and you're still sure you haven't done the same thing in winamp?
If Sonique p.o.s. works, then there's no reason why winamp shouldn't.
If you're using some weird skin, try temporarily switching back to the default base skin, and make sure again that the volume slider in the main winamp window is definitely turned up (ie. furthest to the right is loudest, to the left is off). Maybe you're using a scroll mouse and the scroll wheel is turning your volume down without you realizing?
Sorry if I sound a bit patronizing, I don't mean to, but I'm almost certain it's got to be something very simple . . . and besides, I'd hate to see you convert to Sonique over this . . . it's bad enough that you've installed it in the first place.
Just confirm again that both the volume slider in the main Window AND the preamp slider in the EQ window are up high enough, eg.
If they are both up high enough, then I'll have to get my thinking cap on here, 'cos I'm a bit stumped, but then again, it is 6:00am where I am.
You could check Windows Volume Control (little yellow speaker in systray), and make sure both the "main" and "wave" sliders are both up high enough and the wave slider isn't muted.
btw, does Win Media Player work ok volume-wise?
Anyway, bear with us, and I'm sure will work this out