The Radial Headload Prodigy Load And DI Box is a combination load box and DI that enables the user to drive a guitar amp at a higher output, allowing for maximised tone at lower stage volume.
Like the original Headload, the Prodigy employs custom made cement-encrusted resister coils to covert the excessive power from the amplifier to heat and is able to withstand up to 100 watts RMS.
The Prodigy has been made to be used through one of three main functions.
Firstly, it can be used as a simple direct connection via the built-in Radial JDX reactor. This function combines a reactive load with a proprietary filter bank to emulate the tone of a 4 x 12 half stack using a Shure SM57.
Secondly it can be used as a load box in which you can attenuate the output from 20% down to 1% down for use in quitter applications.
Thirdly, the prodigy can be used without a cabinet for completely silent recording.
In all three cases, the balanced JDX output is available, which is transformer isolated to eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops and is equipped with a pin-1 ground lift and polarity reverse. The user simply connects the head to the Headload Prodigy and the desired speaker output to suit.
On the front panel there is a dual band EQ that should be used to optimise the player experience when using in-ear monitors.
As far as connectivity goes, there are two additional ¼” outputs included (1 x post EQ, 1 x pre EQ/post JDX).These can be used to feed additional amplifiers, effects racks or recording systems and adjusted using the front panel level control. This same control is used to adjust the built-in headphone amplifier.
Finally, the Space Heater 500 is housed in 14-gauge steel, the Headload Prodigy features Radial's unique book-end design that creates protective zones around the switches and controls. An internal I-beam construction adds tremendous rigidity, protecting the internal PC board from torque which could lead to solder joints going cold prematurely. One or two Prodigys may be rack-mounted into a single 19" rack space using an optional rack kit. Power is supplied by an external 15VDC supply.
The main features of the Radial Space Heater 500 Overdrive Module include:
- Combination load box and DI
- Custom made cement-encrusted resister coils
- Three distinct functions
- 1/ Simple direct connection
- 2/ Load box with attenuated output
- 3/ Can be used without a cabinet for silent recording
- Dual band EQ
- Two additional ¼” jacks
- 14 gauge steel chassis
- Made in Canada