Originally Posted by Ishera
Originally Posted by luisdent
I would put the volume of the c5 close to max and use the speaker volume so you get the best signal quality to the speakers.
With speaker volume close to zero.. I can't even max the C5's volume because it gets too loud already. I get a strong hiss when the volume on the c5 goes beyond certain point too.
I can't speak for your exact setup, but if all equipment is decent, the best configuration is usually to have the volumes louder closer to the source as long as there is no distortion. In other words, have the player device maxed, then the intermediate devices and then use the final speakers for volume. However, there are a few exceptions.
If you want to control the volume without using the speaker volume, you would set the amp and speakers so that the loudest setting on the amp is the loudest setting you would listen to comfortably. Then you can simply turn the amp up and down to control the volume. You shouldn't lose much this way if the overall setup is good
The second exception would be if any devices exhibit poor performance at certain levels. Perhaps one device has too much noise if it's too loud. Then leave that down and turn up the other device for instance. But usually noise like that is hard to eliminate no matter what you do if it's inherent to the device performing poorly.
At what point in percentages does the c5 start to hiss? It sounds like the speakers are already powerful enough and you may not need the c5. If you turn the c5 to 80% that is a good volume if that works with the speakers.
With most systems I have, I find 80% is a good quality level. Sometimes more than that can distort the device it's connected to from too much signal. I would experiment more, but if you're using the c5 at less than 50% it would seem possibly unnecessary. What speakers are these?
Originally Posted by jseaber
We use a Prism dScope Series III.
I've tested the Arrow 3G on the same audio analyzer, and its bass boost is also affected by gain.
Wouldn't you say the boosts aren't really that different though? I prefer the super sub extension of the c5d for things like the er4s though personally, especially at half setting. mmmmmm.