- Amps [BG]
- - Vox Amphones?
|tooley ||09-01-2013 05:56 PM |
Hello all. I'm considering getting a pair of these headphones for warming up at gig's. I just tryed some out at the local music shop & while I thought the tone was alright (I'm not expecting fantastic tone out of this sort of product) my main problem was volume. As I said I want to use them at gig's and there will be no point in buying something like this if I can't hear myself. I think I tryed them out on a Japanese p bass(had the 70's fender logo on it). Anyway I use a passive bass (am std pbass) would I get more volume if I ran my bass through something like a sansamp? or is there a better product on the market that I should be looking at instead?
|B-string ||09-01-2013 05:58 PM |
There is a reason professional "in ear monitors" cost over $1000.00
|Mike in Chicago ||09-01-2013 06:02 PM |
I got a pair. I think they're okay. Not perfect. Pretty ok though.
|tooley ||09-01-2013 06:21 PM |
B-string I'm not after professional quality. I'm after a product I can use to warm up with. But with the amphones Im a little worried I wont be able to use them for warming up as I found them quite. so does anyone know if I can boost the input with something like a sansamp bass driver thing, without blowing them up.
Buy a Bass Amplug and a good quality set of total noise cancelling headphones. When dealing with in-ear or over ear audio you should be trying to block out external noise, as opposed to trying to blast over it. You want your ears to work for your whole lifespan.
|tooley ||09-01-2013 06:47 PM |
IPYF thanks this is the sort of advice Im after. could you recommend any headphones? I've had noise cancelling headphones in the past and there not what I'd call noise cancelling.
I'd hesitate to recommend headphones because they're totally subjective in my opinion. Some cats dig Pioneer, others like Sennheiser, or Beats, or AKG, or Bose....and you see the problem?
Maybe read some reviews and go to some stores to have a listen?
Odds are it won't be a cheap option, but honestly there is no reason, in my humble opinion, to go through even one day of your life without an exceptional set of headphones.
The Amplug however is a dirt cheap little gadget, so you really can afford to just grab one and use it to inform your headphone investment.
|tooley ||09-01-2013 07:01 PM |
Yip fair enough. Time for some reading then.
|jeffmensch ||09-01-2013 07:21 PM |
Hey Tooley, thought I'd try an experiment for you. Played my Ibanez with the internal Glockenklang preamp in passive mode and the Amphones on maximum volume. You're right, they not that loud, at least not enough to be heard over the din of a sound check. I just use them at home myself. Switching the preamp to active mode and maxing out all the tone controls did make them somewhat louder but the bass clips and the sound is muddy. They just don't have enough headroom as they're powered by two AA batteries. Using a Sansamp before the Amphones will likely give you the same results.
A dedicated headphone amplifier with over ear sound isolating headphones may be the way to go. Hope that helps.
|tooley ||09-01-2013 07:51 PM |
Thanks for doing that man. My mate has a headphone preamp. Might try that with the sansamp & see if that works.
|jimmys15 ||09-01-2013 10:42 PM |
Try, In-Ear earbuds. They block noise very well for practicing. I use $15-$25US JVC or Koss in-ear buds for practice or just for listening to tunes on the bus and at work. They are available at any big box store or Amazon. And they sound as good as my $120 sony's.
I can hardly hear the noisy bus, and ppl at work have to tap on my shoulder to get my attention.
In-ear buds have a expanding foam ear-peace that contours to your ear and blocks ambient noise very well.
|tooley ||09-02-2013 01:40 AM |
My main problem with earbuds, is that I have what the doctor calls wet ear wax. Which is fun because my ears will block up every couple of years. So I usually avoid putting things in my ear. With the exception of earplugs.
Another set of headphones to check out are Beyerdynamic. They're not billed as being noise cancelling, but they do a fine job of keeping extraneous noise out. They were about $200 when I got them.
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