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list of solid state amps with stepped attenuators or other less usual volume controllers

post #1 of 20
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I would like to start this thread out of sympathy with uncomfortable, but allegedly better sounding, volume controllers, in ss designs.

 

What I know of, is:

 

- Burson HA 160 (stepped)

- PS Audio GCHA (gain cell, discontinued)

- Headroom Max (stepped, discontinued)

- Sheer Audio HA-006++

- GS-1 (optional stepped) and GSX (stepped) of headamp.com

- custom amp by qeslabs.com (stepped)

- Goldpoint (stepped)

- Corda (stepped)

- Apache (stepped)

- TTVJ Slim Portable (stepped)

 

 

Please continue.

 

I have a vision of reviewing the less expensive ones in comparison in my analog system.


Edited by zyss - 5/3/12 at 2:36pm
post #2 of 20

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the Meier Corda Arietta (discontinued) has this feature as well.

post #3 of 20

Audio-GD ROC

Audio-GD ROC SA

Audio-GD Phoenix

Violectric V200

 

There's a few of them. All of these feature a stepped POT.

post #4 of 20

Yulong D100. Technically a DAC, but a good headamp as well, so...


Edited by oopsydaisy - 5/6/12 at 10:01am
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by oopsydaisy View Post

Yulong D100. Technically a DAC, but a good headamp as well, so...

Could you specify what volume control it has?

post #6 of 20
Ray Samuels Dark Star (stepped)
post #7 of 20
Lavry DA10/DA11 have about the most perfect volume control for my needs. 56 1db steps, digitally controlled to within .1db linearity & superbly documented.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by zyss View Post

Could you specify what volume control it has?

stepped

post #9 of 20

Does DIY amps like the Beta22 count? 

post #10 of 20

CORDA 2STEPDANCE

CORDA JAZZ

CORDA CLASSIC

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by thecourier View Post

Does DIY amps like the Beta22 count? 

Sure. Thanks for askingsmile.gif

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jan Meier View Post

CORDA 2STEPDANCE

CORDA JAZZ

CORDA CLASSIC

Do you consider stepped attenuators better than transformer volume control?

post #13 of 20

All Meridian pre and integrated have stepped digital volume control.

Lots of new gear nowadays.

Analogue pots are from the past millenium..

post #14 of 20
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All Meridian pre and integrated have stepped digital volume control.

Lots of new gear nowadays.

Analogue pots are from the past millenium..

Is it of the same principle as the digital volume control in a computer audio, namely, software volume control, or is it really analog, but digitally facilitated for more convenience? Grace headphone amp seems to have something like that digital volume control, I am not sure how it works though. Wasn't too impressed by Grace compared to Sugden Headmaster a couple of years ago (Sugden has just a normal pot).

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Linnenberg Spa1

 

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