Radial Engineering JDX Direct Box
(Dave Molter | Posted 2009-12-09)
Sound familiar? You're a guitarist who wants to have the sound of your amp going through the PA, but the soundman says you're too loud onstage already and won't mike you. Here's a solution for both you and your engineer. The Radial JDX Guitar Amp Direct Box connects between your guitar head and cabinet and sends the signal to the PA via a balanced XLR output. Not only do you get the sound of your amp, you eliminate the need for a guitar microphone onstage, thereby reducing leakage. Radial has included speaker emulation, so there's no need to worry about losing the sound your speaker adds to your signal. A word of warning: You MUST connect a speaker to the JDX -- DO NOT run the head only. The unit is powered by a 15VDC power supply and will accept a maximum of 300 watts. In addition to FROM AMP and TO SPEAKER 1/4" jacks, the JDX has ground lift and polarity reverse pushbuttons for maximum quietness and compatibility, and it's transformer isolated to further reduce buzz and hum caused by ground loops. In the tradition of its Tonebone line, Radial houses the JDX in rugged 14-gauge steel and places a rubber pad on the bottom of the unit to prevent slippage. I've used the Radial Bassbone for several years and found it to be reliable and very well made. MSRP: $220; Street ~ $199.