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(@andrewlubinus89)
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Hey,

I'm going on vacation tomorrow and I wanted to take along a headphone amp. So instead of buying a $30 headphone amp I ripped apart my cheap 10 watt combo and took the amp part off and packed it. So the question is am I in any danger? I have no experience in electric wiring. The circuit is exposed but I'm not touching it or anything. I didn't think there was a problem but I thought I'd rather be safe than sorry :p

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 cnev
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Why didn't you just take the amp.

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(@shibby)
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lol cnev


   
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(@ricochet)
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So, is that amp built to work with headphones? If you just try plugging headphones into a speaker jack, it's not going to work.

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(@bluezoldy)
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Is it worth the risk? :shock:

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(@paul-donnelly)
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Is it a tube amp? You shouldn't run those without connecting them to a speaker.


   
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(@ricochet)
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I recommend putting it back together.

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(@gnease)
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IF...

* It's solid state (no tubes, a.k.a. valves).
* It has a dedicated headphone jack.
* It has a completely enclosed chassis (can't stick fingers or other appendages into its innards). Or, if exposed (as you say), it is powered by a wall wart power supply providing something on the order of 15VDC or less.
* It doesn't get too hot to touch (assuming no electrocution risk here!).
* It has no skin-collecting/shredding sharp edges.
* You don't play in the bathtub, pool or tend to drool or wet 'em while playing.
* Possess some common sense (ask people who know you, but not your parents, as their standard answer of "No" is required by law in 43 states and 1 territory, regardless of your age.)

...then MAYBE.

If you answer "No" to any of the above, then NO -- and you should follow immediately Riccochet's deceptively simple, but common sense recommendation, and assume that based on what you have done, your parents assessment may very well be correct.

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 Nils
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I am not being nasty here but if you have to ask the question then you were at risk just taking it apart.

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(@anonymous)
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I have to chime in here.
Some may say I am sounding like a stick in the mud but here goes.
I am an Electrician so I do know what I am talking about, period.
You have already gone too far. the now exposed (and who knows what damage occured during the disassembly) circuitry posses a shock and fire hazzard.
DO NOT USE IT!!!
DO NOT REASSEMBLE IT YOURSELF!!!
DO find a qualified person to reassemble the amp or scrap it.
Sorry but it is just not worth your safety to be messing around with electronics that you admittedly know nothing about.


   
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(@dagwood)
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Ditto, Ditto and Ditto.

So what would/could a solution be? Go spend $75 bucks or so on a V-Amp or Digitech RP 80 or Pod or something to take with you. You can plug in headphones and almost blow your ears out with how loud some of these can get, but they sound pretty darn good with earphones on.

Trust me, (and the rest of these guys). DO NOT Take your Pile of electronics with you.

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(@kingpatzer)
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Amps tend to well .. AMPLIFY things, including current.

If you don't know what you're doing, don't mess with them.

In all seriousness, at this point you're lucky you didn't kill youself already.

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 TimL
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Too late now, but there's always the JamPlug.


   
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