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How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby Zooropean77 » 07 Dec 2017 21:11

Hello,

I have Creek 4330 integrated with phono stage. I am looking for a way to listen to my records with headphones, but my Creek doesn't have a headphone jack. What are my options for achieving this? I should mention that the Creek does have outs for a power amplifier. Could they be used with a headphone amplifier, for example? Thanks.
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby StephDale » 07 Dec 2017 22:21

I suspect there are other ways to solve the problem, but I think I'd probably but a headphone amplifier and hook it up through the tape loop. That way you can turn the volume completely down on the Creek and listen in private.
I do think it would be nice to use the Creek for the job though, it's a lovely sounding amplifier. Perhaps someone has a way to help with that.

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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby Zooropean77 » 07 Dec 2017 22:40

Update:here is an image of the available connections
https://goo.gl/images/zRKroJ
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby toaster999 » 07 Dec 2017 22:50

Robinette box or read this - https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/tu ... p-adapter/

its a DIY job unless anyone knows somebody thats manufacturing these.
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby Zooropean77 » 07 Dec 2017 22:55

toaster999 wrote:Robinette box or read this - https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/tu ... p-adapter/

its a DIY job unless anyone knows somebody thats manufacturing these.

Can't do this. Plus I still need to use my regular speakers. Thanks anyway.
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby JDJX » 07 Dec 2017 22:59

Zooropean77 wrote:Update:here is an image of the available connections
https://goo.gl/images/zRKroJ


Yeah, you got a tape monitor loop om it.

A bigger question now would be just what headphone amp you would want.... :)
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby Zooropean77 » 07 Dec 2017 23:07

JDJX wrote:
Zooropean77 wrote:Update:here is an image of the available connections
https://goo.gl/images/zRKroJ


Yeah, you got a tape monitor loop om it.

A bigger question now would be just what headphone amp you would want.... :)

So if I use a headphone amp I would have to use the tape output it seems. I would like to know the hardware options and then investigate based on my budget. Thanks
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby JDJX » 08 Dec 2017 00:09

Zooropean77 wrote:
JDJX wrote:
Zooropean77 wrote:Update:here is an image of the available connections
https://goo.gl/images/zRKroJ


Yeah, you got a tape monitor loop om it.

A bigger question now would be just what headphone amp you would want.... :)

So if I use a headphone amp I would have to use the tape output it seems. I would like to know the hardware options and then investigate based on my budget. Thanks


Yes, you would connect a HP amp to the (tape) "out" .
That output would be full volume regardless of an amp's volume control.
You would then control a HP's volume with the HP amp's volume control.

BTW, you need not spend a whole a lot to get great HP sound. :)
I actually have one of theses and it sounds much better than the HP amp in my NAD amp. :)
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby tamarmole » 08 Dec 2017 09:27

I currently use a Quad 303 power / Quad 33 control set up. I picked up a QED Headphone Control unit on ebay for about £12. This is connected into my speaker cables (i.e. speaker output from amp into input on QED, speaker output from QED to input on speakers). The unit itself has a volume pot for the 'phones and an on off switch so I can turn the speakers on or off. Seems to work fine. My only very minor concern is that it is one more bit of kit in my signal chain.

QED don't seem to make them any more but the do come up s/h fairly often.
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby JDJX » 08 Dec 2017 17:18

That must be somewhat similar to the high level(speaker) pass through circuit that electrostatic headphone energizer units use. It just basically replaces the electrostatic energizer with a regular herd phone amp. :)

BTW, electrostatic energizers never seem to effect the sound to the speakers so, what should that.... :)
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Re: How to listen to vinyl on headphones?

Postby Zooropean77 » 08 Dec 2017 17:48

It seems like I'm going to be in the market for a HP amp. Also I just remembered that when I bought the 4330 it came with its own little HP amp but the sound was terrible. It's been 15 years or since then and I wish I still had it in order to figure out the source of the problem. Hopefully it was the amp itself.

Anyway, thanks everyone for their input and ideas.
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