Adjusting component volume

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What sort of volume level should be set on any component connected to an amp?
Should it be set as high as possible and thereafter make adjustments on the amp, or is it a balancing act between the two?
 

thee_prisoner

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I'm think you're looking at the headphone out volume on those decks. Which does effect headphones volume and does effect affect gain output to an amp/pre amp/receiver.

Normally when I use a cassette deck I turn up the output/input to wear it barely hits the red and the same with recording.

The Akai looks to be a decent deck. No clue on that Pioneer.
 

ssddx

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i have my pc hooked up to a receiver...

my windows volume is always set to 100% and i adjust the ambient volume with the knob on my receiver. if i want certain applications to be lower or higher volume than others then i adjust that volume setting in those applications.

i generally find that most convenient for me.

however, if you do not have a volume knob close by or if it does not have a remote if you are farther away then perhaps adjusting the windows volume may prove a bit easier for you.

what works best depends on your particular setup and personal preferences.
 

thee_prisoner

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Yeah, I usually have my windows volume at or near 100% because it doesn't effect sound quality. I don't remember what his setup is from previous post but I was thinking he was referring to various audio products connected to a source like a receiver/pre amp. For example don't wan't to turn up gain to high due to distortion.

How is the sticky going ssddx?
 
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Thanks for your answers.
I should have been explicit in my questions.

I have three systems.
Stereo system made up of components going into pre-amp / power-amp.
HT system going thru an AVR.
Secondary PC system going into a small amp.

My main concern was the stereo system where I have a couple of cassette decks connected, both of which have volume controls.
 

thee_prisoner

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What cassette decks are you using? I have some old Nakamichi decks but what I'm guessing is that you're referring to the the output slider on the deck?

Here is a pic of this model that I own. Notice the output slider. You can pretty much crank it up or down depending on how much gain you want. It just takes some experimentation to find the best sound. It isn't really a volume control but more of a signal strength control.

Edit: oops forgot the link http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ve/MLV-422306233-deck-nakamichi-mr-1-profesional-impecable-_JM

Happy listening, the Prisoner...
 
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Thank you #6
I have an Akai CS-M02 with an output/phone level control and a National (Panasonic) SG-1010 with volume controls for each channel.
 

thee_prisoner

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I'm think you're looking at the headphone out volume on those decks. Which does effect headphones volume and does effect affect gain output to an amp/pre amp/receiver.

Normally when I use a cassette deck I turn up the output/input to wear it barely hits the red and the same with recording.

The Akai looks to be a decent deck. No clue on that Pioneer.
 
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Thanks for the advice.
Picked up the Akai for NZ$35 the other day. The National 3-in-1 has been in the family for about 40 years.
 
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