Tube Amp Doctor Silencer 8 Ohms Black

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Power attenuator

  • Power Attenuator, Silencer and Load Box
  • To be connected between the amplifier speaker output and speaker (cabinet)
  • max. power handling: 150 W
  • 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
available since July 2004
Item number 171319
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Impedance 8
Noise Supression No
DI Interface Yes
Speaker Simulation Yes
Dummy Load (usable without cabinet) Yes
£433
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My dream amp without fighting the neighbours
Draghiem 29.06.2021
It tooks me lot of time to be able to buy my dream amp.

The thing is that cranck that precious at home is impossible without a power soak.

The one big question is : witch one ?
- The high end one cost more than 1000 euros
- The inexpensive one cost less than 100 euros, but i was quite hesitant to have wait and spend so much money on my amp head to finally put some cheap gear on it (even it might be good for their prices)

So, i decided to go for this one, at "middle" price range and i am very happy of it.

The main pro are:
- Sounds quality when you use it. Of course, i can't compete the amp without it. But still very good
- The 2d very good point is the ability to use it as load box (without a speaker) but warning, you have to set the power soak manually on it.

Still, it's definitively not perfect:
- First, the impedance is fixed: if you want 8 and 16 ohms, you have to buy two version of it. If you plan to do so, a high end power soak witch is able to do both with better sound might be a better option
- Secondly, the F.A.N.T.A. -out speaker emulation date from 2004 (!) and feels actually outdated. If your main goal is to use as an audio interface, i suggest you look first at other model
- Finaly, the "bite" and "punch" knobs are only functionnal when the power soak is set from full to -14 db. If you use it at -16 db just like me, those knobs won't works.

Conclusion:
- Works actually good with a nice sounds
- Load box possible
- Outdated technology
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quiet please!! (halte de clappa!)
IanR 30.05.2013
a great piece of kit. yes it does alter the sound a little, and the sounds are not QUITE as good as your amp totally unmasked. i have a cornford mk50 ii and it sounds phenominal by itself. however, we don't buy these attenuator chappies to IMPROVE our sound, but rather to give us an acceptable compromise at lower volumes, which this unit does admirably. yes it's expensive, .. yes to me it's worth it. the switch in ' replace what you've lost' idea is great, i would've loved the actual switchable db increments to be a little quieter like it's rival the palmer has. .. but this unit has the added bonus of 'whisper quiet' on it's final dial, and also speaker emulator/simulator for silent recording. .. again the sounds are very different to the natural sound of the amp,.. but i still quite like those emulated sounds, and unlike any digital stuff on the market, this still enables your amp to RESPOND. so all in all it's not perfect, but it's a real asset that won't get you arrested by the noise police at 9.30pm on low, or 1 am on silent lol! i'm extremely pleased hence my star rating. great build quality, a couple of slightly 'sturdier' switches would've been great,..a final word of caution, my buddy has a EVH head with 8 pre amp (yes 8 !!!) tubes.. i would NOT recommend this for anything sooo rediculous in power. but for anything up to 50w ..maybe 100, then you will not be disappointed. .. if you can't afford this one, then the palmer is the only other worthy contender..and both are available on thomman .. so get the correct ohm rating and enjoy your amp's response at much lower levels . ;-) ian
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Valken 13.11.2020
Excellent little piece of equipment! Tames the loudest amps without compromising the sound quality!
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The Answer You Were Looking For
Tube8 03.04.2019
I have just unpack my TAD and play with it for ten minutes. I definitely think this would be the answer to all the volume' problems you could have with tube amps.

I have a wonderful handmade 50w tube head, a sort of Pexi/Jcm800, and it sounds amazing, but only when you reach a minimum voulme, which could be too much in some stages and pubs.

So this will really let you set your favourite tube amp to high volumes, without losing or compromise your tone, thanks to the Bite and Punch controls, that help you adjust some frequencies that your ear believes you lost.

The controls are intuitive, the box is solid.
Very Good product!
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