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

3.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • Customer
    from September 20, 2016


    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.

  • wabaus
    from Virginia April 9, 2016

    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.

  • Scott Frobel
    from Findlay, OH July 17, 2012Music Background:
    Active, gigging Bassist, sound engineer, home recording

    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!

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