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BAE Audio Introduces New PDI Direct Injection Box

New DI utilizes a brand new transformer design with Neutrik connectors, gold-plated PCB, and 100% through-hole components.

By PSW Staff July 19, 2017

The PDI direct box from BAE Audio.

BAE Audio has announced its brand new, passive direct injection box, PDI, which is now shipping.

Like many of the company’s preamps, this unique DI utilizes a brand new transformer design to lend any signal passed through it a warm analog richness. It is available now from authorized BAE Audio dealers and priced at $120.

“At BAE Audio we are all too familiar with the magic that a high-quality transformer can bring to an audio signal,” says BAE Audio CEO Mark Loughman. “Many DI boxes on the market will make your direct signal sound a bit sterile, but the PDI gives you a mix-ready sound for guitar, bass, keyboards, or just about any other instrument. Whether you choose that sound in the mix as-is, or route it to outboard gear or amplifiers for additional manipulation, the PDI is a great tool for adding life to your direct sources.”

The PDI — which is priced economically for both project studios as well as professional musicians — features Neutrik connectors, including a quarter-inch input and low-impedance XLR output one side, with dual audio through outputs on the reverse side. This allows unique routing configurations, like sending a guitar signal both via the Lo-Z output to a console as well as via the dual Hi-Z through outputs to two separate amplifiers. A ground lift switch helps tame any ground loop issues on the fly.

The PDI’s new transformer design is a key component to its musical sonic signature, and new the DI box features a similar circuit design that is present in its other vintage rack gear found in top studios around the world. Warmth and clarity in the high end and harmonics from the low end are some of the characteristics of the PDI’s transformer.

Hand-assembled in California like all BAE Audio products, the PDI features a gold-plated PCB and 100% through-hole components for signal integrity. Recessed switches and connectors combine with a steel chassis to help it stand up to the beating of daily studio or stage use. For even further assurance, BAE Audio backs the PDI with a one-year warranty.

The PDI is shipping now and will retail for $120.

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