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Digital vs Analog Volume Control, does it matter?
Stephan37
post Feb 19 2013, 20:52
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Thanks to this forum I am an recovering audiophile. It was a very humbling experience to do some double blind testing of 128kbit mps but a necessary one. The cool thing about this process is that I've come to enjoy the music again, not the sound. Thus I listen more with more enjoyment. Thanks to everybody here who have made this learning possible. I have also learned that most audio equipment is not that much different. But since my amp doesn't have a remote control I am in the market for a receiver or new amp. And I like the new features like Airplay and the like.

Now I have been reading a lot about different models etc.

What sometimes comes up is the way the volume control is made - digital vs analog.

Here are my questions:
Should I be bothered? Is one really better? Will I hear a difference?

Thanks in advance for your time!

Stephen
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mzil
post Feb 22 2013, 04:24
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For anyone who, like me, uses their AVR volume knob over a large range of settings, I encourage them to try it out in person, via remote control, before they buy. The Marantz I bought recently (over $1000 USD) is rather awkward in how the volume up and down ramp speed varies depending on your start location, the time you depress the up/down button, and also differs depending on whether you are raising or lowering the volume.[ My previous Yamaha unit didn't have this issue at all. ] I would assume it is the same on all current Denon units as well, in fact it may be a problem with almost everything on the market, for all I know.

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post Mar 1 2013, 01:13
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QUOTE (mzil @ Feb 21 2013, 22:24) *
The Marantz I bought recently (over $1000 USD) is rather awkward in how the volume up and down ramp speed varies depending on ...

A slight correction, since I can no loner edit that original post. The Marantz unit I own has no power amp section, so it is not really a receiver. It calls itself an "AV Pre Tuner" but most forum people seem to refer to it as a "prepro".
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- Stephan37   Digital vs Analog Volume Control   Feb 19 2013, 20:52
- - knutinh   If it is sanely implemented and you avoid silly th...   Feb 19 2013, 21:04
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE What sometimes comes up is the way the volum...   Feb 19 2013, 21:39
- - .halverhahn   Some readings: http://www.esstech.com/PDF/digital...   Feb 19 2013, 22:39
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (.halverhahn @ Feb 19 2013, 16:39) ...   Feb 20 2013, 13:59
- - bennetng   Digital audio need not to convert to integer forma...   Feb 20 2013, 16:41
|- - phofman   QUOTE (bennetng @ Feb 20 2013, 17:41) Dig...   Feb 20 2013, 20:22
|- - bennetng   QUOTE (phofman @ Feb 21 2013, 03:22) QUOT...   Feb 21 2013, 01:55
|- - knutinh   QUOTE (bennetng @ Feb 21 2013, 01:55) Wha...   Feb 21 2013, 14:46
|- - bennetng   QUOTE (knutinh @ Feb 21 2013, 21:46) If y...   Feb 21 2013, 16:58
- - skamp   Relevant: C5 Headphone Amplifier QUOTE THE CHANNE...   Feb 20 2013, 21:37
- - pdq   We seem to be comparing apples and oranges. We al...   Feb 20 2013, 21:51
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (pdq @ Feb 20 2013, 15:51) We seem ...   Feb 20 2013, 23:31
- - Stephan37   Wow, that is some interesting stuff to read here. ...   Feb 21 2013, 20:03
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Stephan37 @ Feb 21 2013, 14:03) Wo...   Feb 22 2013, 16:39
- - dhromed   Well, mine is, but not in terms of any kind of noi...   Feb 21 2013, 20:11
- - Stephan37   Actually a rather good question.... Should I avoi...   Feb 21 2013, 20:39
|- - .halverhahn   QUOTE (Stephan37 @ Feb 21 2013, 20:39) Sh...   Feb 22 2013, 00:11
|- - greynol   QUOTE (.halverhahn @ Feb 21 2013, 15:11) ...   Feb 22 2013, 01:27
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 21 2013, 19:27) QUOT...   Feb 22 2013, 16:45
- - probedb   Well my AVR is perfectly fine for music. It's ...   Feb 21 2013, 21:11
- - MrEnergizer   Check out the Onkyo TX-8050   Feb 21 2013, 23:01
- - mzil   For anyone who, like me, uses their AVR volume kno...   Feb 22 2013, 04:24
|- - mzil   QUOTE (mzil @ Feb 21 2013, 22:24) The Mar...   Mar 1 2013, 01:13
- - mzil   Your B-stock RX-V371 does have a full warranty, a ...   Feb 22 2013, 17:32
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (mzil @ Feb 22 2013, 11:32) Your B-...   Feb 22 2013, 17:41
|- - mzil   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Feb 22 2013, 11...   Feb 22 2013, 18:56
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (mzil @ Feb 22 2013, 12:56) QUOTE (...   Feb 22 2013, 21:15
- - greynol   Doubt it would fail ABX means what, exactly? Soun...   Feb 22 2013, 17:34
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 22 2013, 11:34) Doub...   Feb 22 2013, 17:47
- - greynol   Thanks for the clarification. I am under the impre...   Feb 22 2013, 17:54
- - db1989   I would consider p > 0.05 to be a failed test, ...   Feb 22 2013, 18:38
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (db1989 @ Feb 22 2013, 12:38) I wou...   Feb 22 2013, 21:11
- - mzil   You are welcome to define "B-stock" howe...   Feb 22 2013, 22:23
- - Porcus   ... no wonder the layman thinks that statisticians...   Feb 23 2013, 02:01
- - Stephan37   Wow, thanks for all the input here. This is what ...   Feb 23 2013, 15:41
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Stephan37 @ Feb 23 2013, 09:41) - ...   Feb 23 2013, 18:43
- - knutinh   I do believe that the signal processing software i...   Feb 24 2013, 13:06
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (knutinh @ Feb 24 2013, 07:06) I do...   Feb 24 2013, 14:09
- - knutinh   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Feb 24 2013, 14...   Mar 1 2013, 12:41
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (knutinh @ Mar 1 2013, 06:41) As se...   Mar 1 2013, 15:22


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