Well so far not impressed at all. I connected it and set it no attenuation. I cranked the ray up to 4. I put the attenuator on 1. I cranked the other knob down but so far no difference in volume. Attenuater on 2 then 3 hardly any difference. When I got to 4 you could tell there was some difference between 1 and 4 but the difference is a thinner, crappier tone. On bedroom level had the most dramatic difference quieting it right down but the tone was horrible, fuzzy and thin. Very bad fuzzy distortion. I think this will be going back tommorrow.
Post by benttop (Steve) on Jun 10, 2008 18:37:18 GMT -7
Wow, that's sure not my experience here. I think we all have different sensitivities, and listen for different things in our sound. In my situation, every click makes a dramatic (to me) difference, and every position is totally transparent. I even did a recording test with the attenuators I have here to demonstrate how transparent they are: In hundreds of responses not one person could pick the attenuated clips from the non-attenuated. See that here:drzamplifiers.proboards41.com/index.cgi?board=soundfiles&action=display&thread=6624&page=1
So the question is - what the heck is really going on here? Have you got a bad one? Or is there some other issue we aren't seeing via this web interface? I don't know, but it sure seems odd that you had such awful sounds for a product that is clearly transparent as glass. I'm stumped!
I haven't noticed those results with mine either. The settings are very noticeable as far as volume, but they don't thin it out or make it fuzzy. I do get more overdrive, but that's because I can turn the amp itself up louder with the attenuation.
At home, I usually play it on either '4' or the 'bedroom' setting with the right knob about halfway down, but I've also A/B'ed it between that setting and "off" when I have the chance to crank it up - don't notice any big difference in the tone, it's just a heck of a lot louder!
While going one click down at a time there was almost no difference in volume. When I got to 4 it was a little less volume and the tone was thinner and a bit more distorted. The amp itself was on 4. When I dialed down the bedroom setting that quieted the amp right down but the tone was thin and very fuzzy sounding.
Yeah, I think you got a bad one, Terry. Maybe give the Doc a call before you go much further. Eddie
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golfnut, I had a similar experience when I first purchased my Airbrake & ran it with my Rx 2x12". I talked to Brent who helped me to quickly remedy the problem! My Rx combo has a 4ohm speaker load so my inclination was to run the Airbrake with the 4ohm jack on the amp. He had me run it with the 8ohm jack & it fixed the problem! ;D
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I dropped it back off to the music store for them to have a look at it first. I wonder though, If I'm going to lose some tone because even though I'm driving the amp I"m not driving the speakers as hard by attenuating? I don't know if its that big a deal for me. As I said I like to play the ray clean. I can get it to 2 at most places and 3 at some bigger venues. 4 would be ideal for me but it still sounds much better at those lower volumes then the Maz 38 did. I can get a fat tone out of the ray even at lower volumes. The only real issue is playing it at home.
The bedroom setting is a so-so, admittedly. The other settings are, in my estimation, well thought out and on the mark for what I would anticipate and hope for. If there is a tone change on 1 and 2 (and there isn't much of one), with my rigs it's for the better, not worse. I sure wouldn't describe it as thinner, maybe a little fatter.
I used my new AirBrake for the first time last night, I took it out of the box that it was sent in and went straight to a gig and used it with my Maz 38 NR head and 2x12 open back box... In a word, awesome.
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