Countryman Type 85S Stereo Direct Box
Product #46000 | SKU DT85S | Countryman
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  • Class A Circuitry
  • Channel Independent Ground Lifts
  • Per Channel: 1x 1/4" & 1x RCA Inputs
  • 1x Stereo 1/8" Input
  • 2x XLR Outputs


The Type 85S Stereo Direct Box from Countryman can be used to connect the output of any high impedance instrument, such as a keyboard or guitar, to a balanced XLR microphone input, allowing you to send signal to a mixer or mic preamp from your high impedance instrument. It features a 1/4" and RCA input per channel, as well as a gold-plated stereo 1/8" input. The unit also has two 1/4" throughputs, allowing you to run a high impedance signal to an amplifier. The two balanced XLR outputs allow you to run your signal to any standard mic level input.

Its two channels of FET based Class A amplifiers were designed to emulate the sound of a tube microphone preamplifier with smooth overloading, reducing distortion at high levels of input. This allows the Type 85S to avoid phase inversion, which can alter the fundamental frequency of the source.

The Type 85S features two channel independent ground lifts, which can reduce hum and electrical interference. The unit also has a 0dB, 15dB, or 30dB selectable pad per channel and is powered by external 48 volts or a nine-volt battery.


  • Connectors and switches are recessed into a single-piece extruded case with extra thick walls. Internal electronics are moulded in epoxy to protect against electrical damage
  • The input can withstand 220 VAC and static spikes up to 20,000 volts
  • Powered by external 48 volts to channel A or an internal 9 volt battery
  • Up to 130 hours of use from a single nine-volt battery


Input Connections 2x metal threaded nose 1/4" (6.35 mm)
2x gold plated RCA
1x gold plated stereo 1/8" (3.18 mm)
Throughput 2x 1/4" (6.35 mm)
Output Connectors 2x XLR
Input Level 5 Vpp (0 dB pad @ 1% THD)
28 Vpp (-15 dB pad @ 1% THD)
158 Vpp (-30 dB pad @ 1% THD) (Equal to 800 Wa into 4 Ω)
Input Protection 220 Vrms and 20 kV discharges
Input Resistance 10 MΩ (0 dB pad)
10 kΩ (-15, -30 dB pad)
20 kΩ (RCA and 1/8" inputs)
Input Capacitance 160 pF (equal to 2 ft of low-capacitance guitar cable)
Output Polarity Pin 2 positive
Gain Options -10 dB (0 dB pad)
-25 dB (-15 dB pad)
-40 dB (-30 dB pad)
RF Low-Pass Filtering Input: 250 kHz
Output: 30 kHz
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
Cross-Talk Rejection >105 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Controls 2x Ground lift switch
Noise 0.63 μVrms (-122 dBu) (shorted input, bandwidth = 22 Hz to 20 kHz)
Distortion 0.018% THD @ 1 kHz and 1 Vpp in
0.08% IMD 10 kHz/60 Hz 1 Vpp in
Power Requirement 9 V battery or 1.6 mA @ 48V Phantom
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5.1 x 102.0 x 15.9 cm
Weight 884.5 g

Australian Shipping Via DHL
DHL offers a great express shipping service to Australia from New Zealand. We are proud to be able to offer express shipping to main cities on the east coast of Australia, within the same timeframe ( If not quicker ) than local Australian courier companies. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, service standards for these main centers was overnight. However these services have been impacted greatly, and as such the overnight service has been suspended. Overnight shipping will likely resume once things have returned to normal.

Qualifying main centers include:

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide

Whilst this service is extremely efficient and will likely be delivered within 1-2 days 99.9% of the time, it cannot be guaranteed. In the case where something were to go wrong with your delivery and it doesn’t arrive within the specified time frame, in most cases it will be delivered by the next day.

While not all major cities are eligible for overnight delivery, they still benefit from this great service. Other centers throughout Australia will have a typical delivery ETA of 2-4 days. (Excluding rural delivery address where this ETA can be extended to an additional three or more days).

If you require urgent shipping and you don’t reside in one of the cities stated above, please contact us and we can find a solution that works best for you.

Please Note: Shipping via DHL is not available to PO boxes and/ or parcel boxes etc.

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  • Product: Countryman Type 85S Stereo Direct Box
  • Manufacturer: Countryman
  • Model: Type 85S
  • SKU: DT85S
  • RM Product #: 46000

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