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Countryman Type 85S Active Stereo Direct Box

The Type 85S is a two-channel version of the classic Type 85 FET Direct Box, with several input connector options, a huge dynamic range, and three pad settings.


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MSRP: Old Price $395.00 Discounted Price $289.99 Save : $105.01 (27%)
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MSRP: Old Price $395.00 Discounted Price $289.99 Save : $105.01 (27%)
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The Type 85S Stereo Direct Box is a two-channel version of the classic Type 85 FET Direct Box. Each channel uses the same FET-based Class A circuit as the Type 85 to connect any high-impedance instrument pickup to a balanced microphone (XLR) input

Connectors and switches are recessed into a single-piece extruded case with extra thick walls. You can literally drive a truck over the Type 85S without hurting it. Internal electronics are molded in epoxy and fully protected against electrical damage. The input can withstand 220 VAC and static spikes up to 20,000 V.

Battery or Phantom Power
Most mixing consoles provide 48 V phantom power, and the Type 85S will automatically use it. If you don’t have phantom power, or if your phantom power is very low, the Type 85S will run for about 130 hours from a single internal 9 V battery. We designed the Type 85S so that you only need to provide phantom to Channel A to power the unit.

Simply Exceptional Sound
Each channel of the Type 85S uses only hand-selected high-quality discrete components woven into a single-ended Class A circuit, much like a classic tube microphone preamp. The Type 85S has an incredibly smooth, sweet sound. Unlike many active DI boxes, the Type 85S can always isolate ground, even when running on phantom power, to help eliminate hum and buzz from ground problems.

Countryman Item No. DT85S

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Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
Noise (shorted input, BW = 22 Hz to 20 kHz): 0.63 uVrms (-122 dBVrms)
Distortion (1 Vpp in): THD (1 kHz): < 0.018%; IMD (10 kHz/60 Hz, 4:1): < 0.08%
Cross-Talk Rejection: > 105 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Power Options: 48 V Phantom (1.6 mA); 9 V Battery
Input Protection: 220 Vrms and 20,000 V static discharges
Transformer Isolation Voltage: > 500 V from instrument ground to XLR output pin 1
Gain Options: 0 dB pad: -10 dB; -15 dB pad: -25 dB; -30 dB pad: -40 dB
RF Filtering: Input: 250 kHz low-pass filter; Output: 30 kHz low-pass filter
Maximum Input Level (1% THD): 0 dB pad: 5 Vpp; -15 dB pad: 28 Vpp; -30 dB pad: 158 Vpp (Equal to 800 Watts into 4 Ohms)
Input Resistance: 0 dB pad: 10 MOhm; -15, -30 dB pad: 10 kOhm; RCA and 1/8" inputs: 20 kOhms
Input Capacitance: 160 pF (equal to 2 ft of low-capacitance guitar cable)
Output Polarity: Pin 2 positive (Note: the one-channel Type 85 is Pin 3 positive)
Dimensions: 6.25" x 4" x 2" (152 mm x 77 mm x 45 mm)
Weight: 31.2 oz (0.88 kg)


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