Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI and Speaker Simulator

Direct Box and Speaker Emulator, with Speaker and Line-level Inputs and Outputs and Speaker Simulation Controls
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An H & K classic returns! The Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 makes it easy to inject great-sounding guitar tones straight to your recorder or mixer without miking up your cabinet. In addition to stellar speaker simulation, the Red Box 5 now includes more tonal options. Choose from modern or vintage speaker emulations, small or large cabinet sizes, and even loose/tight response. You can also use this handy little box as a DI, so it's sure to become a valuable addition to your rig. Call Sweetwater for an amazing-sounding guitar speaker emulator: the Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5.

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI and Speaker Emulator Features at a Glance:
  • Direct box and speaker emulator for guitar and bass
  • Use it with line-level devices such as amp simulators and other pedals for lifelike direct recording
  • Connect it between your amplifier and speaker cabinet instead of miking up onstage
  • Powerful control over the simulated speaker sound including cabinet size, cab tightness, and more
  • Balanced XLR out
  • Powered with 9-volt battery or optional power supply
The Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 is an awesome way to double-track guitars!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Redbox 5 DI and Speaker Simulator User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Direct Box/Speaker Emulator
Form Factor Desktop
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4" Thru, 1 x XLR
Height 1.57"
Width 2.36"
Depth 4.53"
Weight 0.44 lbs.
Channels 1
Manufacturer Part Number REDBOX5

Customer Reviews

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Good sounding DI

I use this between a Marshall JMP preamp and an ISP Stealth power amp, and it sounds great - better than other cab emulating DI boxes I've tried previously. We run in ears for most of our stage volume, and using this allows me to run without any volume when it's not needed. I originally put it between the ISP and the speaker, but was getting some weird feedback/noise. I also had added some other new gear at the same time, and decided I wanted to be able to turn the power amp volume off without affecting the direct signal, and after I moved it (and reset some of the other new gear), the issue went away. I do not know if it had something to do with the ISP Stealth and this box, or if it was something else entirely. Bottom line is it works in the chain where I want it, and it sounds great through the PA into my in ears!


I spoke with john and explained what i needed and he helped. I built a beginner studio and my amp didn't have an emulated out. John answered all my questions and set me up with the H & K Red box. solved all my problems. I would definitely refer Sweetwater and plan to use them in the future.
Music background: 10 years playing guitar.

No brainer winner

Sounds great, very warm, airy, clean and expressive tone .Easy to use, phantom powered, straight into the Scarlet i818. Do not amp in. Line or instrument in only, straight up, or with pedals in front of it.
Music background: Musician/Teacher/Recording

Best Guitar DI For Houses of Worship

I am a worship pastor for a local church and have many people use the multi-effects processors that sound absolutely terrible through front of house. The Redbox is a game changer. When you place it after the pedal it makes the distortion break up just like an amp. Our church is very open and tall with hard materials that make the sound bounce, so without a room to put amps we have to go directly into the board. I used to lug my AC30 or my Orange Tiny Terror around and mic it, but now the Redbox adds all the same sounds that my pedal board has without that hassle. The amazing thing is that the tone sounds perfect.
Music background: Vocal Major, Worship Pastor, Recording Musician

Pedal board direct to mixer

A standard direct box just doesn't cut it. I've been on a long quest to find a way to carry just my pedal board to church and plug in to the system without having to lug my amp as well. If you don't already know, most modulation pedals sound ok direct into the mix board through a standard di box but overdrive and distortion effects for some reason don't. When I explained my dilemma to the Sweetwater tech rep, he suggested the H&K Red Box. Best advice I've received in a long time! This little cab simulator works like a charm! Coupled with a Blackstar HT Boost for warmth and signal strength, it sounds like I have my tube amp with a mic placed in front.
Music background: Classic rock, oldies, progressive, and contemporary Christien
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