One of the first things I did with the DS was to adjust the DS volume settings so my preamp would match the way I had it set with the PWD. I did that, but then started thinking about whether there was a way to “make it better”. My Pass preamp has a volume control that goes through 31 detents to reach full volume. With the PWD in place “normal” listening levels were with the preamp at 13; not a very wide range. Now, I could have lowered the PWD volume to get greater range on the preamp, but I adjusted the PWD volume at the time to match the DAC I was using before that. I know.
So here’s the thing. I want to maybe get past that “have to have things set the way they were before” approach, but there is a bit more flexibility with the DS. Questions:
How low a volume setting can I use on the DS before I begin losing anything? For example, I decided to see how low I’d have to set the DS if I wanted “normal” listening to be at 18 on the preamp. I had to set the DS to 79. Seems like you wouldn’t want it that low, given other options.
Would I be better off using the Low Output setting on the DS? If I did that I would probably have to switch my preamp to its higher gain setting.