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    Hi I have mixer Behringer xenyx 1204 and I am planning to buy Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro headphones with 250 ohms. My question is, can I connect them to mixer preamp and get some better sound or is it just enough to connect them to "phones" connector on mixer ?

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    Hi,
    The headphone socket on the mixer is fine.

    A preamplifier is for input devices; Microphones, instruments, etc.
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    Hi there,
    Hope the singing is going well for you.
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    But I don't understand isn't preamp a preamp for everything ?

    What is different for mic. and instruments vs headphones, and what will be the difference if I connect it on some preamp or normal phone jack on mixer/sound card. I also have preamp on my soundcard RME FF400 I know it's for instruments and mic's but what will happend if I connect headphones ? Will sound be louder, better or maybe they can be damaged if I connect it like that.

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    Audio interfaces, mixers, etc have inputs and outputs.
    The outputs are usually either line level (for amplifiers/active speakers), or headphone level...for headphones.
    The inputs are usually either line level, instrument level, or microphone level.

    These three options exist because line/instrument/microphone are all different levels/voltages.
    The output of a microphone is very quiet and would need to be amplified to bring it up to line level.

    Most interfaces have most or all of these options built in but for those which only have line-level inputs, you can add your own preamp in order to be able to use microphones.
    Mic - cable - preamp - cable - line input.

    Interfaces/mixers etc with XLR inputsa and gain controls have the microphone preamps built in already.

    Hope that's helpful.
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    Thanks for info. Silly me, I need output not input...soo dumb. Those preamps are all mic/input.

    So this mixer have some kind of preamp inside I guess, maybe it's not that good cause it's behringer, but I assume it's enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermaltake View Post
    Right...silly me, I need output not input...soo dumb. Those preamps are all mic/input.
    No silly questions here.
    If the mixer has a headphone output, which most do, that's all you need for your DT990s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermaltake View Post
    I also have preamp on my soundcard RME FF400
    If your mixer isn't USB and you're using it in front of the RME you might want to plug the headphones into the RME headphone socket instead.
    That would be the usual approach, so you can head DAW playback, etc.
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    Heh okay, that's why I put it in noob section hehe

    It is DT1990 not DT990, they are way better than DT990. I am so happy I will get them in few days, can't wait. I have AKG K240MKII now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermaltake View Post
    Heh okay, that's why I put it in noob section hehe

    It is DT1990 not DT990, they are way better than DT990. I am so happy I will get them in few days, can't wait. I have AKG K240MKII now.
    Ah, my mistake!
    Looks like a hell of a pair of headphones! Come back and let us know how you get on with them.
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