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Old 2010-01-07, 14:00
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headphones dont work. And i'll tell you why.

A HUGE part of guitar tone comes from the guitar speakers, and the guitar cabinet.

foreword: guitar amps are designed to give you a tone through guitar speakers. You do not use regular speakers with guitars, so every amp will be designed with guitar speakers in mind.

First: The speakers themselves are designed for a specific frequency response in order to keep guitar's within their frequency slot in the band, more or less. So guitar speakers are designed to have reduced bass, tamed highs, and lots of mids in comparison to regular speakers. If you run a guitar through a regular stereo speaker, it will sound muddy and fizzy and just bad.

Second: the cabinet: the size of the cab, material, shape, etc etc, all determine in shaping how your speakers will respond.

Headphones have 3 problems when it comes to guitar.
1. Speaker size, headphone speakers are only a few millimeters in diameter compared to your regular 10" or 12" guitar speaker, and have a much different response
2. speaker design, headphone speakers are designed to have a very flat response along a large range of frequencies. Guitars are mid-frequency intruments, and do not occupy the same space as the cymbals on a drum, or a bass instrument.
3. Enclosure design: headphone speakers are put into headphones, not large cabinets, which changes the response.

So, when you run your amp into headphones, you will lose all of those necessary attributes that give your guitar its sound.

Now, line6 and axefx have made work-arounds for this, called "cab sims", which re-equalize the frequency response of your amp to sound like it is being put through a cabinet before it hits your headphones.

hope my post is informative.
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