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I don't know much about audio, so sorry if this is a dumb question. Is there any difference, from an audio quality perspective, between adjusting the volume on your HTPC (win 7 running XBMC for example) and adjusting the volume on your receiver? I have intuitively assumed that it would be best to have the computer volume all the way up and then adjust the receiver, but I don't really know if this is the case or whether it would make a big difference. I ask because I have a remote to control XBMC on the HTPC but it's not a remote that I can program with IR functions.
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Nope .... may not want the volume all the way up on the HTPC ... you could overdrive the receiver's inputs.

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Wouldn't it depend on the type of connection (digital vs analog) that you're using? If it's a digital connection, I would have thought it was impossible to overdrive the input. Rather, you'd then be using the full dynamic range of the digital connection.

I'm not familiar with XBMC's options, but a USB-UIRT could potentially solve the IR problem. I use one with SageTV and a FireFly RF remote to control my receiver.

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