Just a short bit of background. My B&M dealer was over a couple of weeks ago doing an initial setup of my new speakers. He was curious why I was running my DAC at less than full gain (I’m running Windom, with DS at around 83 and just adjusting the gain on BHK pre as needed), My response was simply that it sounded better to me than running the DAC at 100.
He replied that by running the DAC at less than full gain, I was “losing bits” and that was just “DAC math, just ask so and so.” My sales guy is fantastic to work with and definitely knows his stuff, but definitely doesn’t know much about PSAudio equipment.
Is there any truth/validity to his statement in general and specifically with respect to the DS DAC? I’ll always set it to whatever sounds best to me (less or more bits), but I care about the answer (1) because now I’m curious and (2) because he’s coming back next week to help me do some final tweaks to the speaker position and to audition a couple of different sets of power cables, so I’m wondering whether I should use the DAC at 100 as a starting point for that setup/audition and go from there.
Thanks in advance,