Do you have an amplifier but no speakers to test it? If you do, you’re in luck because this post is all about testing amplifiers without speakers.
For those of you who are a bit confused about what an amplifier is, here’s an introduction. An amplifier is a device that is designed to increase the volume or signal levels of audio signals.
There are different types of amplifiers available to you and it will determine which one you need to get to perform the task that you want it to do.
In this post, we will discuss how to test an amplifier without speakershow to test an amplifier without speakers in an easy way. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
Step By Step Guide To Test Amplifier Without Speakers:
Here I’ll be sharing how you can test your amplifier without using any speaker. This is useful in situations when the audio quality of your amp is a big concern, when you’re dealing with sensitive equipment or if you’re simply curious.
I’m sure you’ve heard of headphone testing amps, but most of them are quite expensive. That’s where this method comes in. It costs around $10-$20 and it will allow you to listen to audio through your headphones and measure various aspects of the amplifier without doing anything to the speakers.
There are different methods for doing this and each one has pros and cons. The method I’ll share will have the best results, but they’ll also have a higher chance of damaging your speakers. As such, you’ll need to do this at home with no risk to your equipment.
STEP 1. Prepare Your Workbench:
In this step, you’ll want to prepare your workbench in the same way as you would if you were planning on using speakers. This means, placing your amp at a comfortable height (preferably near eye level), covering any surfaces that will make a sound, and setting a tripod under it.
If you’ve done everything right, the next step will be easier and faster. But don’t worry if you haven’t. You can still finish this.
STEP 2. Remove Your Speakers and Insert the Audio Cable:
The next step will be inserting the audio cable into the output of your amp. To do this, remove your speakers from their enclosures.
Next, insert the audio cable into the input of your amp. You’ll notice that there is a little hole on the left side of your speaker’s enclosure. Plug this cable into this hole.
When you’ve completed all of these steps, make sure that your amp has been completely powered off. If it hasn’t, plug it in now.
STEP 3. Prepare Your Headphones:
Next, prepare your headphones. When listening to music or podcasts, they should be at around ear level. They shouldn’t cover the entire head, but rather just cover the top few inches.
Now, plug the other end of the cable into your headphones and put them on. Be careful not to touch the cable with your fingers as doing so could damage the audio signal.
Finally, adjust the volume on your headphones and start playing your music. Listen carefully and wait until you’re finished before moving on.
STEP 4. Test Your Amplifier:
When you’re done listening to music, the first thing you need to do is measure the amplitude (strength) of the audio. The easiest way to do this is to go to a site like Musicians Friend and search for a headphone testing amp.
I’m assuming that you know how to use a computer and that you can use Google to search for things like “headphone testing amp or something similar. If you don’t have an account at Musician’s Friend, feel free to get one by clicking here.
Once you’ve found a website, simply go through their reviews and pick the amp that you think is the best for your budget and needs.
Next, click the order button and follow the instructions. You’ll be given an address to which you’ll have your amp shipped. When it arrives, unbox it.
STEP 5. Record the Amplitude of Your Audio:
You can now plug your audio cable into the headphone jack of your amplifier and record the amplitude of your audio. When you’re finished, play the audio you recorded back to the source (like your computer or phone) and listen carefully to make sure it’s loud enough to hear.
Once you’re sure you have enough volume, download the results from Musicians Friend and you’re ready to go.
Wrapping It All Up:
So go ahead and test it! If you like, you can also use headphones to test it. Further, make sure to use the above guide to test the amplifier.