Small Amp for Headphones

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by GirouxJB, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. GirouxJB


    Jun 18, 2013
    Manager - Warwick USA
    I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I'm looking for something I can use to practice with headphones. I am planning on getting a job in the library as a monitor in our MIDI Lab when I head back to school and I would love to practice there while I'm working. Getting paid to practice, sounds good right? Ide like to be able to incorporate my ditto looper into the mix as well. I'm not really sure what it is that I'm looking for whether it be an amp or an audio interface. I would like to be able to use it without having to have it connected to a computer. Also, I am looking for something fairly portable that would fit in my backpack or in a gig bag with my basses. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  2. Ampeg PF350?
  3. If you can utilize their computers.. plug-in to that.

    If you cannot do that..I recommend either Korg Pandoras Box or Line6 Pod "black butter bean". Both are excellent with amp and efffects box emulators.

    There are much simpler choices as well... keep us posted with your choices.
  4. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    +1 on the Korg Pandora.
  5. JxBass


    Aug 5, 2008
    Cafe Walter.
  6. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    +1 on PF-350.

    Tone monster through headphones!
  7. GirouxJB


    Jun 18, 2013
    Manager - Warwick USA
    Thanks for the help! I decided to pick up the Pandora. It should be here by Monday. I'll let everyone know what I think. I'm a big fan of all the different things it can do especially the drum beats. Much better than practicing with a metronome.
  8. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    I have the Pandora and a Tascam GT-R1 trainer. I use the GT-R1 trainer all the time, for a lot of different things. I haven't used the Pandora for a couple of years.
  9. As much as I respect my Line6 black butter bean..i have never fully utilized its potential.. I tend to use my Pandora pxb-4 as my main go-to- device.

    Main advantage is that I can plug radio /CD or other sound source into it, whereas that is not possible with Line6 pod; would have to get their 'floor model' in order to do that. On the other hand had the floor model Line6 beenvailable when I bought my pod..I may have never bought my Pandora.

    Other plusses for Pandora are: Miniature size.. size of 1960's transistor radio, looping and drum pattrns. Also it can be battery operated for remote use; although when batteries are used, it eats them up rather quickly. I removed batteries from mine to avoid corrosion/ leakage.

    As with my Line6, I probably have not utilized full potential of Pandora, either.

    Bought mine used off the ' bay'...all but pristine/ nearly new at a fraction of new price.

    Only thing I would like added to my PXB-4 would be a balanced line-out, which is a plus for Line6. I have used both Line6 and Pandora live/ ampless with excellent results.
  10. If you don't need effects, and just want a very pure, accurate signal, I haven't found anything better than the Café Walter (I believe he sells through Bass Northwest). A bit 'hobby box looking' but great tone, able to be powered by batteries (two 9 volts) or wall wart, and is powerful enough to drive high impedance professional headphones. It has two inputs with volume controls for each... one quarter inch for bass, and one mini stereo input for an MP3 player for learning tunes or whatever. Also has an aux out for tuner or whatever. I have a little 'stereo to mono' converter plug I can use with my metronome to get the mono signal to both channels.

    Highly recommended. No effects, just nice, pure, accurate tone, and very usable features. I've had mine for years. With the typical low impedance headphones, the batteries last a long time. With more pro level higher impedance phones, the batteries will drain a bit quicker and the AC power would be preferred if you are playing it hours a day.

    IMO and IME!

    Edit: Another nice feature... the bass input serves as the 'on/off' switch, so you can leave it connected to your MP3 player, metronome and phones when not in use.
  11. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    3leaf enabler would be my first (admittedly spend) choice