I use Event TR8XL monitors. I leave the volume knobs in the 95% up position. They are connected to an FW1884. The FW has a 'Monitor' level pot which I leave usually in the 50% position. The FW also has a master fader which controls the output from Sonar4. I find that for normal listening levels the master fader needs to be down around the 25-30% position. This has never posed a problem per se but my questions are: Am I causing unnecessary wear and tear on my monitors by leaving the pots nearly all the way up? Would it be easier on my monitors to turn down their volume pot and feed in a hotter signal by turning up the 'monitor'out or master fader on the FW? and: Is there a standard gain structure rule such as, "Keep your signal as hot as possible all the way through and only use the final stage of volume control" or vice-versa? I am interested in how these things affect both the sound and the longevity of the equipment. Any info appreciated. Thanks.