AP10H and inline attenuators

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AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by Bernard Quatermass » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:44 am

Earlier this year I mentioned on here that I purchased an AP10H but found it was too loud, meaning that I couldn't turn up the volume beyond 9 o'clock with my Sennheiser HD650 headphones. Any more than that and it was getting into hearing damage territory. I also commented that I found it was lacking in bass.

Richard replied and suggested I sent it back for a simple fix to adjust the sensitivity which would sort both the volume and bass issues. I never got around to it. As he's sadly no longer with us I thought I might try some inline attenuators. Rothwell make them and they're on ebay for £38.99. They come in 10, 15 or 20 dB attenuation levels. Would this work and if so what attenuation level do people think I should get? I'm tempted to go for the middle range 15dB model.

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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by _D_S_J_R_ » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:00 am

You'd get the levels reduced on the volume control certainly so you could use more of it's range.

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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by Quarknosis » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:09 am

My experience is that you would also get a reduction in sound quality too. If I remember correctly they are just a resistor inside an in/out Phono plug. You might be better with something like the P20 between source and AP10H from sound quality perspective.
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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by Daniel Quinn » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:14 am

Rothwell attenuators will degrade the sound

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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by savvypaul » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:18 am

Once we get the new company up and running, Tomasz will give you a quote to adjust the sensitivity.

The Rothwells do degrade the sound - I have a pair here that I was using to 'tame' a very sensitive line input on a Sugden amp. You're welcome to try them...

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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by Bernard Quatermass » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:59 am

I'll wait for the new company to get going and get it modified, there's no rush. Thanks for the info.

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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by Classicrock » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:19 pm

savvypaul wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:18 am
Once we get the new company up and running, Tomasz will give you a quote to adjust the sensitivity.

The Rothwells do degrade the sound - I have a pair here that I was using to 'tame' a very sensitive line input on a Sugden amp. You're welcome to try them...
Same goes for the Russ Andrews attenuated cables for CD. Much better off without them though this isn't so much an issue with modern amps. I will shut up now because I want to sell one :mrgreen: .
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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by wallace47 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:46 am

No help whatsoever i expect,but i use an AP10 and going from a pair of senns to some grado rs1's was like moving my chair from the carpark to the front seat in the auditorium,just my findings after many years of headphone buying.Like i said,no help to you.Cheers.
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Re: AP10H and inline attenuators

Unread post by Daniel Quinn » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:54 am

Wallace, it's always good to hear from you, relevancy is overrated.

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