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Palmer PDI06 Power Attenuator 16 Ohm Version



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SKU: PDI06-16

    Product Description

    N.B: This is the 16 Ohm version - i.e. this power soak "looks like" an 16 Ohm Speaker Cab to your amp, but instead of channeling the full sound through your speaker cabinet, some of the power is soaked up by the PDI06 after the power amp stage to provide tube distortion at lower volumes.

    Imagine all the awesome, saturated, tube distortion of your favourite big tube amp, but at levels that you can play without angering your neighbors. The Palmer PDI-06 soaks up some of the power of your tube amp, but only after it has been through the entire amp circuit. Sitting between amp and speaker, this attenuator takes down the volume of an amplifier without removing the power tube distortion that many guitarists crave.

    Here's what Palmer say about the PDI-06

    The PDI06 is a power attenuator for live applications. The device is connected between the amplifier output and the speaker cabinet. It makes it possible to use the popular power stage distortion of tube amplifiers while reducing the associated high volume level. This permits practical volume reduction in six increments from 100% to 18% for stage and practice room situations. An additional level makes the speaker completely mute; the PDI06 then functions as a LOAD BOX and absorbs the entire output power of the amplifier.

    This mode of operation is useful, for example, when connecting an amplifier equipped with a speaker cabinet emulation directly to the mixing desk using an existing line-out and loud volume levels in the recording booth are undesirable. The unit has an input for the speaker signal from the amplifier and two outputs for connecting speaker cabinets.


    • Maximum input power: 120 watts
    • 6-position switch, 5 increments (3 dB each) for volume reduction, equivalent to attenuation of the input power to 70%, 50%, 35%, 25%, 18%.
    • The LOAD BOX position mutes the connected speaker cabinet.
    • The BYPASS/ATTENUATOR switch lets the user toggle quickly between full and reduced output.
    • Input from amplifier: 1 x 6.3 mm jack socket
    • Output for speaker cabinets: 2 x 6.3 mm jack sockets connected in parallel
    • Output impedance: 16 ohms
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    Customer Reviews


    12 reviews





    Mr David Hulland15th May 2020

    At last an affordable, simple to use stand alone reactive load power break. Now I can crank my newly acquired Marshall sv20 combo and experience the unadulterated glory of plexi tone!

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer22nd Jan 2020

    Works well to reduce volume and allows amp to work as intended.

    Value 4Looks 4Durability 5Sound 4

    Trusted Customer10th Jun 2019

    Works very well for taming a 50 watt Plexi. Well built and does the job without killing tone better than other attenuators in this price range. Palmer makes quality products and this is no exception.

    Trusted Customer24th Mar 2019

    Great item very happy and can recommend for live gigs

    Trusted Customer5th Dec 2018

    Mr Jason Fleet12th Oct 2018

    Can have my kraken going full throttle at a volume that doesn't disturb the misses at home. Fantastic piece of kit

    Mr. Richard Naylor5th Mar 2017

    Probably the best for the price anywhere. A 'no frills' attenuator which is just what I wanted. It does darken the tone a bit, which might not suit some, however it suits me. Doesn't bring the volume down quite enough for bedroom use in my opinion, but the windows in my living room are now safe from my Vox AC30.

    Trusted Customer25th Oct 2016

    great product, darkens the tone but you can eq back in the top end if you want to

    Harrison17th Feb 2016

    If you love loud amps but need that bedroom volume then this really does the job. It colours the sound ever so slightly but with an adjust to your eq settings after the volume is set it's not really noticeable.

    Trusted Customer14th May 2015

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