(i was going to post this in the acoustic forum, but i guess that technically, it belongs here) pros -small, pedal board friendly -appears sturdy and well made, looks really cool -15 db input pad works well -sounds good? cons -not all that cheap -pretty subtle change in sound (and yet, not) -1/4 ins, xlr outs; would have like to see more options (but wouldn't work with form factor) not much out there on this line of di's, but i felt lucky and rolled the dice. i unboxed to give it a quick run through with a couple of my acoustics with active pickups into my carvin line array amp thing. comes with a little felt crown royal kind of baggie, a neat sticker and what i suppose are stick-on strips of rubber backing feet type things. my first thought was that it is kinda like a compressor, in that the sound magically lept forth from the amp. it was more clear and present and in your face, though the volume didn't actually change, i don't think. it is just sort of focused now. i wasn't sure what to expect in terms of coloration- i was hoping for some and went back and forth between the models before playing it safe with the passive one. it does seem a bit less harsh, but not warmer. smoother, perhaps. less clanky. it didn't erase the piezo clank, but it does make it more tolerable without clogging the low mids to mask it. cranking the volume of my pedals didn't seem to bother it that much, but at higher guitar treble settings, i think i made it break up just a little when strummed hard. couldn't get break up at normal settings, but it does feel a little more... analog, i suppose you could say. i guess i can mess with the gain staging and the 15 db pad and look for a sweet spot, but that would move depending one what i plugged into it. the big surprise came when, on a whim, i plugged in my om with the sorry ass lr baggs lyric internal mic. it was still a boxy, nasally mess, but when i hit that 15 db pad, it magically stopped sounding dumb. it sounded like a guitar. it sounded like the demos that tricked me into buying it. i was dumbfounded. i tried cranking to volume on some boosts to see what was going on and i did get a little of that boxy honk back but now there is hope. maybe the lyric is salvageable with this box and a decent eq. we'll see. i'll try to run some vocals through it and maybe do some direct recordings and look and some graphs and stuff, but so far, so good. wish it had a gain knob to dial in some coloration and grit, but that may be unrealistic. so far, i'm not displeased.