Post by gplayer1965 on May 13, 2012 17:09:38 GMT -7
I do not have a brake lite or an air brake but may be purchasing one soon. I do have an attenuator I purchased some time ago from Craigs list. it wasn't expensive and it does work well with the exception it gets freaking hot and it smells like it is burning. I contacted the guy that made it (and sold them on craigs list) and he said the heat is normal and that all attenuators get hot to the touch. Now, this one was rated for 25 watt but the builder told me that I could run it in a slightly higher amp. Either way it gets hot with the Monza and the maz 38 (slightly higher watt amp) Does the Brake lite gets hot to the touch? the one I have is an aluminum box called the "z" box (no relation to DR Z)
I will upgrade to a DR Z product soon but want to know if they get hot as well
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My Brake Lite SA gets warm but not hot. And I'm certainly no expert, but anytime something smells like it's burning that's a big "shut it down and don't use it again until it's fixed" sign. I wouldn't risk my amp by using a questionable attenuator.
Post by Michael Bartee on May 18, 2012 8:12:32 GMT -7
I have a Weber Mini Mass that gets a little warm but not hot. It did smell a little the first couple times I used it but that stopped. I don't think I would trust one that gets really hot, it seems like it might be a little under powered for the load. My fear would be what might happen to the output transformer if it fails. I think you will like the DR Z product.
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Post by randalp3000 on May 18, 2012 9:31:28 GMT -7
something from the Weber site, Please Note: Our attenuators use rheostats to control the attenuation and distribute the power to the speaker motor or other load and the speaker. Rheostats are made of vitreous ceramic, nichrome wire (like your toaster), and are coated with a hard coat epoxy paint. Therefore, when new, rheostats can emit a slight smell and even a little smoke until the rheostats are aged. This is normal and not an issue. The smell and smoke will subside after two or three hours of use. Adhesives are also employed to mount certain heat dissipating devices in the enclosure. They too will emit a slight smell when new.
I have a Brake Light SA, 2 Webers, and a Alex's attenuator. The Alex is by far my fave but they are expensive, big, and have only one impedance.
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