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Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier 

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Livewire4-Channel Headphone Amplifier
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (11)
  • Great sound (11)
  • Compact (10)
  • Durable (7)
  • Good bass (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (9)
  • With my computer (9)
  • Music (7)
  • Portable devices (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (6), Gear head (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works well

I bought this because my local music store ran out of the ART 4 channel headphone amp equivalent in the same price range. I read one good review of the guy who A/B'd...Read complete review

I bought this because my local music store ran out of the ART 4 channel headphone amp equivalent in the same price range. I read one good review of the guy who A/B'd this vs the ART model so I thought I would give it a shot (very few reviews for this Livewire HA204 unit online). I did not have a chance to use the ART amp so I cannot comment on how this one performs against that or any other similar unit. But I'm using this with an Apogee Duet 2. Previously I was using a Y-cable/splitter to connect 2 sets of headphones to the Duet 2. I wasn't getting as much volume as I wanted, although the clarity was pretty much there. I was afraid a lesser quality headphone amp would diminish the sound quality. So I took a chance on this unit and all I can say is so far so good. I have not noticed a difference in the sound quality from the Duet 2, however I am getting more gain/volume/boost than before, which is exactly what I wanted. If you're running more than one pair of headphones with your DAW and you're not getting enough volume or only have one headphone output, this is a good choice. You can individually control the levels of 4 sets of headphones, which is nice.

The only drawback is that I don't really know what I'm doing with the inputs of the unit from the headphone output of the Duet 2. The front of the headphone amp has one 1/4" stereo input (unbalanced), and on the back there are two 1/4" mono left/right (balanced) inputs. What I have done is run an RCA cable with standard left/right male connectors on one end, and 1/8" male connector for the other end. Basically the same type of cable you would use to connect your iPod to an aux in on a stereo or mixer, etc. I've got a 1/4" adapter so that I can plug into the headphone out of the Apogee Duet 2, and 2 mono 1/4" RCA adapters on the other end of my RCA cable to run into the back of the unit. I was afraid that the RCA cable would be "unbalanced" and cause a sound problem, but so far it is working fine.

I will have to investigate a bit more to see what the best option is for connecting from the Duet 2 into the headphone amp. Just thought I would point that out in case anybody else has that same issue. I'm not well schooled on balanced/unbalanced cabling so I had to improvise, but I will try to contact Apogee and Livewire directly to get that clarified.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wanna fix my 3200?

Needed headphone distribution for home recording. Somehow managed to lock up the front panel on my D-3200; now it doesn't work and it seems no one can fix it, so I can't...Read complete review

Needed headphone distribution for home recording. Somehow managed to lock up the front panel on my D-3200; now it doesn't work and it seems no one can fix it, so I can't record and don't need or trust it but it sounds fine. Thanks for nothing.

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1.0

Wanna fix my 3200?

By Dr. J

from TN

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

      Needed headphone distribution for home recording. Somehow managed to lock up the front panel on my D-3200; now it doesn't work and it seems no one can fix it, so I can't record and don't need or trust it but it sounds fine. Thanks for nothing.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Really good headphone amp!!!!

      By Joe Sherman

      from Sardis Arkansas

      About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Relaxing
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

        Great headphone amp. No noise. It will drive four sets of phones easily. It looks great sitting on my desk.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Unit Functions Exactly as Described

        By Buddy the dog

        from Houston TX

        About Me Audiophile

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Portable Devices
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

          Use as a headphone amp to watch TV without disturbing others in the house.
          Tight but not overwhelming lows with clear mid/highs. Exactly what I was looking for

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Works as advertised

          By AJ

          from Binghamton NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio

            Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

            Works very well for tracking music in a home studio as well as sharing music with friends. The design isn't the greatest, for instance having the headphone outputs on the front would be much more user-friendly. Not a deal breaker though as sound quality and consistent output are the most important aspects for my uses.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice unit

            By Baxter

            from Calgary AB Canada

            About Me Vintage Dude

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Has a power on/off switch

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • With My Computer
              • With my electronic drums ( Rolands )

              Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

              Compact, versatile, sturdy design. Clear, warm, natural sounding. My e-kit has never sounded better. If you get this amp I don't think you will be disappointed.

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              good solid budget priced unit

              By little blind t-bud

              from miami beach, fl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Value

              Cons

              • i would be nice if it had mini-plugs
              • multi inputs would be nice

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio
              • Music
              • With My Computer

              Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

              mostly to have multi-outputs from laptop/smartphone/other sources and quickly switch between headphones and desktop speakers or other; so use it as an output mux;

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Worked perfectly, durable design

              By Mike

              from Pacific, MO

              About Me Audiophile

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Portable Devices

                Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                I'm using this unit while doing home recording with GarageBand on a iPad.
                I like its heavy duty design and hope to get lots of good use from it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Get What You Pay For!

                By jeffrey

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                Plenty of volume without distortion!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Enhancement

                By Zak

                from Detroit, MI

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                Does exactly what I need and has an excellent amp.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best HP amp I've used

                By Walt

                from Indiana

                About Me Audiophile, Small Studio Engineer

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                Pros

                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Versatile Inputs

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • Recording Studio Monitoring

                  Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                  This headphone amp has more power, clarity and versatility than any I've used and more than any HP output from my audio interfaces or mixers. Almost certainly the best in its cost range.
                  The sound is big, full and clearly detailed - I have not noticed any distortion or coloration.
                  The balanced inputs on the back allow you to create a separate HP mix in your DAW or mixer rather than just duplicating the mix from another HP output, but you can still do that with the input on the front.
                  The unit feels solidly built.
                  Be careful of your hearing - with an amp this powerful and clear, your ears can get used to the sound and it can be tempting to turn it up higher and higher.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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