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Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:47 pm
by Tom Overthere
For a while I'll have to set aside monitor speakers and acoustic room treatment, and learn to mix on headphones instead. I've decided on Sennheiser HD 650 which operate at 300 Ohms.

Is the front-panel 1/4" headphone jack on my Firestudio Project suitable for driving the Sennheiser HD 650s? I hope to avoid buying a headphone amp.

Thanks

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 12:04 pm
by cristofe
It should be sufficient. But why not just plug them in and find out for yourself? If you've got plenty of volume the answer is yes. If not.....then no. My HD 598's work fine with my firestudios but they do run at a lower impedance. Not sure tho why you're going for open backed home hi-fi headphones as that's what the 650's are designed for:

Can be directly connected to stationary hi-fi components of the highest quality, in particular SACD, DVD-A and CD players

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:01 pm
by Tom Overthere
Thanks for your reply, cristof ==

I'll purchase the HD 650 headphones online, so no opportunity to try before buying. And since I don't want to purchase a headphone amp, I'd opt out of buying the HD 650s if it turns out they do require a headphone amp.

As for them being home hi-fi headphones, a lot of reliable sources say the HD 650s are well suited to mixing - especially when paired with Sonarworks Reference 4 software as I intend to do.

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:35 am
by matthewgorman
Tom Overthere wroteThanks for your reply, cristof ==

I'll purchase the HD 650 headphones online, so no opportunity to try before buying. And since I don't want to purchase a headphone amp, I'd opt out of buying the HD 650s if it turns out they do require a headphone amp.

As for them being home hi-fi headphones, a lot of reliable sources say the HD 650s are well suited to mixing - especially when paired with Sonarworks Reference 4 software as I intend to do.


A few years ago while in transition with my space, I mixed a Christmas Album (yep, released to vinyl) on a pair of Bose earbuds. Its not what you use, its how well you know it.

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:41 am
by Tom Overthere
Thanks for encouraging advice, Matt.

Per my online research, I'm not sure why AKG K712 Pro headphones at just 62 ohms are said to require more amplifier than the Sennheiser HD650s at 300ohms...

I think the HD650s are the right choice, but I don't want to add a headphone amp... When using just basic closed-back tracking headphones (Tascam TH-200, I think), if I turn up the FireStudio Project's front-panel Headphone Out beyond 3 or 4 it's too loud for me.

So I'm hoping the FSP will power the HD650s. If anybody can educate me I'd appreciate it.

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:59 pm
by cristofe
Its not what you use, its how well you know it.


Damn skippy. Too many of us feed into the hype of "if we just had this piece of gear or that
we'd suddenly become the greatest producer on earth." That being said.....I still suffer greatly
from G.A.S......LOL!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:28 pm
by Tom Overthere
If anybody's interested, I bought the Sennheiser HD650 headphones (300 ohms) I get sufficient volume with the FireStudio Project's headphone volume pot set to about 3 (on a scale of 10). So the FSP easily drives these headphones.

Re: Is the FireStudio Project Headphone Jack Suitable for "Mixing-level" Headphones?

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:44 am
by cristofe
That's good to know. Thanks for sharing your results Tom! :+1