift switch eliminates typical ground loop problems
  • Input 2 usable as channel 1 Link output (additional to XLR output)
  • TRS and gold-plated XLR connectors
  • Ultra-rugged, road-suitable metal case
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
Perform magic on your direct signals with Behringer's Ultra-DI DI20 DI-Box/Splitter!

Additional Media

Ultra-DI DI20 Spec Sheet
Ultra-DI DI20 User Manual

Tech Specs

Type DI
Channels 2
Inputs 2 x TRS
Outputs 2 x XLR
Height 6"
Depth 5"
Width 2.375"
Weight 1.43 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DI20

Customer Reviews

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I find it interesting that the majority of reviews for the DI20 are bad. My experience has been great (knock on wood). I have 4 of them. For the price, I don't think I could ask for a better deal. I certainly prefer it to passive DI's in the same price range. I have only used these in live (sound reinforcement) situations. Two things to keep in mind: 1) make sure your board's phantom power supply is adequate to handle everything you are running; mics,DI's, etc... can add up to a substantial current draw, relatively speaking. The DI20 spec sheet says it will work with 18 to 48volt. I have only run it at 48 volts from a Yamaha analog board. If your supply is overloaded and browning-out, it may create noise problems. 2) Be careful with the attenuation switch. I have run several different types of acoustic guitars thru this DI and haven't had any problems. However, all guitar outputs are not created equal. Use 0dB if you can get away with it but if you get even a hint of distortion during sound-check, insert the 20dB pad.

Working for years

We have 4 of these in our church. They are neither the quietest nor highest quality direct boxes available. (See Radial ProAV, etc.) In our setup we have a live band, singers and pastors for 95%+ of our services, all patched with quality mics, DIs, etc. For ancillary sound such as pre-service music from an iPod, a video w/ audio-track from a laptop, or even an unexpected instrument, we use the DI20. The stereo i/o and 3 levels of attenuation make life easy no matter the source. We ALWAYS keep one connected to the console in the booth; and ALWAYS have a spare backstage. An inexpensive way to be ready for the unexpected.

Just average!

First off, this box works okay, but it's not the quietest DI I've ever used. The box construction is adequate, but a flimsy, thin metal so it may not stand up on stage as well as some other DI's. For it's small price it's fairly good- I just wish it's construction was more robust. I will be using these for the keyboardist in my band running both keyboards and a laptop with a Novation midi controller. We all realize that Behringer's quality is "hit and miss" so I don't expect a whole lot from these but they should work okay for what I need them for. As money permits I will definately upgrade to something better and Sweetwater will continue to be my go-to store!
Music background: Active, gigging Bassist, sound engineer, home recording
See also: Direct Input Boxes, Behringer, Behringer Direct Boxes