Warm Audio has launched two DI box at NAMM 2020, Active and Passive devices are very compact, inconspicuous helpers that provide clean sound towards FOH or PA and for many indispensable parts of their setup.
Warm Audio Active Direct Box and Passive Direct Box have two important differences from the others. They are equipped with Cinemag transformers made in the USA, they should keep the sound neutral, but at the same time “warm” and “rich”. That costs the company something without going overboard.
The big difference between the two DI boxes is the operating mode: Active vs. Passive. The Passive Direct Box can be operated completely without electricity and is more suitable for acoustic instruments and raises the signal to the mic level. The Active Direct Box does the same, however, in addition to the passive mode, it can also be operated actively, either using two 9 volt blocks or external 48-volt phantom power. It can deal better with active hardware (e.g. active preamps in guitars).
Both can lower the signal by -3 to -30 dB and are packaged in a sturdy metal housing. The lines on the semiconductor plate are made of gold. With its rugged extruded aluminum enclosure, rugged metal switches, and Pad knob it will provide a warm tone over long cable runs as well as durability on the road.
On the front, both devices have a 1/4″ input and an Amp/Instrument toggle switch which selects between line-level and instrument-level settings, so you can use the box with either your high-impedance instruments (guitars and such) or line-level keyboards. The DI box sports a frequency range of 20 Hz to 70 kHz at ±0.5 dB.
Price and Availability
Warm Audio Active Direct Box has been priced at $199, and the Passive Direct Box will cost $149 and both can be pre-ordered through Bhphtotovideo.com online store.