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Advice on how to feed 5.1 Headphones

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by drmih, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. drmih

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    I'm trying to find a receiver which will allow me to operate a home cinema speaker system, but also has 5.1 outputs to feed some surround headphones. As I understand it, some of the Denon amps have the necessary outputs (as pre-amps) but they are also controlled by the volume and mute control, whereas what I would require, I think, would be an uncontrolled set which would allow the main speakers to be either off, muted or at a minimum level.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. pragmatic

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    Good luck!
    You can buy a sperate 5.1 head set amp, from some online pc shops but as far the reciever route they all provide the pre-outs that control volume ect...

    You could buy a cheap amp with pre-outs but that would be over kill.

    Let me know how the 5.1 headset works out as the yamaha silent cinema (head phones) through normal stero gives a decent reproduction of surround. In fact i often take them off to listen if the head phones are pluged in and it's not my speakers i'm listening too.
     
  3. drmih

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    I've had the headset for some time and driven it straight from the 5.1 outputs from a dvd player, and am pleased with the effect. However, I now have extra equipment in this room and need to be able to feed the headphones from various sources so am looking to combine setting up a home cinema speakers in this room but maintain the ability to listen 'very quietly' - sleeping kids getting in the way of my enjoyment!!

    I was looking to do something on the cheap as there are proper systems in another couple of rooms. However, I seem to have opened a can of worms as I thought at first that the Denon 1905 would be ideal, but a friend has tried to drive the same headphones with his top of the range Denon, and that doesn't have the ability to isolate the outputs, so I doubt any Denons do.

    Looks like back to the drawing board.
     
  4. drmih

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    I notice that Yamaha receivers seem to have the ability to switch between 2 main speaker systems. What happens to the 5.1 pre outputs if you were say to select an imaginary speaker set 2 for the main set - are the pres still driven, as this would solve the problem - I think.
     

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