How loud do you normally listen to music?

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  1. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    loud for me is all the amp has but it is driving low efficiency speakers so maybe 100dB and a little more.

    Normal is well below that. Unless I'm engaged in serious listening, I'm probably somewhere in the 70s.

    I use earplugs anytime I'm using loud tools, lawnmowers, blowers and such or as needed professionally.

    Let me add this...most will listen at different volumes, depending so I've put in normal and loud levels. Let's see both if you know them.
     
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  2. Pio1980

    Pio1980 AK Member Subscriber

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    90-95 dB peak, measured at listening position. 80-85-90 dB otherwise.

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  3. mhardy6647

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    Usually low to mid 80s average at my listening position per an R/S analog SPL meter.
     
  4. BillyBatts

    BillyBatts ALOHA!

    Really depends on mood, time of day, room, and situation.

    Mid 70's a lot. Maybe 60's for background music.

    80's when I'm working out or focusing on the music totally.

    90-95 peak if I'm just wanting to crank some Rock for whatever reason.
     
  5. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^this for me also.
     
  6. dcmfan

    dcmfan AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Same here.
     
  7. KingBubba

    KingBubba "Too Much Stuff" Subscriber

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    WHAT?????? :tears: Can you spell tinnitus?
     
  8. jcamero

    jcamero The sun will shine in my back door someday Subscriber

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    Right now, due to poor room acoustics, low levels.
     
  9. mpholland

    mpholland R.I.P. Michael Sheppard Subscriber

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    Normally low to mid 70's, but on a rare occasion into the mid 90's. My wife will usually turn it up higher than I do.
     
  10. damacman

    damacman Blown and Injected Subscriber

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    Not nearly as loud as I used to ...
     
  11. faber12

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    Normally 80 db peak, loud is 90-95 peak.
     
  12. TEA FOR ONE

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    75-80ish when no one is home. Otherwise,65ish.
     
  13. mhardy6647

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    I am kind of surprised by the low listening levels many of you/us manifest. 60-65 dB is, I think, in the realm "background music" realm. That's certainly good for preserving one's good hearing, but seems a tad soft to me for "serious" listening.

    PLEASE note that this isn't a critique, merely an observation!

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    source: https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/noise/health_effects/soundpropagation.html
     
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  14. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    I know two AKers that listen at very low levels. One at a level that leaves my ears reaching out for the music. Somewhere in the 60-70dB range. The other is maybe up to the low 70s.

    Desired volume changes with experience whether that life brought issues when listening louder or others that don't want to hear the music play among many other reasons for this change. I believe this is the case with these two members. Enjoying music at lower volumes just works for them.
     
  15. mhardy6647

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    It is certainly healthier!
     
  16. BadassBob

    BadassBob Digitally rendered

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    If I'm not actively listening, I go 60 to 70dB, and when listening critically, I'm usually 80 to 85dB....according to my SPL meter.
     
  17. TJLitt

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    Am I one of the above?? At any rate, I do a LOT of listening at what I'd estimate to be around 70dB. I'd prefer to bump it up a bit(Blue's description of reaching out for the rest of the music is apt), but am trying to balance the positive effects of music with listening for grandchildren or other moving hazards in the rest of the house. For listening gatherings, or my own serious listening, I try to keep it under 100dB, but not too far below. I strive for what I'd describe as live show levels, maybe a bit back from the stage/PA.
     
  18. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    No Tom, not you. I know you and most of the others have generously placed the volume control in such a position that all can hear the music when you guys drop by. We need to do that again.
     
  19. Chubba

    Chubba Active Member

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    I tend to listen at the level the music requires.From Simon and Garfunkel to AC-DC Hells Bells.I am trying to time it that my hearing,heart,lungs and liver have had enough at about the same time.:D
     
  20. stish

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    Same here, (without the otherwise).:D
     

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