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Featured Lightning Boy Audio Announces TI Box: Passive Vintage Inspired DI

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Sep 15, 2020.


  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Lightning Boy Audio introduces the TI Box, AKA “Thicker Injection Box.” This is a passive DI box with vintage-inspired sonic characteristics. It utilizes a custom designed LBA-MC15 transformer to deliver its thicker tone and 4.6dB greater output volume than typical of modern passive DI Boxes. The TI Box features ¼” input and bypass jacks, a Neutrik XLR balanced output, phase invert switch, and ground lift switch. Designed and hand crafted in the USA. Sold direct from https://www.lightningboyaudio.com for $169 USD.



    TI storefront.jpg
     
  2. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    So, should this be used with an active bass ?
     
  3. lightningboy

    lightningboy Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2012
    USA
    It can be, but it doesn't need to be.
     
  4. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Hmm. I always thought the rule was: Passive Bass, active DI and vice versa ?
     
  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    it can be, but doesn't have to be.

    so, lightningboy : what does "thicker" mean? i didn't get that from your video. :) TIA
     
  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    lightningboy , sorry, never mind --- i just read it on your website! thanks. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Hachimitsu

    Hachimitsu Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2019
    New Zealand
    Q... when you use the 1/4" output, does it also receive the 'thickening' effect? Thanks
     
  8. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    I believe that rule of thumb is due to most passive DIs having lower output. With this one, as stated, having 4.6 dB greater output than a typical passive DI, that would seem to make it "exempt" ... not that I'm an expert in these things. But I'm really interested in this little box!
     
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  9. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Yeah, it would be cool to hear a comparison with other DI's like the Khan, Reddi, Ampeg SVT-DI, etc.
     
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  10. lightningboy

    lightningboy Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2012
    USA
    Nope, the 1/4" output is labeled "Bypass" because its just that.
     
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  11. lightningboy

    lightningboy Commercial User

    Apr 3, 2012
    USA
    There's are no rules when it comes to creativity.
     
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  12. Ross McLochness

    Ross McLochness Living Room Bassist Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Eden Prairie, MN
    LIAR!
    ha ha ha ha j/k
     
  13. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    How about science ?
     
  14. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I did a comparison to a cheap passive DI and the RNDI: Lightning Boy Audio Thread

    Here it is again though



    Clip 1: Sadowsky into passive Rapco DBBLOX. This is a small, cheap passive DI box.
    Clip 2: Sadowsky into Lightning Boy TI Box (passive box) with phase switch in out position
    Clip 3: Sadowsky into Lighting Boy TI Box (passive box) with phase switch pressed in
    Clip 5: Sadowsky into active RNDI powered by 48 volt phantom power

    What do you think?

    Remember, the DBBLOX and Lighting Boy TI Box are totally passive and require no power.
     
  15. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I'm really happy with it. Been using it more than my RNDI and considering selling the RNDI.
     
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  16. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Well, definitely tell the difference from the Rapco DBBLOX; the TI Box has more body. But, Really can't tell the difference between it and the active RNDI, nor hear a difference between the TI phase buttons.
     
  17. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Then one might conclude that a passive $169 DI box that requires no power sounds as good as a $269 DI box that requires 48v phantom power.
     
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  18. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Mmm, maybe, but not 'till I hear it against other transformer DI's like the Reddi, or the Khan, or even the discontinued Ampeg SVT-DI box .
     
  19. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    OK. Here's the TI Box and REDDI. Which is which?

     
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  20. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Well, they are pretty similar, but I think the second one sounds like the Reddi, but they are really close !
     

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