This may be a dumb question, but I have to ask: Is it possible to blow out a pair of Sennheiser HD 6XXs with this amp, or would I go deaf before that ever happened?

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IamfrmSyd
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Jun 17, 2020
I think the HD6XX max input is 600mw. Even on lowest gain setting (IEM) I am playing about 11oclock on the volume knob. So you will melt the voice coil in most Dynamic Headphone on High Gain.
Jehoshua
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Jun 19, 2020
Uh oh--I haven't used the headphones too much, but I've definitely used them up to about 60% on the highest gain, although I've been limiting them to about 60% on the middle gain recently. I hope I haven't damaged them.
Velgath
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Nov 5, 2020
You don't have anything to worry about - and can ignore the numbers. Any damage that will happen to headphones will only occur when they're being driven to the point where the headphone drivers themselves are distorting. This level of volume in most headphones out there, will blow your ears out and probably lead to immediate, irreparable hearing damage if you were actually listening to them at the time. As long as you're listening at levels that are comfortable to human hearing, your headphones will be fine. You can see Shure's statement on it (and various other audio myths) here.
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