I have used one for about a year..."DID" own a PADI. The Radial stuff is used by most pro sound engineers . I like the versatility of the PZ. Has tons of routing options.Super discreet and quiet as a church mouse with great EQ. Helps make my guitars sound like my guitars (very important).Has anyone had the chance to demo the new radial Tonebone PZ Preamp?..How dose it compare to the LR baggs Preamps as far as sound quality ? Please share your experance, Can't find one In stock around here to try........Thanks for your Input.
I found the mid-range the hardest area to EQ with a sub $500 EQ/DI.The PZ fits the bill ! If your looking for the ultimate and have spare coin look no further than a Pendulum SPS-1 (the absolute best).The PZ sounds very good to my ears. It's got a great set of features, and they all work as advertised. Can't offer any comparisons to the LR Baggs stuff, as I haven't tried it. But so far, I've been very pleased with the PZ. Agree with Foss that is seems very quiet.
It also seems to be built like a tank. Very flexible as well. The ability to run two instruments into it (and either switch between them or have both active, with separate levels) is very handy.
The key feature for me is the sweepable mids EQ, which is vital to getting a good acoustic tone out of my Rare Earth humbucker soundhole pickup.
It has occurred to me that the PZ could be a killer tool for anyone running both acoustic and electric rigs direct to PA (i.e. using a modeller for electric tones), thanks to the dual inputs and the two XLR outputs (one pre-EQ, one post-EQ).
Someday I'll break out my Tonelab for a gig or rehearsal and give that a try.