What is needed for a dedicated headphone amp?

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by OzShadow, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. OzShadow

    OzShadow Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Jun 16, 2012
    SE Michigan
    Years ago I build a few varieties of hi-fi headphone amp for use with an audio source like an ipod, either using its headphone out or line out.

    How could something like that be adapted to be a dedicated headphone amp for a guitar? I'm guessing going from a powered source to passive pickups requires something more.
  2. shortcircuit

    shortcircuit Tele-Meister

    Sep 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    It's not going to sound good. Most of the tone associated with a proper tube amp comes from the speaker. Headphones are not going to cut it. I had built a load box with speaker load emulation with a headphone out, and it sounded like doo-doo. For a headphone amp, you're likely gonna need some digital modeling black magic.
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