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A silly question about headphone amp

post #1 of 4
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I have an old stereo (bought 8 years ago).
Can I use it as a headphone amp by connecting
a headphone to the speakers' connectors?

(It is stated in the manual that the stereo should
connect to speakers with a nominal impedance
ranging from 8 to 16 ohms, what happen if I
connect a 100 ohm or higher headphone to it?)
post #2 of 4
Hello,

You can potentially blow your headphones. In any case, speaker amplifiers have low noise and distortion tolerances. So it is better to get real headphone jack or headphone amp.

Tomo
post #3 of 4
Tomo is so pleasant about warning you of a potential headphone crisis.
post #4 of 4
Unless you really need the high volumes levels, then i doubt a speaker amp would be better than the built in amps in your equipment.

Most of us use headphone amps to improve sound quality, rather than getting louder volumes...A dedicated headphone amp will sound MUCH cleaner than just about any poweramp.

If you really want to to this, go to headwize.com, and look in the FAQ section, which will give you instructions on building an attenuator to reduce the power of the speaker output to headphone levels. If you don't put a resistor in between the poweramp and the headphone, the amp will put out enough power to destroy your headphones.
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