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Offline BJK

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Fitting in a headphone amp
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:13:02 AM »
My main goal is to be able to listen to records via headphones (or speakers), without having to manually move the RCA cables between devices everytime, and I want to mess with the signal as little as possible. (Bonus points to be able to switch to the DAC, but not essential).

I have an old Linn Sondek + Reduction + Stereomour II amp + Blumenstein Orca speakers in our livingroom. I'm thinking about the crack or sex. Thoughts about how to do this, given the stereomour is an integrated amp, and has no pre/passive-out?

I'd love to hear how different Stereomour owners have done this in their system. Including mods and non-mods.

Somethings I've considered:
-putting a passive switching device in front of the stereomour. Any thoughts on good solutions?
-use a headphone amp that doubles as a pre-out. ie.:
-moding the Stereomour to have a passive out somehow. (I only use two of the inputs...)

Offline Paul Birkeland

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Re: Fitting in a headphone amp
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2018, 09:51:54 AM »
I would use a Crack-a-two-a as a combination headphone amp/preamp.  It would be easy enough to add a set of RCA outs either on the top panel or wood base, and it would check all the boxes for you. 
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Offline borism

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Re: Fitting in a headphone amp
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2018, 04:46:37 AM »
Another option is to convert the unused Stereomour input into an output and add the headphone amp of choice - for me a bottlehead crack. I used a goldpoint selector switch (4P, 3 position) and just connected the wires from the unused input to the common (output) tabs on the switch.

Offline Karl5150

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Re: Fitting in a headphone amp
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2018, 05:54:14 AM »
I added 2 small on-off-on switches and a second set of RCA to my Reduction. +: No cable swaps   -: 4 more holes in the plate.
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Offline malvo

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Re: Fitting in a headphone amp
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2018, 09:57:39 AM »
This old thread has some interesting possibilities:

In short you'd send the output of the selector switch to your unused rca jacks or a new set of rca jacks mounted either on the plate or wood base. PB's reply #3 seems to be the nub of the matter. I've not done this with the Stereomour but I did with my Smash so that I could use speakers or Crack as suited. With the Smash I followed the advice here:

But, unless I'm really mistaken, it should be the same process. So with Smash + amp on I get music through the speakers (and the Crack, if it's on). With Smash + amp off I just get signal sent to the Crack.