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Do I need a studio Headphones from beginning?

Built-in laptop speakers are largely useless. A cheap headphone already has a much better chance at reproducing lower frequencies. Its stereo representation is rather different from that of a pair ...
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Can differences between high quality audio formats be noticed on low quality headphones?

The short answer is "No". The long answer is: I did a study in university to find out if people can, as some people say, notice the difference between different audio codecs and different bit-rates of ...
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What are the limits of the 3.5mm jack?

There could be a limit on the amount of power that can be transmitted because of the common-ground/return circuit topology forced by the standard TRS pinout. It is much easier to get higher power from ...
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Headphones - Is constantly wearing them bad? (not music)

If you keep under the safety limits in your listening levels and time exposed and take breaks from listening (I've heard 15 minutes break per 45 minutes of listening), then I think you should be safe. ...
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Headphones - Is constantly wearing them bad? (not music)

There's no inherent risk in prolonged use of headphones provided the volume is kept at reasonable levels (at least according to my otorhinolaryngologist). Aural isolation is not a problem, on the ...
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Noise Cancellation Headphones

Yes, you will get noise cancellation even if you're not playing music. Don't take my word for it - any search engine should give you hits like this and this. There are some that will cancel noise even ...
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Convert speaker stereo mix to headphone

You could have a look into processing the recordings with the help of a binaural panning tool such as the one included in Logic. You would import the two channels of your audio files as two seperate ...
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PA Mixer monitor - mono to stereo headphones

It's a mono output jack, so needs a mono jack, or preferably TRS with bridge, if you're going to a stereo headphone amp. A regular TRS > TRS will arrive at the headphone amp as one side of a 'stereo' ...
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Headphones splitter for audiointerface's line out

It is an amplified headphone distributor. Sweetwater.com has many. There is a cheap one for $30 but most are a $200-300 and up. If you get an inexpensive one, make sure it’s powered - otherwise it can ...
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Headphones: Can you use bass boosted headphones as professional sound editing headphones after making some changes in software or hardware changes?

Unless you have specific measuring tools for headphones, you'd have to do it by ear - see this for a quick rundown of how you can do it on Mac - How to do speaker correction on a MacBook Pro Retina ...
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What happens when the output impedance of a headphone amp is higher than the input impedance of the headphones?

First a short historical notice. In the old days, professional headphones often where 600 Ohm, sometimes 250 Ohm. The IEC standard from 1996 recommended an output impedance of 120 Ohms for the ...
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Individual headphone mixes from a mixer with only XLR outputs

XLR outputs are line outputs. You can use XLR to TRS Jack cables to connect the Qu-16 outputs to a headphone amplifier like the Headamp 8. The Qu-16 can also be connected to personal mixers. Those ...
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Noise Cancellation Headphones

I would say that it does depend on the brand, and the hardware used. I can tell you that Bose QC15s and QC3s actively cancelled out background hum and noise when activated even when there was no ...
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High impedance headphone for MacBook without an amp?

I have my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm connected directly to my MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) as I am typing this and they sound great and get plenty loud, anything above 75% volume is actually too ...
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Headset amplifier (headphone amplifier with mic preamp)

why don't you just plug it into the mic-input on the motherboard?
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Idle noise on audio-interface when listening trough headphones

Turning the monitor control all the way should give you only the playback source in the output. The monitor control is there to set the amount of direct input to playback when you're tracking live ...
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Panning/stereo problem with Denon AH-MM200BK headphones

This very much sounds like the plugs are incompatible. Compare the looks of the two headphone jacks (those you actually plug in in case you use some kind of adapter), in particular the number of ...
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What's the difference between 3 pin, 4 pin, and 5 pin XLR intercom headsets?

3-pin is usually for balanced mono lines - a single balanced mic, etc. 4-pin can carry a mono signal to a headset & a mono unbalanced mic return. 5-pin can carry stereo to a headset & a mono ...
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How to properly equalize headphones?

I usually use pink noise and adjust band per band, counter-equalizing the device I'm calibrating for. I listen to the noise while moving each band up and down, untill I feel like it's balanced. Then ...
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Are there any high quality professional 1/4” jack headphones?

These days, those are going to be rare because so many sources have 3.5mm sockets. If you insist on having a 1/4" connector instead of an adapter, cut off the existing connector and solder in a 1/4" ...
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Creating single channel sound (left or right) with no audio bleed into the other channel

This is called crosstalk: the signal on the left channel leaks into the right channel. When you have 2 audio circuits (left and right) close together without being shielded, the electromagnetic fields ...
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Why does using an extension cable on my headset with a TRRS jack cause the stereo signal to leak into the microphone signal?

Here's some background information that might be useful to understand what's going on. The bare physics answer to “why is this happening” is: two wires running close together form an unintended ...
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Can I drive additional headphones from a Monitor Out of my audiointerface without damaging them?

Your headphones should be safe plugged into the monitor sockets but you're unlikely to hear much. The monitor sockets are intended to feed an amplifier or amplified speakers with a medium input ...
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How to know if studio monitors are loud enough?

Your first priority here should be your own hearing. Check the actual sound levels in the room. Listening to anything over 75dB for prolonged periods (as we doo with music and sound design) WILL cause ...
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Panning/stereo problem with Denon AH-MM200BK headphones

To extend user20438's answer: The Denons do one thing that is odd - that is when the sound is panned fully to the right, I hear what I would expect. However, when panned fully to the left, the ...
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Headphone Impedance Issue, L/R channels cancel each other out

Your ground connection is missing from the headphones. Check the continuity from each ear-piece to the ground connection which is the Sleeve on your 3-pin stereo plug. You should be able to do this ...
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Headset amplifier (headphone amplifier with mic preamp)

The M-audio 24/96 soundcard is not designed to do what you are asking. If you wanted a simple, single-piece solution for handling mic input and headphone output, you could look at a small external ...
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Convert speaker stereo mix to headphone

Using any of a large number of audio processing applications, such as Reaper, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, Pro Tools, Live, etc., you can import the audio as either a stereo track or two separate mono ...
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Is there earphone ear mold sleeve exists?

With in-ear monitors you either get mass produced models with sleeves or you have your ears cast to get a mold and have them custom built. It is impossible to have mass production prices an something ...
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