Originally Posted by Eiffel
More a fact than an opinion, if you want a bit perfect from SPDIF, USB or HDMI outputs of your PC, volume should be set at 100% (I have a DAC which allows me to test this with audio tracks).
WMP is not bit perfect, but the closest to it is achieved at 100% volume.
With analog outputs, it's horses for courses, as the best combination of digital volume setting on the PC and level of amplification later on will vary. Usually, with digital volume controls, it's best to avoid significant attenuation (as the useful resolution/dynamic range gets reduced, and as PCs are noisy environments).
the speakers i use have their own dac, but i dont use it instead use the sound card because reviews state the dac to be inadequate. is 50% a significant attenuation? its a little hard to determine. will maxing it be damaging to the speakers or is it just a issue with distortion?
my goal isnt pit perfect though, but i know if i max it i wont have much room for volume control with the speakers. it will be too loud.
heres the specs of the card:
utput Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) (Front-out) :
Output THD+N at 1kHz (Front-out) :
>0.00056 %(-105 dB)
Output THD+N at 1kHz (Headphone-out) :
>0.001 %(-100 dB)
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24bit/96KHz input) :
10 Hz to 48 KHz
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage :
Unbalanced Output : 2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)Edited by dioxholster - 5/19/13 at 7:44pm