Originally Posted by Merlin
Sounds like its a setting somewhere......
Hm, but where? Vista isn't XP where you have to play the Volume Mixer game... there is no wave volume or silly mess like that. WMP's volume controls worked perfectly fine with the onboard audio. Using an updated Vista with the latest Xonar drivers... there simply isn't anything else to blame except Vista and/or WMP11. The only reason I still use it is it handles internet radio stations well.
Edit: Apparently I am not the only one with the issue, but googling anything up otherwise gets me specsheets on volume normalization.