Headphone amps

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by TomF, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. TomF

    TomF Guest


    Looking for recommendations for a good headphone amp.
    What amp is everyone getting good results with in there studios?

  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I use the OZ Audio HM-6. It's basically a matrix mixer that allows 6 different que mixes. For the price, it's hard to beat.

  3. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Rane HC-6. :cool:
  4. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    I still have the little rolls 4 ch headphone amp that I picked up years ago- its like 60 bucs and very useable and has never failed me (7 years)
  5. Nika

    Nika Guest

    I recently sold just about everything I own. Of the few devices I kept were my Grace 901 headphone amp and Sennheiser HD600 headphones. Not exactly "affordable" items, but very, very good quality.

  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Like all monitoring questions ... we need to know the application.

    Nika's (Hi Nika) Grace and HD600 is very good and something to aspire to as this is the sort of combination that could continue to serve you indefinately and so is excellent value for money in the long term.

    not quite the right choice for the Heavy-metal- thrash drummer with the headphone gaffa tapped to his head and says
    ... "are these things on ?? I can't hear!!"

    I have a few amps, including a B unit and even old 40watt HiFi units with passive distribution boxes
  7. Ohmio

    Ohmio Guest

    Another Rane HC-6 here. Very happy with it.
  8. TomF

    TomF Guest

    Thanks for all the replies!

    I've decided to go with the Rane HC6 and also get 6 new Sony MDR7506 headphones. I was going to go with the Sennheiser HD280 phones , I think they sound better then the 7506 but, the Sonys I believe ,are more comfortable for extended use.

    And Kev,as far as application. I record every thing from Jazz to Hard Rock.

    Thanks again
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    can't find the imp spec for the 7506

    the MDR-7509 is
    Impedance: 24 ohm(s)
    Sensitivity: 107 dB

    The Rane is good but 24ohms is quite low and that will require around 4 w at 15v peak to peak

    ??? ... I think

    can't find a max current spec for the Rane


    check this


    the same note has the Sony MDR-7506 at
    63 ohms
    and max spl at 132dB

    while you are there check out

    and with a quick in the head calculation I DON'T think there is enough current available to get the 6 headphones to 15 volts peak to peak
    the Rane may have 18 volt rails and this may cause more trouble
    ... remember un-compressed drums will have high peaks but low RMS level.

    Don't fret
    working in your favour is the fact that the MDR-7506's are very efficient at 106 and even though you will probably get current clipping at around half or quarter rail !!
    these headphones get up and go more so than almost ALL the others

    AUDITION the combination FIRST

    let use know how it turns out
  10. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    If I were going to buy 6 pairs of headphones, I'd split it up a bit. If you are partial to the 7506, I'd get 4 pairs of those and 2 of the HD280's. Both headphones have their strengths. The 7506 are smaller, more portable, but aren't quite as flat as the HD280. The HD280 offer better isolation for tracking drums, etc. Your clients may have a preference and having both kinds available might be beneficial IMHO.

  11. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    Grado headphone amps are wonderful, although the version for less sensitive headphones is more expensive.

    I think everything produced by Grado is excellent value for money; even their really expensive stuff is a bargain.

    John Stafford
  12. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I can't see the bargain here


    this link popped up on the first page of a google search for Grado headphone amps .

    Beware all HiFi gear as it is much easier to design for fully mastered CD playback rather than for the dynamic range required for record jobs.

    Basic parts list is very cheap for this one ...

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