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BSS AR-133 Active Direct Box
BSS AR-133 Active Direct Box

BSS AR-133 Active Direct Box

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The AR-133 Active Direct Box from BSS includes phantom power and battery supplies as standard. Should the phantom power from the console fail or be accidentally switched off, the AR-133 automatically switches over to the internal 9V battery providing uninterrupted use. The unit is housed in a rugged aluminium extrusion case, with robust polyurethane end-cheeks which give the AR-133 a very distinctive look.

Input connectors are both 1/4" jack sockets and an XLR socket, the latter meaning that the AR-133 can be used to convert unbalanced signals to a balanced output on XLRs throughout. The arched case allows cables to run back underneath the unit from the end for neat cable management.

Input attenuation is 0, -20 or -40dB, making the box suitable for instrument, line or amplifier levels on inputs. On the output side, a ground-lift switch is provided for quick solutions to ground-loop problems. The AR-133 uses an enhanced version of the same audio path as the AR-116, now regarded by many people as a reference standard. The sound quality is legendary, particularly on acoustic and bass guitars.

Numerous applications can be satisfied by the AR-133. For example, as well as the traditional guitar use, the AR-133 can be used with keyboards, DJ consoles, amplifier outputs, and other electronic sources. An additional bonus is the ability to use the AR-133 as an active balancing device.

BSS AR-133 Features

  • Switchable input attenuation
  • Matches the level and impedance with unity gain without loading the source
  • Can drive signals up long cable lengths
  • Powered from console phantom power or internal battery
  • Automatic switchover to battery if phantom power fails
  • Parallel Link Jack output to feed amplifiers directly
  • Parallel XLR input for converting unbalanced outputs to balanced lines
  • AR-133 Active Direct Box1
  • Audio Circuit TypeActive
  • Input Impedance1 MOhm (pad at 0dB), 47 kOhm (pad at -20dB or -40dB)
  • Max Input+9dBu (pad at 0dB), +29dBu (pad at -20dB), +49dBu (pad at -40dB)
  • Input ConnectorsTwo Parallel 1/4" jack connectors (Tip Hot +ve, Sleeve ground), and a parallel XLR connector (unbalanced) (Pin 2 Hot +ve, Pin 1 & 3 ground)
  • OutputTransformer Balanced
  • Max Output+8dBu into 600 Ohms or greater
  • Output ConnectorsXLR3-32 or equivalent
  • THD< 0.005% at 1khz, 0dbu output
  • Noise< -105db unweighted, 22hz-22khz, rms*
  • Frequency Response30Hz to 20kHz, +0dB/-1dB
  • Main/Standby battery9 volt PP3 type, preferably alkaline
  • Power Consumptionon phantom: less than 7.5mA, on battery: less than 2mA.
  • Phantom Power+20 volts DC to +48 volts DC
  • Unit Weight650 gms, excluding batteries
  • Dimensions2.3x4.9x5.6" (59x124x143 mm)

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