#1
I am experiencing issues with my headphones. I am only getting sound out of one ear when I am plugged into my amp. I thought it was the cheap headphones that I was using. However I just purchased a new pair (slightly less cheap) and the problem persists. Would anyone have any suggestions as to what could be causing this problem?
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#2
Do you mean the Randall RG50TC in your sig?

If you do, it doesn't have a headphone output so you shouldn't be doing it.
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#3
Really? I've been using it for awhile. So does that mean I can't use headphones with the amp?
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#4
If there isn't a headphones output, then no you shouldn't be doing it.

What were you plugging into anyway? If you were playing your amp without a proper load connected to the main speaker output, you're probably lucky you haven't blown it completely.
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#5
Quote by GaryBillington
If there isn't a headphones output, then no you shouldn't be doing it.

What were you plugging into anyway? If you were playing your amp without a proper load connected to the main speaker output, you're probably lucky you haven't blown it completely.


i am hoping he was using the effects send.

plugging headphones into the effects send wouldn't damage anything would it?

Quote by MegaD
I am experiencing issues with my headphones. I am only getting sound out of one ear when I am plugged into my amp. I thought it was the cheap headphones that I was using. However I just purchased a new pair (slightly less cheap) and the problem persists. Would anyone have any suggestions as to what could be causing this problem?


probably a mismatch in connectors and jacks. your headphones are TRS (or TRRS depending on what type you have) and whatever jack you are plugging into is most likely just TS. this is probably leaving the ring with no input signal, so you just get sound outta one ear.

you could probably use a simple female TRS to male TS adapter to fix that problem. though as mentioned earlier you really don't want to do this through the speaker out on the amp.
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#6
Jesus. I guess I should have checked here awhile ago. I was plugging the headphones into the "sp.output" jack. There are two jacks, 4ohm and 8 ohm. So if I am understanding correctly these are not to be used for headphones? My eq and pedal are plugged into the effects loop. I have been playing without headphones and sound seems to be ok. However what damage, if any, could have been caused by plugging headphones into those outputs?
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#7
You could cause spikes of high voltage in the amp circuitry and burn up your output tranny.
#8
Quote by fly135
You could cause spikes of high voltage in the amp circuitry and burn up your output tranny.


How would I determine if there was a problem like this? The amp sounds normal to me. Would there be a certain sound/noise coming out of the amp?
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#9
Just consider yourself lucky and don't do it anymore. Headphones are not designed to take the load a 'Speaker Out' wants to give to a loudspeaker.

If the amp works fine then just move on. Any damage that would have occurred would have happened by now and would probably be fairly obvious. I'm not as smart as some of the other guys that have posted so far in here though.
#10
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Just consider yourself lucky and don't do it anymore. Headphones are not designed to take the load a 'Speaker Out' wants to give to a loudspeaker.

If the amp works fine then just move on. Any damage that would have occurred would have happened by now and would probably be fairly obvious. I'm not as smart as some of the other guys that have posted so far in here though.


That is the plan. Although hopefully one of these "smart guys" can confirm if the damage would be noticeable. And what the remedy for this damage would be. Thanks to all that have answered.
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#11
Like fly135 said, the mismatch would cause the Output Transformer to freak out and it could cause some of the actual components in the circuit path to fry (like grid resisters and things like that). You could take the amp chassis out and inspect the PCB and wiring for scaring and such but based on the premiss of this thread I wouldn't do that if I were you. Messing around inside of tube amps can be dangerous, mainly because the filter capacitors can hold lethal electrical charges in them even weeks after the amp has been turned off.

Seriously, if the amp plays and sounds fine now then just consider yourself lucky and move on.
#12
And to solve the OTHER problem- wanting to play through headphones- look for one of the various portable digital modeling devices out there.

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BR80/

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Pandora Stomp
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PandoraSTOr/

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. The PX4 is discontinued, but it can still be easily found. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.
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#13
Quote by dannyalcatraz
And to solve the OTHER problem- wanting to play through headphones- look for one of the various portable digital modeling devices out there.

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BR80/

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Pandora Stomp
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PandoraSTOr/

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. The PX4 is discontinued, but it can still be easily found. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.



And these would allow me to play through the headphones?
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Randall RG50TC
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MXR KFK 10-band EQ
#14
Yeah, but not through your amp. He was just giving a bunch of amp modeling options with headphone out.
#15
Exactly. Any of those will let you practice quietly with your headphones. They'll fit in a case or gigbag, too, so if you travel any...

In addition, many of those things can interface with your computer and/or can be plugged into your amp, essentially giving you a portable MFX device. They're awesome practice tools.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Feb 8, 2014,
#16
IF you really wanted to play through headphones on your own tube amp that was not equipped with a headphone jack (as most are not) then you could always get something like this:

https://taweber.powweb.com/weber/hpa50.htm

Another idea would be to scrap the Randall and get a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60