If u use the laptop as a dedicated source for ur rig its said best to put volume on ur pc on max (as its digital) and regulate the volume through ur amp...
Doesnt the dac regulate itself to the bits (16/24) automatically?
For the eq thingie: one of the others can reply that better..
Yep, laptop being fed by a 2 tb media drive.
Re: the DAC...it was posted elsewhere on the forum to specifically go into the DAC properties and set to 24/44,100 even though the files were at 16/44,100 which allowed lowering of the master windows volume without discarding any information as the other 8 bits were empty. Sorry I can't elaborate, but I don't yet understand all the science.
If I turn my master volume to full, even the lowest volume on the amp is too loud. The new EQ settings helped with this a bit, but not enough to put the system volume to 100%, so I have to attenuate somewhere prior to the amp.