Do attenuators add noise?

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  1. freaksho

    freaksho Member

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    i have a Hotplate that i have used with both my 2204 and my Shiva. i stopped using it because it adds a very quiet but noticeable buzz on top of the tone, which is heard most easily on clean tones. when i first heard the noise i thought it was the 2204 and it drove me crazy trying to find the source. then when i heard it with the Shiva also . . .

    so anyone else heard this? is it just THD or others too?
    (i never attenuate more than -8dB)

    thanks.
     
  2. oddjobpeters

    oddjobpeters Member

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    I have a Weber Mini Mass and don't experience any buzz with cleans, even when I'm attenuating way down.
     
  3. freaksho

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    hm.
     
  4. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    a buzz? i have a Weber Mass 150 and there is zero buzz, hum, or hiss. And that's saying something since i live in a place with dirty power.
     
  5. freaksho

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    to be sure, it is a very slight buzz. you would never hear it with a band. anyway, i wonder if mine's defective.

    any Hotplate owners?



    oh crap, i gotta go. be back tonight.
     
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    I used to own a hotplate and I can't say that I remember any buzz coming from mine. I now have an airbrake clone that I built and it's quiet as a mouse. I'd sell it and try another attenuator.
     
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    I've got an 8 Ohm Hotplate and no extraneous noise whatsoever. Drop Ed DeGenarro at THD an email and he'll help solve your problem, fer sure!
     
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    I used to have an 8 ohm Hotplate, and I don't recall any noise at all.
     
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    No noise coming from my Hotplate. In fact the hotplate has a noise reduction circuit built-in that helps reduce the hiss from my amp.
     

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