Every few years I go through this process of seeing if the world has TRULY moved on in terms of a better sounding compact acoustic preamp/DI device. For many years now my 2002 J45 has been outfitted with an iMix which I mono output premixed from the soundhole controls into the venerable old Baggs Para DI I've used for, gee I can't remember how long but certainly more than a decade. A couple of years ago I tried the later generation offerings from Baggs, Fishmann, Radial etc but although they had a range of nice features such as on-board boosts and tuners etc I can't say I thought any of them actually sounded noticeably more 'acoustic'. More just different versions of a decent DI'd sound. NOW, what DOES sound noticeably better is our singer's Pendulum SPS-1 Preamp. The dedicated module plugged into the guitar and then into the Pendulum in IDEAL circumstances is an entirely different thing to my ear. A lot of the transient nasties disappear...bigger, richer more authentic soundstage and even a better playing feel. The problem with the Pendulum though is that for a lot of our playing circumstances with nothing but quick line-checks and restricted set-up time it's way way too complicated to tweak the extensive EQ and it's not the smallest thing to carry around being 19" rackmount. SO my rather long winded question is (short of going to rather unwieldy and expensive outboard like the Pendulum) if there is anything on the market that people have found really offers a step up in acoustic like DI'd tone. I really don't care about extensive features, just the sound and a bit of EQ control for dealing with the nasty wedge sound, the frequencies that want to take off etc. Thanks in advance for any feedback....err information.