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looking for a power-saving or PC-controlled audio receiver

by Bootyology / November 11, 2010 2:15 AM PST

I've got an old pioneer receiver that I have powering my room speakers. I like to be able to control the volume of my music with my PC, so in order to maintain this control and convenience I have to leave the receiver on all the time at a high volume.

I'm starting to become conscious about the amount of power I'm drawing, so I was wondering if either of the following two types of products exist

1. A receiver or speaker amplifier that monitors the audio signal and cuts off power accordingly (a power saving receiver).

2. A receiver/amplifier whose power [volume level] can somehow be controlled via software installed on my computer

I am aware that I could just get a remote for the receiver and use that. I'm trying to avoid this and will only use it if no suitable alternative exists.


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If power saving
by givemeaname / November 11, 2010 6:18 AM PST

Is the issue, turn off the computer, having a computer on just to control the volume is ridiculous too me. Get a remote like the rest of us & if range is an issue get a IR repeater they are cheap.

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by Bootyology / November 11, 2010 11:04 AM PST
In reply to: If power saving

the computer is the source of the music. it isn't there just to control the volume of the receiver; if it could do that then I wouldn't be having this problem. I already said I will get a remote if i can't find one of the alternatives i'm looking for. Why would you even respond?

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I responded
by givemeaname / November 11, 2010 12:32 PM PST
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Because that is the answer... a remote.
YOU NEVER SAID that your music was on the PC just that you used the computer to control the audio volume... Get a MP3 player & save the music too it with the highest bit rate then you do not need the PC on all the time & use a remote for volume.

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by Bootyology / November 12, 2010 2:42 AM PST
In reply to: I responded

i am aware that a remote is one possibility, i've already said that it's going to be the backup solution, twice. Why waste your breath insisting that I use it?

I asked if specific types of products existed, not for someone to take license in interpreting my needs, look down on me, and tell me how to live my life. What was i thinking posting to cnet forums...

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Your not going
by givemeaname / November 12, 2010 6:37 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

To get any help here with your attitude.

Your 1st post was lacking info about the origin of the music & many other things about your setup (mostly everything). Options 1 & 2 do not exist, the 3rd, a remote, is the only one, so instead of no one replying, leaving you in the dark, I gave you the answer & you did not like it, that is on you.

Remote.... & a MP3 player to store the music for the stereo + a cheap 3.5mm phone jack to left/right RCA cable too hook the MP3 player to the left/right jacks on the stereo.

Oh and how did I tell you to "live your life"??????

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