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TASCAM MH-8 Headphone amplifier for studio, stage and installation

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  • MH-8
TASCAM MH-8 Headphone amplifier for studio, stage and installation
TASCAM MH-8 Headphone amplifier for studio, stage and installationTASCAM MH-8 Headphone amplifier for studio, stage and installation


TASCAM's MH-8 is the ultimate headphone amplifier for studio, stage and installation. Each of the eight stereo outputs gets 250mW per side with three switchable sources available. Two stereo inputs can be shared to any of the outputs, and individual stereo direct inputs are available for each of the eight channels. A headphone out can select any one of these inputs, or mix several together. A set of foldback outputs allow you to chain other MH-8s into a system.

For the ultimate in routing flexibility and power, nothing beats the MH-8 headphone amp from TASCAM.



  • (8) stereo 1/4" headphone outputs
  • 250mW + 250mW @ 32ohm per channel
  • Each headphone output switchable to input 1, input 2 and direct input source (or a combination of the three)
  • Master input gain controls
  • (16) 1/4" TRS balanced direct inputs
  • (4) XLR balanced inputs (Channels 1 & 2)
  • (2) 1/4" TRS balanced inputs (Chan 1)
  • (2) RCA unbalanced inputs (Chan 2)
  • (4) TRS balanced foldback outputs
  • Ground lift switch and terminal


  • Music retailer listening station
  • Recording studio monitoring
  • In-ear stage monitor distribution
  • Tradeshow headphone distribution


Intended for use in studio and stage installations, the MH-8 has eight stereo output channels, each offering 250 mW of power to left and right channels. Each output channel may be fed from a choice of two global stereo inputs or a direct input dedicated to that channel. The amplifier is a rack-mounting device, taking 1u of rack space.

The front panel has, from the left, a power switch with adjacent LED indicator, and two rotary controls to set the levels of the two main stereo inputs. Each has LEDs to show signal presence and overload. Eight blocks of facilities follow, each corresponding to one stereo output channel.

Each block has a 6.35mm stereo jack socket output, a rotary volume control and LEDs to show signal presence and overload. There are four push switches. Three choose between the two main inputs and the direct input; the fourth switches the channel to mono.

On the rear there are eight pairs of 6.35mm, 3-pole jack sockets, providing the left and right 'direct' inputs to the eight output channels. Each jack socket is balanced. In each case, if only the 'left' socket has a connection, that signal will be fed to both channels. The next block of four sockets are also balanced, providing left and right 'foldback' outputs to lInk the two main sources out to further equipment.

Next are the connections for the main inputs. Input one has both a pair of 3-pole female XLR connectors and a pair of 6.35mm, 3-pole jack sockets, all balanced, all line level, providing a choice of connectors for the left and right inputs. Only one input connector should be used per channel. If only the 'left' jack socket has a connection, then that signal will be fed to both channels unless there is a jack plug in the 'right' socket. Input 2 has both a pair of 3-pole female XLR connectors, balanced, line level, and a pair of RCA (phono) sockets to attach lower level signals. To the right of these, there is a ground terminal and ground lift switch adjacent to an IEC mains power inlet.

XLR and jack inputs: +4dBu nominal, +24dBu maximum, balanced, 56k ohms. RCA (phono) inputs: -10dBu nominal, +10dBu maximum, unbalanced, 22k ohms. Foldback outputs: +4dBu nominal, +24dBu maximum, balanced, 94 ohms. Headphone outputs: 2x 250mW at 32 ohms. Response: 20Hz-50kHz, +/-3dB. headphones; 10Hz-100kHz, +/-3dB foldback. Distortion: Better than 0.05% THD. Channel separation: Better than 50dB A, phones output, within an output channel. Crosstalk: Better than 65dB A. Power source: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 36W. Dimension: 482 x 44 x 280 (w x h x d) mm. Weight: 3kg.

Included accessories: Power cable, rack-mounting screw kit, manual.