Knob Feel

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Knob Feel

Speaker designer Chris Brunhaver shared with me a funny YouTube video.

Check out the Knob Feel channel.

Probably worth one or two quick views for a good laugh. However, it does bring to mind the importance of feel.

I doubt many of us are immune to the touchy-feely aspects of high-end audio.

I know I am not.

On any piece of stereo gear, I like to twist the knobs, click the switches, and pet the finish.

I can’t help myself.

And, as a designer and a person ultimately responsible for the finished product quality, there have been more than a few times I’ve nixed a certain kind of pot or rotary encoder. Perhaps it felt wobbly. Maybe it didn’t have the right back pressure feel.

The security and assurance of a proper feel to a knob is not nothing.

It is an important aspect of engaging with a piece of audio kit.

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