Proper use volume control?

1) To move the soundstage forward or back to where it should be or where you like it.

2) To get fuller details from PPP to all the way to FFF.

3) To get the room playing as loud as you imagine/remember in a concert hall/stadium setting.

4) To "fill the room" without creating unwanted wall and other reverberations/resounances.

5) Any other reasons.
1) To adjust the actual volume due to some CDs being low in volume due to NOT limiting, then other CDs have extreme LOUD. So using a changer, sometime the incredible blast after a soft one ends and a really LOUD one starts... jump for that volume control.
2) to play quieter in the evening than during the day.
3) to keep from disturbing the neighbors.
4) to lower the volume to answer the telephone.
5) to adjust for the difference between LP playback and CD playback.
6) While watching sports, if some big call I want to turn on the sound of the Plasma when it is on with the 'mute' used.
7) when I go out and leave the stereo on for my pets to keep them calm and happy, I turn the streo volume down (to make certain the CD changer (if a LOUD) disc is in there) does not play too loud. (so the neighbors are not disturbed).
8) so I don't have problems with hearing loss from playing music too loud for too long a period of time.
I use it to adjust the gain. It's that simple for me.
Really? Were down to debating what volume means lol?
Brf might be on to something.
To give the user the volume they want to stay happy,as long as nothing gets abused.Everyone has their own preference,and I don't think you'll find a common standard.Younger people seem to lean toward louder in general.
Mine only has a GAIN knob. I have no way to adjust volume. Should I take it back and get a volume knob?
If you live in a small space, perhaps a 'volume' knob would be useful.
Want to have guests over for a party in your tiny efficiency apt, crank up the 'volume' knob and have a warehouse size pad. (like Harry Potter party tents)
One could shrink the car to park in more easily just by lowering the car's 'volume' knob!
In a bar getting hassled, turn up your personal volume to overshadow the bully...
But also remember Gain is a kind of laundry detergent....
y'all crack me up. lol.
We've already lost tone and balance controls. Seems logical that for maximum purity the next generation of equipment will eschew volume control in favor of the one audiophile approved volume level. Adjust your other equipment, speakers, and room to match.
Volume is some painful parg of the system. At certain volumes your system sounds better or worse; at certain volumes it might not sound right at all. The wider the range of the volume you can listen, the better preamp you probably have.
"The wider the range of the volume you can listen, the better preamp you probably have." - other equipment as well.
Pubul57, Thanks for correction.
Some systems don't come to life until you wick up the big knob. I like lively speakers, and a system that sounds good at low or high levels. Sometimes sheer output compensates for what is missing in overall sound quality.
There are lots of uses for the volume control, including pissing off the neighbors.
"We've already lost tone and balance controls"

There is no need for volume control - just sit closer or further away from the speakers. Move your chair sideways to adjust balance.
Certain songs have certain volume levels that seem just right in my opinion. I use the volume adjusting mechanism to find that.
Agree with Srwooten! Some songs have a 'perfect' sound level. (of course this is a personal thing, and would differ considerably from person to person, both in songs that have this quality, and the volume appropriate!
Direct connection between 2v source and amp would tear up your speaker drivers at some point in the music, proper funtion of a volume control is to attenuate the signal.
"Correct" volume level is something I have come to realize through multichannel recordings. A solo part,for example a violin, is usually located in the center channel. I know how loud a real violin can play, and I set the volume accordingly. However, when I do this I often find that the rest of the orchestra is too soft. The mix engineers figure that since the soloist gets the big bucks, he or she should be emphasized. In my system I can easily adjust the relative volume of the center vs the other channels. This is not so easy with a two-channel system.
Now that the volume control whys (not wise) have been brought to light, can someone please explain why there has to be a gas pedals on cars?
there is an ideal speed where the car just locks into the road, smooth and powerful, yet quiet and controlled - a little too soft and the excitement lifts away, too hard and you start to shimmy.
My volume controls work like this:

Turn clockwise and volume increases. Turn counter-clockwise and the volume decreases.

Is this normal? Anybody else experience this phenomenon?

Thanks in advance.
You might need to bring that into the shop.
"Turn clockwise and volume increases. Turn counter-clockwise and the volume decreases."

Audiofeil - It doesn't work. I turned and turned, clockwise and counter-clockwise but volume stayed the same.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, It's clear to me now. By dialing in the correct amount of gas I can find the right spot between excitement lifting away and shimmying. Now if I could relate this to the use of a volume control, I'll be good.
Nobody has mentioned if a stepped volume control is better than diodes,or are resistor ladders the only true way?
How about Diodes?

Who makes the most transparent volume control?

If you have to crank the volume thingee all the way to 5 pm is that good or bad.

What about unity gain?

Ah yes, the simple volume gadget.
My volume controls work like this:

Turn clockwise and volume increases. Turn counter-clockwise and the volume decreases.

Is this normal? Anybody else experience this phenomenon?
In the northern hemisphere, sure.