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Question, I'm running a Xonar DG in my rig and I have a 2.1 system & some Samson SR850's.

When I'm on my speakers, is it best to run the lineout 100% & lower my speakers? I'm used to normally doing 20-40% on the output and the rest with my volume knob. Is 100% output better?

This thread was a little helpful http://www.overclock.net/t/1136030/adjusting-volume-on-speakers-or-computer/0_100 but not definitive for my question!
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I set volume close to 100 in Windows mixer. Then control volume with an external amp.
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Technically, it's better to leave Windows @ 100% because as you lower it, the least significant bits get discarded, so you're effectively losing details.
In practice though, I doubt you'll notice the difference, unless you go below 10%, and even then I'm not sure...

If your sound-card is set to work @ 24-bits then I'm sure you won't hear any difference whatsoever even if you go below 10%.

Btw, it's perfectly fine to set your card to 24-bits, but do not set the sampling rate above what you're using (usually 44100Hz), because that will mean resampling, and resampling is bad.
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Thanks!
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