The Model 454 HeadPod is a professional 4-output headphone distribution pod with four independent stereo power amplifiers. Working with any headphone type, the HeadPod provides high headroom to avoid ... Click To Read More About This Product
The Model 454 HeadPod is a professional 4-output headphone distribution pod with four independent stereo power amplifiers. Working with any headphone type, the HeadPod provides high headroom to avoid clipping even at high sound levels. Designed for ultra low distortion and wide frequency response capabilities, the Model 454 also allows for longer listening sessions without listener fatigue.
Individual volume controls are provided for each of the four headphone outputs, made with durable metal jacks. A master volume control on the HeadPod allows for matching of source levels. It connects to any analog source, with a rear panel selector switch to choose between balanced sources (discrete left and right) and unbalanced sources (e.g., stereo on TRS from a headphone amplifier).
The Model 454 HeadPod is housed in a sturdy and attractive all-metal chassis, and includes a 12VAC power supply.
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The Aphex Headpod is about as simple as it gets, four clean headphone amps ... no hassles, no problems. You can use the stereo 1/4�ۡ�ݕ�_ input if you're coming off a headphone jack output, or you can use the dual mono 1/4�ۡ�ݕ�_ jacks if you're coming off your mixers aux sends or similar. Set the master volume to a reasonable place and then set the four individual headphone outputs to taste. Even without metering, this process is easy. Now the good part ... the Headpod is actually four separate headphone amps, so there aren't any loading or impedance issues. For example ... let's say you've got some high impedance headphones (like AKG's or Ultrason'es) that require lots of boost to get them up to volume and let's say you've got some low impedance Fostex's too. If you used a Y-splitter on these headphone's, one set would be louder, another quieter and both would have their frequency response slightly altered and there would be some distortion. With the Headpod, you might have the AKG's at a level of �ۡ��̏7�ۡ�ݕ�_ while the Fostex's would be at �ۡ��̏3�ۡ�ݕ�_ ... both sets would be good and loud, no distortion, no frequency response alteration. This is a big deal, especially if you have un-matched headphones that you must simultaneously use. I'm not advising it, but the Headpod will go crazy loud, loud enough to bring even drummers to their knees. At least at reasonable levels you can be sure of no distortion, unrestricted dynamic range and frequency response well beyond human hearing. My only gripe is small ... that doggone power light is bright! It's one of those new white/blue LED's with really high output. The solution is a small piece of tape over it, no problem. At first I didn't easily see (hear) how well the Headpod performed. Now that I'm used to mine I've come to realize this is the best affordable headphone amp on the market ... just keep your sunglasses nearby.
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