Perfect match with the Taylor ES2
I recently purchased a Taylor 814CE Deluxe and played it through my Mackie Reach at a solo acoustic/vocal gig. The guitar, even though Taylor's Expression System 2 is active, would not drive the Reach's input channel strongly enough, so I grabbed a high end active muting DI I've had for years thinking I would be golden. I could not however get the guitar to sound right through the Reach.
Concerned that maybe that second gain stage might be messing something up (and noting a seemingly love/hate vibe about the ES2 system on the forums) I decided to go with a high quality passive DI. Wanting something truly simple and high end, I opted to give this gem from Telefunken a try over the Radial JDI, which gets many great reviews due to its Jensen transformer. No reviews yet on the new TD-1, so I figured I would take a chance on the good Telefunken name. I am so glad I did!
My next opportunity to try this new DI was at my church where I would use the same guitar and Reach setup. Same cables. Only the DI was different. The moment I played the first note I could tell this DI was something special. There was a fidelity and feel that shocked me. It was night and day over the other high end muting active DI. Both delicate finger style and strumming with a pick came through as clearly and naturally as if I was listening to the guitar on its own. This guitar has a very special kind of sweetness to it, and every nuance came through the system. Stunning sound and virtually no need to mess with EQ.
I suppose you could consider this a glowing review for Taylor's ES2 system, which would be justified. The fact that this new DI however allowed every tonal nuance of the guitar to come through absolutely warrants the five stars I assigned. I honestly never though a passive DI could have this kind of fidelity. Wow was I wrong! This thing will be amazing no matter what you plug into it. I also love how simple the box is, and it feels like a solid chunk of steel. Truly bulletproof and should last forever.