Speaker L-Pad Attenuator 100W Mono 1" Shaft 8 Ohm

L-pads adjust the relative volume of driver(s)/speaker(s) connected to them by placing added resistance in series. This L-pad is rated at 100 watts RMS, is designed to be used with 8 ohm loads, features a 1" shaft length, and comes with mounting hardware.
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Speaker L-Pad Attenuator 100W Mono 1" Shaft 8 Ohm

L-pads adjust the relative volume of driver(s)/speaker(s) connected to them by placing added resistance in series. At the same time, a counter-resistance is placed in parallel with the driver(s)/speaker(s) to maintain a constant impedance which allows the original crossover design to be used. L-pads are to be placed in between the amplifier and driver(s)/speaker, or in between the crossover and driver(s)/speaker(s). This particular L-pad is rated at 100 watts RMS, is designed to be used with 8 ohm loads, features a 1" shaft length, and comes with mounting hardware and faceplate.

Dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter, 1" depth. 

Note: See the Tech Drawings tab for wiring instructions.

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L Pad Instruction Diagram

Speaker L-Pad Attenuator 100W Mono 1" Shaft 8 Ohm
  • BrandParts Express
  • Part Number260-265
  • UPC844632017056
  • Product CategorySpeaker L-pads
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (21 Reviews)
  • Weight0.4158 lbs.
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Speaker L-Pad Attenuator 100W Mono 1" Shaft 8 Ohm is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice QualityLarge, beefy variable L-Pad can handle a lot of power and does a great job of fine attenuation that is consistent across its range. Worked like a charm to match my efficient tweeters to my less efficient midrange and woofer. Be sure that you have a 2-1/2" open space on your baffle to mount it and that the baffle is at least 3/4" thick. Wiring is simple and the connections hold solder nicely. Instead of recessing, I opted to open the center hole of the cosmetic plastic square plate to fit over the center nut that protrudes when mounted, and used simple double sided tape to adhere the plate to the baffle. The knob easily hides the center nut.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great LPADi used for tube amp. excellent product. you should buy it
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit, works smoothly, high quality.I purchased these to replace tweeter controls in the cross-overs of a pair of ESS AMT 10b speakers. The Heils are now back to sounding as good as new. Very clean/clear sound.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid performanceWired these up/installed to control a high output midrange in my home 3-way speaker system. Very heavy duty construction and simply installation. I used a 3/8" drill bit and a deep well socket to tighten the nut. The speaker is acoustically sealed and there was no air leak. The L-pad is basically a rheostat type varactor and works as advertised. Speakers impedance changes when voltages are induced...best to get this L-pad set and then check the impedance at the speaker wire inputs if you are concerned about load imbalances. Overall: Great product, fast delivery, easy install, works.
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L padHi , I am very very satisfied with my purchase , I have installed them and getting exactly what I hoped to achive . I have two old power speakers that I wanted to convert to "monitors (floor monitors ) for a Country band . I was hoping to connect them to the new power speakers and be able to control the audio at the monitors ,which I can now do . I would also like to thank the lady who served me on the phone as she was very helpful and very proffesionnal at her post. Also ,the quality of these L-pads are excellent . Again , thank you ...Roger
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you need a rugged, wirewound rheostat . . .Not much to add to the positive reviews, except that rheostats are hard to find, and this can be used as an 8 Ohm (terminals 2 and 3) or 40 Ohm (terminals 2 and 1) rheostat in a pinch.Oh, and as an L-pad, if the impedance variation decried by another reviewer is a concern for you, read the comment about it.
Date published: 2011-12-06

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Speaker L-Pad Attenuator 100W Mono 1" Shaft 8 Ohm

Can these be used as quick and easy attenuators for guitar amps?

Asked by: jrdworak
These are deisgned to be wired in line with the speaker itself, so if that is where you intend on installing it that will be fine as long as you don't exceed its rated power.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2012-12-31

Why these over the 15W?

I only want to lower that upper two speakers of my cabinet. I have a 100 watt amp going to my 3-way system and want to attenuate the mid and tweeter. Could I use the 15 Watt L-Pads for that?
Asked by: tunaman
The midrange and tweeter will get a smaller percentage of the total power so it is certainly acceptable to use a lower power l pad in that application. a 50 watt, or even 15 watt should be fine for most users.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2012-12-18

Can I use the 'L' pads on Piezzo's without changing the finale impedance of the total box?

Asked by: TJ Hechtle
Yes although in order for this to work there has to be an 8 ohm resistor in parallel with the piezo tweeter.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2012-10-17

Why capacitors?

What would be achieved by having identical caps of whatever value on either side of the l-pad? Would this be an attempt to control the voltage to the tweeter like a voltage divider?
Asked by: audioantique
That would cause it to behave like a tone control circuit.
Answered by: AlonzoTG
Date published: 2012-08-08

all your l pads a 8 ohm??

I was going to use a bandpass crossover and a high pass on a neo 8 and neo 3 I wanted to put a lpad in line on the tweeter which is 4 ohms. Do you think it would be fine to use this 8 ohm lpad in my 4 ohm xover and speaker??
Asked by: puffah
For 4 ohm applications, use an 8 ohm stereo l-pad with jumpers between the sets of terminals 1, 2, and 3.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2012-03-17

Can I use this to reduce the volume of a 2-way cab?

I have a cabinet setup that is less than ideal (from previous installers) where one cabinet is pointed directly at the main mic placement. I cannot move the mic placement, but if I can attenuate a single cabinet then I might be able to bring the mic up to usable volumes. Also there is not an individual amp dedicated to each cabinet.
Asked by: Brandonmmmmm
Is the Cabinet an 8 ohm load?Is the amplifier driving it putting out less than 100 watts?If the answer to both questions is yes then the answer to your question should be yes. I'm no expert but I've heard others say that you shouldn't test the power handling on these things, so 50 watts from your amp might be preferable to 100 watts.
Answered by: RhythmJunky
Date published: 2012-02-10

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