Telefunken TDA-2 Dual Channel Active Direct Box  From TELEFUNKEN

Two of the best, cleanest sounding active DI's in a single box!?! What a deal!

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

$349.00

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Manufacturer's Description from TELEFUNKEN

The Telefunken TDA-2 is an active FET direct box design that utilizes top quality components in a modern take on classic circuitry to give you a full, rich character that both complements and retains the natural tone and feel of your instrument. The TDA circuit employs discrete Class-A FET circuitry coupled with a high-quality transformer that provides the perfect balance between clean, high headroom performance and warm, saturated tone with vibe.
The heart of the design is a custom-wound output transformer by OEP/Carnhill, made in the UK. The circuit board features gold plated traces and is entirely hand-assembled with through-hole components, providing more secure and reliable connections than typical surface mount circuitry. The frequency response of the circuit is ± 2dB from 20 Hz to 70 kHz, with extremely low distortion and self-noise. Each individual unit is manually tuned by hand for the lowest distortion figure possible. High input impedance prevents the loading down of passive pickups. This careful attention to detail and high-quality component choices results in a direct box with a harmonically rich low end and a detailed, open high-end clarity.
The circuit is housed in an extremely durable extruded aluminum enclosure with recessed switches and connectors. This rugged construction is virtually indestructible, able to easily withstand the wear and tear of gigging. Each channel features two heavy duty metal toggle switches to engage a -15 dB pad and ground lift. The circuit is powered from standard +48V phantom power with an LED indicating when it is powered. The TDA-2 unit features two independent DI channels with separate controls, giving you the ability to run two instruments through one footprint on stage or in the studio.
While some direct boxes focus on providing sterile, ultra-clean gain, they often leave the instrument devoid of any soul or character. Conversely, some DI's artificially hype too much low-end and overemphasize harmonic distortion, resulting in a tubby and undefined output. The Telefunken active DI avoids these common design pitfalls and delivers a new standard in reliability and performance for direct boxes.
 

Key features:

  • Custom-wound OEP/Carnhill transformer, made in the UK
  • Rugged aluminum construction
  • Class-A discrete FET circuitry
  • Recessed switches and connectors for protection
  • +48V phantom powered with LED indicator
  • -15 dB pad switch
  • Ground lift switch
  • 100% through-hole components
  • Amphenol connectors
  • WIMA, Nichicon, and Panasonic capacitors
  • 1% 1/4W metal film resistors
  • 3-year warranty
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

About Manufacturer

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT has been following the tradition of excellence and innovation set forth by the original TELEFUNKEN GmbH of Germany that began over 100 years ago.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's origins began in 2000 when owner Toni Fishman acquired the rights to the name and diamond logo for use in North America. The company began with the reverse engineering of a single microphone part: the ELA M 251 polar pattern selector. Mr. Fishman purchased an original Telefunken ELA M 251 for use in his recording studio, but when he received it he discovered that the polar pattern switch was no longer functional. Realizing that this was a common issue with the original units, the idea to recreate it was born.

The switch was reverse engineered and brought into production for other 251 owners with the same issue. With one part down, the goals were set high to successfully reverse engineer the entire microphone exactly as it was originally manufactured. The next two years were spent developing each and every part of the microphone right down to every detail. Numerous original documents and drafts from TELEFUNKEN and AKG were acquired, and coupled with thorough reverse engineering the ELA M 251 was brought back to life with meticulous accuracy.

As TELEFUNKEN moves forward, one foot is rooted in the rich history of the brand, and the other in new microphone innovations. TELEFUNKEN has evolved exponentially from a single pattern switch to one of the industry leaders in top quality microphones.

Specifications

Channels 2
Transformer Custom-Wound OEP/Carnhill Transformer
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 50 kHz, ±1 dB
Noise -116 dBV (unweighted)
Input Impedance > 30kΩ
Output Impedance < 250Ω
Power Requirement +48 VDC Phantom Power
Current Draw 3.8 mA
Weight 533 g (1.18 lb)
Dimensions 100 mm L x 100 mm W x 50 mm H
Max Input +3.5 dBV (no pad), +18 dBV (with pad)
Input Connection 1/4" Jack (per channel)
Output Connection XLR Output, 1/4" Thru (per channel)

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Telefunken Microphones - NAMM 2010

Telefunken Elektroakustik Microphones explores their entire line at the NAMM 2010 show. The line consists of some extremely well built affordable microphones from their RFT series, as well as the outstanding M80 dynamic microphone, and of course, their flagship line of museum-quality replicas of the most famous vintage microphones ever built, such as the Telefunken (Neumann and AKG) Vintage microphones the ELAM 251, U47, U48, C12, and many others. They go through the entire line in some detail at the NAMM 2010 show. Sound Pure proudly represents the entire line, and has numerous mics of theirs on demo, including all of the flagship staples in stock. Call Sound Pure to discuss your microphone needs, toll free, 888-528-9703