|Klark Teknik announces the all-new DN100 active Direct Injection (DI) box. The ground-up re-design features a maximum input level of 30dBu with switchable attenuation from 0 to 20dB, balanced output into a balanced 600 ohm load, two quarter inch jack sockets (1 Mohm impedance) and an XLR socket (20kOhm impedance). Obtaining power from a 48 V phantom supply, the XLR output is transformer balanced and isolated with an impedance of 150 Ohms and employs an earth lift switch. Output noise is better than -100dBu, frequency response ranges from 20Hz to 20kHz and distortion (THD+N) is below 0.01% @ 1 kHz, +4dBu.
Klark Teknik international sales manager Dave Wiggins says, "It's easy to overlook the importance of utility items like DI boxes, but the fact is that a great-sounding DI box is a key element of a great-sounding system. It's all too common to see folks plugging thousands of pounds' worth of keyboards, basses or electro-acoustic guitars into cheap DI boxes and then wondering where their sound went."
KT conducted extensive blind listening tests to select the best transformer for the new unit, and then engineered it specifically to withstand life on the road. It is fully certified to the rigours of IEC60068, which tests the unit's resistance to shock and vibration.
Wiggins also says, "We applied the same design criteria to the DN100 as we did to Helix and everything else we do - it's simply built to sound great and survive in real life. For instance, it's fitted with a tough silicone rubber outer sleeve, which is replaceable and readily available as a spare part. It's also fitted with a Kensington lock facility, so you can use a standard computer security cable to make sure it doesn't suffer unscheduled disappearances."