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A great-sounding active direct box over the past quarter century, sound systems have evolved as have the instruments that are now used. The listener has also evolved. CD quality sound is no longer a luxury, but expected. Only now are we beginning to hear and appreciate the advantages of a good direct box. A good DI must provide a wide distortion-free frequency response and the dynamic range to handle today's powerful instruments.
Radial J48 at a Glance:
The Radial J48 is an active direct box that has been specifically designed to work around the limited current that is available with 48-Volt phantom power, and do so while delivering the pure and natural sound of the instrument. A unique switch-mode supply steps up the internal rails to allow an input signal of up to 10V without any noticeable distortion.
Will not choke when driven hard. The single most important development goal of the Radial J48 was increasing the headroom without compromising sound quality. To this end, every possible effort was made to deploy the limited energy resources of phantom power to the audio signal path. To begin, phantom power is converted using a super-efficient digital switch-mode power supply that steps up the internal rail voltage to an impressive 10 volts. This allows one to hit the J48 with as much as 9-Volts without choking! To further increase available horsepower, all non-essential devices such a power-hungry LEDs are turned off when the J48 is in use. A typical LED requires almost as much current as does the complete audio circuit!
Lower harmonic distortion. Open up the Radial J48 and you will see huge, over-sized capacitors that provide ample current storage to assure clean, unobstructed power for the signal. With added headroom comes improved performance in all areas: Less than half the phase distortion of competing DIs, significantly lower harmonic distortion and single-digit inter-modulation distortion are all realized. Paying attention to these basic details has the net result of better sound.
Innovative merge function but great sound is not the only innovation: The Radial J48 introduces several new functions that improve functionality and open the doors for greater creativity. The input panel features the usual 1/4" instrument input and thru-put connections. An innovative Merge function converts the thru-put into a second input to sum stereo sources to mono such as stereo keyboards or CD players when mixer input channels may be of short supply. A -15dB pad may also be inserted when confronted with abnormally high signals.
Reduced hum and Increased headroom to reduce low-end rumble and run-away acoustic resonance, an 80Hz high-pass roll-off filter is provided. As with any power system whether it is acoustic or electrical in nature, bass always contains significantly more RMS power than high frequencies. This is why low-frequency drivers require anywhere from 10 to 20 times more power in PA system designs than high-frequency tweeters. By gently removing unnecessary lows, the J48's dynamic handling is increased by a full 3dB or twice the power handling. This innovative feature both reduces mud and increases headroom at the same time!
Like all Radial products, the J48 is built to handle the abuse on the road and features a unique welded I-beam construction for years of trouble free performance.
Radial J48 Features:
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