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Subject: Re: Volume handling: steps and radio

Re: Volume handling: steps and radio

From: Amaury Pouly <amaury.pouly_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:53:17 +0200

> I would like to see some discussion (and eventually, an authoritative
> decision or consensus) regarding the recent increase in resolution of
> volume and equalizer handling, from 0.5dB to 0.1dB.
>
> I highly doubt that a 0.1dB difference is at all audible. Moreover, it
> will probably do absolutely *nothing* on targets with hardware that
> doesn't support it, which I bet means a lot of devices.
>
> I'm pretty sure that 0.5dB is hardly audible for the very large
> majority of people to begin with (saratoga seems to think so), though
> I think it's nice to be able to change volume or an equalizer band by
> 25% or 75% of "double the volume", i.e. 1.5dB or 4.5dB, compared to
> 3dB (50%) or 6dB (100%).
>
> I wouldn't bring this up if it improved anything at all (I don't think
> it does), and if it didn't degrade basic functionality (getting the
> graphical EQ to the desired values is a lot slower) or downright
> *broke* it (the current git revision badly breaks volume control on
> the Fuze+).
>
> It seems that the patch (and commit) were validated a bit hastily, by
> few people, and without much thought given to the consequences.
>
> Unless someone demonstrates a significant advantage that I haven't
> thought of, and / or fixes volume control AND the sluggishness of
> dealing with 0.1dB increments in the graphical equalizer, I would like
> this change to be completely reverted. Soap, on IRC, proposed that
> such fine-grained values be accepted in the configuration file, but
> not reflected in the user interface. That sounds perfectly acceptable
> to me, and would probably satisfy the most "enthusiastic" users,
> without bugging everyone else.
>
The driver rewrite making them working with 0.1dB steps is not related to
the equaliser. I suggest you start a dedicated discussion on this
particular issue.
Received on 2013-07-22


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