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Old 01-18-2013, 03:29 AM
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I just upgraded my audio workstation with a new rme card and I put my old echo card in my entertainment/gaming pc. I just ordered a set of SP2500's that should be here tomorrow afternoon.

The audio outputs on my old card are 1/4 inch (balanced or unbalanced)and the output level is selectable between +4dBu and -10dBV.

With professional studio monitors I use balanced 1/4 inch to XLR cables and select +4dBu. For the SP2500's I will be using unbalanced 1/4 inch to RCA cables. What output level should I use with the SP2500's, +4dBu or -10dBV?

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:48 PM
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If you find yourself in the same situation, use -10dBV. The SP2500's won't handle +4dBu without a little distortion (signal is too hot).

You'll find -10dBV a tiny bit weak, but I think we can all agree there is plenty of headroom with the system (unless you are deaf). When using the echo card, I find I have to bring the SP2500 master level up just one extra notch to match the output from my on-board Realtek audio. I can live with that for a nice clean signal
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