Pre-Owned Countryman Type 85 FET DI Box


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Countryman Direct Box - Type 85 FET DI

The classic Type 85 FET Direct Box connects any high-impedance instrument pickup—even piezo pickups—to a balanced microphone (XLR type) input. It provides a strong, clean signal to the board without adding noise or distortion. The Type 85 uses only hand-selected, high-quality, discrete components woven into a single-ended class A circuit, giving it an incredibly smooth, sweet sound.

Unlike many active DI boxes, it can always isolate ground, even when running on phantom power, to help eliminate hum and buzz. Provide 48V phantom power and the Type 85 will automatically use it, or it will run for about 400 hours from a single 9V battery. Connectors and switches are recessed into a single-piece extruded case with extra-thick walls, making it nearly indestructible. Internal electronics are molded in a solid epoxy block and fully protected against electrical damage. The input can withstand 220V AC and static spikes up to 20,000V.


  • Hand built with hand-selected components
  • Single-ended class A circuit
  • Powered by 48V phantom power or 9V battery
  • Ground isolation eliminates hum and buzz from ground issues
  • Road-ready, virtually indestructible casing and components


  • Input Resistance: Pickup mode: 10,000,000 ohms (10 times the input resistance of a typical guitar amplifier)
  • Speaker mode: 10k ohms
  • Input Capacitance: 60 Picofarads, equal to two feet of low capacitance guitar cable.
  • Maximum Input Level: Pickup mode: 5 Volts P-P
  • Speaker mode: 300 Volts P-P (Equal to 2,800 watts into 4 ohms)
  • Input Protection: 220 Volts RMS and 20,000 Volt static discharges.
  • Voltage Gain:
    • Pickup mode: -10dB
    • Speaker mode: -46 dB
  • Noise (shorted input): 149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz ± 1dB
  • Distortion:
    • 0.018% THD @ 1kHz and 1 VP-Pin
    • 0.08% IMD 10kHz/60Hz 1 VP-Pin
  • RF Filtering:
    • 250 kHz Low Pass on input
    • 30kHz Low Pass on output
  • Power Requirements: 48 V @ 0.4 ma Phantom or 9V battery
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 3" x 5" (45 x 77 x 127 mm)
  • Weight: 18.5 oz. (0.52 kg)



This direct box works nicely as intended and is in good cosmetic condition, showing some light signs of wear as can be seen in photos. 


*** This item is at Five Star Guitars on consignment. As a result, all sales are final.***

Type: Pro Audio