Balance control addresses:
1. Room anomalies (it's been a long time since Schiit was only for headphones.)
2. Recording irregularities.
3. Individual hearing issues.
4. Individual taste.
You may not need or want a certain control or feature. But it is presumptuous to assume no one else has such a need.
- Covered by "poorly placed", though admittedly that's the perspective of a snobby audiophile without a WAF as in "You're not prioritizing sound enough, mate"
- Interesting, I don't think I have encountered that
- Most convincing reason, didn't think of that
- Well, sure. But the more rare the need is, the more likely the feature gets cut, especially if it adds to parts cost (pots and knobs aren't trivial), adds manufacturing complexity and reduces audio quality through extra parts in the signal path. That's kind of the neat about the SparkoS Aries with its relay based volume control, the effect of shifting the balance to the right is identical to having different volume levels, not just conceptually, but in terms of the signal path.