- Oct 26, 2013
Question.. I was listening to some car sound videos on YouTube through my LCD-X playing off my phone, and a lot of videos have extreme variances in volume, and it can sound fairly loud(even if my phone volume is only at half). Should I be cautious with that? I've read some things about amps clipping, and I figure my phone's headphone amp probably isn't all that powerful, so if the amp clipped couldn't that damage my headphones? Or is that something I shouldn't worry about? I'm not sure how I would manage listening to podcasts either for the same reason.. But that would really be lame if I could only listen through a proper amp to ensure my headphones were protected!
The only time an amp/headphone/speaker should clip short of blowing out is when a recording ends abruptly with the amplitude not equal to zero.
If you're hearing clipping while watching youtube, it's far more likely that the video was overcompressed, or the recording mic clipped, or as Francisk pointed out, your ears.
I'm heavily willing to bet it was compression or the mic clipping since it's unlikely your phone has enough power to make your ears or headphones clip, and I'm willing to also bet YouTube has an auto fade feature to prevent idiots from clipping due to immediate cuts.