I have this question regarding volume setting and read a few threads without a firm answer.
Currently I am playing SACD ISO/Loseless Flacs on my pc JRiver media center -->
PS Audio Perfectwave MKII via eithernet/network connection -->
BHSE via XLR cable -->
Stax SR-007 MkI
My question is that what volume setting at each component (Computer, DAC, BHSE) would be present the best SQ (least distortion)?
Currently Computer @ 100%, DAC @ 50%, BHSE @ 10 o'clock to 11.5 o'clock for most recordings.
I think you could easily turn up the volume on the PWD and lower the volume on the BHSE.
I almost have the same setup like you: PWD MKII -> BHSE -> SR-009.
I mostly run the PWD MKII at 85-100% volume and the BHSE at 8 to 9 o'clock.
I only need to turn up the BHSE volume up to like 11 o'clock if I am using it with the Realiser which has very low gain.
I think you will not hear any difference between your approach or mine. But the PWD can definitely handle volume control great and has no distortion at 100% volume.