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Can a line out be used for headphones?

talal107

I am very close on deciding which audio interface I want to get. But one has two headphone outputs but is $100 more expensive than the other one which only has one headphone out. I was wondering if it was possible to plug in headphones to one of the four line outs that is on the back of the interface? maybe with a 3.5mm to 1/4 inch converter? would it destroy my headphones?
Thanks in advance
July 2, 2014 @06:25pm
TimOBrien

Wont destroy them but wont work either. Signal isn't strong enough.
You'd need a headphone amplifier plugged into the line out.
http://www.sweetwater.com/c413--Headphone_Amps_and_Distribution
July 3, 2014 @07:52pm
AndyH

It may not be ideal but it will often work. What headphones require varies markedly depending on their electrical specifications. Do you have a line out of any sort now? It probably will not be identical to whatever you buy, but testing on it may give you a reasonable idea of how any particular headphones will work. Some headphones may do well, others may produce only a too quiet output.
July 6, 2014 @08:22am
Ainsley09

Yeah its good to use.. It can be work for this. Few of headphones give a good output
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August 25, 2014 @10:37pm
TimmyP1955

Some line outs will drive some headphones just fine. You just have to try the particular combination you have in mind to see what happens.
http://www.padrick.net/LiveSound/Interfacing.htm
September 9, 2014 @04:51am