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Subject: Re: Playback channel configuration in rockbox - suggestions & survey

Re: Playback channel configuration in rockbox - suggestions & survey

From: Jens Arnold <>
Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2005 23:47:26 +0100

>> I think replacing is a bad idea. Add the fine-grained
>> control, but don't remove the simple settings.

> I agree completely.

Hmm. The reason why I think of removing the predefined
standard settings (mono, stereo narrow, stereo, stereo wide) is
primarily to reduce option clutter in rockbox. There are already
so many options in rockbox...

I can think of 3 options how to add the fine-grained stereo
width control (sorted from least to most sound settings option

All: Introduce a "Stereo width" setting, reaching from 0 to 255
     percent, and:

  1: Remove the "Channel configuration" setting altogether. This
     would effectively remove the "Mono left", "Mono right" and
     "Karaoke" options, but allow to resemble all other values
     (by setting a width of 0% for mono etc. as listed in my
     initial post).

  2. Reduce the "Channel configuration" setting to only contain
     "Normal", "Mono left", "Mono right", "Karaoke" options.
     "Normal" would then be the setting that uses the stereo
     width value. This would allow to resemble all old values,
     with less option clutter than the next method.

  3. Leave the "Channel configuration" setting as it is, and add
     an 8th option "Stereo variable", which then uses the stereo
     width value. This means all old standard options are still
     available, but at the cost of even more option clutter, and
     some doubled settings that are effectively identical, which
     may also lead to confusion. (E.g. setting "Stereo narrow"
     does the same as setting "Stereo variable" and a stereo
     width of 50% etc.)

All rockboxers please vote for your favourite way to add the fine
grained control.
Keep in mind that it is possible to add an indication for the old
standard values to the stereo width setting, e.g. when the value
is set to 50%, it could read "50% (Stereo narrow)". However,
adding this indication would make the setting special, meaning
more code.

<opinion> My own vote would be going for method #2, without adding
the special indication. </opinion>

Regards, Jens

Received on 2005-01-08

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