I know that line level signals are quite low in output, to be then boosted by an amplifier...

So how is a headphone output any different? (which is also quite low in output).

This question occured to me when considering whether I should use a headphone amplifier when hooking my headphones up to my laptop, which has a typical headphone jack...

Or, assuming I did choose to use a headphone amp, should I get a soundcard that has a line level out?

I'm totally confused about the difference between a line level out and a headphone out... particularly considering that many ipod devices use the headphone out to feed an amp.

Thanks

So how is a headphone output any different? (which is also quite low in output).

This question occured to me when considering whether I should use a headphone amplifier when hooking my headphones up to my laptop, which has a typical headphone jack...

Or, assuming I did choose to use a headphone amp, should I get a soundcard that has a line level out?

I'm totally confused about the difference between a line level out and a headphone out... particularly considering that many ipod devices use the headphone out to feed an amp.

Thanks

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