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    Quote Originally Posted by whitman View Post
    Did you find you had to attenuate the MR1 Mk2s to accommodate the DAC32? They have those three levels for input.
    I have the Ruarks set at the lowest (green LED) for any player I attach to them. This is mainly because 90% of the time they're just playing background music, and you get more control over the volume using that setting. A higher setting results in just that bit too loud, while 1 click lower is practically inaudible.

    The DAC32 sounds fine at the lowest input setting, certainly goes loud enough if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    I have the Ruarks set at the lowest (green LED) for any player I attach to them. This is mainly because 90% of the time they're just playing background music, and you get more control over the volume using that setting. A higher setting results in just that bit too loud, while 1 click lower is practically inaudible.

    The DAC32 sounds fine at the lowest input setting, certainly goes loud enough if needed.
    Ever tried it at level 2 with the DAC32? That's where I usually have my SB3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitman View Post
    Ever tried it at level 2 with the DAC32? That's where I usually have my SB3.
    I'll try to set it up with the Ruarks tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    I'll try to set it up with the Ruarks tomorrow.
    Thanks, I'd be interested to know what you hear at that "middle" level 2 setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitman View Post
    Thanks, I'd be interested to know what you hear at that "middle" level 2 setting.
    Reading your earlier posts, I see you're having problems with distortion. I've just tried the DAC32 into my Ruarks at all 3 volume settings, with no distortion whatsoever.

    My brother has a pair of Ruarks he had trouble with the 3.5mm input jack/socket crackling & distortion, he emailed Ruark and received no reply. So he sprayed WD40 up the sockets oriface which cured the problem. So check the cable connection, try a different cable?

    I've had the DAC32 attached to my AVI DM5 actives, sounds wonderful.

    The DAC32 is worthy of far better speakers than the Ruarks.
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    My DAC32 is driving a pair of Acoustic Energy AE1's and the sound is superb. I use a genuine Apple 5V USB supply and have experimented with a few interconnects. I found (20 year old) Kimber PBJ were better and more open than Chord Silver Siren's - both legacy cables lying in a draw. I listen via the DAC32 for most of the day to Radio Paradise or Radio BluesFLAC and everyday I am impressed with the value for money. It is as good as a Transporter and better than a Touch or an SB3 via a Topping E30 into the AE1's.
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