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Can an amp blow my headphones?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I have a Schiit Modi and a Magni plugged in through my laptop to my Audio Technica ATH-M50's.

 

I've had the sound cut out a few times but I think this isn't a big deal right? Is it possible to turn up the Magni too much and overload my headphones?

post #2 of 22

It's possible if you use your AT's as speakers.

post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

It's possible if you use your AT's as speakers.

 

Interesting what do you mean? Like in the device manager on Windows?

post #4 of 22
I use both my pairs of german maestros as speakers sometimes.
post #5 of 22
I mean cranking up the volume while having the headphones laying in front of you
post #6 of 22
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I mean cranking up the volume while having the headphones laying in front of you

 

What's the difference between that and wearing them?

post #7 of 22
If you use the headphone as speakers, headphones lying in front of you, you'd have to turn them up very loud to hear sounds/music clearly. In worst case that can damage the amp and headphones.
post #8 of 22
I have an idea. Buy some $20 computer speakers. Oh I have a better idea! Use some free energy pick them up and place it on your head listen like normal people!

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Originally Posted by kylea View Post

I have an idea. Buy some $20 computer speakers. Oh I have a better idea! Use some free energy pick them up and place it on your head and listen like normal people!

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post #10 of 22

^Wow, that was useful advice..

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

If you use the headphone as speakers, headphones lying in front of you, you'd have to turn them up very loud to hear sounds/music clearly. In worst case that can damage the amp and headphones.

Isn't it easier for amps to run at max power rather than at 25%-50%?

post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by linglingjr View Post
 

Isn't it easier for amps to run at max power rather than at 25%-50%?

Wth are you talking about? No, I suppose it would be a pretty bad idea to turn the volume to max on many amps, as clipping and what's worse might occur, leading to possible headphone and amp damage. Isn't that common sense?

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Wth are you talking about? No, I suppose it would be a pretty bad idea to turn the volume to max on many amps, as clipping and what's worse might occur, leading to possible headphone and amp damage. Isn't that common sense?

I remember reading something about that on schiit's site about there not being as much heat generated when it's running at 100%.  Obviously it's going to be way too loud but I'm strictly talking about the amp, yeah it's common sense that running your cans at like 900000000000db is bad.

post #14 of 22

What does heat generated by the amp have to do with damaging headphones? 

Anyway, turning the volume up to max can potentially damage your headphones. It's harder to do than you might think though. I plugged some Apple earbuds into my speaker amp (max power into the earbuds = 13 Watts), and they didn't blow until somewhere north of 75% on the volume knob. Considering that M50s are beefier than Apple earbuds and that the Magni has about 1.2 Watts, I'd be surprised if the Magni could blow them. But I wouldn't try to find out.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

What does heat generated by the amp have to do with damaging headphones? 

Anyway, turning the volume up to max can potentially damage your headphones. It's harder to do than you might think though. I plugged some Apple earbuds into my speaker amp (max power into the earbuds = 13 Watts), and they didn't blow until somewhere north of 75% on the volume knob. Considering that M50s are beefier than Apple earbuds and that the Magni has about 1.2 Watts, I'd be surprised if the Magni could blow them. But I wouldn't try to find out.

I'll say again I'm not talking about damaging the drivers I'm strictly talking about stressing the amp re-read last post:

"I'm strictly talking about the amp"

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