Re: High amp gains and low stereo volume output or vice versa?
The gain knob, is not a volume knob. It should be set, and never touched again until you have an equipment change.
DMM is a Digital Multi-Meter. You can buy a cheap one from radio shack to get the job done.
You want to set your gains to their maximum SAFE limit, at the highest SAFE volume on your HU. If it is too quiet for you once you turn the volume down, do NOT change your gain from there. Your gain is set at the proper level, and you need louder equipment.
I have a Kenwood HU that tops at 35, the highest I'll listen to it is 30, and I set my gains at 27 or 28.
A simple google search "setting amp gains with a DMM" will reveal everything else you need.
Turning up your gain past it's proper setting dramatically increases the chance of damaging your equipment.
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