I do find that quite odd. When I had the clip+ paired with the DBA-02 I didn't go much past 50% at my normal listening volumes and at max it would be at levels where hearing loss would happen. DId you have yours on a EU volume limit or something?
Nope. Turning EU limiter on cut the already moderate gain in half making it ridiculously low. Plus my hearing is fine according to digital-recordings.com. A few db roll off past 12k but apparently really good at 500hz and below. If somebody here says their Clip can get as loud as the Sflo2 LO then I'll know there is something wrong w/ mine and everyone else who had the same problem. My Clip+ has no more output than my Nano 2G and is behind every other DAP I have by a good margin. I'm talking max output here not casual listening volume like some you who listen at 40db which is odd to me. I'd rather listen to the news at that point myself.