I tried, I really did. I used the A designs REDDI for a number of years. Always thought it was a great sounding DI. didn't really care to lug it around or tour with it, so it mainly got used for studio work at local studios or at home. Fascination got the best of me when the Noble DI hit the scene. A few top players were using it, and a ton of more working class folks were singing its praises (although a lot of that I saw on Instagram.) so, I decided I also wanted to have the tone that was unbelievable. Better than anything else ever etc etc. sold the REDDI. Bought the noble. Tone is good! In fact, it was great. And I could actually travel with it. I should be overly happy, right? Well, my brain doesn't just stop and be happy...it's always thinking and wondering. I went down the "that's a lot of money/value to be bringing around with you" path. It got me thinking...is the tone 10x as good as a much cheaper say, radial DI? So, i picked up used radial J48. It also sounds good. Really good. I A/B'd them through my live rig and my modest home studio (rme fireface & Adam a7 monitors) all sounded great. Did they sound different? A little. Not much. The noble sounded a little bigger. Not much though. The top end sounded about the same. I usually cut some low lows ( 35hz and under) out of my signal when recording, to make room sonically and sit better. Live, my sound is all about midrange clarity. That's what just seems to work for me. Big sub lows seem to bother the band mates and eat up clarity and make everyone else turn up their monitors/amps. Clarity is king for me. So, when it came down to it, i sold the noble and kept the radial. Maybe my hearing isn't as good as all these other guys. Maybe they don't sound that much different. Who knows. And to me, it certinaly doesn't sound SO much different to warrant that much price increase. After all, I'm a working class player that cares a lot about my sound...but to me, how I'm playing, technique wise and which string I'm using makes way more difference ...unfortunately I didn't record this test, my one regret for Talkbass land. Anyone else also spit out their koolaid?