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Not sure if this goes here or in the Sound Card/Computer Audio forum, but I have a pair of Audioengine A5s and an Outlaw M8. Both are powered. I'd like to have some kind of master volume control, so both speaker and subwoofer volume are linked when I adjust them. Right now if I change the level on one, the other must be adjusted separately. I thought I read something a while ago about needing a receiver to do this. Is this what I need? I've searched, but not found an answer. I also have a pair of AKG K702s I use for gaming and private listening. I already have a Xonar Essence STX, and I'm not looking to replace the DAC or headphone amp that's on it with something else, as I'm quite content with it for the time being. I just want a master volume control that isn't software based in Windows. Is this possible, or am I looking for a piece of gear that doesn't exist?

Thanks for any help you can offer me.
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Originally Posted by Pakeo View Post

Right now if I change the level on one, the other must be adjusted separately.
How are you adjusting the volume now?

And since the "source" of the sound is the Windows mixer, the windows volume control will do what you want.
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Unfortunately with the equipment you are using, your only option is the Windows control panel. A receiver is going to do you absolutely no good, since your speakers are active. It COULD work if you got a nice enough receiver, one that allows front pre outs, along with the subwoofer pre outs. But honestly, its not going to be worth your while with the cost of a receiver.
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I see...so I'm stuck using Windows, most disappointing. I guess I'll revisit this when I move up to buying individual components for my audio setup. Thanks for your help.
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How are you adjusting the volume now?

And since the "source" of the sound is the Windows mixer, the windows volume control will do what you want.
I'll admit, I didn't get straight to that, but I'm using Windows as a master volume, and no, it doesn't do what I want. The source is my soundcard. If you reread my post, you'll also find I want a hardware solution, cause it's a lot easier to turn a knob than click the volume control in Windows, especially when I'm streaming video. My keyboard volume control doesn't respond until I click the Windows volume control if I'm streaming, really annoying. It would also be feasible to use ASIO with some kind of master volume, so I can set volume in Windows to 100% and get bit perfect audio.
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You could look into a media center remote and ir receiver. Without any drivers installed, mine (rosewill) just adjusts windows volume up and down when I'm not in xbmc.
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The whole idea is for a solution where I can keep the levels in Windows at 100%, so I can get bit perfect audio and avoid the volume issue I encounter when streaming. Your suggestion won't do this. It still uses Windows as the master volume.
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