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Whats your average listening volume?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Bristol Pete, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. Bristol Pete

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    I have a Sony STRDB870 and I find that I have to turn right hand down so that the display reads - 45db to get it really firing. It is perfectly good quieter than that but whats the average volume people here listen at, considering the range of recievers/amps under discussion day to day.

    Any louder than say -40db and things start to get BLOODY loud. However this can of course depend on the soundtrack at hand.

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  2. Oli

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    Well, its a bit of a difficult one to answer, all amps have different ranges etc.

    -40 on my Denon 3802 certainly wouldnt be loud, I generally listen to music at -20db, movies at around -10.

    I have tried really cranking it before and measuring the Db, It did get to around 110 once! :eek:
     
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    Same here,-40 is very quiet on the 3802 and a bit to layed back, and it dosen't even come to life until you hit at least -15,but at-10 or 5 is when it really comes to life,I think the denon has to be pushed hard to be at it's best,which is how I like it.
     
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    Listening volume can only be compared once you have calibrated to Dolby refrence level.

    I listen at -20 below reference for most of my movies.
     
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    I usually listen at -20db dolby reference level, or if the neighbours are out then its bang on dolby reference:D
     
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    on my Yamaha AX630SE I usually watch movies at -40, -30 is very loud and -20 is practically breaking the windows. But it will depend greatly on the speakers you are using and how sensitive they are aswell as room size, speaker placement, your proximity to the speakers etc etc etc. You can't really compare like this. for the sake of referance my main spakers are Mission m73s
     
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    -10 to -20 below reference on my Marantz sr6300. Depends on the disc and source though. DD is quiter than Analogue stereo for example. I would listen to analogue at around -30 to -40.
     
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    i generally listen at -25 on my denon 1se with m&k speakers. i have not set levels with a spl meter, why can't you just walk into a store and get one?
    the loudest i have ever turned it was -10 and that was ear splitting, although the system still sounded composed and in control:eek:
     
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    The following are based on dolby reference levels has measured by an spl meter -25 for TV, -15 for movies or bang on ref level if next door are out:D for music it would be -30 to -15 depending on the music and time of day.
     
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    With my Denon 1803 not set to reference -20 is ok but for enhanced viewing around -10 is better.
     
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    With my Denon balanced to Reference Level I watch movies at around -20db/-25db, although will sometimes watch at -15db. Music at around -30db.:)
     
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    Make my friends smile with reference...but normally listen at 15-20dB under reference, for most DVDs.

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    Damn what am I doing I listen at -51 and that is loud enough -39ish for DVD fairly reasonable room 17' by 12/13'.
     
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    Reano, you say you listen at -51 and that is loud enough but have you setup your amp with an spl meter so that 0 is reference level and set to 75db? Going off those figures I guess not in which case your -51 could quite easily be the same sound level has say my -25 below reference level.
     
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    Haven't used sound meter just the setup screen with test tones and distance for sound delay, etc. Yes you could be right.
     
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    Normal listening levels for dvd movies range between -10dB
    to -5dB. However if I'm home alone, then I'll whack the amp up to reference level. :p

    There are some movies though that when played at reference level just simply gives me a migraine and a prime example is The Fast And The Furious on DTS :eek:
     

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