I can't believe that I JUST figured this out now!...cut out the attenuators!
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For the past year I have been running my Headroom Max on high gain and volume at about 9:00-10:00. I finally clued in and switched my gain to the lowest setting and put the volume at 2:00. Man, what a difference!! It makes sense to me why it should sound better too...since on high gain you've got two attenuators in line, which can only perform worse!! Keep it simple and cut out the attenuators.

I took this little tidbit from a fella named Sean on the audiogon forums,..."The fact that more signal attenuation with a longer signal path and more connections would degrade the signal / electrical performance is not really debatable."

Damn, I swear my system sounds 10% better now.
 
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For the past year I have been running my Headroom Max on high gain and volume at about 9:00-10:00. I finally clued in and switched my gain to the lowest setting and put the volume at 2:00. Man, what a difference!! It makes sense to me why it should sound better too...since on high gain you've got two attenuators in line, which can only perform worse!! Keep it simple and cut out the attenuators.


Yup, one of those "Doh" moments (see my Avatar).

Glad you found the secret, and are enjoying the results.
 
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Well, I am not surprised. Sean is a very smart guy who works as an electronics technician. Enjoy!!!
 
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I too avoid higher gain setting on most of my amps. It's good that you found that trick out. Congrats, you have accomplished something that most of us couldn't; it's not easy to improve the sound here at Head-fi without actually spending money
In your case, just a flick of switch
 
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Yeah Sean is excellent. Amazingly knowledgable and helpful, (I can't believe how he bends over backwards to help), he's one of the best features of that forum!
 
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The disadvantage is if you play from an unstable source... I.E. computer media... You'll have spikes of peak volume which can damage your equiptment...

If you play nothing but retail CDs that generally have a pretty good volume regulation, then it'll be pretty safe to play things with the ATTN turned off...

I just pay too much for my equiptment to have someone accidentally blow something when I'm not around
 
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