Will the 'mute' switch permit you to listen through headphones while disconnecting the speakers?
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From the manual: Mute: Press the MUTE Push-button to mute audio at the Loudspeaker and Headphone Outputs. Press MUTE a second time to unmute audio.
Note the "and Headphone Outputs". I find this very odd. Isn't the whole point of headphones in a home setting (not a studio or other professional application) to listen with no sound coming out of the speakers, to accomodate late-night listening, for example?
I came very close to buying this amp, I think it is one of the coolest integrated amps out there, but as an apartment dweller and late-night listener this would be a deal-breaker for me. But Kbell says that the headphones can be used with speakers muted, so what is up??
I took another look at the manual (on the McIntosh Website) and the part I quoted is from the remote control description. Elsewhere it says the the front panel mute mutes the loudspeaker outputs. So apparently the mute on the remote control and the mute on the front panel functions differently.
If you are not getting the volume you want, could it be that the McIntosh doesn't like the impedance of the headphones? High-impedance headphones may not sound as loud?