Updated August 18, 2018

The 10 Best Direct Boxes

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in July of 2018. A direct box serves three main purposes: it transmits an electrical signal straight from the source, matches impedance levels, and balances the audio signal. By doing this, it does away with ground loops and other technical phenomena that can cause buzzing and humming sounds during recordings or live performances. Our list includes the best available models from budget-tier to professional-grade. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best direct box on Amazon.

10. Samson MDA1 Active

9. Samson McD2

8. Whirlwind Imp 2

7. Whirlwind pcDI

6. Radial Stagebug SB-6

5. Behringer Ultra-DI400P

4. Radial USB-Pro Active

3. Radial ProD2

2. Rupert Neve Designs Active

1. Radial JDI Stereo


Last updated on August 18, 2018 by multiple members of the ezvid wiki editorial staff

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