Using only headphones with a head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FunkSlap89, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    My new amp is on its way... and i was just wondering if there's any way to hook headphones up to it even though it doesn't have a headphone jack. I will be dying to hear it while i wait until christmas for my cab. Please, don't give me advice unless you are completely sure it is safe... i don't want to do anything that could damage the amp. It has a tuner out jack and the standard speaker outputs. Can headphones be attached to either of these?

    oh yeah.. there's also a XLR DI output in the rear...
  2. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    There might be a way to finnagle something depending on what the head is. What's your new head?
  3. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Genz Benz GBE400
  4. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    what amp?

    you could use the tuner out, but one side of the headphone will only play sound, and start with your guitar volume low.

    THIS WILL NOT GIVE YOU A GOOD representation of your sound because the guitar is not all the way up and the tuner out might be pre tone controls.

    READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL, ask the manufacturer?
  5. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    I just got my new ABM head and as i dont have my cab at home just plugged the line out in to my PC and used the headphone socket on the PC speakers.

  6. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    If you have any kind of mixer or four-track recorder you can take the XLR out of the head and just listen to the headphones that way.
  7. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    This is a good idea... thanks for the replies everyone, i can't wait until tuesday! :bassist:
  8. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    I'd like to add that you will save your ears and your headphones by using compression somewhere in the chain. I ruined at least two sets of nice phones just by playing along to prerecorded stuff before I figured that out.
  9. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004
    You can plug the headphones into the Speaker Out jack (1/4"). I have done this in the past with my GBE600.

    Be careful as to not ruin them, though. I believe I blew one of my 'phones by doing this - sound only comes out of one side now. And I was playing at low volumes with them, too. I know mine weren't able to take all the bass frequencies like that.
  10. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Are you sure that it doesn't only come through one side because the output on the amp is mono and the headphones are stereo? Anyway.. i might be getting the cabinet tonight, so i might not need to use headphones. Thanks for the help! :bassist:
  11. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004
    I never thought of that. But when using my actualy headphone amp (with a headphone out), I got the same response. I should say, however, that I haven't tried them with a CD player.

    Great choice on the amp, by the way! Enjoy it! :bassist:
  12. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Thanks man! I'm sure it'll be sweet! :bassist:
  13. Don't plug the phones directly into the output of the amp, way too much power available. Headphone jacks usually have resistors hooked up to reduce the power levels more in line with what the headphones require.

    The guy that tried it? The phones only worked with one channel in the amp because only the tip and sleeve connections were used for speaker output jack.

    The phones may have only worked on one side after doing that because you could have blown the one side that was working when you plugged it into the amp... :D

    Its like blowing a speaker though, if you were able to turn the amp down far enough so the headphones weren't distorting, it wouldn't harm them.

  14. Oh, to the original question? Yes, use only headphones with your head. If you put the headphones on your @$$ you will lose high freq response, and have to turn them up wagh too far before you'd be able to hear them clearly.

  15. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    lmao... :p
  16. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I've had no problems with putting the headphones on my head....but figuring out where to plug the end of the cord was fun :eyebrow: