I need some advice please.
I own a pair of He-500 headphones, they are connected in this chain.
Pc > Titanium hd > Emotiva Mini-x > He-500
When I listen to music files I own, I listen through Jriver, which has a 64bit engine, so as far as I know using it's own volume control doesn't affect the quality that much. I can leave Windows system volume at 100% volume, Jriver's volume at 80ish (to stop it hitting anywhere near clipping) and control the final volume with my amp. All dandy.
However, when I use the web to listen to music, such as Soundcloud, leaving soundcloud's volume at 100%, and the web browsers volume at 100%, system volume at 100%, the Titanium Hd audio creation mode's monitoring shows it hitting 0db, and falls into the Red zone. I'm assuming its heavily clipping. So to combat this I leave my web browsers volume at 100%, and reduce soundclouds own volume, but I feel this is a digital change and i'm losing quality.
Most tracks on Soundcloud have to be run at 50% volume (via soundclouds own volume control) to stop my X-fi hitting the red zone. At 50%, the X-fi software is reporting volume hitting -13db (almost in the orange zone). I'm trying to keep it from going anywhere near the red. Increasing it over 50% will push it almost to the red zone.
I could stop this by reducing the "wave volume", but I've been told in the past not to adjust the wave, and to leave it at 100%.
So at the moment, the only way I can stop the X-fi from reporting dangerous output levels is either;
Reduce the wave volume from 100% to a lower level
Or reduce Soundclouds own volume within the web browser
I don't want to touch the "system volume"
Does Creatives own software, the console which runs with the Titanium HD accurately report the correct output volume?
Is it safe to leave all volumes in windows at 100% and ignore the volume hitting red zone?
If I lost you half way, sorry.
Running Windows 8. Titanium Hd. Audio creation mode.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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