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I just finished listening to my speaker system and as I was shutting down the preamp I happened to glance at my headphone amp and wondered, why is it that no headphone amp (that I know of) have anything in the way of a balance adjustment or tone controls. Even the most basic preamp has all that and usually a lot more. You look at most headphone amps and all you see is a volume control and maybe an impedance switch. Why is that? Doesn't seem to me that a balance and a maybe a bass/mid/treble tone control could cost all that much.

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I just finished listening to my speaker system and as I was shutting down the preamp I happened to glance at my headphone amp and wondered, why is it that no headphone amp (that I know of) have anything in the way of a balance adjustment or tone controls. Even the most basic preamp has all that and usually a lot more. You look at most headphone amps and all you see is a volume control and maybe an impedance switch. Why is that? Doesn't seem to me that a balance and a maybe a bass/mid/treble tone control could cost all that much.

 

Because adding more components on the chain affect sound quality. They add noise or distortion if not implemented correctly. 

That's why most audio companies eliminate such things to keep the sound as natural as possible. 

 

However, there is a function called "Crossfeed" that lets you tweak the sound. Meier audio gear and SPL phonitor use it. 

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They are out there. But as said above, the less equipment getting in the way of the signal the better. the problem with allot of pots (especially cheap ones) is stereo imbalance. One channel is not at the same level as the other, best avoid them as much as possible. You cn get stepped attenuators, but they are expensive.

Another explanation might very well be that all those controls on stereo gear arento compensate against a non ideal listening room. With headphones, there is no listening room.
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