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Five Reasons You Need a Headphone Amplifier

Five Reasons You Need a Headphone Amplifier Studio Outboard
Five Reasons You Need a Headphone Amplifier

A headphone amplifier is an essential tool for audio recording and live sound. Here's five reasons you need one in your life.

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When Should I Use a Headphone Amplifier?

Do you need to send audio to more than one person? Are you recording a band? Do you need separate headphone mixes for your musicians? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, chances are you need a headphone amplifier.

And while they may not be the most glamorous tool of an audio professional, they can be the difference between an effortless recording session and a disaster.

Here's the top five reasons why you need a headphone amplifier.

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At its core, a headphone amplifier is built to amplify your sound. Sometimes an audio interface can't deliver the power your premium headphones require, and this is where your headphone amplifier takes over. With a clean boost to the signal, the amplifier ensures everybody can hear exactly what they need (especially drummers, who tend to be a noisy bunch).


SubZero SZ-HPA400

Many audio interfaces feature a single onboard headphone output. You may be lucky and have two. While this is great for the control room, it's not ideal for a band. With a headphone amplifier, you can connect multiple sets of headphones and give your whole group the monitoring they need. The SubZero SZ-HPA800 amplifier can power up to 16 individual headphones!


How many times have you needed to give the guitarist some more bass in the mix? Or the drummer some more keyboard? Or the vocalist some more vocals..? With the SZ-HP800 you can create two independent audio mixes and send the perfect level to each channel. Now your musicians can hear exactly what they need.


With multiple audio outputs, a headphone amplifier can route your audio to many more places than a standard audio interface.


SubZero SZ-HPA800

Does you drummer need an independent click track? Or does your singer want some reverb fed back into their mix? Easy. Well, it is with a headphone amplifier.

The SubZero SZ-HP400 and SZ-HP800 both feature auxiliary inputs on each channel, meaning you can give them a unique second track of audio or an entirely different mix. This can also be the perfect solution for a control room, letting you route a talkback microphone into each channel.

Do I Need a Headphone Amplifier?

With just these five reasons, we reckon a headphone amplifier is an essential purchase for a studio or location recording session. A headphone amp can achieve things that an audio interface just doesn't cater for, such as the ability to give up to 16 people some independent monitoring.

SubZero has launched two new rack headphone amplifiers for 2019, offering a fantastic array of features at a very reasonable price.

The SubZero SZ-HPA400 features four channels, each with three headphone outputs. This means you can power up to 12 sets of headphones. Each channel has an auxiliary input, letting you create an independent mix for each group of 3 headphones.

The SubZero SZ-HPA800 features eight channels, each with two headphone outputs. This means you can power up to 16 sets of headphones! Each channel has an auxiliary input, letting you create an independent mix for each group, while two separate master inputs let you route two main mixes across the channels. This is an incredibly powerful headphone amplifier and offers fantastic performance for the price.

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By Matthew Wilkinson

Posted on 14 Mar 2019 15:29 to category : Instruments News

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