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Charles Stanton
2005-03-27, 15:23
Does anyone have suggestions on what volume level the SB should be set
to for best quality audio output. I intuitively thought to just keep
it at the max and use the receiver's volume control to adjust. But I
was messing around with it and it seemed to sound better at about
50%-60% of max.

Is there a general recommendation on the best volume level?

The second question was on the buffer. I have a lot of high bit-rate
MP3 vbr encoded files that are around 280 kbs or more. I don't have
dropouts, but when I enabled the buffer view in the player, those
files mostly ran the buffer at 99% to 100%. Is that a bad thing?
Should I limit the bit-rate to get the buffer usage down?

If anyone has insights on these questions, please share them. Thanks.

seanadams
2005-03-27, 21:16
Charles,

Theoretically, for most setups max volume should be optimal. If your
ears say otherwise, just use whatever sounds best.

Regarding buffer usage: the more the better. If you're seeing 99-100%
then this is ideal - it means that your wireless connection is
consistently able to move data faster than the Squeezebox is consuming
it, which is what you want.

Sean

On Mar 27, 2005, at 2:23 PM, Charles Stanton wrote:

> Does anyone have suggestions on what volume level the SB should be set
> to for best quality audio output. I intuitively thought to just keep
> it at the max and use the receiver's volume control to adjust. But I
> was messing around with it and it seemed to sound better at about
> 50%-60% of max.
>
> Is there a general recommendation on the best volume level?
>
> The second question was on the buffer. I have a lot of high bit-rate
> MP3 vbr encoded files that are around 280 kbs or more. I don't have
> dropouts, but when I enabled the buffer view in the player, those
> files mostly ran the buffer at 99% to 100%. Is that a bad thing?
> Should I limit the bit-rate to get the buffer usage down?
>
> If anyone has insights on these questions, please share them. Thanks.
>

Charles Stanton
2005-03-28, 06:10
Sean, thanks that was very helpful. Charles


On Sun, 27 Mar 2005 20:16:44 -0800, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
>
> Charles,
>
> Theoretically, for most setups max volume should be optimal. If your
> ears say otherwise, just use whatever sounds best.
>
> Regarding buffer usage: the more the better. If you're seeing 99-100%
> then this is ideal - it means that your wireless connection is
> consistently able to move data faster than the Squeezebox is consuming
> it, which is what you want.
>
> Sean
>
> On Mar 27, 2005, at 2:23 PM, Charles Stanton wrote:
>
> > Does anyone have suggestions on what volume level the SB should be set
> > to for best quality audio output. I intuitively thought to just keep
> > it at the max and use the receiver's volume control to adjust. But I
> > was messing around with it and it seemed to sound better at about
> > 50%-60% of max.
> >
> > Is there a general recommendation on the best volume level?
> >
> > The second question was on the buffer. I have a lot of high bit-rate
> > MP3 vbr encoded files that are around 280 kbs or more. I don't have
> > dropouts, but when I enabled the buffer view in the player, those
> > files mostly ran the buffer at 99% to 100%. Is that a bad thing?
> > Should I limit the bit-rate to get the buffer usage down?
> >
> > If anyone has insights on these questions, please share them. Thanks.
> >