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Subject: dB volume (was: wireless audio link. hiss problems on songs.. via archos/rockbox 2.2)
From: Uwe Freese (
Date: 2004-03-19

Hello Fred,

FM> I really like it better as a percent. It is more intuitively obvious to
FM> non-technical people.

FM> The average person doesn't know the difference between dB SPL and dbV.
FM> If most people see "0dB", they think that means "silent." They don't
FM> understand the relationship between the "dB" number that they see on the
FM> display and the dB figure that they see in the efficiency rating of
FM> their headphones, why there are negative dB "levels", etc. I'm sure
FM> that there would even be some people who would think that their hearing
FM> couldn't be damaged because the volume was "only" at 12dB -- and 12dB
FM> can't hurt your hearing.

I would also prefer a dB display going from -something dB to 0dB. I
don't think this is so unusual - all the modern amplifiers / receivers
(including mine) show volume in dB.

To summarize: I vote for dB. :)

Bye, Uwe.


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