Question to the group: It seems the analogue level out of the Chord DAVE is saturating the bal inputs to my pre (Classe SSP, old but good); for many albums the DAC setting on the DAVE is ok for the system - which outputs -3dB metered, which the manual says corresponds to 6V at the bal outputs - but on more modern masters, the levels saturate the analogue input stage and I get distortion/clipping. Consequently, I operate the DAVE in Pre mode which has a volume control in line, and in general I have to be around -10dB metered (dBFS?), which I’d interpolate to be about 2.7V or so at the bal outs. That makes the Classe happier, so, fine. I’d rather not, but unless I go straight to the amp and use the DAVE as the pre (which I may) or get another pre (which I may), this is what I have to do for the moment.
So, the question is: should I be doing this level attenuation in the U1 mini instead? Is there a way to set the output level to -10dB, and will this level stick through shutdown and startup, power loss, etc? And with Leehd processing enabled, this is lossless, correct?
Thoughts? @wklie, et al? Thanks!