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So I recently bought an HD558 + Xonar Essence STX setup for gaming and music purposes. Really blown away by the setup as a whole (did a short 50 hour burn-in for headphones), still learning to fine-tune settings for my needs.
The built-in headphone amp on the Xonar is also a godsend

One thing really irks me though. I have three volume settings:
> Windows volume in taskbar
> Media player volume (MPC, WinAmp, Youtube, whatever)
> Asus Xonar software volume

Does it matter which volume(s) I should have "fixed" and which I should leave as flexible?? The way the volume controls amplify each other could result in a slightly degraded sound, confirm/deny?
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Generally the rule of thumb is to have everything at 100% until the last piece of the chain. While this does not always have to be followed, it ensures there is no degradation of the sound quality.

With my DT880 connected to an e7/e9, my windows volume defaults to 100% and I control the sound with the dial on my amp.

So I would probably leave everything at 100% except the Asus Xonar volume. Fine tuning winamp and youtube shouldn't hurt either though if need be.
Edited by OldMold - 10/27/11 at 2:05pm
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Generally the rule of thumb is to have everything at 100% until the last piece of the chain. While this does not always have to be followed, it ensures there is no degradation of the sound quality.

With my DT880 connected to an e7/e9, my windows volume defaults to 100% and I control the sound with the dial on my amp.

So I would probably leave everything at 100% except the Asus Xonar volume. Fine tuning winamp and youtube shouldn't hurt either though if need be.
I just realized that my Xonar software's volume has actually become my windows volume (i.e. they move together). So that just leaves two things - my media player's volume and my Xonar's volume.

Now I did what you said, ramped up the Xonar (i.e. windows) to maximum...and I immediately noticed a constant buzzing sound, the sound you hear when you turn your speakers to full blast without playing anything. That's not a good thing because when I played music I could still hear the buzzing.

So I did it the other way around, turned the media player to maximum and left the Xonar volume as flexible (low'ish). Sounded much better and clearer, without the faint buzzing. To top it off my G110 keyboard's volume wheel freely controls the Xonar's volume, it all works out perfectly

I think your sound setup is quite different from mine : /
Thanks for the reply though
Edited by Tippy - 10/28/11 at 12:08am
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Interesting.. Yeah, as long as you are able to control the overall volume with the Xonar, that is what matters.

That way, you don't get sound blasted by clicking on an internet vid that defaults to 100% volume.

The way you have it sounds right. I would have done it the same way you have it. Cause remember, try to toggle the sound with the last piece of the chain, which would be the Xonar volume.

Good job on finding the best solution
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So I did it the other way around, turned the media player to maximum and left the Xonar volume as flexible (low'ish)
That's how you're supposed to do it.
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