Planning on getting Behringer HA400 Microamp... good choice for starting out?
Nov 24, 2008 at 4:51 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

ShootingStars

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Literally this is the only affordable amp. I can get now... is it a good choice for driving all kinds of headphones? Also how does one use a headphone amp.? What kind of cables will I need?

Can it drive a Denon D2000? Sennheiser HD650? How do I know the limits of what it can drive?
 
Dec 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM Post #3 of 5

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I am not familiar with the Behringer HA400 Microamp. I have seen it for sale in various places. I would think that if you are only going to listen with one set of headphones, a four channel amp would be overkill.

A headphone amp is usually used between the output for your musical source and your headphones. The headphones that you are mentioning (I have the Denon D2000 myself) can require a lot of power to drive them and the output from sources such as portable music/media players and even some home stereo components don't put out enough. The amp provides a boost that can provide the headphones the power to play at their full capability. Don't confuse this with just loudness, but also the quality of the music or sound.

You need a cable that you can connect from your source to your amp. The headphones plug directly into your amp. You turn on the amp, start the music, put on the headphones, and (hopefully) enjoy your music.

Now there are some aspects of this that you should be aware of. From the so-called audiophile point of view, the components (amp, headphones, and even cables) need time to burn-in. Over time, the quality of the sound can change...usually for the better.
I am a proponent of burn-in. I just hook up the equipment and play it for a few days while NOT listening to it. Over time I find the music sounds better than at first.
Also, you want to make sure that the amp has high enough gain to support your headphones (especially the HD650). A lot of amps either have switchable gain or are configured by the builder to meet your needs.

You will find that once you make the jump, it can get addictive. The quest for better sound and synergy can be a real pain in the wallet
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I hope this answers some of your questions. I am sure others would be willing to clarify what I told you or answer any other questions. These forums are the best source of info that I have found.

Good Luck!

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Dec 28, 2008 at 11:15 PM Post #4 of 5

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I wouldn't reccommend it. Anything by Behringer that I owned or saw, sounded AWFUL. Because of low tolerance standards, some pieces will work OK, and some won't and die soon. I'd find another thing.
 
Dec 29, 2008 at 12:33 AM Post #5 of 5

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You didn't say how you are going to be using it. Since the Behringer has a separate 12v supply, it looks like it will be desktop use, not portable.
My opinion: For 29$ you are getting 4 outputs and 4 volume controls, meaning there is a lot less of the money being spent on the actual amplifier(s) ..

I agree with CrimsonVoid, you can do a lot better, you just might have to look a little harder or save a bit longer.

If you want to try your hand at DIY, a Cmoy amp can be built pretty cheaply. There are lots of ebay sellers doing prebuilt one's too..
http://cgi.ebay.com/Micro-Cmoy-headp...3%3A3|294%3A50

Another option might be the Fiio E3, http://cgi.ebay.com/E3-MP3-MP4-Headp...3%3A3|294%3A50

Bang for the buck, it can't be beat. Check out this thread to see what headfiers have to say:
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f105/fiio-amps-323979/

The Fiio E5 looks like its available now ..
http://mp4nation.net/catalog/index.p...roducts_id=261
 

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