This is one of my favorite pieces of gear.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Gary's guitar repair shop in Tulsa -- Out of business
Straight from L. R. Baggs's web site...
The multiple award-winning Para Acoustic D.I. is a portable high-fidelity universal preamp/EQ/direct box that can make any pickup sound its best. Its features include:
- Discrete pure class A FET input for audiophile-quality sound and very low noise
- 5 Band EQ controls include treble, presence and bass controls, along with tunable notch filter and sweepable mid EQ with 2 octave range
- Phase inversion switch for increased feedback control
- Proprietary Quasi-Passive EQ places synthesized passive EQ circuitry in a parallel side-chain with main signal for control of instrument voicing without sacrificing tonal purity
- 24 dB of adjustable gain for optimum performance and the lowest noise with a variety of input sources, including low output pickups
- Balanced XLR and unbalanced outputs for use with an amp or PA or both simultaneously
- High input impedance (10 Meg) delivers the full potential of any pickup
- High current buffered output drives long cables into difficult, low impedance loads without fidelity loss
- Heavy duty steel box provides extra protection
- Runs on 48V phantom power or 9V battery, which provides 200 hours of playtime
- External battery compartment allows quick and easy battery changes
Size: 5.6" x 3.6" x 1.9"
Weight: 14.5 oz.
Battery Type: Single 9V
Current Consumption: 2.9mA
Battery Life: > 200 Hours (alkaline)
External Power: 30-48V Phantom Power
EQ - Low: 12dB @ 85Hz
EQ - Notch: 6dB @ 98Hz-247Hz
EQ - Midrange: 12dB @ 400Hz-1.6kHz
EQ - Presence: 6dB @ 5kHz
EQ - Treble: 12dB @ 10kHz
Low Cut Filter: Fixed, 12dB/oct. @ 35Hz
Gain - Internal Adjustable: From 4dB-24dB
Input Impedance: 10 Megohms
Signal to Noise: -88dB, unweighted
FX Send Impedance: 12k
FX Return Impedance: 100k
Output Impedance: 600 ohms
The buzz on the web is that this box needs a ground switch because sometimes it will make a PA hum. I haven't experienced that.
I always run my Martin D3528 through the Para Di. It made the difference between keeping and getting rid of the guitar. Sound is great.
I use it as a direct box for my Hirade. I don't think it adds to much to that sound.
I just tried playing my solid body electric bass through it. I have a Yamaha P300. It sounded way better than when I play through my Pod 2.0.
It has a lot of buttons and they are all important and affect your sound. It is easy because you can get a sound that is usable without too much work. Sometimes the POD won't let me get exactly the sound that I want to hear.
I have had it repaired. A the volume pot went out.