Rothwell In-Line Attenuators

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by draconus, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. draconus

    draconus Mal from Oz

    Perth, Western Australia
    I have (sorry, had) a bit of a gain issue (too much) on my valve preamp. All the volume was in the first 1/4 turn. In addition I had a tranny hum - which I couldnt get rid of. Was audible about 2 foot from speakers.

    Anyway, was browsing through a hifi mag the other day and stumbled across an ad for Rothwell In-line attenuators. The text of the ad seem to paraphrase my symptoms almost verbatim. I hadn't heard of these things before and there are probably gizmos out there that do the same thing - I didn't look.

    Having spent a few $K recently on a lot of new kit, I thought the 39 pounds asking price wasn't a lot to pay if they did what they claimed.

    So I ordered them last Sunday arvo from the UK, they arrived on my desk in Australia before lunch yesterday. Plugged them in this morning.

    Best 39 pounds I have spent. Tranny hum is all but gone. I have to stick my ear next to the cabinet to hear anything. And the volume control now works like it should.

    I don't know what's inside them or how they work - don't care. They just work.

    I'm a little sceptical when I read such claims in print I must confess, but when I find a product that does exactly what it claims, I think it deserves a plug. As always YMMV.

    BTW the 39 pounds included shipping via airmail (or space shuttle or what ever they used to get them here so quickly).


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  2. pfcs49

    pfcs49 Phil Subscriber

    N/W NJ, USA
    goldenjacks attenuaters very good as well

    I've had very acceptable results using Goldenjacks (
    In addition to being considerably cheaper, they are available in-6, -10, and -14db, they are available in two "directionalites", i.e: signal entering female side, or entering male end, and they have threaded barrels that tighten the gold plated male end positively to its partner.
  3. Hyperion

    Hyperion Roobarb & Custard Subscriber

    Hertfordshire, UK
    I also had a gain issue with a new CD player that had no output level control, the one it replaced did have a level control and I had experienced no problems until connecting the new player up. The position of the amplifier volume control was different to other inputs, which was annoying when switching between inputs, and also the sound from the new CD player was 'strained' and the imaging wasn't as pleasing as I thought it should be. I knew that the CD player was swamping the input of the amplifier as I had bought a cheap pair of in-line attenuators - which solved the issues, but were poor quality and fell apart after a couple of months.

    So, determined to put the issues to bed, I bought a pair of the Rothwell attenuators (10dB) they arrived quickly, and I connected them up, problem solved, super quality, so none of this 'falling apart' nonsense - I think I have had them for the best part of a year now, a very good purchase IMO. These attenuators are also available as 'standard' or 'source' types (I ordered 'source') a valuable option where space is difficult.

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