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Using power amps (for speakers) to power headphones. How? I don't understand it.

post #1 of 5
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Someone told me I could use my McIntosh power amp to power headphones via XLR.  I don't understand how to properly match it so it can be done safely.  I have a McIntosh MC275 power amp and a C22 pre-amp.  Thank you in advance.

 

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post #2 of 5

They probably meant the K1000s or the newer HE-6/5LEs.  These can be terminated with speaker leads.  Their need for amplification goes beyond what many normal headphone amps can produce.

post #3 of 5
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The Mc275 has a set of 16 Ohms tap.  Perhaps I can use my Denon D7000 @ 25 Ohms on it?

post #4 of 5

Any power amp can be used to drive headphones with a simple resistor to limit current. This is also being discussed on another thread right now.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/522682/crazy-idea-for-box-that-will-allow-you-to-use-your-power-amp-to-drive-headphones


Edited by Budgie - 11/13/10 at 10:30am
post #5 of 5

Try the headphone jacks on your C22.

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