Happy new year!
Just a quick background, my current setup is:
Foobar (Win-PC) -> EMU1616M -> Corda Headfive -> W1000X
I have had the EMU and Corda for over 6 years now.
Now, over the last year or so, I've noticed that I have to turn the volume nob to maximum on the headfive to get to my normal listening level. I've checked the sound output on my computer, and nothing has changed.
I initially thought it was the amp, so I swapped it out with a Schiit Valhala and I had to turn the volume nob to maximum as well. It's quite clear now that the problem lies somewhere. I suspect it's the EMU but unfortunately I haven't thought of a way to test this out.
Now my question is, I've been listening on this setup over the last six years for at least a couple of hours everyday, so I've worked them pretty hard. Is 6 years about right for me to replace my setup? Or has anyone else got any ideas?