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Which to use Low-Gain or High-Gain?

Rayman30

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I use high gain when using Sundara and HD650, I have a pair of Ananda on the way, my understanding is that they are far easier to drive then the aforementioned headphones.

My question is, is it still best to drive the Ananda with High-Gain? at a lower volume level, or should I try and see if I can get the volume I need from Low-Gain? my gut instinct says that Low-Gain would be better since it has lower distortion but I am not real sure on that.

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With analog volume controls, you may want to avoid using the lowest part of their range, because channel balance tends to be least accurate there, whereas it ought to be pretty good by the time you rotate the control to the 10 o'clock position or higher. Gain setting should not have much impact on distortion one way or another.
 
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With analog volume controls, you may want to avoid using the lowest part of their range, because channel balance tends to be least accurate there, whereas it ought to be pretty good by the time you rotate the control to the 10 o'clock position or higher. Gain setting should not have much impact on distortion one way or another.

Thanks! also if it helps I am using a Topping A50S.
 

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Thanks! also if it helps I am using a Topping A50S.
That amp looks just fine. For convenience's sake, choose the gain setting that lets you do most of your listening with volume control at middling levels (say, from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock), otherwise, it looks like there are no real performance penalties either way.
 

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That amp looks just fine. For convenience's sake, choose the gain setting that lets you do most of your listening with volume control at middling levels (say, from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock), otherwise, it looks like there are no real performance penalties either way.
I just like to say thank you to your response and to @Rayman30 for posting this. I just got the A50s and asked myself the same question.

Thanks again.
 
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