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TYPE 85S DIRECT BOX

The Type 85S is a two-channel version of the classic Type 85 FET Direct Box, with several input connector options, a huge dynamic range, and three pad settings.

 

Features

 

Connected and Protected

Use the rock-solid transformer isolation of the Type 85S to eliminate hum, buzz, and RF interference from your long XLR runs.

Simply Exceptional Sound

Each channel of the Type 85S uses only hand-selected high-quality discrete components woven into a single-ended Class A circuit, much like a classic tube microphone preamp. The Type 85S has an incredibly smooth, sweet sound. Unlike many active DI boxes, the Type 85S can always isolate ground, even when running on phantom power, to help eliminate hum and buzz from ground problems.

Pure and Simple

The Type 85S simply works. Most mixing consoles provide 48 V phantom power, and the Type 85S will automatically use it. If you don’t have phantom power, or if your phantom power is very low, the Type 85S will run for about 130 hours from a single internal 9 V battery. We designed the Type 85S so that you only need to provide phantom to Channel A to power the unit. The Type 85 doesn’t have roll off switches or effects. Adjusting the frequency content of a sound source is an artistic decision best done at the mixing location where you can hear the results and easily make changes.

Crush the Competition

Okay: we’re a little obsessed with direct boxes. We enjoy inspecting aluminum extrusions for nicks, browsing switch datasheets during lunch, and devising new ruggedness tests for our legendary Type 85, and new Type 10, Type 10S Stereo, and Type 85S Stereo boxes. In our defense, the DI is one of the first elements in your system, and the way it performs can make or break your sound. Every Countryman Direct Box is built unreasonably tough, because we know life on the road and in the studio is rarely reasonable. When it comes to outrageous ruggedness, Countryman DIs crush the competition.

Indestructable

Connectors and switches are recessed into a single-piece extruded case with extra thick walls. You can literally drive a truck over the Type 85S without hurting it. Internal electronics are molded in epoxy and fully protected against electrical damage. The input can withstand 220 VAC and static spikes up to 20,000 V.

Description

The Type 85S is a two-channel version of the classic Type 85 FET direct box. With several input connector options, a huge dynamic range, and three pad settings, the Type 85S is an excellent choice for a wide variety of stereo or two-channel applications.

 

What’s Included?

  • Type 85S Direct Box

 

Tech Specs

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
Noise (Shorted Input, BW=22 HZ TO 20 KHZ): 0.63 uVrms (-122 dBVrms)
Distortion (1 VPP in):

THD (1 kHz): < 0.018%

IMD (10 kHz/60 Hz, 4:1): < 0.08%

Cross-Talk Rejection: > 105 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Power Options:

48 V Phantom (1.6 mA)

9 V Battery

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

0 dB pad: -10 dB

-15 dB pad: -25 dB

-30 dB pad: -40 dB

RF Filtering:

Input: 250 kHz low-pass filter

Output: 30 kHz low-pass filter

Maximum Input Level (1% THD):

0 dB pad: 5 Vpp

-15 dB pad: 28 Vpp

-30 dB pad: 158 Vpp

(Equal to 800 Watts into 4 Ohms)

Input Resistance:

0 dB pad: 10 MOhm

-15, -30 dB pad: 10 kOhm

RCA and 1/8" inputs: 20 kOhms

Input Capacitance: 160 pF (equal to 2 ft of low-capacitance guitar cable)
Output Polarity: Pin 2 positive (Note: the one-channel Type 85 is Pin 3 positive)
Dimensions: 6.25" x 4" x 2" (152 mm x 77 mm x 45 mm)
Weight: 31.2 oz (0.88 kg)

 

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