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    Default Volume Level on New Pre-amp.

    I just purchased a new pre/pro to run instead of the AVR I was using. With my old avr if the levels to all the speakers was from +1 to -3 it calibrated to reference level.

    With my new pre/pro I have to calibrate all the channels from +6 to +2 to calibrate to the same level.

    My question is, should I try and calibrate to keep the speaker levels around zero (about 5 under reference level) and just run the amp a little harder, or should I go ahead and set the channel levels higher and calibrate to reference?

    I did not see anywhere to change the sensitivity of the Pre output nor the amp input.

    Thanks for any suggestions you can give.

    Michael
    Mains.............Polk LSi15 (Cherry)
    Center............Polk LSiC (Crossover upgraded)
    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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    I would run it overall hotter to keep the higher level of adjustment. I like to have quite a bit of adjustment available for my center as I find some tracks that seem to need center boosting.

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    If you don't mind me asking how much does a preamp like that run you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by millerman 3732
    If you don't mind me asking how much does a preamp like that run you?
    Retail is $1500 new. You can usually get it new for 1200-1500 depending on the dealer. Used is normally $750-$900.

    I paid the bottom of the used range. (it is in like new condition, and the firmware has been upgraded to support PLIIx. (although since I only run 5.1, it really doesn't matter))

    Michael
    Mains.............Polk LSi15 (Cherry)
    Center............Polk LSiC (Crossover upgraded)
    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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    I take it that you're telling us about the NAD??
    "SOME PEOPLE CALL ME MAURICE,
    CAUSE I SPEAK OF THE POMPITIOUS OF LOVE"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ND13
    I take it that you're telling us about the NAD??
    Yes, I thought that was what he was asking about. (and it is first in my mind since I just got it on Friday)

    Michael
    Mains.............Polk LSi15 (Cherry)
    Center............Polk LSiC (Crossover upgraded)
    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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    What other preamp where we talking about?
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    If you listen to music, here's something to try. Put it into stereo. Then play with the levels on the main L/R. If you find that a particle level setting sounds best, use that, and adjust the spl of your other speakers to match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLoki
    Retail is $1500 new. You can usually get it new for 1200-1500 depending on the dealer. Used is normally $750-$900.
    There are a couple on e-bay (one left) that seems to be going in the $500-$600 range. (to late to help me, but if you are in the market, they seem to be a good deal.)

    Michael
    Mains.............Polk LSi15 (Cherry)
    Center............Polk LSiC (Crossover upgraded)
    Surrounds.......Polk LSi7 (Gloss Black - wood sides removed and crossovers upgraded)
    Subwoofers.....SVS 25-31 CS+ and PC+ (both 20hz tune)
    Pre\Pro...........NAD T163 (Modded with LM4562 opamps)
    Amplifier.........Cinepro 3k6 (6-channel, 500wpc@4ohms)

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