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I was wondering whether there is an optimum volume I should set on my Mac when using an external pair of speakers. Should I set the Mac's volume to the max and then control volume with the knob on my speakers, or set the Mac's volume to some other value for optimum audio quality?

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If you are running your external speakers from a speaker or headphone jack you probably want to avoid setting either volume control above ⅔ or ¾ to avoid clipping. If you are using a sound card you can set the internal volume at 100% and use the external control for volume adjustment.

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Thanks penguirl, I'm using them through an iMic USB interface, so I assume that means I should go the soundcard route and set internal to 100?" – Elliott Bowles Nov 28 '10 at 22:36

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