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Which DI?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by timothyandrew, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. I need a DI. Have around $200 to spend. My only rig right now is a 100W combo amp, and that leaves much to be desired. Do you think the amp emulation qualities of the Sansamp BDDI will be helpful here.

    That said, which one would you buy?

    1) Aguilar Tone Hammer
    2) Sansamp BDDI
    3) Sansamp Para DDI
    4) Countryman Type 85
    5) Radial JDI
    6) Other?
  2. meekee73_2008


    Feb 20, 2009

    SansAmp Para DDI, but, if tone shaping is your business then you may want to go with BDDI

    my two cents

  3. pbass62


    Sep 24, 2007
    Concord NC
    MXR M80 Good bang for the buck
  4. I forgot to mention: I'm not considering the M80 because I don't need/use distortion. Isn't distortion a big part of what the MXR M80 is?
  5. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    How about you trade in for a better amp that gas a DI output?
  6. meekee73_2008


    Feb 20, 2009
    my 2c here: maybe he may want to have a simple DI in order to enter his bass directly into a PA sometimes...way more comfortable than bring the whole amp

  7. Yes, exactly.
  8. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    the m80 is great even if you don't use the distortion option.
    the tone shaping available on this unit is great.
  9. meekee73_2008


    Feb 20, 2009
    again, +1 for the Para Driver considerin' that it seems that you do not aim for distortion and tone shapin' (but Para Driver can even do that stuff if u want..)

  10. So would you say the Para DI is better than Aguilar Tone Hammer?
  11. meekee73_2008


    Feb 20, 2009
    imho yes, but i've listened to TH only once and for a little while

  12. I have the PBDDI, the 3 Channel SansAmp. It is nice to have 3 distinct tones at my disposal without having to reach down and adjust knobs. It works great as a DI, and great as a tone shaping pedal direct into the amp.
  13. JDI, every day of the week UNLESS you need all those extra amp circuits on the sansamps/mxrs etc.

  14. 5stringwonder


    Sep 24, 2006
    I'd go for the JDI..
  15. jimmy rocket

    jimmy rocket

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ayden, NC
    I'll chime in for the Tone Hammer here. I've used and loved many Sansamp products in the past but the TH has displaced them for the time being. Nice warm tube grit, great EQ section.

    Switching out DI boxes has become a bit of an unintended hobby for me. All of the ones you listed do what you want, and they all do it well. I would say it's more of a flavor issue than a function issue at this level.
  16. I agree. I'm thinking the Para DI would be a better fit.
  17. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    I REALLY like my Para Driver as well.
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    What bass do you play?
    Where are you playing? Clubs, church? What's the PA like?
    Do you NEED tone shaping or just a good DI to get your signal to the PA?

    Without knowing more I have to say a Radial JDI.
  19. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member


  20. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member


    I've recently been turned onto the Rolls PM351..

    Basically it's a combination hard wired monitor (headphones etc) with DI for both a 1/4 high impedence and an XLR..

    Brings up the opportunity to use headphone monitor if playing a brick room etc.

    Costs about $80 on ebay.


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