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Headphone amp for dvd advice please?

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by kbfern, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. kbfern

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    I have a dvd player in the bedroom hooked up to a tv and want to be able to listen through headphones ocassionally but the dvd player has no headphone socket.

    I know a headphone amp will let me do this but the cheapest mains units seem to be around £80-£100 and don't want to spend anything like this as it will probably won't get used more than once or twice a week.

    Is there an alternative that I can get for £20 or so?I have seen these c-moy amps, are they any good and they don't seem to have phono input which I need to connect to the dvd player.

    Can anybody sugest anything?
     
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    If you don't want to chance DIY, get something like a Behringer UB502 mixer. Because it has a headphone monitor socket, it'll act as a headphone amp. A stereo phono-to-unbalanced jack cable (e.g. Bandridge AL475) and you're sorted. Even retail is £31. Amp will be slightly fuzzier than a good CMOY, but you'll get a retail warranty and a 2-band EQ.
     
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    There's the new BK headphone amp which is based on the CMoy design for just £29.99. I've already had about 20 hours use out of my first battery.

    You could connect any of these portable models to your stereo RCA outputs using a 2RCA -> 3.5mm lead. :)

    Sorry to sound like a newbie with the best thing ever but I'm really impressed by it. :blush:
     
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    Thanks John

    I did take a look at the BK site and wondered if the HPA1 would be any good for the job.How does the quality of the sound compare to using the headphone output on a a/v receiver? not that I am thinking of using a receiver just want to know if its as good or better.

    How long do they take to deliver after ordering and do they charge shipping on top of £29.95

    Cheers
     
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    I havn't done an awful lot of testing with my receiver HP output but there wasn't an enormous difference there TBH. Mine's a Marantz SR7400 if that's any help.

    It's a significant improvement over the outputs on my MD player, bedroom mini-system and TV which can't really drive my Senn HD570s. I havn't found a big difference when using it with my MD players supplied in-ear phones.

    According to the website shipping is £8 and they're usually quick to ship. It is a new product though so can't be sure about their stock. :)
     
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    Thanks for the advice,at nearley £40 delivered its really more than I want to pay for a solution to drive a pair of headphones an hour or so a week.

    I have a spare Denon 3600 amp (120v US model) that i could use if I buy a step down transformer to bring it back into service.
     
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    Could you post a link to the website evil John?
     
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    That looks great :) but £8 shipping :(
     
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    Even if you think of it as £38 with free P&P it seems like a bargain to my ears. Better than the price comparable homebrew eBay options and better than most people can concoct with a soldering iron and some protoboard. :)
     
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    Hmmmmm not sure I am convinced ;)
     
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    Not to worry, it's my first headamp and has really made a difference to my HD570s so it's the best thing ever to me. :D

    Having said that it is a very well considered design and I've been studying it for a week or so now. :)
     
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    any links, I would like to have another look at this (having just finished another headphone amp and bought four new pair of phones this month :))
     
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    Well I found a second hand headphone amp off one of the members on the forum.Its a c-moy design in a hammond aluminium case with rca imputs and 1/4" jack, battery powered.

    Cost me £35 delivered and I am pleased with the performance it is delivering.It is able to drive my phones (Sony MDR-V6) to incredibly high volume levels.Only slight problem the Sony's are fairly bright sounding and at high volume the highs are maybe a little to bright.

    Looks like I may be spending some more dosh soon on another pair of phones with a more laid back high end.
     
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    Only really the one that I posted earlier in the thread. If you've got any specific questions I could give them a go though. Or get in touch with the guys at BK directly.

    Glad you're happy with your kbfern, I was really surprised at just how good the Cmoy is even though it's supposedly only an entry-level audiophile design. :)
     
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