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Tube Amp Doctor Silencer 8 Ohms Black B-Stock

Tube Amp Doctor Silencer 8 Ohms Black B-Stock

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Power attenuator

  • Power Attenuator, Silencer and Load Box
  • To be connected between the amplifier speaker output and speaker (cabinet)
  • 8 Ohm
  • 2 db Attenuating steps from -2 db to -16 db
  • 'Fine' control from -16 db
  • BITE and PUNCH boost switch
  • LOAD position operation without speakers possible
  • Adjustable line out
  • F.A.N.T.A. -out speaker emulation, low impedance, balanced
  • Dimensions: 245 x 120 x 200 mm
  • Weight approx.: 2.5 kg
  • Colour: Black
  • Made in Germany

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The sound makes the music

Joris ., 30.11.2013
Tested with Mesa Boogie Road King II, 2x Orange PPC212, Gibson Les Paul Std., And Fender Strat Plus Deluxe

Compared with Koch Load Box II, SPL Reducer (ratings under thomann.de) and Rivera Rock Crusher.

OPTICS AND DESIGN:

The Tube Amp Doctor Silencer consists of a sheet metal chassis. With on the top a cooling element. This chassis is housed in a covered wooden case, which has an opening at the top for the heat dissipation of the cooling element.

On the back is a fan, which becomes active when the silencer has to convert higher amplifier power into heat. At this point, I wonder why Tube Amp Doctor does not use the wooden case and instead (like Koch and Rivera) build a perforated metal case or why they cover a good 2/3 of the cooling element with the wooden case?

The front panel is painted black and unfortunately a little sensitive to fingerprints. The white writing is easy to read.

Unfortunately, the jack jacks are made of plastic, which is not ideal for use with heavy speaker cables.

The optics and construction I rated with 3 stars.

FEATURES AND OPERATION:

The POWER rotary switch determines the amount of the reduction, in voltage dB. This is a major difference to the Rivera and SPL, which regulate in power-dB. The power is square in voltage, which means that the 1st -3 dB of the Rivera and SPL means half of the volume and that is unfortunately a lot of reduction. Especially with amplifiers that have 50W or less: With 30 to 40W power of the tubes - the sweetspot of a 50W amp - -3dB power can be just too much to be able to keep up with the tape test, for example. The counterpart to -3dB power is -6dB at the TAD and this has got 2 more booths (-4 and -2dB) until FULL is reached. The Silencer is at this point absolute top rider.

The two equalizer switches BITE and PUNCH have, in addition to OFF, 2 stands each with different frequency ranges (HIGH / LOW).

Two speakers can be connected. A balanced XLR output as well as a controllable LINE OUT is available.

Below the line I give 5 stars for FEATURES and OPERATION. The only thing missing is a selectable impedance.

SOUND:

If you switch from the FULL position to -2dB and following one must already listen, if a sound loss occurs. Without sound loss, the TAD is not, but the sound from the TAD is just good, even down to -14dB. At -16 dB the FINE control is active and this has a clearer influence on the sound, but this is also the case with the competitors with a corresponding potentiometer. On silencer you can find auditions on bonedo.de. Interestingly, some reduced positions sound better than other reduced positions. This shows that the sound quality is at a high level.

Via BITE and PUNCH the heights resp. The depths are spiked. And I have to say that these 2 switches return the sound even more than the reduction of the volume takes the sound. I love these tweaks because, unlike the Rivera Rock Crusher, they also work and I realize that depending on the style and mood, I set the two switches differently in HIGH, LOW or OFF. For samples and above all, a gain in time and rest compared to a change of the equalizer at the amp.

The dynamics are well maintained, but the Rock Crusher is a bit better at this point.

The low-impedance FANTA-Out speaker emulation is very good for eg sample recordings. For serious recordings I would definitely prefer a microphone (or record both tracks and then adjust the correct balance on the mixer)

For the sound, I can give 5 stars. Not because he is perfect, but 4 stars would be too little.

TOTAL:

Overall, the Tube Amp Doctor Silencer makes a very good impression. Concerning. Robustness and dynamics, the Rivera Rock Crusher is better positioned, but the sound makes the music, and the Silencer in Puncto has clearly the front lineability and sound: 5 stars for the Tube Amp Doctor.
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Nothing for room

Hagen K., 16.03.2011
Attenuators, I think nier not only to the Silencer, but then are only for Amps without Mastervolumen. In the test of the silencer, I unfortunately had to realize that a down-regulation to neat-room-ready room volume, even with 5 W-mode of a fully turned amp can only be realized with drastic sound losses. As a result, all the advantages of a roasting tube lamp are not made any more. As a result, the sound of my Mesa Lonestar Spezial without Silencer is not worse with a low master volume than with Silencer and fully upturned Mastervol. Therefore, such an investment is not worthwhile in terms of room allocation. The silencer can be useful for the stage area or adaptation of the loudspeakers in higher areas.
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