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Old 06-12-2013, 08:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I did some Googling and forum searching, so I apologize if this has been covered but I can't find it.

In Windows 7 with a laptop connected to external speakers, I can adjust my volume:

1) In the app
2) At Windows 7 level
3) At speakers level via knob

If I keep the following (I don't use any EQs or adjustments anywhere):

1) App volume 100%
2) Windows volume 10%
3) External speaker volume 30%

Am I taking a bit hit on quality by using such a low Windows 7 volume? Does it matter at all? If cranked the Windows volume to say 70% but dropped the speakers to 10% to compensate, does this improve quality?

Any tips or tricks would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:10 AM
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What do your ears tell you?

I can't imagine it making any difference, but for what it's worth I've always set Windows to 75% and app to 100, from there all volume control is performed at the preamp or speakers. If you really want to experiment, crank everything up (with nothing playing), and if you hear no hiss from speakers it won't matter. If you do, try adjusting each down to where noise disappears. You will then want to find out which is the optimal for maximum output. That should satisfy your inner geek, if nothing else. wink.gif

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