PA & DI Boxes

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Coolhandjjl, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Our church got a new PA with XLR mic inputs up front and a mixer with phantom power in the rear. I have a Peavy Max Bass preamp with a DI out, so I'm covered. For the gui**** players, they are all acoustic, some with built in pickups. One guy has passives, another has one of those new acoustics that has built in pickups with a built in preamp as well.

    $200 active DI's are out of the question. Anything in the $50 range running off phantom power?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    The guitars without pickups will need mics. The ones that have a pickup but no preamp might benefit from an external preamp, not just a DI. At a minimum, make sure they get a DI with a very high input impedance, like 10 Meg for example. Higher than 1 Meg. The guitar with a preamp is just like an active bass, and will work fine with any passive DI (often a little cheaper than active ones from the same product line).

    If it was me, I'd save up for around the $100 mark per unit, maybe looking at the dbx models. But as you can see there are plenty of Behringer, Nady, Rolls, and ART options within your budget. Heck, the Behr DI20 covers two channels for $25.
  3. TimmyP


    Nov 4, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN The active DI is quite good, and has a higher input impedance than some do - good for passive pickups.