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Donald MacNeill
2005-01-17, 10:56
Hi,

I'm a new squeezebox user with a quick question on volume levels. When I crank up the squeezebox volume beyond about 25 I get distortion/clipping - so best to keep it in the 10 - 20 range (Streaming MP3s at near 60% signal strength). However at this level it's a bit quiet through the old hi-fi amp which I'm having to crank right up to about 90/95% of it's range. It's plugged into the 'aux' input - where a CD player works OK at decent volume levels.

Can anyone tell me if the squeezebox outputs are better suited to modern amps - mine was bought in 1984, or if I could use a pre-amp to boost the signal?

ANy suggestions gratefully received.

Thanks

Donald

Kevin Cramer
2005-01-17, 12:00
I have my SqueezeBox hooked into my pre-amp via the digital coax and it
sounds very good. I don't have it turned up very loud at all.

In the past, I did hook a CD player (with variable gain on the RCA
outputs) straight into an amp and it worked ok, but this really isn't
the best way to do it.

I think using a pre-amp is what you want to do. Perhaps you can find
something cheap with digital coax and optical so you have both options.
The amp should work well with that.

Kevin

On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 17:56:12 -0000, "Donald MacNeill"
<donald.macneill (AT) virgin (DOT) net> said:
> Can anyone tell me if the squeezebox outputs are better suited to modern
> amps - mine was bought in 1984, or if I could use a pre-amp to boost the
> signal?

Jack Coates
2005-01-17, 12:05
Donald MacNeill wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm a new squeezebox user with a quick question on volume levels. When I
> crank up the squeezebox volume beyond about 25 I get distortion/clipping
> - so best to keep it in the 10 - 20 range (Streaming MP3s at near 60%
> signal strength). However at this level it's a bit quiet through the old
> hi-fi amp which I'm having to crank right up to about 90/95% of it's
> range. It's plugged into the 'aux' input - where a CD player works OK at
> decent volume levels.
>
> Can anyone tell me if the squeezebox outputs are better suited to modern
> amps - mine was bought in 1984, or if I could use a pre-amp to boost the
> signal?
>
> ANy suggestions gratefully received.
>
> Thanks
>
> Donald
>

That seems odd to me -- my amp was built in 1977 or so, and I have my
SliMP3 set to full volume (40). I also have a Squeezebox set to 40 and
hooked to a pretty new pair of Edirol MA-20Ds. Either way, it sounds
fine. Have you tried changing the cable?

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Robin Bowes
2005-01-17, 16:47
Donald MacNeill wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm a new squeezebox user with a quick question on volume levels. When I
> crank up the squeezebox volume beyond about 25 I get distortion/clipping
> - so best to keep it in the 10 - 20 range (Streaming MP3s at near 60%
> signal strength). However at this level it's a bit quiet through the old
> hi-fi amp which I'm having to crank right up to about 90/95% of it's
> range. It's plugged into the 'aux' input - where a CD player works OK at
> decent volume levels.
>
> Can anyone tell me if the squeezebox outputs are better suited to modern
> amps - mine was bought in 1984, or if I could use a pre-amp to boost the
> signal?
>
> ANy suggestions gratefully received.

Donald,

I find that the Squeezebox output is too *low*, and I'm not the only one.

How does the headphone output sound? You might have a dodgy box.

R.
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