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forgive my audio noobness but what are those things? what do they do for your headphones or audio?
which things?
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post #242 of 498
The little rectangle boxes with a switch and headphone jack and the boxes with a knob and a bulb like thing on top.

and this
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post #243 of 498
In the top pic;

that's a headphone amplifier, I think it has an amplifier and power supply in separate units, the 'bulbs' are tubes (or valves) and are used for amplifying the signal.

The thing in the bottom pic is also a headphone amp but it's portable and uses a chip instead of valves for amplification.

Headphone amps are used when the source isn't able to provide enough power to the headphones' drivers in order for them to sound their best.
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post #244 of 498
Ah, i see thanks. +rep but how would headphones not get enough power and how would you know you need an amp?
Edited by doat - 7/13/10 at 11:40am
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post #245 of 498
Quote:
Originally Posted by doat View Post
Ah, i see thanks. +rep but how would headphones not get enough power and how would you know you need an amp?
Some headphones (usually the more expensive ones) have drivers that need a higher amount of current to be able to produce certain frequencies, this is usually depicted by their Ohms rating (my headphones for eg have 300 Ohms resistance) which is quite high. The general rule is that anything over 150 Ohms should be powered by a headphone amplifier but there are variations to this rule.

If you have a reasonably good pair of headphones ($200+) and you are running them from onboard sound or a soundcard it is probable that you would benefit from a headphone amplifier but won't be true in every case.
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post #246 of 498
Well i plan on buying some JVC ha-rx900s soon and modifying them with the sound dampener and i assume since they are $50 i won't need an amp lol.
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hmm im surprised i haven't posted my stuff here yet. basically i have re-cabled my hd555's(don't use them any more), built a Millett starving student headphone amp, made some book shelf speakers, and finely a home sub i use for my small bedroom (may redo it later).

Pic is a few years old so its not that bad now but you get the idea.







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mmmm cheetos
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finished a Grubdac for my laptop the other night... don't mind the Sound Blaster or Mini^3 in the background...
grr, this point and shoot always likes giving me noisy close-range photos -_-

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Looks well assembled firestorm, congratz. Is this your first build?
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