headphone output on receiver

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  1. Len Cheong

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    When you use the headphone out on your receiver, should
    the speakers automatically become muted? On my Technics
    SADA10, the speakers are still on. This seems silly since why would anybody bother listening to the headphones if the
    speakers don't automatically mute themselves. Why even bother putting a headphone out on the receiver. I've gone through the settings and can't seem to figure out how to shut the speakers off when I use headphones.
     
  2. Paul Clarke

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    Hello Len,

    I'm not familiar with the layout of your receiver but if any receiver does not auto-mute you will need to press the speaker selector buttons, usually A/B on the front panel. Usually having both buttons out will enable headphone. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Len Cheong

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    Thanks Paul, I fiddled with that and it muted the speakers.
    Now I can listen at night without bothering anybody.
     
  4. Javier_Huerta

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    As a sidenote, do you know why your speakers don't mute?

    Simple. Because the amp circuit for your headphones works independently from your speakers' amp. Which is both a good and a bad thing.

    It's good because you can have both running at the same time, or independently.

    It's bad because the headphone amp "circuit" just won't cut it with quality headphones.

    If you are using a "nice" (maybe $50 and up, depending on the brand), you should really consider buying a headphone amp.

    Overkill? Maybe. But you haven't really listened to your favorite headphones until you get one. Believe me, it's a night and day difference.
     
  5. Len Cheong

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    Javier, how does one connect an amp to a receiver for headphone use?
     
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  7. Chip E

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    I dunno.... My Senn 580's sound pretty good plugged straight into my Denon 5803 utilizing Dolby Headphone, YMMV.
     
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  9. Chip E

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    "Have you ever tried them with a headphone amp?"


    Yeah Mike, a Grado RA-1.

    Have you ever experienced Dolby Headphone on the 5803? Pretty sweet...
     
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  11. Javier_Huerta

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    I've tried Dolby Headphone out of a laptop. It's an amazing technology that sadly has only been used (yet) on a couple of receivers and MD players.
    The Grado headphone amp sounds terrible on the Sennheiser 580's. The Senns love tube amps - something like the X-CanV2 by Musical Fidelity.
    Although I love my 580's, tho, I find them severely outclassed when comparing them to my Ety Er4-s [​IMG]
     
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