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Audiophile Loudness Wars—Too Much again!?
DACs can have very high line output levels, up to 4V is not atypical for a balanced DAC’s XLR outputs. Compare this to a typical "audiophile" analog setup with a 0.5mV MC cartridge into a phono stage with 60dB of gain, netting 0.5V line output.... 
Audiophile Loudness Wars—Too Much again!?
thinking about many of the responses, i suspect we are confusing several issues:  gain, recording volume, use of limiters and compressors to increase average playback level etc.  Unless you are running a very unusual piece of equipment "more gain"... 
Audiophile Loudness Wars—Too Much again!?
So' the definition of loundness means an increase of volume but imply a reduction of dynamic, ( increase of average power and decrease of The final sound lost in matter in many case, the dynamic is the main criteria to save in live music...Cert... 
Audiophile Loudness Wars—Too Much again!?
simple answer: turn down the volume. Does the same thing and easier than any of the methods described above - they are ALL resistive divider networks. Admittedly, the volume may track poorly at low volumes and most continuous volume controls are m... 
Will accidental max volume damage a speaker?
As many have already said, you would know (i hope) if you did any damage.  Speakers fail mostly due to heat. the voice coil, the electromagnet that moves the speaker cone/dome/whatever is wound with very small wire.  Over time it gets hot and !poo... 
CDP or DAC?
Rather than answer "CDP vs DAC" with specific suggestions, I’ll give some general thoughts on the two categories.first, you understand a CDP contains a DAC, right? So its rally just a packaging question - and comes down to what’s available int he ... 
Best Preamp and Amp combination, interesting finding!!!
So many logical answers fgit that data without fitting your conclusion. Three pop to mind:1. Its a very good $1k amp and a so-so $3k amp2. You have impedance matching issues that one preamp solved and the other didn't3. the 1k amp solves a speaker... 
What is the most important component to consider while building a new system?
Like Paul I make some portion of my money selling electronics or at least designing them I totally agree the answer is speakers. No I would say to more important things are the room in the recording/mastering but those are not part of your “system” 
What DAC upgrade made you say “DAMN, that sounds SO MUCH better than my last DAC”?
If i may make two comments to @mattmiller:1. Actually, while one can spend a lot on a system and get poor results it is quite relevant if a user has a highly resolving system vs. less so. And $10k in a system by high end standards is -- choke -- n... 
I really could use some help here.....
In general bi-wiring means that you can run independent wires to the tweeter and woofers.  It is different from bi-amping in that no additional filters are added - the entire signal goes to both.  I fail to see the benefit frankly.Anyhooo.  You ha... 
Do You Ever Find Yourself Unable to Listen To Your System?
Sure.  Serious listening can be a a really involving experience, but like most involving experiences, it is actually work. I often find it easier and more what i want to play music on other systems more int eh background - rather than go, sit in o... 
any suggestions on what to replace Bluesound Node 2i with
I’d back up and re-think your architecture. Problem #1 is that you really didn’t describe one. Exactly what functions is the streamer performing? How many DACs if any? Where? How connected?This has huge impact on whether the streamer makes much di... 
Where's The Volume?
A VOlune control only turns down the signal anyway. It is normal to require a different setting for phono and line inputs, or even two line inputs. Many manufacturers don’t follow the standards so levels vary. For any given system power out and vo... 
warmest speaker cables you've heard?
Any 28 gauge? LOLHonestly, if you need warm cables as tone controls you might address the fundamentals first; or put a very gentle LPF between your amp and preamp. 
Poor grammar is disappointing and decidedly distracting in formal audio reviews.
you might enjoy a book called "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"