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    I've discovered a couple bass headphone amps that look interesting. But I'm apprehensive about playing such low notes right into my ears. I wouldn't think it's the same as listening to full range music that contains bass, but I'm not sure. Does anyone play, or practice bass, with headphones?

    https://www.sweetwater.com/ashdown-tone-pocket-bass-headphone-amplifier

    https://www.amazon.com/Phil-Jones-Ba.../dp/B00VBUTEDC

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    I love my Vox AmPlug Twin for guitar. I put my bass through it too, sometimes. They made a bass model, but I haven't bought it, as my Rumble 40 has a headphone jack.

    I wouldn't be concerned about low notes; high notes are probably doing more damage. Just use common sense.
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    I was sorta thinking along those lines. Plus, I doubt they'd market the product if it was a big concern. That Phil Jones unit looks sweet.

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    I practice guitar and bass this way at home. With AmpliTube and the Ampeg SVT model with the bass and whatever I want with guitar (usually a Plexi setup or Soldano SLO). I picked up a pair of Skullcandy headphones that sound killer for what I need.

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    Nice. I'm lucky in that I've got a couple of really nice headphones. A pair of Sennheiser HD-280 Pro's, and a pair of BeyerDynamic DT-770 Pro's. The Sennheisers have a really deep, but not overstated, bass response. I just might pull the trigger on one of those that I linked to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    I practice guitar and bass this way at home. With AmpliTube and the Ampeg SVT model with the bass . . .
    Just curious. What kind of hardware interface are you using?

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    When I bought my first bass back in '75 I couldn't afford an amp at first, so I purchased powered headphones. Bonus: I could play in the middle of the night and not wake up the house. Today - I still have headphones and a little "amp in a box" for bass or guitar, and I still play in the middle of the night without bothering anyone even though large amps for bass or guitar is within an arms reach. Practice headphones make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Just curious. What kind of hardware interface are you using?
    The IKMultimedia iRig 2. I have AmpliTube on an iPhone 5C that I no longer use. I come out of the iRig to a little mixer and my laptop audio out runs in to that same mixer and then I use the headphones out on the mixer to hear everything. I even went and got an iKlip for the iPhone and have it mounted on a mic stand next to the mixer. Makes the perfect little setup.

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    I cannot stand playing bass with headphones, I think there's too much sound pressure and it feels uncomfortable after half an hour.
    However, it feels the totally opposite using in-ear monitors, I'm using KZ ZX6 quad drivers ($50). I played for years using Line6 Pod Farm on my Mac, which has very good amp models (opposite from their guitar amp models...). Last year I was shopping for a preamp/DI solution and I bought an Ampeg SCR-DI which has a very nice Ampeg sound, an overdrive (like a pushed SVT), headphones out and aux-in. Can run on 9v battery so very portable. Nice sound with headphones (it as a built-in "simili " cab simulator). Highly recommanded as headphone practice amp and preamp/DI for direct to FOH (ampless gigs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    The IKMultimedia iRig 2. I have AmpliTube on an iPhone 5C that I no longer use. I come out of the iRig to a little mixer and my laptop audio out runs in to that same mixer and then I use the headphones out on the mixer to hear everything. I even went and got an iKlip for the iPhone and have it mounted on a mic stand next to the mixer. Makes the perfect little setup.
    Nice. I may do similar. I'll probably run my EH Battalion into my Peavey PV 10 AT mixer. Or, if I want to keep it a little more simple, then just the Battalion into my Focusrite 2i2.

    Quote Originally Posted by donaldr View Post
    Last year I was shopping for a preamp/DI solution and I bought an Ampeg SCR-DI which has a very nice Ampeg sound, an overdrive (like a pushed SVT), headphones out and aux-in. Can run on 9v battery so very portable. Nice sound with headphones (it as a built-in "simili " cab simulator). Highly recommanded as headphone practice amp and preamp/DI for direct to FOH (ampless gigs).
    That looks like a sweet unit. It was one of the options I was looking at when I decided on the Battalion. But the Battalion doesn't have a headphone out, so I'll do either of what I said above.

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    There's couple of headphone amps in guitar pedal format. But to my surprise, none has aux-input, otherwise I would have buy one right now

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    Default Re: Bass guitar with headphones?

    I haven't seen those. Links or brands?

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    Default Re: Bass guitar with headphones?

    EHX, Mooer, MXR comes to mind

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    I'll check 'em out.

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    I'd normally never associate Trace Elliot with bass gear, but this foot pedal pushes all the buttons. (No pun intended.) Aux in, headphone out, 5-band EQ, pre and post out. And a reasonable price.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...s-preamp-pedal

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