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Title: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: TomBoisseau on May 15, 2021, 05:02:25 pm
I'd like to get a few USB DI's.  I really like the Radial USB Pro DI, but I don't want to spend $230.  I then saw the On-Stage DB2150 USB DI and it looks like it would be okay.  Does anyone here have any personal experience with this unit?

Thanks,
Tom

Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Mike Caldwell on May 15, 2021, 07:11:56 pm
Never used the On Stage USB Di but the Peavey USB-P for about $50 is hard to beat.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Keith Broughton on May 15, 2021, 07:54:26 pm
The On Stage has some nice features but the USB-P works very well for half the price.
Also, I'm very curious about this statement in their description "custom-wound resistors isolate and eliminate ground loops."
Custom wound resistors?? Riiiiiight.... ???
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: TomBoisseau on May 15, 2021, 08:23:30 pm
Never used the On Stage USB Di but the Peavey USB-P for about $50 is hard to beat.

I've heard good things about the Peavey USB-P.  Unfortunately, due to the "Peavey" name, I can't use the product.  It may not make any sense, but the optics are such I'd never live it down.

Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Dave Garoutte on May 15, 2021, 09:25:00 pm
I've heard good things about the Peavey USB-P.  Unfortunately, due to the "Peavey" name, I can't use the product.  It may not make any sense, but the optics are such I'd never live it down.
Put a sticker over the logo.  I doubt if anyone needing a USB DI is going to question the brand.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: TomBoisseau on May 15, 2021, 10:04:33 pm
Put a sticker over the logo.  I doubt if anyone needing a USB DI is going to question the brand.

My colleges and co-workers certainly will!

Now... back to my question.  Does anyone here have any personal experience with the On-Stage DB2150 USB DI?
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Mike Caldwell on May 15, 2021, 10:49:36 pm
I've heard good things about the Peavey USB-P.  Unfortunately, due to the "Peavey" name, I can't use the product.  It may not make any sense, but the optics are such I'd never live it down.

In all fairness in the world of audio electronics On Stage is not exactly the first brand name that most people think of.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Caleb Dueck on May 15, 2021, 11:39:15 pm
In all fairness in the world of audio electronics On Stage is not exactly the first brand name that most people think of.

Correct.  If a Radial DI fails (huge IF) - everyone will write it off as a crazy rare anomaly.  If an On Stage DI fails (small IF) - you'll have some serious explaining to do. 

If it were my money?  Radial and never look back.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Mike Pyle on May 16, 2021, 02:59:12 am
Whirlwind's pcUSB is a bit less than the Radial unit.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Mike Caldwell on May 16, 2021, 07:06:32 am
Whirlwind's pcUSB is a bit less than the Radial unit.

I was going to mention the Whirlwind as well if you want something with a name on it.

As for the Peavey's, I know of about half dozen in use ranging from a DJ, church's and a local radio station.

Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Matthias McCready on May 16, 2021, 12:38:56 pm
I'd like to get a few USB DI's.  I really like the Radial USB Pro DI, but I don't want to spend $230.  I then saw the On-Stage DB2150 USB DI and it looks like it would be okay.  Does anyone here have any personal experience with this unit?

Thanks,
Tom

While it may still be too expensive, you sure can get them a fair amount cheaper than $230 through a good dealer.

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I am not saying that the Peavey one isn't great, but I will state I have used the Radial across multiple venues multiple times a week for the last several years, and they simply work. I have never used any other interface which was this reliable.  :)
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Erik Jerde on May 16, 2021, 02:16:58 pm
In all fairness in the world of audio electronics On Stage is not exactly the first brand name that most people think of.

Yeah, if I was going to judge based on name alone I'd put the On Stage way below the Peavey.  I believe Mac is the one I first heard about the Peavey from and his endorsement is pretty gold plated.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Tim McCulloch on May 16, 2021, 02:32:43 pm
I will also recommend the Peavey... real transformers, mono sum switch, permanently lifted grounds.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Craig Hauber on May 16, 2021, 02:40:12 pm
due to the "Peavey" name, I can't use the product.

