running full volume ok?
Jun 17, 2009 at 5:46 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7


100+ Head-Fier
Apr 12, 2008
Is it bad for an MP3 player to be played at full volume? I mean, obviously this wouldn't be good for your ears with headphones... but I'm only wondering about the player.

I might want to have the volume all the way up when feeding it into an external car amp, for example...

I know this can be bad for full size speaker amps, so I thought the same might apply to the head-amp in a portable player.
Jun 17, 2009 at 11:11 AM Post #3 of 7
I think that the interesting point here would be whether a DAP with a digital volume control will not actually benefit from being played at 100% volume.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the digital volume attenuates the signal at any setting other than 100%, thus introducing digital processing with all consequencies to the sound quality and battery life. If my assumption is correct, playing at full volume will give the best SQ and battery life.
Jun 17, 2009 at 4:14 PM Post #5 of 7
I run my H320 full tilt everytime it's plugged into an external device (amp, car, receiver) which is probably about 75% of the time. It's now almost 5 years old and still going strong. Only thing I've ever done is replaced the battery, once.

It's hard to say exactly how each device attenuates the sound. Some very well could be running the opamp full all the time, others probably have a standard volume control. The amount of power you're talking about is minimal... I wouldn't so much worry about battery life differences or anything. It's going to take far more power to read and decode.
Jun 17, 2009 at 4:46 PM Post #6 of 7
I don't think it would hurt the device, but if it's clipping at the output you should back it off for SQ reasons.

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