Can the Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface power a set of 250 Ohm headphones? We hooked up our Beyerdynamic DT 990s to find out.

Quick Answer: The Scarlett Solo works well for listening to music and audio and video editing with 250 ohm headphones. While live vocal monitoring, we wish that it had 5-10% more gain in order to hear everything properly.

Listening To Music

The first thing you might want to do with your Scarlett Solo is listen to music from iTunes, Spotify, or similar. This is finished music that has been normalized and compressed.

Setting the volume knob on the Scarlett Solo to 50% gave us an enjoyable, immersive audio experience through our 250 Ohm headphones.

Video & Audio Editing

250 Ohm headphones offer great detail and nuance for video and audio editing work. As you’re working with unfinished audio, this type of work often means you need to turn up your headphones to hear what’s going on.

When we set the volume on the Scarlett Solo to 65%, we got the volume that we needed, while still having plenty of headroom.

Vocal Monitoring

Another thing that you’re likely planning to do with your Scarlett Solo is record live vocal audio. This could be for a voiceover, podcast, YouTube video, etc., or anything where you want to monitor vocal audio as you record it. 

With the Scarlett Solo volume knob set to 100%, the volume coming out of our 250 Ohm headphones was usable, but we wish we could turn up another 5-10% to hear the detail that we wanted to hear.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo & 250 Ohm Headphones Pricing & Specs

Focusrite Scarlett Solo & 250 Ohm Headphones | Review & Demo Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:21 – 250 Ohm Headphones
  • 0:40 – Pricing & Specs
  • 0:53 – Scarlett Solo Headphone Output Specs
  • 2:21 – Listening To Music
  • 3:03 – Audio / Video Editing
  • 3:51 – Live Vocal Monitoring
  • 5:20 – Summary
  • 5:50 – Final Thoughts