Just got started and I've gone successfully through from start to CD, but I have 2 queries, and whilst the volume one has been discussed here before, I don't feel confident (as a 'plug and play' sort of person) that I've got an answer from it.
ie 1) My line-in volume level is set at zero, yet I still get 'overload'. Not all the time, but there's no latitude at all in the vol. control. Should I get a pre-amp with a vol. control? (The one I bought - £15 - said it was designed specifically for the purpose I'm using it) If so, I'm puzzled that the only one I can find on the web means ordering from the USA (www.phonopreamps.com
) - not, of course that that's a serious problem as they are supplied for 240v. Should I alternatively (or additionally) buy the soundcard people are generally recommending - the Audiophile 2496 (the one I have is whatever came with this Dell PC - it says 'SoundMAX digital audio')
Q2) I'm getting hum which shows up at between -18 and -25 on the WC volume meters (greater when I have my main amp switched on for the purpose of connecting the earth from the turntable - do I need to do this?). Apart from the hum sound itself, it means that WC can't find any breaks between tracks and I've put them in manually. How can I get rid of it? (Is it the pre-amp again - I've tried 2 different turntables)
Any advice gratefully received!