Question first: What volumes are people using with the headphone output on their 105s?
Reason for the Question:
I just got a 105 and the PM-2 Oppo headphones, figuring these are bound to be optimally compatible. Before getting them, I had
read (surprising) comments online about people keeping the volume at 90+ levels. Then I read this[ http://wiki.oppodigital.com/index.ph..._Amplifier_FAQ
"[A] volume setting of 80 is actually very good. ...When the volume is set to 100, the digital audio signal is not attenuated at all. The headphone amplifier gets the maximum input level and drives the headphones at the rated output (depending on the impedance of the headphones). If volume level 100 works for your headphones, that's the best. ...A digital volume control with access to the DAC internal data path will behave just like the analog one until it reaches the noise floor of the analog components of the DAC." The noise floor is at -135dB in the ESS Sabre DAC. It is nothing if you reduce the volume 20dB or so, which is volume level 60 on the OPPO BDP-105."
Oh okay, I thought, that makes sense and I expected the PM-2s to put out normal listening volumes somewhere between 60 and 80.
Well, maybe I'm getting too old and everything, but now that I'm set up, anything over the 105's volume setting of 50 is way
too loud to listen to.
Is anybody out there actually listening at levels of 60--or 80
for that matter?
Is the implication here that the 105 is actually most suited to very hard-to-drive headphones, which the PM-2s are not?
I certainly find something unsettlingly vague (not to mention auto-translated-sounding) about the "It is nothing
if you reduce the [to]volume level 60" that I cited above.
Does that necessarily imply it is "something
" if I have to lower it to 45?