Radial JDV Mk5 2-channel Active Instrument Direct Box

Active Direct Box with 2 Inputs, Feed Forward Design, 100% Discrete Class A Circuitry, Drag-control Load Correction, and 30-volt Rails
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$499.99
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Radial JDV Mk5 2-channel Active Instrument Direct Box
Special Order
$499.99

Your Super Direct Box

Radial's JDV Mk5 is a high-performance, 2-input active direct box/preamp that lets you transition seamlessly from one instrument to another while optimizing your signal chain for any source. The JDV Mk5 is built like a tank (typical for Radial), with 100% discrete electronics and Class A circuitry with a zero-phase-canceling negative feedback front end. You also get Drag control load correction that lets you optimize the impedance applied to the pickup, along with extra rail voltage for copious headroom. The Radial JDV Mk5 delivers virtually zero harmonic, phase, and cross-point distortion for amazingly natural sound, with no coloration or artifacts.

Radial JDV Mk5 Direct Box at a Glance:
  • Handles any type of instrument
  • Packed with useful features
Handles any type of instrument

The design brief for the Radial JDV Mk5 included the ability to handle any type of instrument. The JDV Mk5's Input-1 is ideally suited for both magnetic pickups and active instruments; it's also equipped with a balanced mic input with 48V phantom power to accept instrument-mounted condenser mics. Input-2 adds to the JDV Mk5 impressive versatility with a selectable 10 meg-ohm input that properly loads piezo transducers. Both inputs can be used simultaneously and mixed together using the JDV Mk5's front panel controls. They can then be phase aligned using the onboard Radial Phazer. The resulting signal is among the most natural-sounding acoustic-instrument reproductions we've heard at here at Sweetwater.

Packed with useful features

The JDV Mk5 sports additional features, including fully variable highpass filters on each channel to zap low-frequency resonance, easy-to-read LED level meters, transformer-isolated outputs that eliminate ground-loop-generated buzz and hum, and a +4dB line-level output for direct injection into your recording rig. A convenient front-panel switch lets you switch between channels; or you can do this via Radial's optional JR-2 remote control. With its amazing versatility and outstanding sonics, the Radial JDV Mk5 Direct Box is a must-have addition to your studio or live sound toolkit.

Radial JDV Mk5 Direct Box Features:
  • 100% discrete, Class A active direct box with two inputs
  • Input-1:
    • Magnetic pickups and active instruments
    • Balanced mic input with 48V phantom power
  • Input-2:
    • Selectable 10 meg-ohm input that properly loads piezo transducers
  • Inputs can be mixed from the front panel
  • Feed forward design - no negative feedback
  • Drag-control load correction for natural tone
  • 30-Volt rails for exceptional headroom
  • Jensen Transformer-isolated outputs
  • Built Radial-tough for years of solid service
You need a Super DI: the Radial JDV Mk5!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Tech Specs

Type Active
Channels 2
Inputs 2 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/4" TRS (mic), 1 x 1/4" (tuner)
Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Thru
Height 2.75"
Depth 8.25"
Width 5.75"
Weight 3.95 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number R800 2015

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