Quote: You're probably thinking of iRiver? I don't think JRiver sold MP3 players. Quote: JRiver's volume control is probably better than a lot of device's volume controls. Analog volume controls are very difficult to manufacture that work well without adding noise or channel balance issues. Digital volume controls will not be any better than JRiver's, unless the DAC uses more internal precision than it accepts as an input. E.g. 32-bit internally, but only accepts a 24-bit signal. If you insist on playing music at 100% volume, you risk inter-sample clipping, and you're missing out on the awesome R128 volume leveling that JRiver offers.