Originally Posted by Pricklely Peete
A remote control selector/vol attenuator circuit limits what parts you can use unless you go the route that Kingwa uses, which BTW, is not cheap nor easy. The usual setup (with the Adcom GFP-750 for example) is to use the motorized ALPs pots which are nowhere near the quality of a relay based stepper....RC done poorly (source selection and or volume) will impact overall performance in a negative manner...if you need proof of such simply take a mid fi unit with a motorized ALPS vol pot assembly and swap it for a manual stepped attenuator (a quality one) and be amazed by the level or layers of gunk that are peeled away from the source signal.
I absolutely agree that having RC is a very good attribute for a prospective unit but not if it means degrading the SQ for that convenience (not even a little bit is acceptable in my books). It's too bad that more HQ circuits aren't used these days...so many manufacturers lavish all kinds of attention on the analog circuits and the power supplies only to take a giant step backwards with a "off the shelf" attenuator that they know will degrade the performance.
I'm still blaming audiophiles for not creating a demand for high quality remote attenuation systems - if the demand was there, surely competitive pressures mean that the correct product will fill the vacuum...I'm going to go further and blame the vinyl guys. Some of the prices that these companies charge, at those prices if they're not going to supply a remote, at least it should come with a third world servant to do the changing for me... but a servant would more than just two AAs.
That is why I like Audio GD...they were logical enough to include a no compromise remote solution to the Phoenix...which more or less sealed the deal with the REF7 for me (the ref7 over the ref8 for that matter...knowing that the Phoenix will be mine sooner or later)...seriously, who knows how differently my path would have taken had the Phoenix not have a remote...likely away from Audio GD.
To keep things on track...I am amazed at how Audio GD has the Source forum on lockdown - has this actually ever occurred like this in this scale in the Head-Fi's past? If I weren't such a finicky bastard, I'd quite happily settle down on this NFB10 unit - this product just seems too "right" in pricing and features, almost perfect in fact...if it only had a remote...
Edited by SP Wild - 10/28/10 at 10:34pm