#1
Hello all!
A few months ago I bought an Orange Micro Terror to use as a small practice amp that wouldn't disturb my roommates. It sounds great plugged into a speaker and the clean tones through headphones are fine. My only complaint is that I can't seem to get a good distorted tone through headphones without cranking the volume painfully loud. Not only does it hurt my ears but I also tend to get headaches quite easily. The headphones I'm currently using with it are the Audio-Technica M50X model.
I imagine this is simply because the speakers in the headphones just don't have the same oomph as a normal speaker would and this may just be an unfortunate reality, but is there any way I can drive the distortion a bit harder while keeping the volume down?
Thanks in advance.
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#3
Buy a volume control to put between the amp and the headphones. Any big box electronics store should have something. So will Amazon and Monoprice.
#4
i tried listening to one through headphones, i didn't like it. it sounded way better through a speaker. i don't know why though.
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#5
Guitar speakers are made to color the sound that they reproduce, while headphones are made not to.

The best solution would be to get a guitar cab simulator like the ADA GCS-2.
If you really think the sound is better when you turn up the volume and it's not only because of the difference in volume than a simple low power attenuator/volume control will work just as good, but I'd think it wouldn't really solve your problem.
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#6
I think this a problem with this particular amp. The Micro Dark terror has a speaker emulated headphone out (I think) or simulated which addresses this issue. Although I haven't heard one.

Might be worth a try as stated above to try an overdrive.
#7
Thanks for all the advice! I'll look into the overdrive pedal first, and go from there.
Is Mayones an instrument?

Gear
Ibanez RG8
Gibson LPJ
LTD MH-401
Epiphone G-400 Goth
Yamaha F310 (Who doesn't own one of these?)

Fender Super Champ XD
Orange Micro Terror
#8
Studio headphones will make a difference, the Focusrite Scarlett ones make any amp sound amazing in the overdrive section of the amp.