[alsa-devel] What does 0dB refer to? (Logitech USB Speakers)

Florian Faber faber at faberman.de
Sun Apr 13 13:26:31 CEST 2008

On Sunday 13 April 2008 12:51:54 James Courtier-Dutton wrote:

> Are the output levels from the line out/speaker out connectors really
> any different between pro and cheap sound card?

The electric levels do differ. But that's not the point. The point is 
that you usually have active speakers and 0dB means full throttle. You 
don't have anything to alter the volume between the sound card and the 

To give you an impression: My main out is -40..-36dB for work. If I want 
to talk to another person in the same room, I have to dim to -46dB max. 
If I throw a party, it might go up to -20..-15dB. 0dB will just pop out 
the ear drums.

> It seems to me that whatever way you look at this, A default value of
> "MUTE" is really the only safe level for all sound card types.


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