A headphone amplifier is a miniature speaker that amplifies a music source’s signal and sends it to a pair of headphones. They’re designed specifically for headphones instead of loudspeakers. The small power amplifier connects to a standard headphone jack or line output, giving you a clearer, more controlled sound that isn’t distorted at the musical peaks. At LAWK STAR Guitars, we have Rockman headphone amps for guitars and basses.
What to Look for in Headphone Amps
Impedance: In general, a headphone’s impedance should be 10 times the amplifier’s output impedance.
Power output: An amp that drives 500 milliwatts works well with most high-end headphones.
Signal-to-noise ratio: The noise the amp makes compared to the music signal; the larger the ratio, the better.
Root-Mean-Squared (RMS) power: Determines how loud the headphones will get. Keep in mind that listening to anything that’s over 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing damage.
Total harmonic distortion (THD):Less distortion is better. Look for a headphone amp that has less than 1 percent distortion.
If you have any questions about headphone amps or need help choosing the best one for your instrument, never hesitate to contact LAWK STAR.