"These are lifesavers..."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
This thing is extremely transparent. I compared recordings with and without the DI-100 using a Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones (from a digi001) and I couldn't tell any difference. I even had my friend play then two tracks randomly just to see if I could tell and I couldn't.
Well, you don't need much features on a DI box. Specially when you're paying a passive DI's price for an active one. The ground lift of course is there. Plus the two -20db pads that are lifesavers sometimes. Then there is your 1/4" and XLR inputs and a direct link for your amp. And of course the XLR out.
Them Germans! They make great stuff. The DI-100 is built like a tank, clearly with the on-the-road guys in mind. The rubber legs do a great job protecting the unit. You can stack a few of these things on top of each other too. That's good design. I don't know who designed the battery compartment though...
For the price it just won't get any better. A quiet phantom-powered unit, built this well and this easy to use, and priced at only $30 is worth every single penny and then some.
The Wow Factor:
I definitely want them. They look cool and work the way they're supposed to. People will come up to you and ask what they are, and you'll look more PRO! Pricewise they're unbeatable, and in some live situations you just won't be able to do your gig without one or two. I'm already considering buying one or two backups before hitting the road.
If you do live shows, sooner or later you're not only gonna want one, you're gonna NEED one. Because you're gonna be playing at a club with not-so-great sound system with ground loop problems and guess what. You're gonna be crying like a baby without a direct box. With all the great return policies now, try one for yourself. You'll be happy you did.