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2. Applications

At a basic level, the role of a headphone
AmpereUnit of current; the amount of electricity flowing through a conductor. One Ampere is equal to the flow of 6.25x10^18 electrons through a conductor in one second.
amp
is a simple one: to amplify one or more input signals in order to drive one or more pairs of headphones. All headphone amps therefore share the goal of doing this with the minimum of
ColourationThe description of the timbre of a musical sound or audio reproduction; often used to describe a degree of distortion or difference from the original.
colouration
and
DistortionIn most cases distortion is an undesirable alteration to a signal which occurs when a piece of equipment is driven with a input level that is too high for its operating level. Sometimes, as in the case of guitar distortion, this can be an intentional and desirable effect.
noise
, though as with any other piece of equipment you tend to get what you pay for.

A wide range of different headphone amps are available, largely because headphones are used in so many different situations. Just a few of these include: studio use (in both live areas and control rooms),
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
sequencing, live recording, live sound reinforcement, broadcast sound and DJ use. Beyond the world of music and
AudioGenerally used to mean "sound"; technically it describes periodic fluctuations of air pressure or electrical energy at frequencies and amplitudes within the human range of hearing; sound, or electrical energy that represents sound; acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves.
audio
recording, headphones are also used in such diverse areas as school language labs, museums and conference venues. And, last but not least, many people use them to listen to music at home.

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