#1
I've noticed that almost every amp I've played through, while using headphones it sounds terrible. They no longer have the added punch or low end but generally seem fizzy and crap.

I understand this is most likely due to the difference in going from a decent sized speaker (or 2, or 4, or even 8) to two tiny speakers with (usually) worse sound quality.

I own about 5 different types of headphones, from small in-ear ones to wireless bluetooth ones to 8 speaker surround sound ones, so I don't plan on buying any more at ridiculously high prices.

I suppose my question is why do most amps bother making headphone inputs when most amps show massive loss of sound quality when using them?

Has anyone come across an amp/set of headphones that doesn't have a horrible sound quality?
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#2
Well, I kind of agree with you, but I don't think there are designed for standard headphones. Maybe they're for Studio Headphones, either way I find them useless.
#3
My Peavey SS 1x10 doesn't sound too bad through my headphones, but I am using like $200 headphones which aren't too shabby themselves. I use the headphone thing sometimes when I don't want to disturb my parents at night.

Good studio headphones ($400+) would probably sound pretty good through them.
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#4
People make them because there's a market for them.

Never tried a headphone out on an amp though, seemed to defeat the purpose. I'd just get a pod if I wanted something like that
#6
i have a line6 amp and i use headphones every now and then. there is a loss in quality, but i use it if i cant be loud or i run into the line in port on my computer if i want to record something. works fine for what i want it for.
#7
I do see the point, obviously a lot of people use their amps at night so they use headphones, it's just a bit strange when you lose so much tone. Not everyone's gonna spend $200 on headphones for playing at night.
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I do see the point, obviously a lot of people use their amps at night so they use headphones, it's just a bit strange when you lose so much tone. Not everyone's gonna spend $200 on headphones for playing at night.

if your the only one hearing the guitar it doesnt matter how it sounds.
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Not everyone's gonna spend $200 on headphones for playing at night.

I doubt most would unless they are professionals or very passionate about their hobby. I'm guessing that most people that use headphones are accepting less overall tone for the benefit of having some amplification and effects. As opposed to not plugging in and just playing clean quietly.
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#10
Actually, one of those irrelevant features i like in my Laney, is the fact that it doesn't have neither a headphone output nor a aux. in (to play along with an MP3 player, or a discman, or stuff like that).

I want an amplifier to play the guitar. If i want to play along with songs, i use my computer to play the tracks. I have a 2.1 Creative sound system with 8+8+32 watts connected to my laptop. Very nice to play along with!
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if your the only one hearing the guitar it doesnt matter how it sounds.

I do see what you mean here, but I guess some people wouldn't make the connection with the different speaker types etc. and wonder why their amp sounds worse/different.
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#12
Well its usefull for playing at night or when others are trying to watch TV. Its funny how many will spend good money for a guitar then more money on pickups. They buy decent guitar cables spend good money on pedals, amps, modelers but won't spend over a 100 for a reasonable set of headphones.
#13
i dont know of an amp that has headphone outs that even sounds good WITHOUT the headphones.


but i think its blatantly obvious why they put them on amps, so that you can practise without disturbing others.
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#14
i personally think spider's sound infinitely better with good headphones. that's probly because you are then using it as a pod (which is actually a good piece of equipment rather than as a spider
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#15
The speakers are a part of the tone of the amp. And headphones arent going to give this tone. Expensive ones will sound a little better but nothing like the amp will thru speakers. You are asking why amps even have headphone jacks and others are wanting to know why 100 watt stack amps dont always have em.
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I do see the point, obviously a lot of people use their amps at night so they use headphones, it's just a bit strange when you lose so much tone. Not everyone's gonna spend $200 on headphones for playing at night.

That's true, but I didn't buy my expensive headphones to play guitar at night. I bought them for other purposes.
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#17
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That's true, but I didn't buy my expensive headphones to play guitar at night. I bought them for other purposes.

I have great headphones but they must be USB powered they're so big, which means no amp use sadly. They have 4 speakers in each each with built in sub woofers, porn never sounded better.
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i dont know of an amp that has headphone outs that even sounds good WITHOUT the headphones.


but i think its blatantly obvious why they put them on amps, so that you can practise without disturbing others.

the first part is kinda what i thought when i read the topic. most amps that have headphone outs are made for practicing, and as a result arent going to have great tone to start. throw in the fact that you arent really running parts of the amp (cause you dont need all that amplification to run a 2" speaker) and that adds some as well. most people also have headphones made for listening to pre-mixed music, or just cheapish headphones. to get a better sound out of your guitar you would want more flat response headphones like for mixing, and quality ones at that.

basicly, the amp isnt great, you cut out important parts of the amp and the headphones probably arent all that great.