Hey guys! I'm a semi-long time reader and first poster. As I'm recording all the guitar-tracks for our band at home I recently discovered the Hi-Z input of my ESI ESP 1010e not to be up to par with my quality expectations. The clean tracks were distorted even at very low input signal levels. ESI support gave the advice to simply record via the "normal" analog inputs which of course resulted in terribly dull and muddy tracks. Yeah thanks ESI :Smug: After some research I discovered the need for a good quality DI-Box and ordered some for further examination. Thanks to Metaltastic for his fantastic shootout and akbeda for pushing me to post all this rubbish . Here is my testing gear: 1998 Gibson Les Paul Std. with 500T in bridge position 2010 Ibanez RGA72TQM ESI ESP 1010e Millenium DI-E ~10€ Palmer PAN 01 ~35€ Millenium Pro ~60€ Radial JDI ~200€ Little Labs Redeye 3D Phantom ~280€ Please ignore the extra-sloopy quick&dirty performance, I hope you'll be abled to hear whats necessary. Passive guitar(LP) Active guitar(Ibanez) I've reduced the samples for the Ibanez to my favourite three boxes but I won't tell you wich ones. This is a blind shootout so I'm holding back the solution for a more unbiased comparison until a least some people had the chance to give responses. Hopefully you can pick out something usefull for yourself out of this. Happy guessing! I'll have the devices available for a few weeks from now, so if you've got any questions feel free to ask. Furthermore I promise to take a picture of my testing-desk including all the devices once I've managed to make it look presentable Edit: Ok I take that one back, it's never going to be tidy and presentable Here in post 18 is the Solution, so skip it if you still want to do the bilnd test.