The AT Series bass knob also has an on/off switch. The AT Series amp will still turn itself on and off in unison with your car’s starter (as will the T Series), but this additional switch allows you to turn the amp off whenever you’d like, so that you can silence your bass with the flick of a switch. Why would you want to do that? Why put so much effort towards massive bass, just to turn it off? There are several reasons...
Respect: There’s a good chance your neighbors aren’t too fond of hearing booming bass as you arrive home, especially when they’re trying to sleep. The knob allows you to turn off the bass when you’re in residential neighborhoods or stopped at a light, or at least to dial back the gain. As much as we dedicate ourselves to creating incredibly loud and powerful audio experiences, there’s still a time and place for being respectful.
Avoiding Tickets: If you notice a police car nearby, it’s not a bad idea to flick the switch and turn off your bass to avoid getting a ticket or attracting attention that you don’t want to attract.
Feeling Under the Weather: If you’ve got a headache, migraine or you’re just not feeling great, but you still want to have some music on, turning off your sub temporarily can make it a little easier on you. The same goes for your passengers, who will be very grateful.
Children: If you’ve got kids in your car, you need to be mindful of their developing ears. There are risks associated with listening to very loud music, and not only are younger ears more delicate, but they’re also relying on you to look after them.
Other Media: Music isn’t the only thing that people like to listen to in their cars. If you enjoy talk radio, podcasts, audiobooks, stand-up comedy, and other spoken forms of entertainment in addition to your tunes, you probably don’t want your sub booming away in the background.
Can you think of any other reasons that you may want to quickly and temporarily shut off your bass amp?