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  1. #1
    Charles Stanton
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    optimal volume on SB and buffer fullness questions

    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.

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    optimal volume on SB and buffer fullness questions

    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.
    >

  3. #3
    Charles Stanton
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    optimal volume on SB and buffer fullness questions

    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.
    > >

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