I’m listening to my moondrop starfields for the first time again. you can actually hear it. it’s like the sound is covered in ice cubes or something- it’s very hard to describe.
get this ok- so digital volume just decreases the bits, so turning it to 100 is better.
but also, some amps sound better the faster the electricity moves through it- which means its louder. WAY louder. this baby can max out discrete amps at a very listenable 90-100 decibles (for the fiio q1 mk ii) at high gain on the ultra setting. It has a switch for balanced 3.5mm or single ended 3.5mm, but it will switch automatically to single ended output so you can still get the benefit for balanced input. if that makes no sense, don’t worry- this part is only for us nerds. buy this product.