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Andrew Makinson

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wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:11:12 pm »

I am looking for a decent headphone amp to use on stage.  The FOH board will feed IEMs for 9 people on 7 mixes.  I currently use some Rolls RA53b and am looking for a substitute.  The Rolls is great, but doesn't have a mono out option and has more connectivity that I have use for.  If nothing better is mentioned, I'll be buying more of these Rolls units.

Features I want:
Sounds good
Balanced xlr in
Mono switch on out
volume knob on out
AC powered (IEC in would be perfect)
<$150 preferred

I'd love the ati HDA100 but it's too expensive for me at this time. Wish it had an IEC in option.

Any suggestions?
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Jacob Robinson

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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 01:43:54 pm »

I am looking for a decent headphone amp to use on stage.  The FOH board will feed IEMs for 9 people on 7 mixes.  I currently use some Rolls RA53b and am looking for a substitute.  The Rolls is great, but doesn't have a mono out option and has more connectivity that I have use for.  If nothing better is mentioned, I'll be buying more of these Rolls units.

Features I want:
Sounds good
Balanced xlr in
Mono switch on out
volume knob on out
AC powered (IEC in would be perfect)
<$150 preferred

I'd love the ati HDA100 but it's too expensive for me at this time. Wish it had an IEC in option.

Any suggestions?


This should fit the bill.  I have been more than pleased with ours.

In general Elite Core seems to makes great products at their price point!

Elite Core PMA
https://elitecoreaudio.com/product/retail/elite-core-pma-personal-monitor-amplifier

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Kent Thompson

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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 09:13:06 pm »

Because I could not get the church to go for a real pm system I went with a Presonus HP60 It give us 6 channels of headphone amps that are pretty decent. and have a mono switch each channel has a stereo input which I had to adapt to get to mono. You would need 2 of them it looks like.
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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 09:41:01 pm »


This should fit the bill.  I have been more than pleased with ours.

In general Elite Core seems to makes great products at their price point!

Elite Core PMA
https://elitecoreaudio.com/product/retail/elite-core-pma-personal-monitor-amplifier

Jacob, That should do nicely.  Thanks!

Because I could not get the church to go for a real pm system I went with a Presonus HP60 It give us 6 channels of headphone amps that are pretty decent. and have a mono switch each channel has a stereo input which I had to adapt to get to mono. You would need 2 of them it looks like.

Kent, Balanced xlr inputs per channel is a must have for me.  Thanks for the suggestion!
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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 01:34:04 pm »

Jacob, That should do nicely.  Thanks!

Kent, Balanced xlr inputs per channel is a must have for me.  Thanks for the suggestion!


Balanced inputs was a must for me too.  I realize that in reality, it may not make a significant difference depending on the situation.  But I sleep better at night knowing the entire system is wired with balanced interconnects.

Elite core, has some real nice products. 

Like this little headphone cable extender.
http://www.elitecoreaudio.com/product/retail/elite-core-ec-wbp-wired-body-pack-headphone-extension-35mm-fm-xlrf
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John durisko

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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 11:47:18 pm »

How many mixes do you need?
ProCo sells a device that takes mic cable in and has connections for 4 headphone outputs. Xlr linking for many units. You use a standard power amp


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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2014, 06:27:47 pm »

How many mixes do you need?
ProCo sells a device that takes mic cable in and has connections for 4 headphone outputs. Xlr linking for many units. You use a standard power amp


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John,  I'll be running 7 mixes in the standard configuration.  You didn't provide a link or model # for the ProCo device, so I don't know if it might work. 

I have already ordered 10 of the elite core PMA boxes.

Thanks everyone for your help!
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Re: wired balanced headphone amp suggestion
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2014, 12:20:26 am »

I prefer something with a protective limiter.
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