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Hello,


I recently purchased a Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp which I use with my PC. I have it hooked up to my PC using a 1/8" to Dual RCA cable, output from the headphone jack on my PC.


I’ve read before that the volume in the source (my PC in this case) should be turned up to 100% and then the volume from the headphone amp adjusted accordingly. However, when I do this I get distortion, even with the Asgard 2 at a relatively low volume level. I have found that it sounds best when both the PC and the Asgard volume controls are somewhere in the 50%-75% range at the same time.


Is there some sort of general rule of thumb that should be applied to setting the PC volume control? Perhaps either this 100% PC volume rule is incorrect, or this is a sign that my PC is a poor audio source?


Any general tips that anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. I am a noob with this stuff.


FYI - I am using a pair of Grado SR225i headphones and my PC has Creative X-Fi soundcard with all DSP and extra sound ‘enhancements’ turned off.


Thanks.
 

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Is the gain selector on low? Switch it to low if it is not and raise the volume on your PC to 100%. Your PC reduces volume on the digital domain so anything lower than 100% is potentially reducing SQ.
 

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Originally Posted by buckchester  /t/1520283/headphone-amp#post_24421443



I’ve read before that the volume in the source (my PC in this case) should be turned up to 100% and then the volume from the headphone amp adjusted accordingly. However, when I do this I get distortion, even with the Asgard 2 at a relatively low volume level. I have found that it sounds best when both the PC and the Asgard volume controls are somewhere in the 50%-75% range at the same time.


Is there some sort of general rule of thumb that should be applied to setting the PC volume control? Perhaps either this 100% PC volume rule is incorrect, or this is a sign that my PC is a poor audio source?

Setting an intermediate gain control can be tricky with no actual indication of volume.


What I'd do in your case is turn the volume up until I just barely heard distortion with the loudest song or video around, and then back it off about 1/6 of the full range of the control.
 
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