Overall, this is a value unit that works great for the $20-40 price tag. If you need something cheap to do band practices with, it’s an okay DIY-styled solution to get things going.
Though if you are serious about having permanent headphone-amp jam sessions, I recommend something more suited to that utility such as a Roland Digital Multitrack, which is considerably more expensive.
I bought this Mini Headphone amp with the intention of having band practices with it.
We didn’t really have a place to jam, so I had to find a way to do it quietly, and my drummer already had a digital drumset.
The one barrier we ran into, was that the headphone amp only has one input, and when you have 3 instruments that need to plug in…
Jumping The Hurdle
In the end the problem was fixed by using a mixer, combined with the Behringer HA400.
I used the digital mixer from the Bose L1 system that my brother owned, and everything turned out perfect.
My only complaint is that stupid power cable. I mean, it has a little bit of tension when you try and pull it out, but barely any at all.
The easiest way to fix that problem would be to screw on one of those curved metal pieces that holds you cord on and protects it from being ripped out of your socket. It would have been nice if they put one on in the first place though.
Verdict on the Behringer HA400
- Can hold 4 sets of headphones with ease
- Easy to use interface
- No distortion of signal
- Amplifies your signal decently for the price
- Power Jack doesn’t hold the cord in at all (it needs to sit perfectly still, and knocking it will most likely unplug it)
- Only 1 input, so it needs to be combined with a mixer
Overall I think the amp is worth buying if you need to buy one, seeing as though the only thing wrong with it is the loose power jack which can easily be fixed (mentioned above), and that it only has 1 input.
Another plus is the price, which really can only be beat by one or two other amps on the market, which are no-name brands.
As I said above, I would recommend the Roland if you are going to do this for more than a few months, but if you need a really cheap, temporary solution, this thing can be your baby.
Oh, and if you aren’t using it for a band, but just need a headphone amp for listening to music, this should work just fine.
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