I'm beginning to explore this interesting world of head-fi and have some newbie questions to ask the experts here. I have a couple of headphones: the ATH-M50 and AKG K702.
I have an Audioengine D1 DAC/amp that I would like to feed into a headphone tube ampliflier, like the Little Dot MkIII. The source files would originate from a computer into the D1 then I would connect the RCA outputs of the D1 to the RAC inputs of the Little Dot MkIII. I don't currently own a tube amp, just planning ahead.
Since the D1 is a combined DAC/Amp, there's a volume dial (i.e. pot. dial) that is used to control volume when it is used alone.
If I were to connect the D1 to the Little Dot MkIII, where would I set the volume dial on the D1? I assume it has to be turned above the minimum setting or no signal would be sent to the tube amp where I plan to connect my headphones and use the tube amp to control the volume. As a corollary, could the volume setting on the D1 impact the quality of the sound coming out of the tube amp?
Thanks in advance!