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.
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.