Even more, the "Vivid" setting on a QLED TV (it's like staring into the sun itself). Yes, the gain stage implementation is a real mess. The right way to do it would be: Ditch the DAC. No one wants it & its absence would more than pay for #2-4 below Lower the Low gain Make a new Medium gain between Low and High And maybe lower High a bit. There's a limit to what you can drag out of a circuit and still have decent sound #2 would ameliorate the strange volume "hump" I & others observe in the LGX' volume pot. IMS it happens at ~10AM, a steep/sudden increase in volume above that point in the pot's rotation. With the voltage coming out of my previous DAC, of course 10AM is dead-center where my listening starts to get good on the LGX. Currently I have a different DAC with well-implemented preamp out/adjustable volume pot of its own. I have it set to 75%, which handily relocated that volume "hump" higher up on the LGX's volume pot, above where it comes into play for me. But really, I should have to play gain games to avoid that anomaly of the LGX., and a lower low gain setting would do the same thing.