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Hi,

I never bothered to figure out the proper way to set up volume controls on the PC and was hoping someone would be able to give me the layout. Like most normal PC audio users, I have multiple ways of adjusting volume. There is the main/master volume that you can access by clicking on the speaker icon on the bottom right of the desktop (windows), there is the volume in whichever application you are using to listen to audio (winamp, windows media, etc) and there is the volume control on your speaker system or the in-line on your headphones.

Now my question is, what should each of these be set at (100%? 50%?)? And which one should you be using day to day, to adjust your volume during regular use?

I did a quick scan of the stickied posts but didn't find what I was looking for, and the search function is currently down (keeps saying "Maintenance").
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post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Mas View Post
Hi,

I never bothered to figure out the proper way to set up volume controls on the PC and was hoping someone would be able to give me the layout. Like most normal PC audio users, I have multiple ways of adjusting volume. There is the main/master volume that you can access by clicking on the speaker icon on the bottom right of the desktop (windows), there is the volume in whichever application you are using to listen to audio (winamp, windows media, etc) and there is the volume control on your speaker system or the in-line on your headphones.

Now my question is, what should each of these be set at (100%? 50%?)? And which one should you be using day to day, to adjust your volume during regular use?

I did a quick scan of the stickied posts but didn't find what I was looking for, and the search function is currently down (keeps saying "Maintenance").
Cheers
Personally, I prefer to leave my physical speaker's volume at 50%, system volume at 50% (Windows volume), and then for individual things like media players and YouTube, I try to leave those at the same volume all of the time unless they need an adjustment - such as how some YouTube videos are naturally louder than others.

The volume I adjust the most is the system volume. I basically never touch my speaker's volume knob because it requires me to lean forward so that I can reach it. Plus, I always have something on my desk that is right in the way in between my right arm and the volume knob. So even if I leaned forward, then I'd probably have to stand up, or move that clutter.

But every once in a while I'll adjust the volume in individual programs as needed, but I still use the system volume as my master volume.

So to finish this off, I'll just say that this works perfectly for me and it never gets in my way at all. Plus, my volume is always loud enough and I always have plenty of "wiggle room" for either a volume increase or decrease. And I have an especially large amount of headroom for individual players like WMP or YouTube.
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post #3 of 5
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Yeah, that is what I've pretty much always done in the past as well (everything at 50% on the slider and adjusted master volume on the fly). I was just curious as to whether this is considered the "correct" way of doing it by the audiophiles, as I stumbled across something that mentioned leaving certain volume settings at 100% (0.0db/gain etc) and adjusting others, or something like that.
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post #4 of 5
If I leave the system volume at 100% (the Windows volume as adjusted from the speaker icon in the Notification Area), then that means I always have to adjust the physical knob on my right-hand satellite speaker which is very inconvenient for me.

So, after some testing, I discovered that leaving that physical knob at 50% as well as usually keeping the system volume in Windows at 50% works out the best for me. It sounds perfectly fine to me, so I don't see any reason to do it differently.
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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Personally, I prefer to leave my physical speaker's volume at 50%, system volume at 50% (Windows volume), and then for individual things like media players and YouTube, I try to leave those at the same volume all of the time unless they need an adjustment - such as how some YouTube videos are naturally louder than others.

The volume I adjust the most is the system volume. I basically never touch my speaker's volume knob because it requires me to lean forward so that I can reach it. Plus, I always have something on my desk that is right in the way in between my right arm and the volume knob. So even if I leaned forward, then I'd probably have to stand up, or move that clutter.

But every once in a while I'll adjust the volume in individual programs as needed, but I still use the system volume as my master volume.

So to finish this off, I'll just say that this works perfectly for me and it never gets in my way at all. Plus, my volume is always loud enough and I always have plenty of "wiggle room" for either a volume increase or decrease. And I have an especially large amount of headroom for individual players like WMP or YouTube.
Haha, glad I have a remote. But yea, I agree at keeping your amp at about 50% and then adjusting your pc volume as needed.
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