Encoder 1 adjusts the master volume level output from the OUTPUT 1
– 8 jacks on the rear panel.
Encoder 2 adjusts the master volume level output from the S/PDIF
OUT jack and OPTICAL OUT jack on the rear panel.
None of this has anything to do with the A-D stage, this is permanently set to maximum, for reasons discussed at length in this thread.
At the risk of getting your back up (which I really don't want to do), can you explain this to me.
I am genuinely interested and am clearly not understanding the point.
I'm also scratching my head as an MR816x owner who does not have this problem, and uses it in exactly the way you are describing without this issue - outputs into HR824 (sensitivity level set flat) and controls monitor level with the front panel controls with no hiss.
You keep saying A-D stage thats analogue to digital right? so in my head thats the pre-amp inputs being converted to digital and going into your DAW via firewire? their level being controlled by the front panel gain knobs. We've established that the encoders control the level of the output - either analogue or digital which presumably are connected to your monitors.
Given that you say the hiss is because the level is permanently set to max, but we've established that we can control that level going in and coming out, in struggling to understand.
Genuine question please don't bite my head off.