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U5 or Radial

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by burk48237, May 10, 2006.

  1. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Has anyone ever used both the Avalon U5 and the Radial active Di? I'm considering selling my U5. I love it but it's not a great package. I'd like something I could stick in my gig bag. I would love to know how they've compare. I'd ecspecially like to hear frm Radial users.
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I had a Radial JDI - the passive one. I thought it was great. I may get one again. I really have a stiffy for another Avalon U5 though.
  3. Doesn't the U5 have gain? If so, will you miss it? If not I can tell you that the Radial stuff is as good as it gets for a first-rate, straight-ahead DI.

    I have the JDI.
  4. I recommend the Universal Audio Solo 610 which blows both of these away and doesn't cost much more.
  5. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    How do you figure it doesn't cost "much more"? It's running 799 at sweetwater. The U5 which I already own is 539, the Radial is 170 or so street price. I'm considering selling my U5, it is a GREAT direct box but it's almost as big as my Eden 550. The reason I'm looking at the Radial is I can put it in my gig bag. I'm woundering if the performance is comprable.
  6. The Radial is "just" a DI box. Nothing more. Comparing it to a UA 610 is not even sensible.

    No one said if the Avalon has any gain. (I think it does.)

    If you want something to just throw in a gig bag knowing that there will be a PA preamp with a mic input to patch into, then yeah the Radial is the simplest and least expensive way to go. And you'll have as good a DI as can be had.
  7. cabcreaser

    cabcreaser Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    the Radial J48 is a great di as well.

    I am actually not a huge fan of the U5 (it is a very good preamp/di but a tad bit overpriced imo--you could get a nice tube di for that price--i.e. Aguilar DB900, Demeter VTDB-1, or my personal favorite A Designs REDDI, but tube direct boxes are a whole other entity than the U5) but I have preferred a few direct boxes more comparable to the U5 (the Radial JDI, J48, and JDV, the BSS Audio AR116 and BSS AR133, and the Raven Labs APD-1). Due to size issues (for live usage), I would recommend the Radial JDI or J48 and the BSS stuff.

    For recording I prefer tube direct boxes over all of these, but there is something to be said for having a high quality di that fits in your gig bag.
  8. Denyle Guitars

    Denyle Guitars

    Nov 30, 2005
    Check out the Buzz Mia 1.0 while you're out shopping. It's a great sounding (& compact) DI with a few extra tricks.
  9. kbr

    kbr Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Oviedo, Fl
    I have both the U5 and a Radial JDI. I prefer the U5 over the radial just about all the time. The U5 stays in my live rack and I use the radial when I don't take the big rig. If you sell the U5 you might end up regretting it later so a similar solution might work for you.
  10. slombovia


    Jul 15, 2003
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    Radial JDI or JDV (both excellent w/pros & cons) kill anything including the Avalon U5 in two areas: 1) Sound accuracy ie less distortion, truer phase, and frequency response linearity. 2) Durability. I drove my truck over mine. Kiddin - but they are REALLY tough - tough like a Countryman but without the phase distortion.
  11. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    The Radials also have many more features than the Countryman.

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