Following on from a thread I posted very recently about purchasing an Ampeg SVT-CL, I'm thinking ahead to when the band is back out playing again in August. From speaking to a friend who works as a backline tech for some really established artists, he thinks the way to go is a DI box between amp and speaker, and potentially a DI box before the amp in case the amp fails during a show. Countryman 85 and Radial JDI's have been suggested due to their capability to switch to "speaker" mode. Then there's the DI/balanced out option, but on amps I've previously owned, I've never rated the built-in XLR's and find the quality to FOH can be hit and miss, unless there's a pre/post switch and a pre signal is sent, but even then the output isn't amazing. I don't know how good the balanced out from an SVT is, having never gigged one before. If it helps, I have an AKGD112 on my cab so there's a mic signal going to the board too. Any information, opions and experience is very welcome.