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Old 5th October 2007, 07:41 AM   #1
Dogpile is offline Dogpile  Canada
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Question Dact or Goldpoint stepped attenuator... which would you recommend?

To replace the stock Alps in my dual mono tube pre-amp (50k ohms). Having never modded an attenuator, is it an easy soldering job?
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Old 7th October 2007, 10:25 AM   #2
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The soldering would be about as simple as it gets.

On the differences between the two, can't be sure as I've never tried either of them. However they both look to be very similar designs, both using SMD resistors now, so I imagine they'd give very similar if not the same.

As a cheaper option, some people here have reported good results with this from ebay.
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Old 8th October 2007, 03:13 AM   #3
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Always wondered about the difference myself. I like my DACT, but may try using a goldpoint on a future project.

As for soldering, unless it needs to be directly mounted onto a circuit board, why not try using friction-fit clips..?.. Works well. DACT even sold clip/wire packages (priced well out of my budget).
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Old 8th October 2007, 04:20 AM   #4
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Think a simple molex connector and some decent wire could do the same job as the dact connector.

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Old 9th October 2007, 07:12 AM   #5
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Hey thanks people!! Now all I need to do is to figure out where the three wires belong when I swap the attenuators
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Old 9th October 2007, 07:31 AM   #6
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Easy -- this page has a simple image and graphic on how an alps pot is wired.

The attenuator you buy should be marked or include instructions on which terminals are the in-out-ground.
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Old 9th October 2007, 01:20 PM   #7
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I don't have any experience with the DACT. For alot less money the Goldpoint is the best stepped attenuator I have had my hands on. The channel matching is so tight that the stereo image snaps into place. It's buttery smooth to use.
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