I noticed this as well only I am using it as an asio firewire device with the firewire 8 track routing preset. I did as you instructed and loaded both DSPs with the thru preset and set to 100% wet. The output is close to 5.5 db hotter than the input. I checked this by switching input/output in the meter section and then lowering the output level in the output section until the output meter appeared to be the same as the input meter. I was recording 24bit 96k, keeping the meters in the green.