Xonar Essence Headphone amp
Sep 3, 2009 at 8:45 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3

dtcm88

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Hi, just a quick question...if I plug my speakers into the headphone amp, and set it to very high gain +18db, is it going to be doing my actual amp any damage, overloading the line, anything? Or is it just acting as a pre amp? Just a question, thanks.
 
Sep 3, 2009 at 4:23 PM Post #2 of 3

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Hi, just a quick question...if I plug my speakers into the headphone amp, and set it to very high gain +18db, is it going to be doing my actual amp any damage, overloading the line, anything? Or is it just acting as a pre amp? Just a question, thanks.


It'll act as a pre-amp. It won't cause any damage, but, the sound quality won't be as good as through the line-outs since 1) you're double-amping and 2) the amped output of the STX is inferior to the line-outs.
 
Sep 3, 2009 at 6:20 PM Post #3 of 3

ROBSCIX

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Yes, driving a can amplifier using another can amplifier will raise the distorion and lower the SNR. Just a bad idea...
The line outs are 124db for SNR and the Can amp is 117dB for SNR. Your much better off driving you external amplifier using the line outs.

Your choice though.
 

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