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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You May Never Put a Mic in Front of Your Stack Again

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!

Easy to use; Great tones

I had read several internet reviews about this product producing bad tone. I don't know what the heck those people were doing (probably using it off a pre-amp line out rather than the speaker out), but in my first few uses this unit has been great. I use it live, and it produces much more consistent tones gig to gig than micing ever did. With some basic eq-ing it sounds every bit as good as my cabinet did mic'd. I originally planned to mix it with the mic'd signal, but it does so well on it's own I just use it by itself. At first I thought it might be a bit fizzy, but then I realized I simply had too much gain through the amp. A quick adjustment and it was all good. I have noticed that the adjustments (tight/loose; modern/vintage, etc) seem to have very little effect on the tone; whatever effect it does have is very subtle. I made recording of each setting on my DAW and could hear little difference at all. That's OK though, because it sounds great to my ears.
Music background: Semi-Professional Guitarist

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5

I play in a hard working Band. We play out almost every weekend and have used everything out there at one time or another. The new Hughes and Kettner red box 5 DI allows me the freedom to use my Amps with out the need to hook up mikes to my cabs, saving space on stage. The sound is excellent as I have come to expect from H&K. The input selection and EQ features allows me to sculpt my sound , getting the best out of my amps!
Music background: Semi-Pro musician, over 36 years of guitar playing

This is a Winner

This is hands down the best cabinet sim DI I have owned. The Redbox 5 picks up where all the others leave off. It gives you the ability to tone-shape the cabinet tone you desire. There is a lot of flexibility with this unit. I take my signal right off my pedal board to the Redbox 5 and then right into the PA with no amp in my signal chain. Ya, I still like my Sennheiser mic'd Tweed Deluxe but this Redbox will work great for those situations when you don't want to hall the amp. I did add a 7-band EQ to my pedal board to fine-tune the tone going into the PA. The tone is 10x better than any of those multi-effects attempt to simulate a amp/cabinet. One word... Winner!
Music background: Pro Musician

My first DI

I have always had a bad opinion of amp DI. My marshall DI sounds bad. I recently started miking it to get good clean sound with more volume ( I play my Marshall clean). This box sounds like my Marshall miked. Now I am trying it even without an amp just a compressor and a Zendrive.
Music background: Full time songwriter/guitarist/Singer
See also: Direct Input Boxes, Hughes & Kettner, Hughes & Kettner Attenuators & Simulators, Hughes & Kettner Direct Boxes