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Matching volume level of 2 different components

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  • Matching volume level of 2 different components

    Hi all..

    I’d like to know how to match volume levels in 2 different components ( 2 amps or 2 dac’s) so I can compare the 2 without favouring one above the other because of the loudness

    The second device in the chain - I guess – needed to fulfil the task would be a box where I can switch the 2 connected devices.. an A/ B switch box?

    I’ve got my own idea on the ‘match volume levels ’subject but would love to hear yours.

  • #2
    Volt meter

    Since these are electrical signals, all you need is an accurate volt meter. There has been a discussion here, with examples.

    The interesting outcome was that once you equalize levels, sonic differences tended to disappear when comparing properly designed (but not necessarily expensive) gear.


    • #3

      I'm reading HUG quite a lot and never found such a thread but from what I read I realize there must be one...


      • #4

        .. my idea on how to match volume levels of 2 components was using db meter but after your suggestion on volt meter I found easily the right thread here on HUG... thanks!