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  • Advice on headphone impedance with Yamaha d85

    Hello all organ wizards - will you help me?

    In an attempt to turn a possible quarantine into something edifying I bought an Electone d85.
    But my family wants me to wear headphones thus the question:

    What level of ohms would work best with an Electone d85?
    The jack gives 390 ohm, would a as near as possible headphone work best or is there other aspects to consider?

    Best regards and may faith keep you in good health.

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    Any set of headphones suitable for hi-fi use will do. My Grado SR60e headphones have a nominal impedance of 32 ohms. The headphones you need will be somewhere around that figure, I'm not sure where you get the 390 ohm figure from.

    BUT.... there's going to be a massive downside. The D85 has a rotary speaker that's an integral part of the organ's overall sound, and you obviously will not hear that on headphones. Your only alternative for animation would be to use the Symphonic effect or vibrato, neither of which will replace that rotary speaker sound.

    You may have to negotiate with the family!
    It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

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    • #3
      Thank you for helping me andyg.

      That's a good point about the loss of soundquality although I'll still need them headphones.. 🙉

      I read in this user manual that the output from the headphone jack is: (390 ohm Imp)
      link: https://usa.yamaha.com/files/downloa...21280/D85E.PDF

      Did I get something wrong? 🤪

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      • #4
        No, it does indeed say 390 ohms. I still think a good quality pair of hi-fi headphones will do just fine. As to which ones, that's personal taste. I like my Grados because of their flat 'true' sound. Others like Sennheiser for their extra bass response. Yamaha and Roland both make headphones intended for digital pianos and keyboards and these would be eminently suitable for organ sounds.

        As always with headphones, start with the master volume control right down, increasing it gradually until the sound with the expression pedal fully down is loud enough (but not too loud). You probably won't want it on max, my Roland is set just over halfway, any more and I'd blow my ears off!
        It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

        New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

        Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
        Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
        Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
        Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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        • #5
          Andyg - thank you for your help. I sent for a pair of Sennheiser, hopefilly, for my familj, they'll work out just fine!

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          • #6
            For much the same reasons, I use a set of Sony noise cancelling headphones which are useful for a range of things. You can just plug these in and use them if you have a stereo output for phones on the organ or to go for the best sound possible, switch on the noise cancelling function. That blocks out all other ambient background noise which when compared to the the NC function being switched off, makes a noticeable difference.

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