The volume default would seem like a good thing.
post #16 of 30
12/2/09 at 2:27am
Think of it this way. An analog pot has physical steps, while a digital pot the steps are programmed in. So a digital pot could have an infinite amount of steps.
|it may simply be that the digital control fits better in the slimline casing for the T3|
The T3D is very good - mine just arrived today. It is quite bright, but definitely worth the 135$. Great resolution and the digital metre is very good. Well recommended.
|Bright doesn't depend on a lack of bass;|
I have and love the T3. Skylab and others have discussed these forever on the main T3 thread...
but to recap: T3 has a tiny bit better overall sound quality, but the T3D has the digital volume control which is mainly important for very high efficiency IEMs because even good amps rarely keep left/right channel balance at very low volumes, whereas digitals do.
Someone said the T3's digital volume control was better than the filo e5, but it was also 3x the price. I had the RSA Shadow, which has an even better digital volume control than the T3D, and costs 3x the price of THAT.
But for what it's worth, I've used both digital and the non-digital T3 with IEMS and actually found that I never listened low enough for it to make a difference, even when I was listening quietly. So the consensus has generally been to get the T3 over the T3D, for the better SQ and slightly lower cost (also for resale value, since non-IEM users won't care about the digital volume control, and want the better SQ). That said, I'm sure the SQ differences - like most of the differences we discuss on this forum - are incredibly minor, and you'd be perfectly happy with either one. It's a fantastic little amp. Probably best price/performance ratio out there, for my 2 cents.