The default sounds levels of master volume 100%, application/stream 100%, are too loud through my headphones.
I can adjust applications or the master volume down, but if a new application makes a sound it is deafening. Also The master volume has reset to 200% before when fiddling with the equalizer – so I'm kind of scared of relying on that now
At the moment I adjust the master, but I have it close to 25% meaning a slight increase will usually make it too loud.
Previously when using ALSA, I could have the PCM volume set to 25% then adjust the master volume from 0-100%. However now in pulse audio if I set the PCM volume and then change master volume the PCM will be reset to 100%.
I've pretty much stopped listening to music because I'm (some what irrationally) scared of it now