The other solution, of course, is to use a power attenuator—basically an adjustable load placed on your amp’s speaker output—which allows you to run your amp as hard as you like, while keeping the volume down by limiting how much of the output signal hits the speakers. Most attenuators offer several steps of power reduction, however, the Leash ($647 retail/$349 street) uses Bad Cat’s proprietary Infinite Volume Control circuit to provide continuously variable power throughout the entire range of your amplifier. Designed for use with amps of up to 100 watts, the Leash incorporates an AC-powered fan for reliable heat dissipation under heavy loads (which can be unplugged from the wall socket if necessary to quiet it for studio use), an In/Out toggle switch that bypasses the unit entirely when you don’t need it, and dual speaker jacks. The device’s steel enclosure features a large rheostat knob for adjusting the output and a pointer-style impedance switch for convenient matching to 4, 8, and 16ž speaker loads. The Leash’s high-grade components include dual ceramic sire-wound rheostats, Teflon-insulated silver wire, aluminum-jacketed resistors, and an audiophile capacitor to ensure no loss of high end. Used with a 100-watt Marshall head driving a Marshall 4x12 cabinet, the Leash proved capable of handling full-power loads while making it possible to dial in any degree of loudness, right down to “bedroom” volume levels. The Leash throttled only the loudness, and did not kill the highs or mids—something not all attenuators can boast—and while you may notice a jump in level when turning up from the most attenuated setting, the convenience of having such broad control over your amp’s loudness is well worth the trade.
Kudos The only attenuator to offer continuously variable output—from zero to full signal.Keeps your amp’s tone intact even at full output reduction. Top-notch components.Concerns None.Contact Bad Cat Amplifiers, (951) 808-8651; badcatamps.com
Cloud Microphones Releases The Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI
Watch Metallica Perform “One” with Lang Lang Live in Beijing
Ashdown Releases Funk Face – Stuart Zender Signature Twin Dynamic Filter Pedal
TASCAM Announces Additions to Professional Rackmount Line
NAMM 2017 Highlights From Tracktion Corp
Cloud Microphones Unveils Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator
Top Keyboard Gear Picks for NAMM 2017, Day 2
Sennheiser Launches New Frequency Variants for Evolution Wireless 300 and 500 Series Microphone Systems
Ibanez Celebrates the JEM with 30th Anniversary Model
Watch Nita Straussâ€™ Shred in New Video for â€œPandemoniumâ€
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 10 Greatest Guitar Moments
Coheed and Cambria Announce "Neverender GAIBSIV" Tour, to Play 'Good Apollo, Iâ€™m Burning Star IV' in Full
Live Video Footage of Former Megadeth Guitarist Marty Friedman's Full Performance in Anaheim, C.A.
Moon Tooth Premiere Cover of Jimi Hendrixâ€™s "Manic Depression"
How to Play Guitarâ€”in Three Words or Less
Stingâ€™s Nylon-String Masterworks
Review: Neunaber Wet Reverb V4 Pedal
Copyright ©2017 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470