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Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box

B&H # PYPDC21 Mfr # PDC21
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You Pay: $8.99
Product Highlights
  • 1/4" Balanced Input
  • Unbalanced 1/4" Phone Output
  • XLR Balanced Output
  • Parallel 1/4" Phone Output
  • Ground Lift Switch

The Pyle PDC21 Direct Box is an inexpensive tool for interfacing various audio sources. Send instrument and microphone signals to consoles, while simultaneously sending signal to monitor speakers in sound reinforcement and recording applications. The PDC21 Direct Box features a 1/4" phone line input, XLR and 1/4" outputs, parallel connection, and attenuation switch.

Easy interfacing and connection between various audio gear in numerous applications
Input attenuation: switchable (0db, -20db, -40db)
Instrument input: 50K unbalanced 1/4" TS jack
Parallel (Link) out: 50K unbalanced 1/4" TS jack
600 ohm balanced XLR output jack
Switchable ground lift
All steel chassis
Type Passive
Input Connections Instrument: 1/4" Phone Jack, Unbalanced
Parallel Link Out: 1/4" Phone Jack, Unbalanced
Output Connectors Balanced Output: XLR Connector
Input Level +8.1dBu (9V Battery)
+11.3dBu (48V Phantom)
Frequency Response 5Hz - 35kHz (-3dB)
Noise -104dBu
Power None
Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.73 x 2.95 x 1.57" (12.01 x 7.49 x 3.98cm)
Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Pyle ProPDC21 Direct Box
     
    4.0

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Compact (7)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Simple controls (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (7)
      • Amateur recording (6)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Decent For Price

      I was super excited to find these boxes at this price. Direct boxes "go walking" from my facility, and the opportunity to pick a few up for under $10 each was...Read complete review

      I was super excited to find these boxes at this price. Direct boxes "go walking" from my facility, and the opportunity to pick a few up for under $10 each was something amazing that I didn't even think was possible.

      When I got them (by the way, B&H's customs service is AWESOME if you live in Canada) I was eager to put them head-to-head against the other DI's I had in the house, which were a no-name passive DI and a Behringer active DI.

      The only difference I could really discern is that these Pyle Pro boxes don't put out nearly as hot a signal as most DI boxes do. So they need a little more gain. But other than that... for the price... I can't complain. To find a passive DI with a ground lift AND an attenuator (which works great) for under $10 is a STEAL.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Risked and lost

      As a simple box to balance a signal, this box works well enough. I bought it as a DI for a guitar, assuming that it had a transformer inside with a high-impedance primary....Read complete review

      As a simple box to balance a signal, this box works well enough. I bought it as a DI for a guitar, assuming that it had a transformer inside with a high-impedance primary. The input impedance is 50K Ohms not high enough for a guitar. I expected 10M.

      If you are wanting to record a high impedance instrument, then buy a preamp with 10M input impedance.

      The ground float is a very nice feature. The connectors are of high quality, which was unexpected in a box priced so low.

      Reviewed by 17 customers

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      4.0

      Does exactly what it says

      By Braeden

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Audio Systems Integration

        Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

        I am using 6 of these to get rid of ground loop hum when sending an unbalanced RCA output sound from a polycom video conference to a MOTU and/or Nexia CS digital audio mixer. Works great! The attenuation setting works well, although the ground on/off button doesn't seem to have any affect on my situation. Lowest price solution out there by a long shot! Only thing I didn't like was I had to use ended cables... a lot of the integration I do uses barrier strips/pheonix connectors/euroblocks ... which are screw terminals meant for bare-end wires. I would love to see an integrators version of this with screw terminal input outputs rather than the XLR and 1/4" phono plugs.

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        4.0

        Cheap and good

        By Hapl3

        from Kearney, ne

        Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

        Bought this to handle openers for the stage I handle. They do the job, they aren't a countryman or similar, but are decent. They will handle amplified sugnal as well.

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        4.0

        Was pleasantly surprized.

        By Bertybert

        from Mobile AL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

          For the price, I was expcting something cheap.
          I was pleasantly surprized of how well put together the d.i. box is.
          Its not light weight like some D.I. boxes 3 times the prices.

