View Full Version : Attention, attention: Attenuation
28-04-2003, 01:20 PM
Anyone used attenuators in their system? As with all these tweaks, the theory behind the way they work seems sound (no pun intended) but what's the real life experience?
I guess the Rothwell ones are the ones to go for? They're £40 so any opinions would be useful before I take the plunge. Thanks :)~:-)~:smile:
28-04-2003, 03:01 PM
I use an 11dB attenuated Kimber PBJ interconnect between CD and amp and get good results enabling me to use more of my amps volume range and I feel less harshness to the sound.
I feel a dedicated lead is better than an in-line attenuator as there's one less connection in the signal chain, although it does mean you can't use your existing lead.
At the risk of appearing dimmer than usual, is this not the same as having Variable Output on your CD Player? Both mine have outputs that can be adjusted.
28-04-2003, 03:49 PM
Not dim at all Jase, it's exactly the same really.
The problem is that a lot of CD players have a non-standard output (>2.0V). My Pioneer PDS904 has a fixed output which has been measured at 2.4V, therefore a degree of signal attenuation is required to bring it back down.
This problem is really one of matching CD player output to amplifier input sensitivity ie large output + sensitive amp input = increased distortion.
Ah, I see. Only problem with mine is there is no way of knowing exactly the v, could be anything from say, 1.0v - 2.4v, just have to take a rough stab at it! :lol:
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