just want to be sure about something as I look at either the JL fix 82 or 86. As long as my car doesnt have any volume dependent EQ or processing, I would not have to use the DRC 200 for master volume control. In this scenario, I could continue to use the factory head units volume knob because no matter where I change volume, nothing funky is happening with signal?
Correct but even with minor volume dependent EQ processing like with my truck I still use the factory volume knob within a small range and don’t notice anything different. I think in my case it actually works better this way. The time alignment should not change with volume no matter which one you use. I have a FIX 86 and TwK 88.
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The volume dependent portion of the factory EQ is not necessarily a bad thing. It will boost the bass at lower volumes and flatten out as you raise the volume. Some will start to limit the bass level at very high volumes.
In my car, I have the knob installed for master level, but I almost always use the factory volume control, for convenience. It works just fine.