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Using my amp to listen to music?

I'm heading off to school soon, and since my amp is going to take up a lot of space I won't have room for a stereo. I was wondering if I could run my portable mp3 player through it, or would that ruin it? It's a traynor ycv 40. Thanks
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if there is a line out on the player it should be fine. that will skip the amp stages in the mp3 player.
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guitar amps aren't like hifi amps man, they distort a lot (even when clean, they're technically distorting), and the circuits aren't built to put out hifi frequency ranges, nor are the speakers.

There is a potential of ruining the amp (due to the bass frequencies killing the speakers), but it'd also sound like complete crap.

Get yourself a nice comfy set of headphones.
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It's probably not a great idea to run recorded music through a guitar amp. The range of frequencies could kill your speaker and it'll probably sound like total ass.
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thats really not a good idea.
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why run a portable mp3 player through an amp? you see, there are things called headphones...
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just get some headphones or a set of those little speakers that plug into the headphone jack...
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Ugh................

Rookies wanting to kill their amp.

Buy a small boom box man.
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Will you be having a computer? I assume that you don't need your speakers to move around with you (considering the amp is pretty stationary as well), so if you'll have a desktop or laptop, consider just getting a good set of speakers for that. You can always play your songs off the computer instead of the mp3 player, and you can plug the speakers into your player as well.

As others have said, avoid the amp. I've heard you can damage it, but even if that wasn't true, amplifiers are designed to have a much different frequency response than a pair of stereo speakers.
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a boom box costs...what? $30 at wal mart?
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And having your amp serviced for acting like "Corky" using your amp as a CD playing stereo will run you more than 30 stones.......
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i've got a question then ... what about pedals that have a "jam-a-long" feature? isn't it essentially the same thing? or does it somehow "correct" non-guitar music so that it doesn't screw up your amp ... ? i used to use my fender practice amp with a boombox after i got my tube amp ... so if you don't care about this amp's future go for it ...
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Okay, so I'll be the voice of disention here.

Of course you can use your amp for this. It's an amplifier, it takes a signal and boosts it along with some eq changes. It doesn't matter what the signal is, as long as it's not too hot (and the "line out" won't be.)

Your amp is able to take quite a bit of abuse and still work fine. An mp3 player will not tax it. Think about all the boost pedals and such that do all sorts of things to the signal before an amp.

You will have to change you eq, and be carefull with the volume, but you'd be surprised how well some amps sound.
In fact, this is one of the ways you can tell if your amp has a decent sound. If it can't amplify music as a whole (and not just a guitar), it might not be as flexible/good sounding as another.

Good guitar amps aren't built like top end high-fi equipment, but closer than you might think. The speakers for an amp can handle any frequency you'll send to them as long as it's not too loud. If you really want to test the clean channel on an amp, try putting music through it. When you find a good one, you'll be amazed at how it sounds.

Realize also that many artists have used PA amps for guitar amps over the years, and some have even used tape recorders to shape most of their sound.

An amplifier doesn't care what it amplifies, as I said, don't make the signal too hot or turn the volume up too loud. You'll be fine. You may or may not like the sound, but you'll be fine.
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Like concrt says, you can use the amp to play your MP3 player through, that's what it does...

Of course it won't sound great, depending on the amp, as the speaker and preamp will be tuned for a mid range guitar, not a full range MP3 player.

Of course lots of guitar amps now offer this facility, the small Marshall practice amps have an RCA input, as do some of the larger Behringers.

Of course, you could get an acoustic amp with RCA preamps, I have the Marshall AS50R which has stereo full range speakers and a tweeter, and sounds great with my CD or MD player.

Just keep the levels low and you'll be fine...
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