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Subject: Re: rockbox-recorder-20061122 - volume representation messed up

Re: rockbox-recorder-20061122 - volume representation messed up

From: Paul Louden <>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 04:07:48 -0600

Umm, the dB scale *IS* a bigger-is-louder settings. You start at negative
something, and as you increase toward (or on some players past) zero, the
volume gets louder. That is bigger is louder. I'm actually quite in favour
of the dB scale, because it's just as intuitive as the others numerically
(as the numbers get bigger, the volume is louder, assuming you understand
that -15 is bigger than -20, which is basic math), and also provides
functional information at the same time.

On 11/23/06, Mike Holden <> wrote:
> Paul Louden wrote:
> > Most audio devices have exactly *one* scheme for volume: Higher numbers
> > are
> > louder. I have some that are 0-10, some that are 1-10 (with only mute
> > being
> > off, 1 is still quiet), some that are 0-40, 0-20, 0-30, 0-100, etc. The
> > only
> > real consistency is that higher numbers are louder. Yes, there are no
> > negatives, but I don't see how that makes any more sense than a dB
> scale.
> > At
> > least the dB scale gives a functional point of relative reference,
> rather
> > than just being arbitrary numbers that some programmer decided were
> enough
> > slices to cut the pie into.
> You certainly aren't the only one to argue this case (many of us have
> tried at the time the change was made). It has been stated many times that
> this is the only option that will be available (apart from the graphical
> representation, where supported), with no option to use a "bigger is
> louder" setting. The rest of us gave up arguing about it a while ago!
> Sigh.
> --
> Mike Holden
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Received on 2006-11-23

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