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Type 10 Direct Box

The Type 10 DI box combines exceptional ruggedness and versatility with an advanced design that sets a new standard for pure performance.



The Type 10 delivers your sound with the lowest distortion, lowest noise, and highest accuracy of any direct box. The result is a clean, precise signal that is completely faithful to the original sound.

  • Lowest distortion
  • Lowest noise

Precise performance

Unmatched technical performance separates the Type 10 / 10S DI boxes from all competitors. The result is a clean, precise sound.

Virtually indestructable

Armored inside and out, with a molded core wrapped in an extra thick architectural aluminum housing, our DI boxes are virtually indestructable.

Frequency Response 10 Hz to 50 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
Deviation from Linear Phase:

30 Hz: +/- 2°

100 Hz to 20 kHz: 0°

Noise (shorted input, BW = 22 Hz to 20 kHz): 1.8 uVrms (-115 dBVrms)
Distortion (1 Vpp in, RL= 1.2 kOhm through 200 feet of XLR cable):

THD (1 kHz): < 0.001%

THD (30 Hz to 20 kHz): < 0.005%

IMD (10 kHz/60 Hz, 4:1): < 0.005%

Power Options:

48 V Phantom (1.5 mA)

9 V Battery (4.8 mA, 130 hours on a typical alkaline)

Input Protection: 220 Vrms and 20,000 V static discharges
Transformer Isolation Voltage: > 500 V from instrument ground to XLR output pin 1
Padding Settings:

0 dB

-15 dB

-30 dB

RF Filtering:

Input: 1.5 MHz low-pass filter

Output: 60 kHz low-pass filter

Maximum Input Level (1% THD):

0 dB pad: 6 Vpp

-15 dB pad: 33 Vpp

-30 dB pad: 190 Vpp

(Equal to 1,100 Watts into 4 Ohms)

Input Resistance:

0 dB pad: 10 MOhm

-15, -30 dB pad: 10 kOhm

Input Capacitance: 240 pF (equal to 3 ft of low-capacitance guitar cable)
Output Polarity: Pin 2 positive
Dimensions: 6" x 3" x 1.75" (152 mm x 77 mm x 45 mm)
Weight: 20.8 oz (0.59 kg)

Direct Box Phase Inversion

Most DIs do not handle high signal levels with grace. Many use old and cheap op amps plagued by poor overload characteristics; most notably, phase inversion.

Phase inversion is where the op amp output abruptly transitions from one supply to the other on overload. This leads to countless non-linear artifacts, to put it mildly. In fact, phase inversion will even mask the original fundamental frequency of the source.