Originally Posted by ugabrew
One final question.... is there a recommended balance for volume settings between the TV and the audioengines? I'm guessing I don't want the audioengines set too high since I hear a little background noise, but wanted to see if you guys have recommendations. Thanks again for your help... I was starting to get depressed after looking forward to these so much!
There are general guidelines for handling cascaded volume controls. The general topic is called gain staging.
I've just reviewed a number of articles on the topic that I googled up, and they are all probably more than you want to deal with, even though many of them are pretty good.
Basically, you want to avoid the normal pitfalls related to bad or suboptimal gain staging:
(1) Audible Noise
(2) Audible distortion
(3) Inconvenient setting of the gain control you want to use all the time (this is somewhat a matter of taste).
You probably want to first figure out what your ideas are about item 3. How do you like your main volume control to work?
What do you want the knob to indicate most of the time, for normal iistening?
What do you want the knob to indicate when you turn the system up all the way?
My preferences are that the main volume knob show 9-10 o'clock most of the time, and around 3 o'clock when I want to listen very loudly. I want a little reserve gaim for listening loudly when the source is a little on the weak side. YMMV
So to start out, set all of the volume controls to 8-9 am.
Then advance the volume control you want to control the system with to your preferred setting for normal listening.
Then raise the remaining volume controls together until the overall volume is actually your preferred listening level.
Double check your settings by advancing your preferred volume control knob to the setting you prefer for very loud listening, and if necessary adjust the remaining volume controls in tandem until you have what you want. This will obviously change the setting for normal listening, but like all of the rest of life, this is a compromise.
In some cases you may need to adjust the non-preferred controls differently and not in tandem, but start out with adjusting them in tandem.