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TAD Silencer Power Attenuator 8 or 16 Ohm

What is the Silencer Power Attenuator?
The Silencer is used to reduce output power and volume. Many popular rock guitar sounds are based on the well known sounds created by the guitar legends of the sixties and seventies. Guitar players cranked up their amps to full volume to be heard. Tube guitar amps sound best when played loud because the output stage starts to saturate and delivers the most musical and harmonic distortion, wonderful sustain, and a thick tone with overall response. This is what we all look for, but if a 50 or 100 Watt amp is played at full volume it gets so loud that you might damage your ears, annoy your audience, other musicians or your neighbors! The Silencer solves this problem.

  • Natural Tone Technology, clear high end response
  • 8 Ohm version
  • 2db attenuating steps from -2db to -16db
  • "Fine"-Control from -16db
  • 2-step BITE and PUNCH Boost-Switch
  • "LOAD" position for use without speaker
  • 150 Watt RMS, with PEAK Control
  • Adjustable LINE-Out
  • F.A.N.T.A.-Out Speaker-Emulation, low Z, symmetric
  • Classic Amp-Cabinet Design with Black Tolex


How does the Silencer work?
The Silencer connects between the amp's speaker output and the speakers. It gives you total control over what part of the power output will be feed to your speakers. Crank up the amp to the setting were it sounds best and adjust the final volume just for your speakers with the Silencer. All components which are responsible for great guitar tone are still working "cranked up" to your favorite set-up (preamp tubes, driver stage, output tubes, transformers etc.) and deliver great tone. The final volume you hear is adjusted AFTER the amp's output. The power attenuation can be set in convenient 2db steps from FULL power to 16db. From 16db on you can fine adjust to total silence.

What are the BITE and PUNCH Boots for?
Since our ears hear less Treble and Bass on low volume signals the Silencer features a 3-position BITE switch to boost the high end, and a 3-position PUNCH switch to boost low mids and bass response.

Does the Silencer affect the tone quality like common attenuators?
Usually power attenuators steal brightness and definition in bass frequencies the more they attenuate the power. The Silencer features our new "Natural Tone Technology" which does not affect the brightness or the definition of the guitar signal. It will keep all it's clarity.

Can I use the Silencer without speakers?
With the POWER switch in "LOAD" position the Silencer will work without any speaker connected. It works as a plain Load Box. The signal can be taken from the adjustable LINE-Out (plain) or from the F.A.N.T.A.-Out to feed a recording system, the mixing console, a slave amp etc. This is a common setting for in-ear-monitoring or home recording.

How does the LINE-Out and the F.A.N.T.A. Speaker Simulation work?
The LINE-Out is an unfiltered output with adjustable volume as used to feed LINE-Level devices. It uses a ¼" phone jack (mono). The F.A.N.T.A. (Frequency Adapted Natural Tone Accessory ) Speaker Emulation is a low impedance, balanced symmetric, transformer-coupled output. It provides a 3-pin XLR connector for a standard microphone cable to connect to the mixing console, recording system etc.. The signal runs trough a sophisticated speaker emulation which features a unique quality: it is reacting to your playing style! Clean signals will sound clear and bright with only slight compression but if you play distorted the emulation will sound smooth, punchy and big bottomed with good compression. Just what you expect from the perfect speaker cabinet. This is what separates the Silencer from most common speaker emulators; the F.A.N.T.A. Emulation will respond to your playing and reacts like a real speaker system. You won't need to mic the amp anymore.

Can the Silencer damage my amp or speakers?
No! The Silencer is made exactly to the specs of the impedance it bears. If power gets attenuated then your speaker(s) will work safer than under real full power. If you play loud your tubes will wear out a bit faster, but since the Silencer is matched exactly to your amps impedance this effect is rather low. However; every tube amp needs to see a load. It is dangerous to drive a tube amp without a load so make sure to use good speaker cables. This is true for all tube amps.

Technical Data:



  • Maximum amp output power: 150W RMS
  • Attenuating steps 0dB to -16 dB in 2 dB steps, from -16dB fine adjustable till -8
  • F.A.N.T.A. OUT: transformer coupled, balanced symmetric, ground lifted, XLR3 (1 = GND/NC / 2 = + / 3 = -), Impedance 600 Z
  • LINE OUT: unbalanced, ¼" phone jack, adjustable, impedance 25 kZ
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 245 x 120 x 200 (mm)
  • Weight: aprox. 3,5 kg


UPC/EAN: 609722143820

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