I'm a long time user of a Baggs M1 Passive and a Para Acoustic DI combo. I decided to upgrade to an M80 and a Venue DI. Boy, am I glad I did.
The Venue has an adjustable boost feature, which is priceless for me within my band. The tuner/mute is also so valuable. But the tone is just glorious. The M80 sounds deeper and beefier than the M1 (the Venue is set to the passive mode.) It can be attributed partially to the M80, and partially to the Venue. I can say this with confidence, because the ol' M1 sounds great through the Venue too.
Thanks John and Shoreline Music!
I purchased the Venue from Shoreline last year, after using the Baggs PADI for several years, which is a good all-around DI also. The Venue does the PADI one better, having more "whistles and bells". Two of the useful features are the mute switch and the built-in tuner. I've been thoroughly pleased with this DI/pre-amp.