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Headbone head switcher alters tone?

macca

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this question sunk like a stone in the effects section, so I thought I'd give it a last try in here . . ..

does the Headbone affect your tone at all?

when the Headbone passes the signal from the selected head to the cab, does the signal go through a buffer or is it a direct connection (if you know what i mean)?

thanks for any info
 

Keyser Soze

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You'd probably get the best answer from the folks at Radial. I've never seen an actual schematic but would venture a guess that the signal from the amp to the cab does not have any sort of buffer that would be a concern for tone.

Mainly because the signal between an amp and a cab is not of the type that is most susceptible to 'tone suck' as we commonly think of it.

Guitar output is low voltage, and high impedance (typical amp inputs are 1 Meg ohms) so it is susceptible to minor changes in capacitance. An amps output is relatively low voltage but also high current/low impedance (cabs being on the order of 2-16 ohms) so it usually will not exhibit 'tone suck' nor need the kind of buffers that a line level signal might.

From a power dissipation standpoint it also makes little sense to have anything active between the amp and the selected cab.

But, as always, YMMV and best gets the poop from the source.
 

BudLite

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I have a twin city by Radial and it does not color the tone.
I think the headbone you can choose buffered or direct out.
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tj tapper

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I thought it absolutely affected my tone. It wasn't as crisp and I wasn't getting feedback in the same way as without the Headbone. I had a Jubilee and a 5150II running into a mashall 4x12.

The Jube did feel right at all to me. 5150 was pretty close but was super gained out so the 'feel' is less finicky.
 

Standard 64

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I have the radial aby passive cheap black one I think its called the big shot,anyways I dont think that sucks any tone.
 






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