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Simple Enhanced Volume Control

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Simple Enhanced Volume Control
« on: December 08, 2016, 05:35:38 pm »
Since we are currently limited to 10-levels (1-10) of voice-controlled volume on a device with somewhere between 32-40 distinct and discrete volume increments addressable by either turning Echo's volume ring or adjusting the slider in the Alexa app, it seems the super-simple solution for Amazon engineers would be to have Alexa listen for one specific word included in a spoken volume adjustment - and that word is: "slightly". Using "slightly" with the rest of the command, i.e. Alexa, volume slightly up or Alexa, slightly quieter, et al. would allow her to alter volume by one single discrete level, making more finite volume adjustments available by voice. My problem is when I fall asleep at night with my music playing, volume 3 is too loud and 2 is too quiet, so I either have to get up and turn the ring or open the app on my phone and adjust slider slightly. You can all verify what I'm saying by trying your Alexa app volume slider; you'll see Echo's ring light up with a small movement of the slider, indicating a volume-level change, even when the whole number displayed beside the slider hasn't changed. I don't know of any audio device so limited as to 10 volume levels, all other audio equipment has 32 if not way more. Such a simple solution, even a bit elegant, I hope some of you will agree.

Re: Simple Enhanced Volume Control
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2016, 05:37:37 pm »
I'd like to cast my vote for "a smidge" as the official unit of fine volume control.

Re: Simple Enhanced Volume Control
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2016, 06:53:01 pm »
I opt for "3db" -- the least perceptible volume change.  :)

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Re: Simple Enhanced Volume Control
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2016, 09:47:11 pm »
I want one that goes to 11 ;)

Re: Simple Enhanced Volume Control
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2016, 11:56:18 pm »
Yea, but only if you don't care if it spontaneously combusts!

Re: Simple Enhanced Volume Control
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2016, 03:27:53 pm »
I've requested that the user be able to set the volume using the volume ring and then assign a friendly name to that level. For example, "Night time" for soft music to fall asleep to, "Day time" for normal listening "Party Time" for loud gatherings, etc.

Then, rather than fiddling with levels or the volume ring, just say "Set volume to Night Time."