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x-fi keep turned up?

iceman7311

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#1
hey it seems like someone once said that it is bad for a sound card to keep it turned up all the way. i think it was leejend. am i remebering correctly or did i just make that up? if so how high can one keep it turned up out hurting the card?oh and one more small question about the x-fi since the new x-fi's come with heat sinks should i consider gettin a heatsink for my x-fi?
 

Aprox

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#3
The only reason you may not want the volume up all the way at the hardware level is just for noise. I was getting light static with mine, so I moved down to about 60 - 75% and the noise went away.
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#4
Aprox said:
The only reason you may not want the volume up all the way at the hardware level is just for noise. I was getting light static with mine, so I moved down to about 60 - 75% and the noise went away.
That and if you keep the volume at max then you will hear more distortion as your amplifying an amplified signal.

The sound card has a small amp and when that's maxed you get the distortion, take that then amplify that with your speaker amplifier and you get poor quality sound from your speakers.
 
#5
Admiral Michael said:
That and if you keep the volume at max then you will hear more distortion as your amplifying an amplified signal.

The sound card has a small amp and when that's maxed you get the distortion, take that then amplify that with your speaker amplifier and you get poor quality sound from your speakers.
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#11
Could be. Might even be a ground-loop or other such thing.

If you can figure out a safe way to investigate might be worth looking into. But if turning the volume on the x-fi fixes it I'd not be in too much of a hurry to be jabbing things into the mains :)
 

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
#12
LordOfLA said:
If you have a good soundcard like the x-fi and good amplified speakers you wont get distortion.
Almost all amps can be cause distortion at there max settings. There no headroom for more power if needed (like bass).
 

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