Countryman Type 85S Stereo Direct Box

Countryman Type 85S Stereo Direct Box

Countryman Type 85S Stereo Direct Box

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Product Highlights

  • Class A Circuitry
  • Channel Independent Ground Lifts
  • Per Channel: 1x 1/4" & 1x RCA Inputs
  • 1x Stereo 1/8" Input
  • 2x XLR Outputs
  • Phantom Powered or 9V Battery
  • Aluminum Housing
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The Type 85S Stereo Direct Box from Countryman can be used to connect the output of any high impedance instrument, such as a keyboard or guitar, to a balanced XLR microphone input, allowing you to send signal to a mixer or mic preamp from your high impedance instrument. It features a 1/4" and RCA input per channel, as well as a gold-plated stereo 1/8" input. The unit also has two 1/4" throughputs, allowing you to run a high impedance signal to an amplifier. The two balanced XLR outputs allow you to run your signal to any standard mic level input.

Its two channels of FET based Class A amplifiers were designed to emulate the sound of a tube microphone preamplifier with smooth overloading, reducing distortion at high levels of input. This allows the Type 85S to avoid phase inversion, which can alter the fundamental frequency of the source.

The Type 85S features two channel independent ground lifts, which can reduce hum and electrical interference. The unit also has a 0dB, 15dB, or 30dB selectable pad per channel and is powered by external 48 volts or a nine-volt battery.

Connectors and switches are recessed into a single-piece extruded case with extra thick walls. Internal electronics are molded in epoxy to protect against electrical damage
The input can withstand 220 VAC and static spikes up to 20,000 volts
Powered by external 48 volts to channel A or an internal 9 volt battery
Up to 130 hours of use from a single nine-volt battery
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Countryman Type 85S Stereo Direct Box
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Countryman Type 85S specs

    Input Connections 2x metal threaded nose 1/4" (6.35 mm)
    2x gold plated RCA
    1x gold plated stereo 1/8" (3.18 mm)
    Throughput 2x 1/4" (6.35 mm)
    Output Connectors 2x XLR
    Input Level 5 Vpp (0 dB pad @ 1% THD)
    28 Vpp (-15 dB pad @ 1% THD)
    158 Vpp (-30 dB pad @ 1% THD) (Equal to 800 Wa into 4 Ω)
    Input Protection 220 Vrms and 20 kV discharges
    Input Resistance 10 MΩ (0 dB pad)
    10 kΩ (-15, -30 dB pad)
    20 kΩ (RCA and 1/8" inputs)
    Input Capacitance 160 pF (equal to 2 ft of low-capacitance guitar cable)
    Output Polarity Pin 2 positive
    Gain Options -10 dB (0 dB pad)
    -25 dB (-15 dB pad)
    -40 dB (-30 dB pad)
    RF Low-Pass Filtering Input: 250 kHz
    Output: 30 kHz
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
    Cross-Talk Rejection >105 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
    Controls 2x Ground lift switch
    Noise 0.63 μVrms (-122 dBu) (shorted input, bandwidth = 22 Hz to 20 kHz)
    Distortion 0.018% THD @ 1 kHz and 1 Vpp in
    0.08% IMD 10 kHz/60 Hz 1 Vpp in
    Power Requirement 9 V battery or 1.6 mA @ 48V Phantom
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.0 x 4.0 x 6.3" (5.1 x 102.0 x 15.9 cm)
    Weight 31.2 oz (884.5 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 4.4 x 2.5"

    Countryman Type 85S reviews

    Type 85S Stereo Direct Box is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Excellent product. Worked flawlessly.
    Date published: 2018-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't get any better than this. Super quality in a unbreakable case.
    Date published: 2014-09-10
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