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How loud do you normally listen to music?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Blue Shadow, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. nelsress

    nelsress AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Lancaster County, PA
    System, speakers or both?

    I agree, with the caveat that it may not be the entire system but it could be. Typically I think though that it's typically only a component or two. It might be an amplifier, preamplifier or speaker issue. I've noticed in recent years that while listening to someone's new speakers or auditioning them in a store or elsewhere that often I'll be thinking that it sounds okay and then they'll crank it up and say listen to that! Now they're sounding more impressive. Often times these are expensive speakers played through high end systems that, IMO at least, should sound great at any level, not only on loud! I've begun evaluating speakers for my own use at low levels and if they don't pass that test, there's no point in going on to the "crank it up" stage for me.

    This is an interesting thread, sorry I can't tell you what levels I listen at either at low or high levels as I have no meters to measure it. I do tend to turn it up pretty loud when I'm alone or with someone with similar musical interests, be it SRV, Dire Straits, Diana Krall, Nora Jones or Frank Zappa, in addition to low level listening, often late at night when my wife's in bed.
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  2. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    My tastes are not mainstream nor is my gear.

    With many acoustic small group jazz recordings I may not go louder than 65 dbs.

    My search for maximum resolution of detail at low levels ended with flea watt SET amps driving highly efficient full range single drivers.
  3. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

    And that is fine, and understandable.:yes: This forum is about what brings joy to each member, not what is good or bad!
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  4. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Super Member

    The Silver State
    In my younger days, I listened louder than I do now.

    The speakers I treasure (Lowthers, Quad ESL-57s, Martin-Logan CLS, JBL 4430s, Rogers LS3/5a) are all high resolution reproducers. I don't have to turn things up to 100db+ to hear what's going on, hence most of my (non-background) listening is in the 80db +/- range.

    It's still fun, every so often, to kick out the jams and listen to the JBLs in the 90db +/- range for short periods.
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  5. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Super Member

    Kicking out the jams every so often is good for the soul me thinks.
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  6. chaskelljr63

    chaskelljr63 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Washington, DC

    Moderate Volume Levels (which is MOST of my listening) -- 85dB to 90dB

    Disco/Party/Concert Hall Levels (when I'm CRANKING) -- Mid 90's dB to Low 100's dB (at Bass Thumping/Room Shaking Levels)

    Late Night Volume Levels (Midnight Friday's/Saturday's) -- 60's dB to 70's dB

    With Stand-Mounted KEF Reference 102 Speaker System with Adcom GFA-545 MkII Power Amplifier (100 Watts Per Channel @ 8 Ohms/150 Watts Per Channel @ 4 Ohms).



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  7. Catcher10

    Catcher10 Prog-tastic!

    Puget Sound
    I sit about 3.7m away from my speakers and just measured a range of 68-72dB for normal listening. Mid 80dB for my traditional LOUD setting. CRANKING the meter hit 88dB as average peak at 95dB, this may happen for 2-3 songs of an album.

    This is using an app on my phone.
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  8. goodolpg

    goodolpg Just an old fart trying to help. Subscriber

    90-93 db measured at my listening position.
    It seems relatively "loud" to me at that level.
    I probably cranked it much higher in my younger days.
  9. Bigboi33

    Bigboi33 Dazed and Confused Subscriber

    I normally listen between 75-85db at my listening position. I rarely go above that. If I do it isn't for long. Otherwise the tinnitus starts acting up and then I have trouble sleeping.

    I should have listen to that old timer telling me to wear ear plugs when riding motorcycles.:eek:
  10. Tom Bombadil

    Tom Bombadil AK Member Subscriber

    Madison, Wisconsin
    Used to crank it loud. Now my average SPL runs at around 75dB. Occasionally crank it up to maybe 85dB on my favorite songs. And down to 65-70dB for background.

    I'm presently using a 20 wpc amp to drive speakers with a sensitivity of around 91-92, in a large 600sf room. Over the past several months, I've never heard it driven into clipping.
  11. Kyndcookie

    Kyndcookie Solid Stater

    Georgetown, TX
    Alone, in my office 70-75dB.

    Alone, with my main system, 80-90dB.


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  12. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

    I seldom go above 70DB on peaks. doubt I could stand listening at the volumes you do. I find it wholly unpleasurable.
  13. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

    well now you know 3 although this is the first I have heard that this is an especially low level. :scratch2:
  14. Northwinds

    Northwinds Huh? Turn what down? Subscriber

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  15. Condorsat

    Condorsat Audio Enthusiast

    70db from my listening position. My sound meter reader is kept handy at all times.

    Through experience, I've found that 70 db average (peaks above/quite passages below) is good volume level for me to enjoy music.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2015
  16. Tharbamar

    Tharbamar Active Member

    70db - 75db from my listening position depending on music.
    Sometimes 85db when I'm emotional but mostly 70db for everyday musical pleasure.


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  17. 50nstillhifi

    50nstillhifi Super Member

    Audio Level Rule(r)..

    It highly depends on whether "the wife" is home... OR NOT... :lmao:

    Audio Level Rule(r):

    1- Wife not home = :banana: .. Strato-listening levels.

    2- Wife on the way home = :para: .. Moderating listening levels.

    3- Wife home = "Hey Babe"....! :ntwrthy: ... Classical listening "elevator music" type levels.

    Hey... don't laugh :D .. It works for me!
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  18. datafone

    datafone Super Member

    Bris', Australia
    Not loud enough!

    Damn unit living to hell :rolleyes:
  19. guest110

    guest110 Super Member

    I don't think I ever use the same volume setting. It depends on the type of music, the particular source material, the time of day, Where I'm at, the mood I'm in, and who I'm with among other things.
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  20. classic carl

    classic carl Without Music, Life Would B FLAT. Subscriber

    North Coast of Pa.
    Usually 70 to 80 dB when the wife is home. 80 to 90 dB this week and next while she is out of town. I even set up a system in the kitchen while she is away since I have to do the cooking and cleaning up afterward.

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