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Mustang GT40 Headphone Out

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by JasonKingsX, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. JasonKingsX

    JasonKingsX Tele-Meister

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    I don't know what others experiences are but I found the headphone out on the GT40 to be rather disappointing. It is too bright and sounds harsh to me. I know the amp is capable of sounding great through full range speakers so I expected something similar through headphones. Granted, headphones can clear 20khz easily and the 6.5 inch speakers likely top out at 8-10khz or so but the harshness I hear is not above 10khz I think.

    What do others hear?

    Fender can you tune up the headphone out a bit to make it sound closer to the amp through the speakers please? That would make a great low-volume practice amp that much better.
     

  2. luckett

    luckett Tele-Afflicted

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    Something else to add to the huge list of things Fender needs to fix on these amps. At least they didn't have to hire any beta testers since they dump that chore onto the customers.
     
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  3. privatesalt

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    I've often wondered how the M3v2's bal outs matched the Celestion speaker and cab. Makes you wonder if they modeled the speaker/cab and applied it to bal outs (and headphones). Maybe the GTs need some tweaking.
    Can you listen on BT headphones to see if it sounds harsh on them also? Does GTs have that capability? Can't remember. I would check that if it does.
     

  4. JasonKingsX

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    I don't believe you can listen to the GT over Bluetooth headphones but I appreciate the creative thinking and suggestion.
     
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  5. DougM

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    Fender's headphone out on the GT and V2 series sounds just as you describe. Vox does a much better job on their modeling amps IMO.
     
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  6. JasonKingsX

    JasonKingsX Tele-Meister

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    I've got a VT20X on the way... I really hope you're right.
     

  7. BelairPlayer

    BelairPlayer Tele-Holic

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    I had a Vox VT40+. I would describe the headphone out as not…umm…good.
     

  8. DougM

    DougM Tele-Meister

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    I recently tried my GT40 with a different set of phones, and it sounded much better. I have noticed that all the amps I've had (and POD and Zoom type multi-effects I've owned) really vary in sound quality depending on the headphones used. I don't know about earbuds, 'cause I don't like them, so never use them.
     
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  9. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I've never heard anyone say anything terribly positive about the Vox VTX amps headphone outs. I have a VT20X and love the amp overall but when I tried it with headphones once I didn't think much of it. It was workable but I sure wouldn't buy it for that. I have a little $40 Vox Amplug that sounds much better, even through really cheap little iPhone earbuds... when I briefly had a GT40, I never thought to try it with headphones.

    -Ray
     

  10. Georox

    Georox Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 30, 2014
    The tan house in AZ
    Another reason to pass on the new Fender GT amps.
     

  11. JasonKingsX

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    I'd like to see the manufacturers nail down the headphones out. It just makes sense. It's just a shame that it's either overlooked or given a low priority.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017

  12. Riversider

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    Sorry to ask here, but rather than start another thread or trawl through them again, I have a quick question about the GT40 and I have a feeling the OP might be able to help - I'm wondering if it's noticeably any louder than a Yamaha THR10C? I have a THR already and would like the GT40 for various reasons, but in the volume stakes I'd like to think it can outdo the THR so I can use it with a Digitech Trio+ for drums and bass output, utilising its full range speakers. Then I'll put my guitar through my Bassbreaker 15. Currently doing this with the THR but fancy the GT40 as a louder option, and also for its connectivity features. Home use only so volume not a major issue, but the THR is a tiny bit off the pace. I would consider headphone out to my home audio system which has a decent amp and speakers too, but if you say the GT40 headphone out isn't great, the THR may well win in that race. Thanks for any help
     

  13. JasonKingsX

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    The GT40 is definitely louder than the THR IMO. I do prefer the headphone out on the THR though. I think the GT40 will handle the bass and drums fine at home levels.
     

  14. Riversider

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    Thanks, I appreciate the info..
     

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