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Digital vs Analog

Postby cspirou » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:18 pm UTC

The trend these days is for everything analog to go digital. Most of the time the results are better. But there's a few things where I don't like the change. The best example for me is volume control. I prefer to have a analog wheel to control the volume rather then offloading the process to software.

What do you guys think? Anything you would prefer as analog?

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Re: Digital vs Analog

Postby mosc » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:23 pm UTC

An analog wheel? Eh, pass. You can't adjust it from multiple sources (remotes, dials, etc) if you have an analog device controlling it. Well, to be fair you can, you just have to have a motor spin the damn wheel for you. Are you honestly saying you prefer that to a digital wheel? You can have notched digital wheels. I had a stereo a few years back that had a motorized wheel like that for a volume control. It broke in ~18 months.

Analog is never out of the picture. I think people miss that. Human beings are still analog (at least for the moment) which means in the end, all inputs and outputs are really analog. It's just ideally you only want to convert once so doing everything in between in digital prevents unnecessary conversions.
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Re: Digital vs Analog

Postby Larson » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:02 pm UTC

The only thing that bugs me about digital volume control is the lack of fine control in certain situations. When the increment of volume change is too large, I sometimes prefer a good-olde-fashioned volume knob.

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Re: Digital vs Analog

Postby mosc » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:06 pm UTC

That's hardly the nob's fault though...
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Re: Digital vs Analog

Postby codyhotel » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:39 am UTC

mosc wrote:That's hardly the nob's fault though...

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Re: Digital vs Analog

Postby cspirou » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:49 am UTC

Well I was referring to computers rather then TV's and stereo. I rather have a volume knob on speakers then to use the mouse to control it from the status bar. For desktops its not such a big deal because I can always get speakers and they usually have a knob. But a lot of laptops and mp3 players don't come with an external volume and it's annoying to wait for a boot sequence or the right menu to lower or higher the volume.

Other things are monitors. Before they had brightness, contrast, screen size and other settings right on the monitor. Now it's more that you have to go some menu to do all those things.

Maybe my complaint is that the controls are internal rather then externalized for easy access.

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Re: Digital vs Analog

Postby phillipsjk » Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:19 am UTC

cspirou wrote:Maybe my complaint is that the controls are internal rather then externalized for easy access.


Yes, that appears to be the fundamental disagreement in this thread. I remember a few years ago Viewsonic was advertising a dial-driven menu control for their monitors. The digital (optically encoded) knobs are far easier to use than push-buttons if you want to go through a large number of values.

I spent a few months working at a CB-Radio shop. All the controls on the (CB) radios we serviced were analog. This means two things:
  1. Infinite adjustment resolution.
  2. Any dirt in the contacts harms the operation of the radio.

The reason being that every signal going through that radio goes through the front panel: by design. The presence of analog controls really did not help the truck drivers understand the more advanced functions.

A sign of dirty controls is popping and crackling in the audio: especially when you move the control.

Edit: I just realized, that a dead digital button can harm the operation of the radio as well: The audio is fine, but you may not be able to get it to do what you want. :twisted:

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