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Which is a better choice? I have a titanium HD sound card.

I also use a y adapter on my soundcards headset input which sets signal to my 2.1 speaker system that has a volume/power pod and a input jack. I use the input jack on the volume/power pod for my gaming headphones (ATH AD700s) and when I want to use my music cans (V-Moda M100s) i just use the other end of the y adapter that plugs into my headphones. I can remove the input for my ad700's and press the power button and my gaming cans get full power.

Just curious.. with 3 different volume interfaces how should I handle them? dOes it make a difference?
post #2 of 8

The best choice is whatever is most convenient for you.

 

For example: my speaker system has the volume control on the right-channel satellite. It's out of arm's reach unless I lean forward and to the right. So, I control the volume via Windows, and also via media players. I will say though that it's possible to get high frequency distortion in some media players if the media player's volume is up all the way.


Edited by TwoCables - 4/3/14 at 10:29pm
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Thats what i figured thanks !
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You're quite welcome.

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Set the volume in Windows and your Media player to 100, or 100%, they way they usually work anything less than 100/100% chops bits off the signal. It also makes things easier on the DAC in your PC, and easier on the amp, thus adding less noise.

Advanced software like Protools works with volume in 32 or 64 bits so this is far less of an issue there.
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I will say though that it's possible to get high frequency distortion in some media players if the media player's volume is up all the way.
That'll be clipping.
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Set the volume in Windows and your Media player to 100, or 100%, they way they usually work anything less than 100/100% chops bits off the signal. It also makes things easier on the DAC in your PC, and easier on the amp, thus adding less noise.

Advanced software like Protools works with volume in 32 or 64 bits so this is far less of an issue there.
That'll be clipping.

 

Yep, but I don't like to use jargon when answering questions like this. I use descriptions that everyone can understand. Plus, I'm not going to discuss things like Protools to someone asking a question like this. lol

 

Anyway, so yeah, I avoid 100/100% for that reason. I haven't noticed any difference in audio quality between like 15 and 100 in something like Winamp.


Edited by TwoCables - 4/5/14 at 4:20pm
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post #7 of 8
Depends on the sound card, I think... Mine has Windows set to 0. <_< And I notice no real difference in quality.

Also, there is no such thing as 64 bit audio.
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Also, there is no such thing as 64 bit audio.
The audio isn't being recorded in 64 bits, but the volume control in the software is using bigger numbers for the volume system in order to provide room for reducing the audio without cutting the bit depth. I'm 100% certain it's stated in the specs of the Protools 11 HDX system that the mixers are in 64 bits. Our college has these things all over the place and the components were explained as such.
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