At the moment I am building a device that splits an analog stereo audio signal into 3 signals and amplifies 2 signals for headphones. I need to know how to supply -12VDC and where to put the volume regulating potentiometers for each of the 3 outgoing signals. Also should I use 3 op-amps for each outgoing signal or is one enough? What values should the inductors in the power supply circuitry be?
The input signal is coming from my audio interface and is enough to drive my old 32 ohm impedance headphones. Unfortunately they broke from old age and now I'm keen on switching to 250 ohm impedance headphones. Since the volume knob is already turned halfway with the old headphones, I figured that won't be nearly enough for my new high impedance cans. (Also different reviews said so.) Since I need a new device anyways and headphone amplifiers are not particularly cheap, I will use this opportunity to build myself a device, that I have dreamt of for quite some time.
The device will need to split the incoming signal from my audio interface (2 RCA jacks to the bottom left) into a non-amplified signal for my active monitors and 2 amplified signals for headphones. Every signal here is stereo. It needs to be powered by a 12VDC/2A wall wart power source that is lying around in my flat. Now, I have got a general idea of how the circuit for the splitter and amplifier should look like. I intended to use a NE5532 op-amp, followed by a TPA6120A2. These both get decent attention in the HiFi community, so I figured they would be appropriate. Both of them need a -12VDC power source, which I have no idea how to construct. Both 12VDC and -12VDC will be regulated by a L7812 and a L7912. Please feel free to call me out on my idiocy and utter lack of experience when you notice any pitfalls or just general errors in my circuit. This is my latest design:
DISCLAIMER: Please be patient, I know it's probably convoluted and ugly, but this is my first (mostly complete) design ever, literally. I have no prior experience and tried to follow all the datasheets and reference designs I could find as closely as possible. Also, I'm neither an electrical engineer, nor a native English speaker, just some hobbyist.
If this project turns out to be useful, I will not hesitate to give back to the community and put everything on github, for other, probably more competent people, to build on.
EDIT: I may have phrased this poorly, but I do have some experience with respect to soldering. I do own all the necessary tools to deal with most SMD components, although I would really prefer to avoid BGA components. However, I have not created any designs on my own before and if I just botch together some kits for headphone amplifiers and a signal splitter, I know I won't be satisfied with the result.