BSS AR133

Active DI Box (Battery/ Phantom Powered)

  • Inputs: XLR and 6.3mm jack
  • Link: 6.3mm jack
  • Output: XLR
  • Output with ground lift
  • Pad: -20/ 40 dB
  • Galvanic isolation

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Multi-Channel Unit No
Active / Passive Active
19" No
Pad switchable Yes
Gnd/Lift switchable Yes
Powered by battery Yes
Speaker Simulation No

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Kar0l, 30.03.2018
I've been looking for a new DI for tracking bass and guitar. After some hefty research, I narrowed my options down to the following:

- BSS AR133 (EUR 105,-)
- Radial J48 EUR (235,-)
- Neve RNDI (EUR 299,-)


I plugged my Ibanez SR650 into each of these DI's, into my Focusrite 44. I tracked some parts in both active and passive setting. My findings:

BSS AR133: It doesn't look very slick. With its huge rubber sides, it does look indestructible. The sound is clear and transparent, with very low noise.

Radial J48: It looks good, and also definitely feels sturdy enough. The sound is noticeably warmer than the BSS, more analogue sounding. It sounds great, but definitely colored.

Neve RNDI: Looks wise, this is clearly the winner of the three. Like the BSS, it sounds very clear, even, and moderate in the lows.

The BSS and the Neve sound the most natural and clear, which is what I am looking for in a DI. I want the cleanest sound possible to feed to a pre-amp. However, the sound difference between these two is very small to my ears. So small, that it doesn't warrant the price difference.

Hence, my choice is the BSS AR133. It sounds great, is super sturdy, and very affordable. Recommended!
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ZigaDeer, 19.07.2018
I needed a DI for electric bass guitar to use on rehearsals with my band. I used to plug-in the cable straight into the mixing console and had a direct monitoring from the desk to my in ear system. The main problem was a rumbling noise so I had to use moderate gating.

After putting BSS AR133 in between the guitar and the desk, the noise disappeared.

Most importantly, the sound changes dramatically. Fat low ends and crystal high ends appears, and the bass cuts through the mix much better.

As for the build quality the unit looks and feels like a tank and indestructible. Usage is very straightforward, the phantom power comes from the mixing console and there is a battery slot if 48V power is not available.
Regarding its price, I would definitely recommend anybody to buy the unit.
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