Are there any good headphone amps that are cheap?

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  1. Yr Blues

    Yr Blues Member

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    I used to own a ZOOM 9002 back in the day. ROCKMAN was also cool. What's something I could buy today? Preferably all analog, but whatever.

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  2. Flouncingfleasbag

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    I am not expert, but I would buy a mixing board. Almost all have a headphone outs, and you have more flexibility. It is as much to do with your headphones; Its the same as guitar amps- - half or more of the sound is in the cabinet and speakers.

    Good headphones = everything better

    ....and then you know if you need to upgrade.

    Btw... You can get decent flat monitor cans for a hudo, easily.
     
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  3. Yr Blues

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    I have a bedroom studio setup, but I want something I can sit in bed with and not disturb my roommates when everyone's asleep.
     
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    Me too!- exactly the same situation- My friend found an old DJ amp with 3 channels and gave it to me- These things cost nothing- maybe shops or online.... Its small ( my mixer), and if I wanna hear something in stereo: done.

    It's really about the headphones. Way more important. I will beat it in the ground in circles around this post and be a crazy person... sorry. Almost all the amps are the same- unless you are crazy picky and rich. Headphones!


    ( busy saying- go crazy ! as you will,, or get some good cans. I know or than tthis amp has this or that feature; but you are just practising, right?)รท

    Cleveland !
     
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  5. Yr Blues

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    What make/model?
     
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    Maybe overkill for your situation, but my best experience with headphones so far has been my Quilter 101 Reverb. It doubles as a nice amp too ;), and does bedroom levels well.

    For headphones, I like Sennheisers for the open backs, which allow two-way leakage. The HD 579s are light, comfortable, sound good, and relatively inexpensive.

    Others (most folks?) may prefer closed-back monitors for the isolation. I've heard good things about the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, but haven't tried them. A friend who's a recording and mastering engineer uses them. Sony has a couple of decent monitor 'phones for under $80.

    Presumably DJ-oriented 'phones aren't the best bet for monitoring or listening to many types of music due to their EQ.
     
  8. bobwl

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    The Vox amPlugs aren't too bad. If you want something a bit more versatile I'd check out either one of the Peavey or Orange micro heads, or maybe even one of the Hotone. You can use it as a desktop practice with headphones, and keep it around for a backup head.

    Or you can always grab a Pod used cheap.
     
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    Mooer has one that looks pretty perfrct
     
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    The Vox Amplugs are great.
     
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    Zoom G1on. Not analog but lots of features for a low price. Sounds good, drum beats, metronome, looper and aux in. All good features for practice. Portable. Three power sources, wall wart, batteries and usb. Last a long time on battery.
    I use 1controller on my laptop to edit the patches and parameters, works a treat.
    Budget headphone option Superlux HD668b, sound great and inexpensive.
     
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    I was traveling for a few months, in various hotels, and used an old blood noise headphone amp. It was good, had to use a balanced gain to make it feel organic and not clip, but I enjoyed it for those late night sessions.
     
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    For the analog tone, those little Vox headphone amps are cheap and sound pretty good. You can plug them into the end of a signal chain as well, and they're tiny.
     
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    Hotone Nano Legacy are good in a pinch, plus you can hook them up to a larger cab.
     
  16. ElliotG

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    Far from analog... get an iRigHD 2 and plug into your phone or ipad. Use with a set of closed back headphones or IEMs. Use Garage band or Amplitude or the Positive Grid apps or ...
    https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irighd2/

    You'll have a great sounding small setup.
     
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    Mooer Audiofile at the end of the pedal chain?
     
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    So your studio setup doesn't have a headphone out?
     

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