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Livewire4-Channel Headphone Amplifier
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Good value (13)
  • Great sound (11)
  • Durable (9)
  • Good bass (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (9)
  • With my computer (9)
  • Music (8)
  • Portable devices (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (8), Audiophile (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

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

 

Had trouble with this product.

String players used this device to monitor their cellos during live performance at local church. It worked but will return it because the transformer buzzed so loud we had to wrap it in a...Read complete review

String players used this device to monitor their cellos during live performance at local church. It worked but will return it because the transformer buzzed so loud we had to wrap it in a blanket. This is not normal.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works well

By St.James

from Canada

About Me Gear Head

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • With My Computer

    Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than the ART 4s

    By Crazy

    from Dallas,Tx

    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Has Onoff Switch

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

      I don't normally do reviews but this one is well worth a review. It gets very loud without distorting. I needed it primarily for boosting the signal to my headphones and its just a plus that it has 4 outputs. It takes 1/4" for everything so make sure you have adaptors handy if you need it. I litterally only turn this thing a little more than halfway up and it is crystal clear and push my Dre Beats and my AKG's with ease.

      I ordered this and the ART HeadAmp4's at the same time to do a side by side comparison. If the ART 4's boost the signal to 170% of the orignal signal then these boost it to about 300%. They get way louder and has an on/off button if you care about that and the ART doesn't. The 20 price difference is well worth it. Nothing negative to say about these. I would not hesitate buying another one if I needed to.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works great

      By DigiTorus

      from Toledo, OH

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Music
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

        I was looking for a good headphone amplifier to boost the output from my computer and provide additional jacks for the desktop speakers and the occasional extra listener. This amp works great, nice clean sound, and provides plenty of volume. The lighted on/off switch is handy and the volume controls feel smooth and solid. It took a little searching to find a decent male 3.5mm to 1/4" TRS cable to connect my computer to the unbalanced input, but it was worth the effort. (My original 3.5mm plug w/adapter cable was too noisy.)

        The only thing that it is missing for my purposes would be 3.5mm jacks on the front of the unit to make it a little easier to add/remove headphones. Other than that, no complaints.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (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

        See all my reviews

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        Verified Reviewer

        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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice unit

          By Baxter

          from Calgary AB Canada

          About Me Vintage Dude

          See all my reviews

          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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Get What You Pay For!

            By jeffrey

            from undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works great

            By Beggars Day

            from Olympia Wa.

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • With My Computer

              Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

              I use these to split my Protools jack to all the people recording, no volume or sound loss.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Performs as intended.

              By Skip

              from Frankfort, KY

              About Me Gear Head

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home recording

                Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                This four place headphone amp performs exactly as expected and it was a good value. It has enough weight that it isn't constantly being pulled off the table. Sound is very clear and unchanged in any way other than volume up and down. Now some odd things about this is the line up of the headphone jacks and the volume knobs and a front TRS stereo input for plugging in the unit from the source. Since the headphone jacks are on the back of this unit and not in line with the volume knobs, it's difficult to see which knob is for which jack. They could have at least numbered the jacks on top of the unit and numbered the knobs so you could see that #1 jack goes with #1 knob easily. Not sure why the placed the TRS stereo input jack on the front unless they just ran out of room on the back. Cable is always hanging off the front of the unit. Well, it serves the purpose and the price was right, feels like good quality.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Can't Beat the Bang for the Buck

                By Matt

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Gear Head

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                    The volume and sound quality for the price is freaking crazy. I got this on sale and was shocked at how loud this thing is and the high quality of the passed signal for the price. Deaf drummers won't need half of the gain. I'd do this again in a heart beat.

                     
                    2.0

                    Had trouble with this product.

                    By MP VANTAGE SOLUTIONS, LLC

                    from Garnett, KS

                    About Me Gear Head

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Too Much Ambient Noise

                    Best Uses

                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices

                    Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                    String players used this device to monitor their cellos during live performance at local church. It worked but will return it because the transformer buzzed so loud we had to wrap it in a blanket. This is not normal.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    1.0

                    Wanna fix my 3200?

                    By Dr. J

                    from TN

                    About Me Gear Head

                    See all my reviews

                    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

                        See all my reviews

                        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

                            About Me Gear Head

                            See all my reviews

                            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.

                               
                              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

                              See all my reviews

                              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
                                 
                                5.0

                                Great little amp

                                By AJ

                                from Stanford University

                                About Me Audiophile

                                See all my reviews

                                Ask me a question

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Good Value
                                • Great Sound
                                • Simple

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Audio
                                  • Portable Devices
                                  • With My Computer

                                  Comments about Livewire 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier:

                                  Sounds great and handles impedance from 50 to 600 ohms. Has plenty of gain. What more do you want? I'm happy with it. Hope this helps - simple and to the point. Using it with Mac and Logic Pro setup.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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