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  • Headphone amplifier

    The MP3 payer I use (M:robe 500i) although being a great player has vary limited output to the headphones. I've tried 16ohm headphones which help a little but still just not loud enough. My old mixer had 40 dB line level gain which made up for it. My new mixer does not so the music mix is only as loud as is outputted by the player.

    I have been looking at headphone amplifiers. I found some on ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Headphone-Amplif...1%7C240%3A1318

    but they all ship from Hong Kong and will take 2 week for delivery. Any suggestion for a local store that would carry such a thing?

    I prefer it to be small so I could use it with the mp3 player by its self.
    TD-6v, (3x)CY-8, (4x)PD-8's (2x)PD-6's (1x)PD-80R (1)KD-8 http://www.cstoliker.com/Drums/

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    No idea if this works well, but here's one from Radio Shack:
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2732095
    They have others, but are online order only.

    Of the ones I found online, this one looks coolest, with a option to use the electrical outlet or it's built-in lithium battery. Photos make it look quite large, but specs say 2.1 x 3 x 0.7”:
    http://www.virtualvillage.com/items/...LAID=190649821
    Last edited by Colquhoun; 11-19-08, 03:13 PM.

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    • #3
      TD-6v, (3x)CY-8, (4x)PD-8's (2x)PD-6's (1x)PD-80R (1)KD-8 http://www.cstoliker.com/Drums/

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      • #4
        I have a Behringer AMP800 4 channel headphone amp... After glancing online it came up as $50... I don't remember paying $50 for it in the states but I'm still glad I bought it, and if it broke, I'd buy it again. I have a bunch of stuff going into a mixer, then into the headphone amp. Which I then have 3 sets of headphones and 1 set of speakers hooked up to it. I use it as my central volume control for listening to stuff.


        UPDATE: Missed the "small enough for just mp3 player" part. If you're into DIY, there are headphone amps that fit in an altoid tin or penguin mints and they can be pretty cool looking. look around online for "Penguin mint amps"
        Last edited by omen7288; 11-20-08, 12:24 PM.
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        • #5
          You could change your headphone into an in-ear. You'll see, you're gonna turn the volume dówn instead of up.


          Stijn
          'lectric drumma
          Roland TD-20, Hart Dynamics 7.6, 2 x PD-7, extra PD-7 and Hart Snare laying around, Vic Firth Dave Weckl signature sticks, Axis A-longboards double pedal, Sony MDR-CD780 headphones and not enough inputs.

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          • #6
            In ear head phone do not work for me. I have slightly odd shaped ears it would seam. I bought the amp from radio shack and I am rather disappointed. Not worth the almost $30.00 I played for it after taxes. It does not have a volume or sensitivity control on it. It would work well on something that has sufficient out put to start with. I may return it and get the on ebay.
            TD-6v, (3x)CY-8, (4x)PD-8's (2x)PD-6's (1x)PD-80R (1)KD-8 http://www.cstoliker.com/Drums/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cstoliker View Post
              I bought the amp from radio shack and I am rather disappointed. Not worth the almost $30.00 I played for it after taxes. It does not have a volume or sensitivity control on it. It would work well on something that has sufficient out put to start with. I may return it and get the on ebay.
              It's meant to have an "In-Cord Volume Control". It hasn't?

              EDIT: Clearly, Radio Shack's description on the Tech Specs tab is flawed. Other sites make it obvious that there is no volume control.

              Bruce

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              • #8
                No there is no volume or sensitivity control at all. Just a button to turn it on and off. And the thing is quite large and heavy.
                TD-6v, (3x)CY-8, (4x)PD-8's (2x)PD-6's (1x)PD-80R (1)KD-8 http://www.cstoliker.com/Drums/

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                • #9
                  I returned the radioshack P.O.S and orderd the little one on ebay. Only catch was they only ship from china and I figured for $10-20 bucks if it turns out to be a piece of crap I did not loose much. Well I received it from China inside of a week and noticed this thing is tiny. It runs off a single AAA battery and the whole unit is smaller then the m:robs in line remote. It actually works too! I am for the first time using my m:robe volume control instead of having it maxed out all the time because max volume with the amp in place is actually to loud. Having a good set of low impedance headphones helps too. The only defect is that the amp does not have an on/off switch. The unit powers on/off when the phone plug is inserted or removed from the output. That may put premature wear on the jack but for the price it is a cheap fix to just buy a new one. It too did not have a sensitivity control but this one does not really need one.
                  TD-6v, (3x)CY-8, (4x)PD-8's (2x)PD-6's (1x)PD-80R (1)KD-8 http://www.cstoliker.com/Drums/

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                  • #10
                    ^^^

                    Good to know the ones off eBay did the trick and cheap too. Can I ask how these work? Is it just a case of plugging your headphones into this then this into the socket you'd normally plug your headphones? If so, does it work with the 1/4" connectors or only the smaller 1/8" ones?

                    Sorry for all the questions, they don't mention these things on the page
                    My UPDATED TD9-KX - http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g5...0/P2240044.jpg

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