Quite a number of amplifiers I have use a digital volume control chip. I find it quite difficult to set the volume to a decent level. Most controls go from 00 to 99 and nothing is heard until you get to about 40, 50 to 60 is fine above 60 is too loud. The volume is by some form of multiturn control. I called in to my local dealer today who had just finished giving a dem to a customer (ATC speakers/Hi-End Sansui amp) and that was the customers same comment, why does he need to turn the volume knob so many times times before he hears anything ? I know there are software solutions like set the volume on start up etc. For my next amplifier I think I will be looking at an ALPS pot, rather than a chip.