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Behringer MA400 Monitor Headphone Amplifier

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  • Ultra-compact monitor headphone amplifier for studio and stage applications
  • Personal 'more me' mixer -- mix a mic and a monitor signal and hear them via headphones
  • Flexible mic in and mic through xlr connectors with ground lift switch
  • Stereo monitor input with dedicated monitor level control and mono/stereo switch
  • High-power headphone output on 1/4' and 1/8' jack connectors
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Item Weight358 g
Product Dimensions6.4 x 13 x 19.3 cm
Item model numberMA400
  
Additional Information
ASINB000KUCQXY
Best Sellers Rank 563 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3 Kg
Date First Available20 Nov 2006
  
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Ultra-Compact Monitor Headphone Amplifier

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MICROMON MA400 Ultra-Compact Monitor Headphone Amplifier They say size matters, but sometimes size can be misleading. Under the hood of this small box you?ll find the same technology that we use in our professional audio products. The Monitor Headphone Amplifier MA400 features Mic In and Mic Through XLR connectors with an integrated Ground Lift switch. It?s ultra-compact in size but big in features. They say size matters. We say: check out the super-compact MICRO Series and see how big it is.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian King on 11 Mar 2014
This unit allows you to pass through a microphone XLR connection (on its way to an amp or mixing desk) and mix this with a monitor feed from the desk (via a quarter inch jack socket). The mixed signal is passed to the headphone output so that the user can select their personal mix in order to monitor the things that matter to them - or just get more of themselves in their headphone mix. You don't need to explain to a musician or singer all the possible uses that this has. Potentially it's a really useful device.

It has some really nice features for which the designers should get some credit:
- it has both sizes of headphone socket - though you can only use one at a time (according to the instructions - I've only used one)
- it has a mono/stereo switch - so you should hear things in both ears regardless of your setup.
- it has a ground lift in case you need to cure a ground problem.
- it allows you to adjust the mix input and mic level independently - these only affect the level that goes in to your headphones.

All in all a well thought-out and useful device at a very good price. What's not to like?

Well, there is/was an issue with phantom power. First, some people seem confused about this. Behringer never claimed that this unit could be powered by phantom power - the unit comes with a 12v mains adapter to serve its own power needs. The Behringer website claimed that the mic output [to the mixer or mic preamp] would pass phantom power through the device to the mic, provided the unit was plugged in to a mixer that provides phantom power. The problem, according to other reviews, is that it doesn't pass through the phantom power.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MikeyTage on 29 Oct 2011
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After scoping out some other units I decided to buy this even with the negative reviews, as the band I'm in has had no problems with Behringer gear before.
After some experimenting with the unit, I discovered that the best way to use it is to switch it directly to mono - otherwise if you use a mono guitar lead like I do all you'll get is sound from one earphone. Another tip is not to use the monitor output from you desk/amp, just go straight for a direct signal from the PA (I run my lead straight from the back of a spare jack port on the back of the sub).
From a drummers point of view, this is a great tool. To protect my hearing I usually use earplugs, but these can muddy the sounds and block important things such as the vocals. With the headphone amp however, I use some sound isolating earbud phones and control the volume directly. I also use the XLR input for the mic with a short XLR lead attached to a mic and pointed outwards so I can hear some clarity from the rest of the band. My hearing is protected and I can still understand everything that is going on!

The build quality is robust and the instructions are clear.

It loses one star however as professional musicians and/or those that use powered mics will not be able to use this due to the imcompatibility with phantom power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 5 Dec 2011
I have used this for about six gigs now, and for the price I have no complaints at all. The Mic input might not work with a phantom powered mic, but the fact it has a Mic Input and a Mic Thru is a bonus! If you're looking for a basic preamp with a good amount of headroom this is very reasonable, for similar features you could easily spend double.

As already stated in another review, I found taking a monitor out from a desk/pod to be the best approach, as you can adjust each vocal/instrument monitor mix independently. Also, I've found the mono/stereo function to work. But this is entirely dependent on whether your desk/pod is stereo and you use a stereo lead. As a drummer, I personally find having the mix in mono is preferable especially if you have two guitars in a band.

Conclusion: For the money and the features it's a very small price to pay!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nanky Poo on 4 May 2014
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I use a TC-Helicon vocal effect processor when singing with my band, and I wanted a way to take a headphone feed from this and combine it with an XLR monitor feed from our mixing desk.

I use a -20dB attenuator to drop the monitor feed from line level to something a little closer to mic level, send this to the "Mic Input" on the MA400 and send the "Mic Output" to the other singer for their monitor feed. I then connect the TC-Helicon stereo headphone output to the "Monitor Input" on the MA400. This allows me to control "more me" in my earphones, over and above the standard monitor mix.

I opened up the MA400 and the build quality inspires confidence that this unit will last, but even if it does fail, the price (£18.99) means that I can put it in the same category as my gig consumables (batteries, gaffa tape etc.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brookste on 14 Sep 2011
Completely useless if there is phantom power being delivered to your microphone, just doesn't work - but apart from that I love what you get for the money if your microphone is none powered!!
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Magic! I always struggled with hearing my dulcet tones on stage, over the racket of heavy guitars, bass and drums. Those days are now gone.

With in-ear buds, I just connect a (long) headphone extension cable, and take a monitor mix from the desk. I can adjust the monitor mix up or down, and my own voice up or down, without affecting anything out front. It's great for "more me", and keeping stage levels from blowing my ears off. The hardest bit is cable management lol.

The MA400 is solid and seems reliable so far. It could benefit from rubber feet, but no big deal. I can also confirm it does pass power through to my condenser mic (phantom power). Can't recommend highly enough. Dunno why I didn't get one sooner.
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