5 Best Amp Attenuator Review

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1KLD NEW PB-1/ATP 100 12 x 12.1 x 10 inches10 pounds1 Check
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2Weber MicroMass Attenuator 10.3 x 9 x 6.2 inches7 pounds
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3Rivera RockCrusher Power Attenuator 14 x 8 x 15.9 inches13.05 pounds
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4KLD/PAN AMPS NEW PB-1 12.2 x 10 x 8 inches10 pounds
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5The Power Plug Attenuator 6.4 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches2 pounds
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KLD NEW PB-1/ATP 100
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10 pounds
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Weber MicroMass Attenuator
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7 pounds
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Rivera RockCrusher Power Attenuator
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13.05 pounds
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KLD/PAN AMPS NEW PB-1
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The Power Plug Attenuator
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Before we take a look at each of the models individually, let me tell a couple words about how I had been choosing the attenuators for this list. I followed the next algorithm:

  • Checking all the price categories

I had checked different price categories and chose several items from each of them for further researches.

  • Checking the reviews and contacting the owners

I`ve then read lots of reviews and contacted the owners. Luckily, I know many musicians, so I managed to see and test four out of five models in the list personally. I found the owner of the fifth one online and he kindly agreed to help me.

So, now you that you understand, what exactly had been done for making this list, let us get to taking a closer look at each individual model.

KLD NEW PB-1/ATP 100

KLD is a small international company, that manufactures musical equipment. Although it is not a popular one, some products of KLD have really high quality. ATP100 is their attenuator, which can be considered one of the best ones.

Main Features

This is a bit old-fashioned attenuator, a really compact and simple one. It has a nice design and easy to carry around. Let us take a look at its` pros and cons.

So, the first thing you notice about ATP100 is how convenient it is. The attenuator itself is really small, which makes it possible to carry the item around all the time. This will be suitable for all the travelers and street musicians.

Tip:Another thing you notice is the design. The design of KLD`s product is as simple as you can imagine. There are literally two knobs only, one for controlling the levels of attenuation, the other for adjusting the volume.

Once you get used to it a little, you also start noticing how unusual the material is. It is indeed an unusual one, made of alloy. The combination of materials makes the heat spread optimal and saves lots of energy.

Tip:When I say average amplification, I mean average in comparison to the other models on the list. The attenuation is decent, but Weber MicroMass Attenuator handles the same task better.

Then, although I find simplicity really convenient, the attenuator does not have enough settings for an experienced player. Everything is fine as long as you are not going full professional mode though.

Short Conclusion

This is a great sound recording device. Even with its` disadvantage, it is still the best in this price category. It will be a perfect choice if you have a silent place for recording sound. Otherwise, however, you may consider other options.

Pros
Compactness 
Simplicity 
Optimal energy consumption
Cons
Average amplification
Low adjustability

Weber MicroMass Attenuator

Weber is a rather old American company. It is somewhere in the middle between the giant corporations and small independent factories. For a client it means, that you get a product of a decent quality without overpaying for brand. MicroMass Attenuator is a perfect example of such a product.

Main Features

The first thing you notice is a vintage design of the attenuator. All the metallic parts and screws look great. Well, I personally enjoy it, but there are much more positive sides, that this device has.

Metallic details are more durable than plastic ones, this is a fact. The whole MicroMass Attenuator is made of pure metal. I am sure, it can survive several hits and bad transportation conditions.

Tip:The physical durability is not the only positive side though. Manufacturers managed to add such an amount of settings, that the attenuator both remains simple to work with, but at the same time has enough options of sound control, like controlling low, mid and upper bass frequencies.

Finally, the quality of attenuation itself is great. The value you get for the money you pay is really high.

Well, the tone itself is OK for as long as everything is adjusted correctly. However, adjusting everything correctly will take a bit longer than usual, as you`ll need to spin two knobs simultaneously, to keep the sound balanced. Not an extraordinary thing, but something, that will feel inconvenient during the first several weeks or so.

Short Conclusion

This is a unique attenuator in some way, as it requires the unique handling. There is no other model on the list, that has the same troubles with balancing the sound. All the other qualities are perfect though. It will be great both for a beginner and for an advanced musician. Not the completely professional device though. 

Pros
High durability 
Enough adjustment options 
Nice attenuation
Cons
Tone problems

Rivera RockCrusher Power Attenuator

Rivera is an American company, that has a really narrow specialization. It makes accessories for musicians. Their main products are pedals, amplifiers and attenuators. RockCrusher is the most professional

Main Features

Holding this amplifier makes you feel like you`ve been a rockstar for fifteen years. It has a super-solid construction (Rivera`s engineers emphasize, that they worked hard to make a durable device), overall pleasing design, but the action is where it shines the most.

The first thing I personally noticed, was the high amount of inputs and outputs. All of them make it possible to connect the RockCrusher to different devices, like amplifiers, speakers and even headphones. Its` compact size on the other hand allows to carry the item around easily.

