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#3039709 10/26/20 10:01 PM
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Hi All,
I mostly play through headphones but I don't hear as well out of my right ear as I do my left and I would love to rig up a balance control for the my piano's headphone out. I would prefer not run through the computer as my partner would not be interested in firing that up every time she wanted to play, although I might be open to that if I couldn't find a satisfactory hardware solution. Right now I'm running the headphone output of the piano (Casio AP470) into a headphone amp (Schiit Magni 3) which adds a little presence to the sound and gives me headroom on the volume control.

You'd think that if there was ever a device that would benefit from a balance control it would be a headphone amp but it seems that the the ones that do cost at least as much as my piano. I suppose the manufacturers assume you'll be listening through a computer and can adjust with software. I'm hoping that a small mixer or audio interface between the headphone output and my Magni 3 will solve my problem and not be too pricey but I don't know much about what's available and I hope some knowledgeable person on the forum can help me out. if the solution had EQ as well that would be a plus. The bass end of the piano seems accented when I listen with headphones but that may just be a function of my better hearing with my left ear...Thanks, All

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A Behringer Xenyx 502 will cost less than your DP, and has a decent headphone amp (it will drive my AKG K240 Studio phones _loud_), and independent L/R channel gain controls.

It has (I think) a two-band tone control, and the bass cut is around 80 Hz. The Xenyx 802 has a three-band tone control (the added band is a useful mid-frequency "presence boost").

There is nothing gold-plated about it, but it will solve your problem.


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I don't often differ with Charles, but in this case ...

How about this AMPLIFIER.
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Balance control, tone controls. And you can use it with speakers, too.
The plus for me is that it has the controls up front, and all the uglies (connections) hidden in back.

FYI, I don't own one of these, but we bought a similar one for mother-in-law, just for listening to TV with headphones.

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OR ..... These options ....

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Mix5--mackie-mix5-5-channel-compact-mixer

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MG06X--yamaha-mg06x-6-channel-mixer-with-effects

I have owned both of them.

I like the Yamaha model better. Seems to give me cleaner sound.

I would suggest you speak with a sales person at (your favorite) and explain your issue and hear what they have to say.

All of these suggestions come with different options you may be wise to consider.

Good Luck


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Thanks so much for all the suggestions. I’m going down to the local audio store this week and talk with them and I’m grateful for any input before I go. Advice from users of specific gear or software especially appreciated. I’m getting my hearing tested in a couple of weeks so I probably won’t make a move until I’ve done that...thanks again.

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
FYI, I don't own one of these, but we bought a similar one for mother-in-law, just for listening to TV with headphones.

2x 120W?

Should just about do the trick. wink


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