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Marcusss  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:13:45 PM(UTC)
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Hi,

I have a basic setup (below) and I use the Buffalo digital volume control instead of my old pre-amp but I seem to have too much gain in my system because I can only turn the volume up a tiny bit before it is way too loud.

- Buffalo DAC
- IVY line stage with SE outputs
- Peter Daniel design LM3875 non-inverting Gainclone amp
- Speakers with about 88 dB average efficiency

Question:
Where would it be best to reduce gain in my system:
- IVY line stage?
- IVY SE-stage?
- Gainclone amp?

I would very much like to use the available dynamics and the volume control better. Any ideas and thoughts would be much appreciated before I dive in.

Regards,
Marcus
Brian Donegan  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:26:03 PM(UTC)
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I would reduce the gain at the amplifier.

For best signal quality, it is generally better to maintain higher input levels and limit late stage gain.

Marcusss  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:34:13 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Brian! I will start by adjusting the gain of the gainclone amp.

Btw: Did an experiment with passive 20 dB attenuators between the IVY (SE output) and the power amp. The volume control range and listening level was about what I was looking for but the perceived "sound quality" was absolutely terrible.

Regards,
M

Edited by user Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:39:22 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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