Is it safe to "mute" a tube amp with a dummy headphone plug?

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  1. Rick

    Rick Senior Member

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    I can get some surprisingly good sounds from the line out on my 5150iii and using a cab impulse. The louder the better... But would it be safe to "mute" the amp by plugging a guitar lead into the headphone jack so that I can crank it and monitor the affected signal through my interface (leaving the cab connected of course)?
     
  2. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    The amp mutes the speaker out when the headphone jack is engaged, which implies a built-in, internal load sink. So I don't see why that would be an issue.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Or just plug a set of cheap headphones into it for a load and throw them into a drawer to hide the sound....
     
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    spitfire Senior Member

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    I doubt the amp relies on the load of the headphones to work properly. But, you could plug in a lead with a small dummy load on it, like 600 ohms to simulate headphones. Doubt it is needed though.
     

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