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Can a Preamp headphone?

post #1 of 3
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Does anyone know if it is possible to hook up balanced headphones into the balanced outputs on a cd player that has a built in preamp/volume control?   

 

In particular I have an Audio Aero Capitole mkII se cd player with the preamp section.  

 

Headphones are:

 

Grado 325is

Sennheiser hd650

Akg k702

HifiMan he-400

 

Just curious, and don't want to try it without some idea of what might happen.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 

Also,

 

The Audio Aero can output up to 5.O Volts RMS.

Has 100 ohm output impedance.

 

I am interested in getting to know my headphones better, and figure removing my headphone amp from the equation would remove a big variable.  

 

Is this just a stupid idea?  I don't know how to interpret the stats of the audio aero concerning the headphones I have.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Jhawkins View Post


The Audio Aero can output up to 5.O Volts RMS.

Has 100 ohm output impedance.

 


Is this just a stupid idea?  I don't know how to interpret the stats of the audio aero concerning the headphones I have.

 

 

 

It may have those two specs - voltage and impedance - but it's not necessarily producing the same signal as an amplifier. I forgot the technical explanation for it, but basically it isn't producing a signal primarily measurable in (mili)watts, which is what you need for transducers. So basically, I wouldn't try it unless a more technical guy says its safe.
 

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