DIRECT BOX OR NOT???

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  1. mrhankey87

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    Hi all, I'm stuck between buying a direct box or not.

    I own a Presonus Firestudio Mobile http://www.presonus.com/products/Detail.aspx?ProductId=58

    check the tech specs, they are awesome in my opinion.

    What I don't know is:

    should I just plug the guitar into the:
    Instrument Input (¼" TRS, Channels 1 & 2)
    -Type TS Female Unbalanced
    -Input Impedance 1 MΩ

    or plug the guitar into a direct box (in my case RADIAL JDV, the best active box around from what I've heard) and then plug the XLR output of the direct box into the:
    Microphone Preamp (XLR Balanced)
    -Frequency Response (+0, -0.5 dB) 20 Hz to 50 kHz
    -Frequency Response (+0/-3.0 dB) 20 Hz to 150 kHz
    -Input Impedance 1.6 kΩ
    -THD + N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain) < 0.008 %
    -EIN (unwtd, 55 dB Gain, 150&#937; Input, 20 Hz to 22 kHz) &#8211;130 dBu
    -S/N Ratio
    -(Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 kHz) >101 dB
    -Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB Gain) >55 dB
    -Gain Control Range (± 1 dB) &#8211;10 dB to 70 dB
    -Maximum Input level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) +14 dBu
    -Phantom Power (± 2 VDC) +48 VDC

    What would be the best option, speaking about quality?
    Thank you all.
     

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