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Countryman Type 85 or Radial J48???

Discussion in 'Backline' started by TwilightFire, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. TwilightFire

    TwilightFire New Metal Member

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    Hi guys!

    Ok, I read almost all the various threads about this topic, but I'm still a bit confused!

    So, I have a Jackson DX10D with an EMG 81 (bridge position)... which DI box would you suggest me between the Type 85 and the J48? =)

    Thank you in advance! :)
     
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    XnaySaturo Member

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    I don't know about the Type 85, but I can vouch for the J48! Fantastic DI.
     
  3. MarcusGHedwig

    MarcusGHedwig Member

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    Definitely Countryman, in my shootout I found it sounded superior to the slightly thinner/noisier J48 (slightly being the operative word of course, the J48 is still capable of producing great results, but in comparison the Countryman bested it in terms of transparency
     
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    Marcus, can you reupload DIs from mentioned shootout?
     
  5. TwilightFire

    TwilightFire New Metal Member

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    Yes, I checked out your shootout, but what confuses me is something i read in this thread -> Preparing your tracks for reamping: A Guide. This part:

    Uhmmm...??? :cry:
     
  6. UtopianCrux

    UtopianCrux f u t u r e m e t a l

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    Wow, really. I'm about to dive into a D.I. myself and use the EMG 81. So is it back to the Radial then?
     
  7. SimonTaddio_Qc

    SimonTaddio_Qc Headbanger

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    I'm not an expert, but the Countryman, as well as the JDI (wich I own and is great) are passive DIs that can handle very well your EMG.
    I wouldn't think either one or the other would make a HUGE difference, but the JDI has some more cool features, like polarity switch, and MERGE, with wich you can use the regular input + trhu output as 2 inputs summed to mono to the output (/w -15db pad).
    This features kills the shit out of the Countryman if you plan on DI-ing keyboards
     
  8. MarcusGHedwig

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    There are tons of Countryman owners who use EMG's, and I have yet to hear a single complaint from them (and I had no problem), so I'd say Glenn's worries were unfounded - and yeah, I'll see if I can dig up those DI's, though they may have been lost in a HDD crash :erk:
     
  9. ahjteam

    ahjteam Anssi Tenhunen

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    No they are not. they are both active and need phantom power to work.
     
  10. MarcusGHedwig

    MarcusGHedwig Member

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    Yarp
     
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    J48 is active and takes phantom power from your interface, and not an adapter. Pretty sure that's standard.
     
  12. SimonTaddio_Qc

    SimonTaddio_Qc Headbanger

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    Yeah, I meant JDI, the one that's green, the actual one that I got and the one that my post is about!
    :D
     
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    countryman+EMG 81-85 user here, no problems at all. See if you can pick up a used one cause these things are virtually indestructible
     
  14. Kazrog

    Kazrog CEO/CTO, Kazrog, Inc.

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    Marcus - can you repost the DI shootout files somewhere? I missed them the first time around due to being busy. Happy J48 user here but I am curious to try the Countryman.
     
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    Matthias King The Machine

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    If memory serves, the shootout was between the Countryman 85, J48, and LittleLabs Redeye, and honestly to my ears, the DI's were virtually indistinguishable.
     
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    TwilightFire New Metal Member

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    Guys, I bought a Type 85 on ebay in the end... Now I'm looking forward to try it! =)
     

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