Palmer Pro Monicon - Passive Monitor Controller - Knob Feel Review
The wonderful folks over at Adam Hall knew they had a gem on their hands… So much so, they sent me this outstanding example of engineering to review. Zero Axial Skew, no play, metal material, awesome weight. I’m humbled to be in it’s presence! If I gave out star ratings it’d be 6/5. I can’t even think how it could be improved upon!
Musical Fidelity M6I - Knob Feel Review
This review marks the first time a manufacturer has been so confident in their build quality, that they have personally brought me an amplifier to review. And right they are! The M6I from Musical Fidelity has a truly outstanding Knob Feel. Built from what feels like a solid block of heaven, the rotation is meaty. Axial Skew doesn’t exist. Quite possibly the best I have had the pleasure of feeling. Thank you MF for bringing me this outstanding piece of machinery.
Sony STR-DN1040 - Knob Feel Review
Going into the Sony I was hoping they may have improved since my last review. Instead it’s gone in the opposite direction. This feels like a childs toy, incredibly cheap for such a product. They have clearly spent nothing on aesthetics for these new amplifiers. Rotation is either sluggish or too light on the volume and input respectively. I’m almost offended Sony value Knobs so little.
Here is the First Prize winner by @vectorbelly! He bagged himself a lovely pair of AKG K450’s (should be arriving with him shortly). Second place is this fantastic video from Zef Houssney! The bait and switch really won me over! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFEznUE0MlE
Musical Fidelity A3.5 Amplifier - Knob Feel Review
Due to popular demand, here we have a lovely piece of Musical Fidelity kit. The A3.5 amplifier is as expected, an all round fantastic Knob Feel. So rather than gush about how awesome the feel is, I’ll just highlight the VERY minor flaws. The rim is a little on the sharp side, but nowhere near skin penetration. And at the extremities of the rotation, there is a little extra movement, as if the whole Knob mechanism is almost a little loose on it’s mountings. But, this is an unbelievable all rounder. True attention to quality.
Onkyo A-9030 - Knob Feel Review
Onkyo! This is a great Knob! The input selector has been downsized it seems to accomodate the enormity of the mammoth volume Knob. I have no problem with this. The Bass, treble and balance are all average. The input selector has a nice little clicky rotation. The star of the show is clearly the volume Knob here, with minimal axial skew, a big thanks goes out to Onkyo for making it so!
Seeing as I’m having a bit of a Knob drought, I want to give something back to all my fans. So I’m giving away 2 prizes. 2nd place is an item from the Knob Feel shop (knobfeel.spreadshirt.co.uk). First prize is a pair of AKG K450 Headphones. What do you have to do to win these? I want to see your most unusual Knob Feel photos or videos. This could be a fancy Knob, or even a strange location to feel a Knob. (Anything rude/NSFW will be laughed at then promptly not eligible). Deadline is 30th June. Let your imaginations run wild. All entries to firstname.lastname@example.org please. Winners will be picked by Me. My decision is final. LET THE FEELING OF KNOBS COMMENCE!
Roth DBT001 - Knob Feel Review
Why would you make something look like a Knob when it doesn’t even rotate? Although very plasticy, the channel scrolling Knob is a pretty good Knob Feel. The volume however, for no reason I can imagine, is a clicky left or right abomination. Why? Just use buttons?