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An interesting idea...

A headphone amp can easily drive a 600-ohm attenuator, the kind that was common in studio practice many decades ago. At 600 ohms, a passive control should have no problem with driving cable capacitance. Kind of a cool idea, make the headphone amp the switching and buffer stage and follow it with a passive 600 ohm attenuator.

The REALLY old stuff had crossovers for biamping that were passive 600 ohm, as well as those great passive equalizers if you want tone controls. Tons of really great classic designs waiting for an application, and now there are many headphone amps available to drive them.

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