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Hosa Technology ATT-448 - In-Line, Switchable Input Attenuator with 20, 30 or 40dB of Attenuation - XLR Barrel

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This ATT-448 from Hosa is a switchable input attenuator for stepping-down an input level to a mixer when that level is too high. For instance, a hot microphone in front of a loud source will "peg the meters" at the board and cause audio distortion.

The ATT-448 attenuator is placed in-line between the microphone and the board and the appropriate amount of attenuation switched in. The choices are 20, 30, or 40dB of signal reduction, for a wide range of uses on stage and in the studio.

The unit accepts the appropriate male and female XLR connector.

Provides 20dB, 30dB or 40dB of microphone attenuation
For use with all low-impedance and phantom-powered condenser microphones
XLR input and output
Full magnetic shield case
Hosa Technology ATT-448 - In-Line, Switchable Input Attenuator with 20, 30 or 40dB of Attenuation - XLR Barrel
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    Hosa TechnologyATT-448 In-Line Attenuator
     
    4.5

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Improves sound quality (9)
    • Improves system function (9)
    • Time saver (6)
    • Versatile (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Professional recording (5)
      • Performances (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9), Professional (3), Professional musician (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good function, simple design

      We use this attenuator between our sound board and monitor speaker, as the levels from the board are considerably higher than needed. The attenuator allows us to have the monitor send level at a...Read complete review

      We use this attenuator between our sound board and monitor speaker, as the levels from the board are considerably higher than needed. The attenuator allows us to have the monitor send level at a more reasonable point and avoid feedback if someone bumps the level too high.

      In the long run we will use fixed attenuators in this role, as they are less prone to error. The variable nature of this attenuator is ideal for determining the optimal attenuation to use, but a fixed unit the avoids accidental change.

      So we recommend this item as a good tool bag item for fixing situations on the fly, but recommend fixed-level attenuators for use in systems that are used on a regular basis.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      a cheap switch, but does the job

      I patch in my Alesis mixer to many different sound systems on the road. Many have microphone inputs with no adjustable gain or input pads. My mixer output distorts these inputs, so I...Read complete review

      I patch in my Alesis mixer to many different sound systems on the road. Many have microphone inputs with no adjustable gain or input pads. My mixer output distorts these inputs, so I needed a pad. The Hosa was the only one in stock, so I bought it. It does the job, but the switch that varies the level of pad is very cheap and moves too easily. I will have to tape it down so it is not switched accidentally during a show. That is why I give it 3 stars, for the cheapness of construction. But so far it has done an acceptable job.

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      5.0

      good little unit

      By fastfingersjoe

      from Brownsville,Texas

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • perfect fix

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

        I wnated to use the Line out of my EV ZLX monitor but signal was hot.This solved the problem and I got rid of my little keyboardmixer.

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        5.0

        Great Price, Handy Gadget!

        By Dean

        from Dallas, TX

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              Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

              I needed a way to drop a line level device to mic level. I checked on parts and the time to build an attenuator, and found this nicely put together for less than I could've built it. It's as advertised, and arrived promptly...love B&H!

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              5.0

              BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

              By HB

              from Haleyville, AL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Right price

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                  At almost half the price of others, it works great. Levels have to be right to not have distortion and noise. The ATT-448 has three choices of attenuation. One of them is just right.

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                  4.0

                  Multiple audio pad

                  By tada

                  from Honolulu

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Switchable
                  • Xlr Connectors

                  Cons

                  • Durability

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                    Good product. Does have the switch to vary the pad, and handy to have. Not as durable as the Switchcraft version, but certainly acceptable.

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                    4.0

                    Simple device simply works.

                    By Tony in Oregon

                    from Eugene, OR

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Inexpensive
                    • Lightweight
                    • Simple

                    Cons

                    • Needs A -60db Position

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                      Our news photographers use these when they cover events like City Council meetings, where they get a feed from the meeting room PA system. Sometimes, the -40 dB position (the maximum attenuation) still leaves the level a bit hot, but tolerable.

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                      4.0

                      For 14 bucks it's hard to fault it

                      By jaggiebunnett

                      from Rolla MO

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                            Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                            a little noisey on my Denon MC 6000

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                            5.0

                            Worked as expected

                            By MortfromtheFort

                            from Indiana

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                                  Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                  I used this to go from a laptop external speaker out to a sound system that had an XLR\Mic connection. Worked just fine and was able to adjust audio in increments with the switch on the side.

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                                  5.0

                                  great deal

                                  By JD

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Inexpensive

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Recording

                                    Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                    I purchased this because my home-made subkick was too hot coming in on my focusrite preamp. The one that I received has a -20, -30, & -40db. other people have noted that the switch isn't tight enough, and I can see that, but it's not terrible. It does a very nice job of lower the signal from the speaker and allowing me to get useable audio.

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                                    4.0

                                    Works as described

                                    By tigerose

                                    from Bradenton, FL

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                                          Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                          I use these to reduce the gain on outputs from a soundboard to feed an H4N recorder. The attenuator switches function well. Although the items feel a bit light, the construction seems good. The fit is a little snug on the inputs to the H4N due to the thickness of the barrel at the connector - otherwise very pleased with my purchase for the relatively low cost.

