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Whirlwind DIRECT2 - Passive, Two Channel Direct Box

Whirlwind DIRECT2 - Passive, Two Channel Direct Box
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Whirlwind DIRECT2 Overview

The DIRECT2 is a two channel, passive direct box from Whirlwind that converts unbalanced line, instrument or speaker level signals to low impedance balanced microphone levels, which are then suitable for imputing to a console or microphone preamp.

The unit is a passive device and therefore requires no external power supply. Each channel features a ground lift switch and a 20dB pad for selecting between line/instrument or speaker level signals.

The input and output grounds of each section are isolated from each other. This allows the DIRECT2 to be used as if it were two completely separate DIs without fear of creating ground loop interaction.

When connecting to speaker outputs, the Direct2 does not supply the proper amplifier load required by most tube type amplifiers. A speaker or appropriate dummy load must be connected to avoid possible damage to the amplifier.
1/4" parallel wired in/out jacks
20dB pad switches for selecting between line/instrument or speaker level input signals
Ground Lift switches to help eliminate hum and buzz
UPC: 692465006743

Whirlwind DIRECT2 Specs

Input Connections2 x 1/4" TS phone
Output Connectors2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TS phone Thru
Input LevelNot specified by manufacturer
Output Level20dB below input level
Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz, +/-1dB
NoiseNot specified by manufacturer
SpecialtiesUses Whirlwind's TRHL-M transformer with metal shield
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.525 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.05 x 6.9 x 1.95"

Whirlwind DIRECT2 Reviews

Good DI

By James B
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-28

I find the Whirlwind Direct2 to be a good direct box. I particularly like the Pad and Ground-lift buttons which give me greater functionality.

Compact, solid, does the job

Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-03-27

I'm a gigging musician and I bring my own DI box for keyboards live because you can't always trust venues to have their own quality ones. Its about as straight forward as they get and gets the job done. Can be used for two mono sources or on stereo ground lift switches come in handy.

Good, Simple DI

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-10-26

It does what you want it to and very well. It is well made and has good sound quality. The only reason this is not getting 5 stars is because it does not have polarity reverse, a two step pad, and signal combine. However, if you do not need those features, this unit will be perfect for you and that is coming from a professional sound engineer.

Directly Into the Mixer

By HNO Productions, Inc.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-08-31

Well, not exactly, but it sure made the guitars sound beautiful at a talent show we did the sound for. Whirlwind is the best in the industry when it comes to DI Boxes.

Reliable and well built

By charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-19

Love the solid construction and quality of these, we have been using 5 of these for years without problems doing festivals and shows.

Direct2 DI Box

By Giorogio
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-11

I have used these for years and they are great and problem free with hot keyboards or active bass pickups. My best go to passive DI along with the Director mono DI box. I can count on these working every time in festival situations where there is no time for trouble shooting. Great sounding, affordable and reliable.

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