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Another stupid question. Can I connect 2 headphones to the speaker outputs of an amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by crow01, Sep 24, 2008.


  1. crow01

    crow01

    Sep 1, 2008
    chicago
    Following another thread, but I need a faster reply. I appreciate the responses, and I apologize for asking so many dumb questions.

    I want to use an amp head, as a headphone amp.

    The amp has 1 input for bass, 1 XLR input for mic.

    2 outputs for speaker cabinets.

    Can I connect instead 2 headphones to these outputs?
     
  2. The Gaz

    The Gaz

    Sep 24, 2008
    i think you will blow up your headphones.
     
  3. ....and your amp!
     
  4. MyUsernameHere

    MyUsernameHere ?????????????

    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    DO IT!

    Just use cheap headphones...and a cheap amp.
     
  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Please Do Not...
    Get a cheap mixer. Skip the amp and speakers.
     

  6. +1!!!







    Just Kidding
     
  7. Navybass

    Navybass

    Mar 12, 2005
    Norfolk, Va.
    And your ears right before the amp blew up.
     
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    There are lots of cheap mixers on Craigslist for sale.
     
  9. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    +1
     
  10. seamonkey

    seamonkey

    Aug 6, 2004
    I agree - use a mixer.

    The speaker jacks are mono. The headphones are stereo. Many amps with a headphone output take it from the speaker output but with a voltage divider and limiter to avoid blowing up the headphones, and to drop the noise levels. Some ideas here, but a cheap mixer is going to be cheaper than all the parts.
     
  11. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    Headphones are typically 600ohms (for non-pro-audio. Pro-audio headphones are 75ohm or more) phones, so putting the on a solid state power output designed for 4 ohms or more is pretty safe (600>4). If anything they'll be QUIET, as your amp which can put a couple of hundred amps into 4ohm will only put 1watt into 600 ohms, so you probably WON'T blow the headphones, and you certainly won't blow the power amp.

    However as has been noted, the headphones will have a stereo jack, while you need mono, so you'd need a convert cable, and a cheap mixer is probably safer/easier.

    Ian
     
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Do you like the looks of this?

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  13. crow01

    crow01

    Sep 1, 2008
    chicago
    Yea I like the picture and your signature too. I think nobody was born wise and you have to go to much trial and error before becoming an expert.
     
  14. KPAX

    KPAX Banned

    Mar 22, 2005
    Don't.
    The impedence of headphones is much higher than cabs so you'll dissipate power in your amp (hot, not good) instead of delivering it to the cab.

     

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