Meh. Nothing really new, just a new attenuator to enter the market. It’s a bit funny the claim he made about the Rock Crusher being the only switchable impedance attenuator on the market today. He obviously didn’t research the Aracom or Faustine attenuators. Another thing he mentioned about an impedance mismatch with an 8 ohm output hitting a 20 ohm load blowing a transformer I found amusing. Possibly the other way around could do it, or a blown tube, but that kind of mismatch wouldn’t do any harm to your amp. From what I understand, all an impedance mismatch like that would do is reduce the output power of your amp. Can you say Ultimate Attenuator, which a lot of people use? 🙂 It attenuates by using a 30 ohm resistor.
I do like some of the features on his attenuator like the balanced line out. That’s pretty cool. But overall, since I already have a couple of fantastic Aracom attenuators, I’m just not too excited.
But I have no doubt that Rivera will have success with this as they already have a dealer chain, plus the price is $499, which is half as much as the Faustine, and not much more than the Alex which is a single impedance device. Even if it only has two impedance settings, you’d have to get two Alex’s to get that capability. It is less than the Aracom, which is $649 for the Pro, but with the Aracom’s input and output impedance matching, plus its technology, I’ll stick to my Aracom.