SPL and Tonehunter announce the Reducer power soak 18-May-11
SPL has expanded its "Power Soak" product line for guitar players. Here's what they have to say...
In addition to the active Transducer and Cabulator versions with speaker simulation, SPL has launched now the Reducer, a purely passive power attenuator for guitar amps.
The product is very easily explained: as the name implies, it reduces the power output of the guitar amp. This means that all sorts of amps, especially tube amps, can now be overdriven without the need of having to be too loud.
The Reducer, developed between SPL and German amp specialist Tonehunter, is placed between the guitar amp and the speaker. At this stage, it converts the amp's electric power into heat. Power reduction with resistors requires no additional power supply, thus, "The passive principle guarantees an accurate sound reproduction without any influence on the frequency response curve. So yes, you could say that the Reducer is neutral," states Jens Gronwald, Project Manager at SPL.
The amp output impedance can be set to 4, 8 or 16 Ohm. Reduction is stepwise in the first stages, but it can then be adjusted continuously. Pricing and Availability:
The MSRP of the Reducer is USD449 (276.39 euros) ex. VAT.