4ch headphone amp

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by bushy, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. bushy

    bushy Guest

    Hi all,
    I haven't posted here before, but hopefully somebody can help me out.

    My band and I use a PreSonus Firestudio 26x26 to track demos and also as a software mixer when we practice, to avoid the hassle of setting up a PA. For monitors we just run wireless in ears out of the outputs, but for some reason we have a huge amount of noise in the signal doing this, almost to the point of making it completely impractical. We figured we'd get around the problem by buying a 4 channel headphone amp and all running headphones or wired in ears, so I began looking around for a suitable amp. I know what I want and I was very surprised to learn that none of the commonly known (to me at least) headphone amps do it!

    What I want is:
    4 channel headphone amp, rackmountable, each channel with its own stereo input. This would be better as a 2x mono than a single TRS, as otherwise I have to make up 4 Y cables. I also want this input to be on the BACK of the amp, so that I can just patch it all in in the rack and not have to unpatch and coil up 8 leads every time i want to put the lids on the case and take it somewhere else.

    Does anyone know of such an amp?

    Even better, does anyone know why we had such problems using wireless transmitters, and how we might go about fixing it?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    This isn't exactly what you need but check out SPL monitor products. :
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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  4. bushy

    bushy Guest

    thanks, I already found this but by the sound of it that's not what I'm after...that seems to be a way for one musician to control a mix in one set of cans remotely, not for 4 musicians to each hear a separate, pre-mixed send :)
  5. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Your right its not really what you want, it has a bit more to it.... But you can do what I do and Have 5 or 6 of them, one for each member of the band to make there own custom mix. IT provides more ME for everyone....
    What you want sounds like Samson Q5 its only half a rack though... but cheap. ;)
  6. bushy

    bushy Guest

    nah found that one as well...that one doesn't even have aux in for each channel...all 5 outputs are the same mix :)
  7. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    Try this one - maybe everything you asked for minus the separate L/R inputs per channel.

    ART 806
  8. bushy

    bushy Guest

    aha, yep that's more like it! double points to anyone who can get the seperate L/R inputs :)
  9. RiF

    RiF Guest

    Millenium HP4 for €59,-
    4 channel headphone amp: CHECK
    rackmountable: CHECK
    each channel with its own stereo input: CHECK
    This would be better as a 2x mono than a single TRS, as otherwise I have to make up 4 Y cables: CHECK
    I also want this input to be on the BACK of the amp: CHECK
    Does anyone know of such an amp? Yes, I have it in my rack (OK, now it's on my desk but tomorrow it's in my rack, I promise)
  10. Shadow_7

    Shadow_7 Active Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    I have a Samson Q5 and a Presonus HP4, neither are directly rack mountable. It sounds more like you want/need four single headphone preamps than one four channel preamp. Perhaps a gaggle of those bithead / airhead things.

  11. bushy

    bushy Guest

    perfect! thanks heaps, ive never heard of millenium before...now to find their australian distributor :)
  12. RiF

    RiF Guest

    Getting the Millenium in AUS could be a challenge. I never saw those outside the Thomann shop. So here are some options:
    1. Order the Millenium in Germany at Thomann and pay around € 50 extra shipping cost (resulting in around 144 AUS$ total, excluding anx taxes or duty or whatnot).
    2. Check out the Samson S-Phone. Costs twice as much, much seems to meet your requirements as well.
    3. Find the australian distributor...
  13. bushy

    bushy Guest

    you're right...there's precious little on these anywhere, i haven't even been able to find a review on them. I'll check out the samson as well.
  14. drhardlove

    drhardlove Guest

    Phonic A6300 Headphone Amplifier
  15. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Okanagan, Canada
    Check out the Furman headphone amps. I have the HA-6AB (not what you want), but I think their upgraded models might.


    See the HDS-16 or HRM-16.
  16. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    This may be too late for you, but look at Rane headphone amps.

    I currently run the 26 I/O in my studio, in conjunction w/ a Rane 6-ch amp this way:

    Set up the mixes in the control console mix tabs.
    Actual routing -
    Mono out 1 - Rane Ch 1
    Mono out 3 - Rane Ch 2

    and so on...

    This will only give you four separate mixes (as the analog outs are stereo pairs from the mix console), but should do what you want.
    Now that I think of it, there may be a way to use the matrix router to send up to 8 mono signals out.
  17. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    New Jersey (right outside the Big Apple!)
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    I think this is more in line with what you're looking for. Apparently a new cheapie from China but it's the first unit I've seen with a very straightforward design. Plus; they have a nice little demonstration video you can watch.

    OSP HPA-400
    Headphone Distribution Amplifier

    OSP HPA-400 Headphone Distribution Amplifier - eBay (item 370244889531 end time Jul-09-10 10:04:59 PDT)

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