headphone amp

headphone amp

(1) A device that drives multiple headphones from a mixing console for studio recording.

(2) An amplifier designed to output the required wattage for headphones. The sound in low-end headphones can be improved; however, music lovers claim that a headphone amp is essential when high-quality headphones are used. Headphone amps can be analog only, boosting the stereo signal from any preamp output or from the headphone jack of a music player. However, they are often combined with a DAC and accept digital audio from computers, providing support for higher resolutions than the built-in sound card (see DAC/headphone amp and USB DAC).


A High-End Headphone Amp
Accepting analog and digital inputs, OPPO's HA-1 is a Class A amplifier for headphones. It also accepts digital output from iPods, iPhones and iPads. Resting on top are OPPO's Planar Magnetic headphones. (Image courtesy of OPPO Digital, Inc., www.oppodigital.com)







Portable Headphone Amp
OPPO's HA-2 was designed for PCs, Macs and mobile devices with USB On-The-Go (see USB OTG). It includes two gain settings to match the headphones. (Images courtesy of OPPO Digital, Inc., www.oppodigital.com)
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Thus, the sound of planarmagnetic headphones will be more consistent as you switch between using them with a high-quality headphone amp and plugged into your smartphone.
Full-featured mixer -- equipped with ergonomic gain controls for fast and accurate mixing, and a custom-designed, wide-bandwidth, high-power headphone amp for monitoring.
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The PowerWise LM49251's Class G headphone amp dynamically reduces the supply voltage to lower power consumption and extend audio (MP3, movies, etc.
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There is a built-in headphone amp for analog output as well as optical digital output for MiniDisc recorders and other digital devices.
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India, April 20 -- Chord Electronics has brought to India its headphone amp - Mojo, short for Mobile Joy, that enables smartphones and connected devices to deliver recording-studio sound quality from any headphone.
Both devices include; mic pre-amps, filter op amps, true ground headphone amp, mic gain calibration, LED driver, volume control and an assisted hearing mode.
If you're perpetually straining to make out what your phone is trying to stream to your fancy pair of headphones, maybe it's time you got yourself a headphone amp.