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How do I hook up my headphone amp?

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I've been using 2 cd players; one for headphones and one for speakers. I want to consolidate and possibly sell one cdp. Since the remaining cdp will be hooked up to the int. amp, how/where do I hook up my headphone amp to the integrated amp? It has one preamp out which I will probably be using to connect a subwoofer and one tape loop.

The headphone amp is a Cosmic with one pair of RCA inputs and no loop.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 4
If your integrated amp has a "tape monitor" switch, hook the headphone amp to the tape output, if it's free. The headphone amp will always get sent whatever source you've selected, but the monitor button will let you mute the speakers so you can listen on headphones only.

If you don't have a monitor switch, you can hook the headphone amp to whichever of the outputs isn't volume controlled and then turn the volume knob on the integrated amp all the way down when listening to headphones.

If you have to hook the headphone amp up to a volume-controlled output for some reason and you wanted to use that for the sub, you can find various kinds of subs that don't require a volume-controlled output on your amp. Some have you wire the speakers through the sub and the sub has a crossover in it that sends the mids and highs to the speaker and handles the bass itself. This kind has a volume control of its own which you use to match the sub's volume to the speakers.

Another way would be to get a DAC for your CD player. Then you can decide which DAC you like best (the internal one or the out-board) and send that one to the integrated amp or the headphone amp, depending on which you listen to more. Send the other to the other amp. When you want to listen to headphones, you can turn the integrated amp off, turn the volume all the way down, or switch it to a source that isn't playing any sound at the moment.
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks tangent.

I have a tape monitor loop that I am not using. So let me see if I understand correctly. If I take the tape out and send it to my headphone amp it will automatically get the signal from whatever source I've selected? Excellent! I'll give that a try. I guess I was worried that the int. amp would be looking for the signal to come back in a "loop".

I never even thought of the seperate DAC option. I'm using an ART DI/O with one of my cd players so that would be easy. I can run the analog outs from my cdp to the int amp, and the digital out to the ART and then to my headphone amp.

Wow, it sounds so simple. Why didn't I think of that!

Thanks again for the info.

post #4 of 4
Yup, that's what it should do. Basically, its made if you want to record something to tape. About the art: that too is an awesome idea. You'll also enjoy the better sound quality of it, though remember: before buying one, know that it outputs at a very high gain, and that the output is 1/4 inch.
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