Headphones for m-audio card?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by sirchick, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. sirchick

    sirchick Active Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Wales, Uk

    Are there such headphones for output of m-audio cards that use the phono sockets like this :


    I want to be able to plug headphones in whilst i mix but can only seem to find the standard male socket headphones you get for mp3 players etc.

    Im sure its mainly because i don't know the term for headphones that use phono sockets... any one got any idea?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You can't normally plug headphones into phono (RCA) socket outputs because there is not sufficient drive capability on those outputs. What you need is a headphone amplifier which you plug into the phono sockets and then you plug your headphones into the amplifier.

    If you are using headphones for mixing (and that's another topic!), you need a proper headphone amplifier and not some cheap unit meant for splitting an iPod output between lots of goofy listeners. As an example, the SM Pro Audio M-Patch 2 gives you a good headphone drive as well as source switching and a passive level control for studio monitors.

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