too many volume controls - help appreciated


#1

Can anyone steer me toward general info on calibrating multiple volume/gain controls that you’ve found helpful?

The situation:

I am currently juggling five different volume controls in my main playback system, beginning with JRMC:

In order,

-JRMC (I would disable it, but that doesn’t seem possible when playing the Bridge through ethernet- is that right?)

-PS Audio PWD

-DSPeaker Anti-Mode Dual-Core 2.0 (great room neutralizer)

-Nu-Force MCP-18 analog preamp (supposed to have a near-SOTA “stepped attenuator”)

-upgraded Behringer outboard crossover (needed for my Emerald Physics speakers)

So many gain controls makes trial-and-error pretty difficult, so I am looking for some overarching principles to guide me -

-should the WORST volume controls in the chain (if they can’t be disabled) be set HIGH, LOW, or in-between?

  • what about the BEST volume controls?

#2

I’m not sure but I don’t think the volume adjustment in JRMC works with the Bridge so I don’t think there is anything to disable. In general I would set them all (but one–probably the preamp) to max (or zero gain if there is such a setting). The PWD has a good volume control but if it goes very low (below say 50) it starts throwing away useful bits, like most digital volume controls.


#3

Thanks, that’s helpful and corresponds with what some folks at a local hi-fi shop just told me.

One thing, though - the JRMC volume control slider does change the volume when playing through the Bridge. Wish I could disable it, but maybe it’s not possible.


#4

JRMC vol control can be set to “internal” or “system” in the settings


#5

I have mine (JRMC 19 Mac) set to disabled. I usually play over USB. I have a separate player for the Bridge but the volume setting does not appear there. I just tried playing over the Bridge and the volume slider does work there. I suggest leaving it at 100.