The problem with attenuators, load boxes or power soaks is always speaker emulation. On a hardware basis, it somehow never really sounds like a real speaker cab. Suhr has introduced the Reactive Load IR, an enhanced version of the original, that should find some fans thanks to its cab/speaker emulation using IRs.
Suhr Reactive Load IR
“Everything you need, nothing you do not need.” That’s what Suhr says about its new Reactive Load IR. Basically, it’s a load box, which means you plug it into the amp head and go straight to your source (or your speaker cab). And everything stays quiet. You can also use headphones or go straight to your favourite DAW.
What makes this unit stand out is the “IR” part of the product’s name. Speaker cabinets are emulated via Impulse Responses. You can either you use one of the 16 in-built IRs from Celestion or connect to the box via USB and load up your own models on it to use either recording or playing live.
Otherwise, the structure is pretty much identical, with controls for DI level including a switch for PAD and Hi-Cut as well as jacks for headphones and AUX In. On the back you’ll find Input and Thru jacks, as well as the DI and Line Outs and the USB port.
It all sounds like a very well thought out design to me. If your amp outputs 8 ohms and a maximum of 100 watts, then the Suhr Reactive Load IR could be for you.
The price is certainly not a bargain, but still cheaper than some of the alternatives out there.
RRP – USD 599