265 Stagehand Direct Box
The first three cosmetic variants of the 265 Stagehand Direct Box,
from the late 1980s, early 1990s, and mid 1990s (clockwise from top left)
The DOD 265 Stagehand Direct Box was conceived as a more stage-worthy version of the 260 Direct Box. In addition to the functionality of the 260 Direct Box, the 265 also included a ground lift switch to decrease hum plus a three-position pad switch to allow 0, 20, or 40 dB of attenuation (where 0 dB might be used for input levels such as a bass with passive pickups, while 40 dB might be used for line-level inputs). The 265 Stagehand Direct Box was introduced in the mid-1980s, and at least four cosmetic variants were produced, including the three shown above. Not shown is the final (made in China?) VAC series, which was produced into the early 2000s.
- Controls:two high impedance 1/4" jacks and one low impedance XLR jack; ground lift switch; three-position pad (0 dB, 20 dB, 40 dB)
- From DOD's FX Products Catalog (PEDALB.CAT 87A): "The 265 has the same impedance matching and splitting features as the 260, but also has a ground lift switch and a three-position pad to 'fix' all kinds of audio problems."
- Listed specifications:
- Low impedance 600 Ohms; high impedance 50 kOhms; frequency response 60 Hz to 15 kHz, +/- 3 dB (late 1980s)
- Low impedance 600 Ohms (center-tapped/balanced); high impedance 50 kOhms (1994)
- Related accessories: 260, 275, 285
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