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Simple Way Audio J1-Box

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Latvia is perhaps a country somewhat unknown to many. A small country but with a great history behind until achieving its independence and its own sovereignity. Sweden, Germany or Russia were some of those who ruled the country for sometime. Now Latvia has managed to take the best of all them.


7th October 2019

Simple Way Audio J1-Box by Midas

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Simple Way J1 Simple Way




Although the Simpleway brand dates from 2003, it is somewhat unknown to many. Since it is not a brand which we find widespread in the market among the most popular manufacturers that are used to being present in it. Thing that as we all know by now, commerciality and popularity does not always justify the quality of the product that is advertised. One thing which is exclusive in the Simple Way brand by not having too many references of this. The Latvian brand manufactures several products, including the MicOne microphone, a preamp (MP) the size of a guitar pedal, a guitar booster (GB) and a series of both active and discrete injection boxes and field effect transistors where we find model J1 which is going to be tested in this review. The J1 was delivered by its distributor in Spain Alexey Belyy, which very kindly brought me up to date with the brand as well as its range of products launched to the market. Because of its aesthetic appearance, my first impression of catching this was to expect a heavy and rigid unit. Quite the opposite of what it is, since being the case of this made of aluminum, its weight is very light, but which is still a very robust unit, designed for the world of live sound, as well as It is given its excellent sound quality totally practical and operational in the recording studio. its similarity to the Radial manufacturer in aesthetics is notorious, however, both are different units.

JFET sound

FETs can be thought of as a voltage controlled resistor, and this is exploited in many different ways.

Quickly adopted for applications that required high impedance inputs. are voltage controlled, and
require no (static) current from the signal source. However this only applies with DC, because gate
capacitance has to be considered for AC. All FETs are rather unique as semiconductor devices, in
that they conduct more-or-less equally in both directions (i.e. both 'normally' and with drain and
source interchanged).
Inside and in the assembly of the electronic board, it details the location with
the name of the main electronic components assembled in the unit
are.


Some typical FET applications
• High Input Impedance Amplifier
• Low-Noise Amplifier (but it's now hard to find genuine low-noise JFETs)
• Differential Amplifier
• Constant Current Source
• Analog Switch or Gate
• Voltage Controlled Resistor

In use

Right in the back and the opossite of the unit, we find a phantom and ground led indicators
so if
there is an unsafe voltage between 2 connected devices, the indicator lights up,
a blue LED to indicate the presence of phantom power (there is no internal battery option, so
phantom power is essential for this DI box to work)
, a XLR Low-Z nominally mic-level ouput made
by a good quality Neutrik connector.
The ground selector is well inserted in the chassis, indicating that it is consciously designed to avoid any possible error when handling the unit.
Which does not happen with other units, where the selectors protrude much from the unit, being very easy to activate these when handling the units.
The unit has been clearly designed for virtually eternal durability, due to its robustness and strength. with some reinforcement screws distributed throughout the chassis. Which make this can cope with what the hard battles of the world of live sound entail.
Its sound
The unit brings together everything that can be expected in its discrete topology.
Actually any signal that passes through the unit results in a noticeable and graceful sonic benefit. Softening any digital signal, offering warmth and a sound benefit of a true discrete circuit such as the Simpleway J1 model. In the test, i performed the relevant checks on the two outputs of the unit, both the thru and the Low-Z outputs. Both have a high quality, since the Thru output has a high impedance guaranteed.
offering warmth and subtracting some signal “sterility “and
“aggressiveness”.
So those who do not know it yet, acquiring a unit of the Simple Way J1 is an affordable way to acquire a kind of “quality preamp” for line instruments, which is a substantial improvement when making our recordings of bass, keyboards, acoustic guitars or any other line instruments. At the same time, the unit offers an excellent response in the transients.
conductor, negative conductor, and a ground, it’s possible to have cables up to several hundred feet
Because Lo-Z cables contain a positive
long without significant signal degradation or outside RF interference.

The unit has been clearly designed for virtually eternal durability, due to its robustness and strength. with some reinforcement screws distributed throughout the chassis. Which make this can cope with what the hard battles of the world of live sound entail.

Its sound

The unit brings together everything that can be expected in its discrete topology.
Actually any signal that passes through the unit results in a noticeable and graceful sonic benefit. Softening any digital signal, offering warmth and a sound benefit of a true discrete circuit such as the Simpleway J1 model. In the test, i performed the relevant checks on the two outputs of the unit, both the thru and the Low-Z outputs. Both have a high quality, since the Thru output has a high impedance guaranteed.
offering warmth and subtracting some signal “sterility “and
“aggressiveness”.
So those who do not know it yet, acquiring a unit of the Simple Way J1 is an affordable way to acquire a kind of “quality preamp” for line instruments, which is a substantial improvement when making our recordings of bass, keyboards, acoustic guitars or any other line instruments. At the same time, the unit offers an excellent response in the transients.
conductor, negative conductor, and a ground, it’s possible to have cables up to several hundred feet
Because Lo-Z cables contain a positive
long without significant signal degradation or outside RF interference.

I was testing the sound of an electric bass and that of an acoustic guitar, both signals were first
tested directly entering an interface and then followed through the J1. which benefits and improves
the signal substantially,
much greater than about +4dBu/+5dBu without the pad, introducing some audible distortion for
The J1 doesn’t really like signals
signals above about +4dBu, but switching the pad in reduces the input impedance dramatically
allowing a better and controlled signal level adjustement. Something else worth noting is the very different behaviour near clipping for the J1 thru and main outputs. The former clips heavily on the negative half of the waveform only, and the resulting distortion is very obvious and unpleasant, while the balanced XLR output clips symmetrically and much less dramatically at the same level. This means that if the thru output is being fed to a local amplifier, the musician will probably become aware of impending disaster before the recording or PA output is badly affected, which could be a useful feature as a control reference.

Alternatives

The most obvious direct competition is the Radial Pro DI, which appears to have inspired the design of the J1, but the Radial does offer several additional features and facilities. Other well-proven and high.quality J-Fet DI boxes include the Telefunken TDA-1, which is a unit which cost a lot more.

Features

•J-Fet input transistor
•True A-Class device
•No op amps
•No negative feedback loop amplification !Solid state transistors only
•Ultra low output impedance -10Ω
•Ultra high input impedance -4MΩ !Ground lift
•-20 db Pad
•Jack in/out
•XLR out

Some of its technical specifications:

Input impedance: >4,7 Mohm Input impedance with PAD enabled : 47 kOhm PAD reduction : 20dB Unbalanced noise level (10-20kHz) : <-100dBu Non linear distortion, PAD enabled (-20dB, guitar) : <0.001% Non linear distortion, input level at 0dBu, at 1kHz : <0.005% (typically <0.004%) Non linear distortion, input level at 0dBu, at 100Hz : <0.006% (typically <0.004%) Max input level (<3% distortion) : >+11dBu Max input level with PAD enabled (<3% distortion) : >+29dBu Balanced output (XLR) impedance : <10 Ohm

There is also a practical version in a rack of x8 channels

Pros

• True discrete J-Fet sound
• Very rugged case
• Very good technical performance
• Discrete Class-A electronics
• Light
• Resistant

Cons

• High cost
Price: 175€

Website: https://simpleway.audio

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Last edited by Midas; 8th October 2019 at 12:50 AM..

 
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