tape monitor switch


I just connected a headphone amp to the tape out (1) on my Mac c-712 pre-amp. I notice that I get signal whether or not the tape monitor button is set to "on." I can actually play a tape through tape out (2) at the same time as listening to the cd through the headphone amp. I don't get it. Thanks for your help.
brusuz
The tape monitor button is for listening or monitoring the sound coming from the tape deck. Unless there is a record out button or selector on your preamp the tape out jacks will supply a non volume controlled version of whatever the pre amp is outputting.

When you say you can "play a tape through tape 2 out at the same time as listening to the cd through the headphone amp" do you mean that you are hearing both the cd and the tape together on your headphones? If so that would be expected as the tape out 1 and tape 2 out on a preamp are usually in parallel so in effect they are acting as a "Y" cord and combining the two sources. Move your tape deck output to the tape 2 input on your pre and you'll be fine.
Tape monitor usually is for external equalizer
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