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Subject: Simplified and uniform volume handling - asking

Simplified and uniform volume handling - asking

From: Rocker <rocker_at_shaw.ca>
Date: 2005-12-08

Hi you wrote:
Personally I find the whole idea of clipping prevention somewhat odd, very
much "protecting the user from himself" which really isn't Rockbox' style.

I don't think I've ever seen any audio playback equipment of any kind offer
clipping prevention. Can someone give me a few examples of equipment that
does this? (My old NAD amplifier has "soft clipping", but that's not the
same thing. It doesn't prevent distorsion, just smoothes it a bit.)

If there's ONE thing users know about audio equipment it is that if you
crank the volume up too loud, the sound will get distorted. Every radio,
amplifier, cd-player and walkman since 1930 has worked this way, why are we
so keen on "protecting" the user from this now? I think the only thing we'll
get is user frustration because Rockbox won't let them crank the volume up
as loud as they want to.

-- 
Björn
*right on man!  Let the good times roll even with a little 
distortion...rocker
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Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 11:55:23 +0100
From: Bj?rn Stenberg <bjorn@haxx.se>
Subject: Re: Simplified and uniform volume handling - asking for
opinions
To: Rockbox development <rockbox-dev@cool.haxx.se>
Message-ID: <20051207105523.GD22606@linux3.contactor.se>
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Christi Alice Scarborough wrote:
> I do believe that there is value in an option that prevents clipping,
> particularly if it can be implemented in a platform independent way.
Personally I find the whole idea of clipping prevention somewhat odd, very 
much "protecting the user from himself" which really isn't Rockbox' style.
I don't think I've ever seen any audio playback equipment of any kind offer 
clipping prevention. Can someone give me a few examples of equipment that 
does this? (My old NAD amplifier has "soft clipping", but that's not the 
same thing. It doesn't prevent distorsion, just smoothes it a bit.)
If there's ONE thing users know about audio equipment it is that if you 
crank the volume up too loud, the sound will get distorted. Every radio, 
amplifier, cd-player and walkman since 1930 has worked this way, why are we 
so keen on "protecting" the user from this now? I think the only thing we'll 
get is user frustration because Rockbox won't let them crank the volume up 
as loud as they want to.
-- 
Björn
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