Really?  This is still "a thing?"



-The 80's just called and want their rider back!
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Riley Casey on May 16, 2021, 03:51:45 pm
I've been using close to a dozen of the Peavey USB DIs for more than a decade on high end corporate and political productions for Fortune 500 companies and US presidents. No one has turned up any noses as yet.

 
I've heard good things about the Peavey USB-P.  Unfortunately, due to the "Peavey" name, I can't use the product.  It may not make any sense, but the optics are such I'd never live it down.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Caleb Dueck on May 16, 2021, 03:53:48 pm
Really?  This is still "a thing?"

Back then, the anti-Peavey sentiment was due to non-experienced users and the focus on longevity over absolute sonic purity.

Now - I believe the sentiment is based on their competition with Behringer and inevitable cost-cutting to hit low price points. 

Two totally different reasons.  The first is unjustified, the second (to an extent) is. 
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Mac Kerr on May 16, 2021, 05:05:27 pm
I've heard good things about the Peavey USB-P.  Unfortunately, due to the "Peavey" name, I can't use the product.  It may not make any sense, but the optics are such I'd never live it down.

The problem isn't really with the Peavey name, it's with your "co-workers" lack of understanding of the world around them.

You can save money and get a fully transformer isolated USB to analog audio output device, or you can spend 5x the money on a Radial. The Radial is a great interface, so is the Peavey.

Mac
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Tim McCulloch on May 17, 2021, 02:41:04 pm
Put a sticker over the logo.  I doubt if anyone needing a USB DI is going to question the brand.

^^^ This.

The Peavey logo is small, put your own P-Touch label over it.

As to "no Peavey, no Mackie, no Behringer, no Whatever"... one of the reasons is that when manufacturers found ways to make high-channel count audio mixers and otherwise lower the barrier to entry, many providers who could afford that level of gear did not have the chops to do a show that genuinely required a 40 channel mixer and a real PA.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Ned Ward on May 17, 2021, 03:54:19 pm
In all fairness in the world of audio electronics On Stage is not exactly the first brand name that most people think of.
Yep, I'd think you'd catch more flack for an On Stage USB DI than the Peavey one, which just works. I owned one and didn't think twice about the brand name as it always worked.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: richard_cooper on May 17, 2021, 05:11:05 pm
Not used the On-Stage, but I've got the Peavey and the Radial USB-Pro (and an Audinate AVIO-USB different thing but sort of relevant). I actually prefer the Peavey over the Radial due to the lack of a volume control to be fiddled with. For my usage and ecosystem, I use the AVIO most often.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: TomBoisseau on May 18, 2021, 02:12:55 pm
I appreciate everyone's input.  Ideally I would have loved to have heard from someone who had actually used the DB2150, but apparently no one here has, or at least they have not responded in saying so.

To satisfy my own curiosity, I found a DB2150 at a very reasonable price on eBay.  I purchased it and will provide a follow up here when I get a chance to thoroughly test it.

Thanks,
Tom
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Thomas Le on May 18, 2021, 05:33:39 pm
Late to the party, but I have & used both the Peavey USB-p and the Whirlwind pcUSB. To be honest I can't tell the difference between the audio performance of the two (mainly because they use generic audio drivers, nothing fancy there), maybe the difference may come down to long term durability as the USB-p has plastic rims on the box which may break over time if handled rough. The whirlwind I bought because of the "brand name reason" for my rig, the USB-p bought later for a budget live stream studio setup.
Title: Re: On-Stage DB2150 USB DI
Post by: Will Knight on June 03, 2021, 05:28:28 pm
I have the Radial, the Peavy and a Rolls.  9x out of 10, it's the Peavy that gets the call. As others have said, it just works; stupid simple.