I’m surprised that this thread has turned out as interestingly as it has. (Maybe only to me, however…)
There are at least four ways to change the volume on a dCS DAC:
- Front knob
- Remote control (dCS original or otherwise, as far as I know they’re equivalent, provided they’re talking directly to the same IR receiver)
- Mosaic (volume set over the network)
- Roon (volume set over the network)
Of the current range, the Vivaldi is the only one that doesn’t display the big numbers when controlled via Mosaic or Roon. (In fact, on my Bartok, and I would guess the Rossini too, when you change the volume on Mosaic or Roon you can’t see the little graph changing — since the large numbers take over the screen for a few seconds, and once they’ve been dismissed, the new level is already set.)
Initially, I assumed there was a technical reason not to display the large numbers on the Vivaldi in the Mosaic and Roon scenarios — maybe the delicious Upsampler getting jiggy with something — but it feels more likely that it’s just too far down the dCS backlog to implement. After all, if Mosaic and Roon can make a Vivaldi’s little volume graph change, then it’s likely possible to change other pixels too.
Pete, while you’re of course correct that you’re holding a screen that has the attenuation levels already on it, they’re hardly large, and if my 43-year-old peepers enjoy the enormous type, I’d guess other people’s do too. The dCS development on the Rossini and then the Bartok would also suggest they agree. Finally, it seems somewhat unfair to rely on us Mosaic and Roon users to peer down at our phones/tablets rather than our gorgeous dCS casework, or varied altar configurations.
(For the avoidance of any doubt, while I love the big type, anyone keen to swap my BARTOK for a vivaldi, I’m up for that. Pete, I’ll be in a nondescript car and a wig just outside Charing Cross at 4pm if that works for you…)