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  • pawelq
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Preamp/volume control remote-controlled, balanced
Does any one know of an inexpensive stereo volume control (or better volume control with source selector) that would be remote-controlled (IR, not remote control cable!) and use balanced inputs and outputs? Preferably with some sort of display or indicator of volume set.

I am thinking of something similar to http://www.ebay.com/itm/HLLY-AMK-II-Pre-am...r-/400088510114, but balanced.

I spent some time googling, and I only found audiophile products costing thousands of dollars or DIY kits (or DIY projects). I don't want to spend a lot of money for tubes or other audiophile bs. I don't want a DIY solution not only because I don't want to spend time on soldering, but also I want the final product to look good, or at least OK, and I would not be able to make a nice-looking enclosure.

I looked at pro-audio sites, but haven't found any remote controlled devices.

Any pointers?
Ceterum censeo, there should be an "%is_stop_after_current%".

  • mzil
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Preamp/volume control remote-controlled, balanced
Reply #1
Sorry, but depending on your definition of "inexpensive", I suspect what you are asking for doesn't exist.

The problem, as I see it, is "IR remote" implies the consumer market, whereas "balanced ins and outs" implies either the pro/studio market (where IR remote isn't nearly as common) or the audiophile "high end" market, which will push silly things like tubes (and cost too much).

edit to add: Not exactly what you asked for, due to price, etc., but some food for thought:
http://www.eijndhoven.net/jos/relaixed/index.html
http://hometheaterreview.com/parasound-hal...ifier-reviewed/
http://shop.emotiva.com/products/xsp1
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  • pawelq
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Preamp/volume control remote-controlled, balanced
Reply #2
The problem, as I see it, is "IR remote" implies the consumer market, whereas "balanced ins and outs" implies either the pro/studio market (where IR remote isn't nearly as common) or the audiophile "high end" market, which will push silly things like tubes (and cost too much).

Yeah, that's what I basically figured out. I am still hoping that someone knows an exception... 

"Inexpensive" - I was hoping for the price range of that preamp that I linked, maybe somewhat more expensive because of balanced. So up to $250-ish? (still seems exaggerated given that I paid $150 for my external sound card with mic preamps, volume knobs, S/PDIF, etc...). This is not a rigid price range, I am OK with paying more if something is worth it. After all, once I went to buy monitors with a planned budget and came home with a nice pair after spending 200% of that budget. The thing is, I saw (or rather heard [please don't TOS me]) the benefit of going above the budget with the monitors, it's hard to justify spending $800 or $8,000 on a bunch of switches, one or two $20 digital potentiometers, and an enclosure.

Anyway, I may end up buying tc electronic level pilot or something similar and running long cables. After all this is what balanced is for, isn't it?

edit to add: Not exactly what you asked for, due to price, etc., but some food for thought:
http://www.eijndhoven.net/jos/relaixed/index.html
http://hometheaterreview.com/parasound-hal...ifier-reviewed/
http://shop.emotiva.com/products/xsp1


I have seen two of these already, but thanks a lot!
Ceterum censeo, there should be an "%is_stop_after_current%".