Tip:After turning it on, you realize, what`s the difference between the professional and the amateur audio equipment. All the inner filters and automation controllers make the sound be completely different. It actually sounds like the thing from the movie or concert, not the cheap thing from your neighbor`s basement.

Finally, there are lots of things available for adjustments. You can control the intensity of inputs and outputs, the speakers` volume, the basses and much more things.

Although adjustability is an advantage indeed, handling many functions is hard for a beginner. Therefore, if you are completely new to music, you`ll not be able to understand what half of those things do.

Tip:Another thing, that I`ve never seen mentioned, is that one piece of great equipment will not work properly by itself. An expensive amplifier, pedal or an attenuator also require expensive speakers, instruments, etc. otherwise it will not be able to make the whole potential work.

Short Conclusion

This is definitely the most professional piece of equipment in the list. It provides the perfect sound, works smoothly and will serve for a long period of time. However, building a set of equipment around this attenuator will not be cheap, therefore, if you are beginner, I highly recommend to buy a cheaper model.

Pros
The versatility
The quality of sound 
The adjustability
Cons
Hard to work with
Requires more professional equipment

KLD/PAN AMPS NEW PB-1

Here is another “Child” of KLD. It is really similar to the attenuator, that has been reviewed in this article before, but there are some differences, as this is the more basic and universal model.

Main Features

The first difference I noticed, that the item was blue I color, while all the others in the list were somehow all red (weird luck I guess). Apart from that it looked like a usual budget attenuator, made of KLD`s firm alloy.

Another thing which in my mind is really great is that there are more options of adjusting the sound, than in the previous model reviewed in this list. There are not too many of them, so things don`t get confusing, but you also feel, that there are lots of ways to change the sound.

Finally, the body made of unique alloy, that preserves the attenuator from overheating. So, you are always sure, that the energy consumed by this device is used exactly for what it has to be.

Tip:The sound does feel solid. Attenuating process goes as it has to – smooth and without affecting sound in any way.

Although the new possibilities appear, as, for example, playing with the maximum distortion in the bedroom, without waking roommates, the sound itself becomes less juicy. Not what you really want, but the difference isn`t that big.

Tip:What is a bigger problem, is that there is no warranty, and, I believe, this item is supposed to work for a year or two, it will break then. I think so, because the details this attenuator is made are very budget.

Short Conclusion

If you already have some experience in the music field and want to continue developing your skills without investing much money, KLD PB-1 is your safe bet. However, if you are sure, that you`ll need an attenuator for five or six years, you`d rather get a more reliable one.

Pros
Power of sound
Adjustability 
Energy Consumption
Cons
Sound flattening
Life span

The Power Plug Attenuator

Last, but not the least, we have the power plug attenuator. The most simple one of them all, which has its` own benefits though.

Main Features

This device is really small. It doesn`t look attractive in any way, unless you like gray color and simplicity. There is only one knob and one input, so you at least, will never ever struggle with “what else should I rotate” problem.

First of all, this is the smallest attenuator in the list. It is twice as small, as Rivera`s one. So, if you have big pockets, you can probably fit this attenuator in the pocket, otherwise, any road bag or backpack will do. A really convenient item for all the travelers.

Secondly, nothing can be simpler, than this device. There is only one knob, which helps you control the level of attenuation. I will repeat myself, never will you ever get confused while using this item.

Tip:By the way, speaking of attenuation, it can go down to negative ten decibels, which is quite a competitive number. The attenuator does exactly the job it is supposed to do.

Well, the sound quality is not bad in comparison to the other items of this class, but if speak about general things, it could have been much better. The sound kinda becomes flat and a bit distorted.

Another important thing, is that the materials this device is made of aren`t the most reliable materials in the World. Just some cheap plastic and wires. Although those things are working together quite harmonically, they my very easily break down once.

Short Conclusion

If you are low and budget and looking for something that will neither hurt your finances nor make you think a lot, Power Plug Attenuator is exactly what you need. You turn it on once and continue using it until it goes down.

Pros
Compactness
Simplicity
Nice attenuation
Cons
Low sound quality
Durability 

General Conclusion

So, to finish this review, I would like to share several recommendations on picking the attenuator, which come from my own experience:

  • You need to have at least two months of practicing before buying an attenuator.

The thing is, that even the vest attenuators make sound sound a bit different. So, if you start practicing with an attenuator, you`ll most likely learn to play some basic chords wrong. Another thing is that you may find out, that music is not what you want to be doing, then the money spent on attenuator will be wasted.

  • The attenuator has to be of the same class as all your other equipment.

This is more of a general recommendation. You should have all the equipment from the same price category, so that when you turn several pieces of it together, everything could work correctly and show the full potential. If you, for example, have an expensive attenuator and cheap speakers, you`ll still sound, like all your set is cheap.

I guess, this was all I wanted to say. Thank you for reading and good luck!

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