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Low level on Aguilar DB-659 XLR output

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by unlined4string, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. unlined4string

    unlined4string Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Baltimore County, Md.
    I recently acquired a used Aguilar DB-659. The level of the XLR output is so low that I though at first it wasn't working at all. After reading the user manual and testing with several mic preamps and mixers, I now think it's probably working according to design.

    The user manual says the DB-659 XLR out is mic (not line) level, spec'd at -40dB. This is useful for feeding a mic preamp, but useless for driving a power amp or any other input that wants to see line level.

    Can any other D B-659 users confirm that my unit is/is not working properly?

  2. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    Thats right. The XLR is meant for going into a mic pre only. Use the 1/4" out for feeding a power amp.
  3. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    unless you have to run a REALLY long cord from your preamp to your power amp, just stick with a really short unbalanced 1/4".
  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yup, just go unbalanced to the amp. The XLR does work great into a mixing board, though. I just gigged with my 659/728 for the first time this weekend, and I was all smiles! :)