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          4.0

          Direct Box by Pyle Pro

          By Ramhog1

          from Warrenton, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • NONE YET

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances
          • Praise Band
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

          What is to say about a good product, this passive D/I box is doing everything they say it will do. It's blending with my sound equipment perfect. No problems at all.

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          1.0

          Bad

          By Jwn

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Poor Quality Sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

              I bought three (3) of these for a live gig a couple of weeks ago, and all three of them were faulty right out of the box. In each case, the attenuation switch was noisy and made the sound cut in and out unreliably. Bad score, Pyle Pro!

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              1.0

              Unreliable

              By jaschanarveson

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Cheap

              Cons

              • Unrealiable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                I just purchased three (3) of these for a show tomorrow, and *all* three of them have cut-outs in the sound because of faulty attenuator switches. It seems other people are having good luck with these, but 0/3 on the first try is enough to convince me never to try this brand again. You get what you pay for!

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                4.0

                Cost effective

                By ReactionOne

                from Jackson, MI

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                  Gets the job done.

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                  5.0

                  verry good stock

                  By Peteraw

                  from québec Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                    merci ia stuff it's greats

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                    4.0

                    Good Utility Box

                    By AV Guy

                    from WI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Installations

                      Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                      This is an inexpensive little direct box that I use in small installations to convert from balanced to unbalanced signal or unbalanced to balanced signal. Generally built pretty solid but I haven't used this unit on the road. No doubt it gets the job done. Only gets 4 stars because while it works fine and will continue to, you get what you pay for in terms of the transformer.

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                      3.0

                      Risked and lost

                      By mike

                      from michigan

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                      As a simple box to balance a signal, this box works well enough. I bought it as a DI for a guitar, assuming that it had a transformer inside with a high-impedance primary. The input impedance is 50K Ohms not high enough for a guitar. I expected 10M.

                      If you are wanting to record a high impedance instrument, then buy a preamp with 10M input impedance.

                      The ground float is a very nice feature. The connectors are of high quality, which was unexpected in a box priced so low.

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                      5.0

                      PDC21 Direct Box by Pyle Pro

                      By Lou

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events

                        Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                        This is one great item to use on stage with the guitars. Love it!

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                        5.0

                        Sturdy. Plain. Simple. Effective.

                        By Dave

                        from Quebec, Canada

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                          This little box has everything a nice DI has to have and at a price that won't offend your wallet.
                          I wanted different DIs for bands I make sound for in different venues and I was tired of hauling those expensive Radial around. I just went for a couple of these and I must say these look pretty sturdy. Even has different Pad values!

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                          5.0

                          Cheap but good

                          By sy

                          from colorado

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                          It's got a metal case and feels heavy duty. It does what it's supposed to do. I think this is a great bargain.

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                          4.0

                          Decent For Price

                          By Eric At Evangel

                          from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Price
                          • Great value

                          Cons

                          • Low Output

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                          I was super excited to find these boxes at this price. Direct boxes "go walking" from my facility, and the opportunity to pick a few up for under $10 each was something amazing that I didn't even think was possible.

                          When I got them (by the way, B&H's customs service is AWESOME if you live in Canada) I was eager to put them head-to-head against the other DI's I had in the house, which were a no-name passive DI and a Behringer active DI.

                          The only difference I could really discern is that these Pyle Pro boxes don't put out nearly as hot a signal as most DI boxes do. So they need a little more gain. But other than that... for the price... I can't complain. To find a passive DI with a ground lift AND an attenuator (which works great) for under $10 is a STEAL.

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                          5.0

                          Pyle Pro Direct Box

                          By Dave

                          from Birch Tree, MO

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                            I'm a guitarist, so I use it to plug in to the sound system. But I've used it for AV presentations and the like. The impedance matching switch is helpful for different levels of input, and occasionally the ground lift is a must-have. So it has all the basics I need in a direct box at an unbeatable price.

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                            5.0

                            Well built box Iat a great price

                            By Old Strat Man

                            from Chattanooga, TN

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                                I bought two of these for use with acoustic/electric guitar and keyboards. They do the job as advertised. Seem to be solidly built so if they hold up in they field they are a bargain!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Good quality product

                                By Alex

                                from Chapel Hill, NC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box:

                                  Sturdy good quality product. Very easy to use and does what is intended to do.

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