Gain Controls and Level Matching:
What is a “Typical” setting for the amplifier gain controls on the rear panel?
Everyone wants to get the full power out of an amplifier. However, very rarely does the setting of the gain control restrict the power, it just sets how much input voltage is needed to drive the amp fully. What the gain controls do affect is the quality of the sound. In general, you want amplifier gain controls down, e.g.. 10 o’clock, and the levels coming from the pre-amp to be a higher level for no hiss and superior signal to noise.