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PC speakers into headphone out (on bass head)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by basura_armatura, Dec 16, 2018.


  1. basura_armatura

    basura_armatura

    Nov 27, 2018
    Hey there,

    I'm waiting for my new bass head to arrive these days. I don't have now any bass cabinet, so I'm wondering about using my pc speakers instead. Can I plug in them to headphone out on bass head, instead of my headphones? It doesn't have to be very loud, I just don't want to use headphones all the time before I buy a bass cabinet. Is there any possibility to damage bass head or speakers? As I know, headphone out is the same thing as the output for pc speakers.
     
  2. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Are they powered speakers or just passive speakers?
     
  3. Stumbo

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

    Feb 11, 2008
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    I plug into the mic input on my PC and play at a low volume through my sound card and powered speakers.

    That's not what you asked but it works for me.

    I have also taken headphone out from an old radio(used the volume control to set amp input level) into a power amp and small PA speakers. That worked good enough too.
     
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  4. basura_armatura

    basura_armatura

    Nov 27, 2018
    I have these speakers Logitech X-140 - speakers - for PC Overview. It says here that amplification type is active, so I guess they are powered.
     
  5. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Should work. I think the headphone out is a bit hotter than the line out you'd typically use but it's still a relatively low signal. Start with the volume low! :D
     
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  6. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    They are active, the sensitivity is going to be very low at lower frequencies so you will need to be careful to avoid damaging them.
     
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  7. basura_armatura

    basura_armatura

    Nov 27, 2018
    Thank you all for advice. I will start with very low volume :) In the first place, it was important for me to know is there any possibility to damage my amp, but I understand from your comments that I can only damage pc speakers. Still, speakers are cheaper :)
     

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