sHoulD I get an at­ten­u­a­toR?

Guitarist - - Feature -

Maybe. Or you could just try turn­ing it down. You’re only con­sid­er­ing an at­ten­u­a­tor if you want the amp’s own over­driven sound and feel from pre and power sec­tions, but at lower vol­ume. If you just want it qui­eter, ei­ther turn it down, or buy a smaller amp! An ex­ter­nal at­ten­u­a­tor sits be­tween the amp speaker out­put and the speaker, con­vert­ing the ex­cess en­ergy into heat or me­chan­i­cal en­ergy. Make sure the at­ten­u­a­tor has the re­quired power han­dling ca­pac­ity and im­ped­ance for your amp and speaker. Once in­stalled, the amp will be work­ing harder, so it’s more sus­cep­ti­ble to the stresses of high-vol­ume op­er­a­tion, such as re­duced valve life. Some ex­ter­nal at­ten­u­a­tors are bet­ter than oth­ers at mim­ick­ing what a true speaker load does, which has tonal and re­li­a­bil­ity ram­i­fi­ca­tions. In­ter­nal power scal­ing on amps that fea­ture it is done in a different way. This re­duces volt­age in­side the amp, rather than at­ten­u­ates out­put from the speaker out­put.

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