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RME 96/8 & Volume Control

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by ant1973, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. ant1973

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    There has been an interesting discussion regarding volume control and the RME 96/8 card on the avsforum site in the last few days (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?threadid=358763)

    Where the HTPC is being used as a pre-amp feeding a power amp there has been some suggestion that lowering the volume in software reduces sound quality (because the reduction in sound level is achieved by ejecting “bits” from the sound stream itself). Can anyone confirm that this is the case? If so, then it would seem unlikely that the HTPC is a realistic option as a pre-amp (unless you are using active speakers).

    Finally, it has also been suggested that the solution to this problem is to set the sound card to maximum on the HTPC and add an inexpensive, passive, pre-amplifier (which I’m told in no way affects the analog signal) for the exclusive purpose of controlling volume. Is this really an option? If so would the passive pre-amp from Maplin shown in the link below be up the job notwithstanding the modest price tag.

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/module.asp?CartID=040414115322374&moduleno=30376

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,

    Anthony
     
  2. Cameron

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    I challenge anyone to 'hear' the difference between an RME card controlled by amp volume vs HTPC volume...I certainly can't

    CaM
     

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