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                                          5.0

                                          No more distorted sound

                                          By Dr. L

                                          from Indianapolis, IN

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                                                Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                The signal from the mixer board in my church was too hot for my Sony UTX-P1 plug-in transmitter. (The signal was too hot for the mic level setting, causing constant peaking and distortion even with the highest level of attenuation in the UTX-P1, but the signal was too weak for the line level setting.)

                                                The Hosa ATT-448 did the trick. Setting it at a 30 decibel attenuation provided just the right level of attenuation. Now my sound is very good and undistorted. This was just what I needed.

                                                Two of these Hosa ATT-448 in-line attenuators will travel in my gear bag from now on.

                                                The price is right, and they are made in Taiwan, which in my experience generally means a high level of quality.

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                                                4.0

                                                Reliable input pad

                                                By Hoggy153

                                                from Bloomington, IL

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Inexpensive

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Broadcasts

                                                  Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                  I use these on the road for sports broadcasts because I often don't know what kind of feeds I will get from house systems for PA and field/ice mics. They are inexpensive solutions. You might want to handle them with a bit of care as other similar inline attenuators I've seen appear to be a bit more sturdy, but that's not a worry with my setup.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  This is great!

                                                  By Jacksonland

                                                  from Los Angeles

                                                  Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                  After using hand-made pads for most of my career, I decided to buy a couple of new pads. I couldn't be happier with these. I use two medium or short mic cables and put the pad in-between them. That way the pad lies on the floor and is not hanging out of the mic, mic-pre, or outlet. The switch is easily adjusted with just your finger, the pad works with phantom, and sounds great. I have two mics that are very high output, and these pads allow me to not have the preamp all the way down, which sometimes still wasn't low enough. 5 stars from me.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  great for d.j.

                                                  By JKCHAN

                                                  from CANADA

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                                                        Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                        i usd 2 of this ATT-448 for stereo output from my Rane TTM-57 mixer to my 16 channel audio mixing console.No more peak level run into the mic in channel...and cheap.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Great LIttle Line Leveler

                                                        By Sound Guy at FOH

                                                        from USA, Asia, Europe

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Switchable Attenuation

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Line Leveler
                                                          • Microphone Attenuation

                                                          Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                          Using a pair of these to balance the line level from many different mixing consoles going to my digital recorder is what I purchased these units for. I have also found them useful for microphone applications when the console has no "input pad." I like the fact that these have attenuation switches, (20, 30, 40db), which makes them great for many applications.

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Works well.

                                                          By Sound Guy

                                                          from Detroit, MI

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                          Three attenuation choices give you options. The switch slides a bit easy, I usually tape it after setting, for security.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Makes my API pres shhhhinnne

                                                          By Ronnie Matthews

                                                          from Westchester, NY

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                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy To Use
                                                          • Improves Sound Quality

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Home Studio
                                                            • Professional Recording

                                                            Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                            Bought four of these to attenuate the output of my 3124 and does it sound good. Now I can crank the gain up without turning on the pad switch. Get that transformer saturation ish. Good stuff

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                                                            4.0

                                                            Does what it's supposed to do

                                                            By ScottMD80

                                                            from Texas

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                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Easy To Use

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Amateur Recording
                                                              • Events
                                                              • Home Studio
                                                              • Mobile DJ

                                                              Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                              I use these to drop the input to a Zoom H4n. Works great.

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                                                              4.0

                                                              Works fine

                                                              By Kat

                                                              from Orange County, CA

                                                              About Me Novice

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy To Use
                                                              • Improves Sound Quality
                                                              • Improves System Function

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                                  For my purposes, the attenuator worked fine. I've only tried it on one setting thus far.

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                                                                  5.0

                                                                  WORKS WELL WITH SHURE MX418/C

                                                                  By Buddy

                                                                  from Ozark, MO

                                                                  About Me Experienced

                                                                  Pros

                                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                                  • Improves Sound Quality
                                                                  • Improves System Function

                                                                  Cons

                                                                    Best Uses

                                                                      Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                                      At our church we run a very hot, Shure MX418/C pulpit mic into a Peavey XR684 Mixer which has no mute button, only a 25db down button. Without this Hosa ATT-448 Attenuator I had to run the 25db down all the time and if I released it I got feedback. With the attenuator set at 20db that mic channel works fine, just like the others. I will tape the switch some time to make sure it stays in place but I think it would be OK without the tape. When money allows we hope to upgrade to a Peavey XR1212 or XR1220 amp-mixer.

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                                                                      4.0

                                                                      When you need one, you need it...

                                                                      By rieka

                                                                      from San Francisco, CA

                                                                      About Me Experienced

                                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                                      Pros

                                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                                      • Improves System Function
                                                                      • Saves Time

                                                                      Cons

                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                        • Events
                                                                        • Performances

                                                                        Comments about Hosa Technology ATT-448 In-Line Attenuator:

                                                                        We use this to drop 600 ohm balanced line level signal levels from a theatrical house mixer output so it can feed one channel of our video camera.The switchable attenuation makes it handy to accomodate various signal levels, but I am a bit concerned about the long term reliability of the multi-position switch. (this depends on a bunch of variables - oxidation, contact pressure, self wiping action, circuit design - is it a T or H circuit? - where is the switch used in the circuit? - etc.)It is certainly more predictable than the Rolls SLC 19 which it replaces. That unit has a noisy potentiometer and is difficult to set in a repeatable manner.

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