Originally Posted by wuwhere
If only they can provide opamp rolling too.
My impression of the different stages of the AMP3, so far, is that they are carefully designed to all work together. I'm not sure how successful it would be to break into its end-to-end (digital transport-through-headphone jack) processing to try to tweak at one point in a well-designed and globally optimized overall system. I like opamp-rolling as a way to adjust the sound of a unit to my own gear and tastes. My own experiences, so far, trying to use sub-ranges of the AMP3 end-to-end processing have not been terribly satisfying. This is why I'm forming an understanding that all of the stages of the AMP3 have been pretty-well optimized for each other and, as such, not as tweakable with satisfying result. I would welcome to be shown to be mistaken about that, though. I mean, really, who doesn't like something really delicious, the flavor of which can be adjusted to one's individual tastes and changing moods (without diminishing its underlying savor)?
And as long as we're giving our wish list items:
1) An interface which seems more consistent and intuitive.
a) When playing a song, I'd like to pop back up to the album (or folder) level to select another song at that level, rather than to hold the play/pause button and pop-up to a high-up level where I have to scroll through the list of albums/folders again. BTW, is there a way that I've missed to do this?
b) There ARE contexts where I can hit the left-arrow key to pop-up a level.
In Play mode, the left-arrow key means back one track, so I realize that
can't be used there.
My tiny Sony player has a dedicated "universal pop-up one level" button.
I use it a LOT. Adding a button on a small pcb can be a bear, I realize. But so is scrolling through an 8GB sdhc card's worth of albums or folders to get back to a folder/album just to select another song within it. (OK, everyone at once, "Poor baby!")So, what easy way is there already to do this that I've missed because I've latched too quickly onto the first way I blundered onto?
2) A continuous volume adjustment. Yes, a knob controlling an analog potentiometer to select volume. Stepped volume control (even using very nice DACT attenuators) is just not satisfying to my ear. What sort of saves the AMP3 in this regard is that the closer to "live"-sounding a sound is, the less picky my ears get about adjusting the level of sonic events so exactly to the levels of the threshholds that seem to be built into my ears. I'm able to "live with" the digital, stepped volume control in the AMP3 because of how "live" the AMP3 sounds to my ear. Long term, I seem to only be really happy with continuous volume adjustment, coupled with a good enough potentiometer to enable fine enough adjustments to call the volume adjustment continuous. The TTVJ Portable Millet, RWA SR-71A, D10 all have such "good enough" potentiometers to satisfy "El Exigente" here. And it won't do to connect a continuously turning knob to a digitally-stepped underlying mechanism. That's just cheesy.
But these are all icing on an already really delicious pound cake, with headphone changes to adjust the final delivered sound as ice cream on top.