Hah! I am not Zeos
- I am just a watcher of Zeos, so I tend to link his reviews for things. No worries though, I understand the confusion potential, as both our names start with Z (the best letter in the alphabet, that’s why they saved it for last ;).
I can interpret however! The reason for “Don’t” on the headphone out, is likely because of the way the volume control is handled in steps. It is also probably not the greatest quality output either… (but that is just me guessing, I have not heard the headphone output myself).
There is a reason that you will rarely find speaker amps that are also used for headphones - because speaker amps are generally not as ‘clean’ when you are using them, so if you plug in fancy headphones (and especially IEM’s) into an amp meant for speakers, they are typically not very clean at the power levels meant for headphones - which can mean things like hearing a ‘hiss’ or static coming through your headphones at very low volume levels.
Here is a video that goes into detail as to exactly why you don’t usually power a headphone with a speaker amp and vice versa.
If you are mainly a headphone user, then you would be much better served by a dedicated headphone amplifier. Instead of using one that is integrated into another device.
Related to the size, Can you go smaller? Certainly! But I only know of 1 speaker i would suggest that is smaller, around 100 dollars, and meant for a desk. And - they require an external amplifier. But if you want something smaller without becoming headphones, these Modhouse Mini Cubes are the only thing I would suggest.
Ryan at Mod House Audio (he’s the owner operator) really is some sort of audio wizard. His headphones are amazing btw.* And the prices he charges for things are always exceptionally fair, his products are worth a lot more than he sells them for. He mostly sells headphones, and because his headphones are pretty legendarily good, he is usually swamped with orders - so there is usually a wait on his stuff *current lead time on orders is at 9 weeks for the Mini Cubes as of this posting - meaning, if you put an order in today, you will get the speakers in about 9 weeks.
Zeos hooks them up to a serious amp around the 15 minute mark and the review gets more interesting there.
Forgive the silence about 5 minutes into the video, that’s Zeos just waving his hands around in wonder for a bit ;D (Also, I think youtube silenced the video at that spot for copywrited music) skip ahead a little to get back to the talking part.
Here’s a decent inexpensive little amp you could pair with them.
- Douk Audio makes some wacky stuff, but some of it is acceptable quality despite it’s pricing.
Here’s an unboxing and short sound review for it (no talking, just showing whats in the box with an audio test.)
You’ll need some banana plugs to go with it to connect up the speakers, or you could just use bare speaker wire runs. You may also need a longer 3.5mm aux audio cable to run to your PC’s soundcard output. Or you could just use Bluetooth 5.0 adapter to send audio from your PC to the amp. This also has a headphone output and not a terrible layout for a basic desktop amplifier.
And finally, here is a DMS review for the Modhouse Mini cubes.
But if you don’t have a speaker amp already, then the added cost to get this going might not be worth it for you.