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BSS AR-133 Active DI Box

Active DI Box, with Phantom Power

BSS AR-133 Active DI Box

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Product Description for the BSS AR-133 Active DI Box

The unit 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.


Input Section

Input Impedance

1M Ohm (pad at 0dB)


47k Ohm (pad at -20dB)


47k Ohm (pad at -40dB)



Max Input Level

+9dBu (pad at 0dB)


+29dBu (pad at -20dB)


+49dBu (pad at -40dB)




Two Parallel 1/4" jack connectors and a parallel XLR connector (unbalanced)




Tip Hot (+ve)


Sleeve Ground




Pin 2 Hot (+ve)


Pin 1 & 3 Ground

Output Section


Transformer Balanced



Max. Output Level

+8dBu into 600 Ohms or greater




XLR3-32 or equivalent

System Performance

Distortion (THD)

< 0.005% at 1khz, 0dbu output




< -105db unweighted, 22hz-22khz, rms*



Frequency Response

30Hz to 20kHz, +0dB/-1dB


Main/Standby battery

9 volt PP3 type, preferably alkaline.



Current drain

on phantom - less than 7.5mA


on battery - less than 2mA.



Phantom Power

+20 volts DC to +48 volts DC




650 gms, excluding batteries.



Overall Dimensions

59 mm x 124 mm x 143 mm (2.3" x 4.9" x 5.6")

Brand BSS
Weight 1.5000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No

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