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I've always wondered if adjusting the volume with your speakers or computer affects sound quality? Personally I keep my computer and media player around 50% and adjust the volume on my Audioengine A2 speakers.
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I use headphones so I can't tell but I can tell the difference between apps 100% and modified via total volume and apps what ever % and total volume. I prefer apps 100% and control volume.

Tl;dr; I think max volume and change via speaker works better.


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It doesn't really matter honestly. You'll be less likely to get interference though if you had Windows at 100% and just used your speakers. That's the only real difference though. If you get no interference, it won't matter either way.
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if you have your windows sound at 10% and you speakers at 100%, there will be less sound quality than if you had windows sound at 100% and speakers at 10%.'
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Originally Posted by pangeltveit View Post
if you have your windows sound at 10% and you speakers at 100%, there will be less sound quality than if you had windows sound at 100% and speakers at 10%.'
um is that actually true?
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You should have 100% in the application (it won't cause any distortion and your saving re-amplifing it further down the line) and no more than 75% for windows (actually the soundcard volume with the ST). It's been shown the Essence's start to distort at close to 80% - I usually run mine at around 50% and use the volume on the amp.
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Seems like I rarely ever have to go over 20~25% on my speakers with 100% on my media player and 50% on my ST. Is this a pretty normal setup?
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post #8 of 12
It's known as double amping, which isn't that great for sound quality. I would set the component with what you think has the worse on-board amp, probably your pc if you don't have a sound card, to around ~10-25%. Then use w/e you think has the better amp to adjust the volume.

Though, without high end equipment it probably just doesn't matter.
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post #9 of 12
In windows, 100%, adjusting in game/music/whatever as necessary.

Higher volume from speakers/cans = more distortions

Higher volume form sound card = ???

Anyone know?
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Seems like I rarely ever have to go over 20~25% on my speakers with 100% on my media player and 50% on my ST. Is this a pretty normal setup?
It is for me, if the house is empty I'll go to 65-70% on the receiver, otherwise I'm stuck at 10-20% or headphones.
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