How loud do you normally listen to music?

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  1. Funky54

    Funky54 Well-Known Member

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    75-80 average. Peaks hit 100-105 from time to time. My family room is my listening room and its open to dinning, living, kitchen, foyer and hallway... so it's a lot of volume to average 75-80.
     

     

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  2. miscrms00

    miscrms00 Active Member

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    Very wide variety, but sometimes it just needs to be loud ;)

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  3. turkster

    turkster New Member

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    lol
     
  4. avionic

    avionic " Black Knights " Subscriber

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    As loud as I care to..
     
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  5. avionic

    avionic " Black Knights " Subscriber

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    If the cinder block basement walls start to crack. I might turn it down a bit.
     
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  6. C6Bill

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    Same as many here, in the low to mid 70's. But some music just needs to be played louder.

    But I was listening much louder when I had the Kappa 9's in the system.
     
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  7. rxonmymind

    rxonmymind AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    50-65 on my Klipsch Bell's sitting on the couch 8' away. No need to crank them. Now when I work out as I did this morning they might be 75-85ish song dependent.
     
  8. Judas Priest

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    When listening to classical music, most peaks are arond 75-85 dbA/fast. The average is of course much lower. Some peaks may reach the low 90s. I might go louder if we didn´t live in an apartment.

    When I listen to rock and metal it has to be at a minimum of 75-80 to begin to be enjoyable. I like to listen to rock and metal at peaks of 95-97, or MUCH more on occasion.
    But that´s not possible very often, due to neighbors.
     
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  9. Northwinds

    Northwinds Huh? Turn what down? Subscriber

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    514wpc w/ 102dB efficiency speakers rated at 400w's so yeah, a bit above conversation levels
     
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  10. sqlsavior

    sqlsavior AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    This evening I was playing Raising Sand about as loud as I usually go, and got (dBA):

    Min: 30.2 Leq 69.2 Max 81.5
     
  11. armyslowrdr

    armyslowrdr I don't want one..LOL

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    Since using the new EAT tt w Quintet black...when I want to go loud I have been dialing up the Luxman 50% or high noon. This gives 89dB on my admittedly inaccurate phone app.
    This must be about max for my amp/speakers/room combo. I can turn the vol to 1 PM or a bit past and still wont hit 90.
     

     

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  12. patate91

    patate91 Well-Known Member

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    65 to 70 most of the time

    70 to 80 when Il want it loud enough to ear music everywhere in the house.
     
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  13. Output Relay

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    Like most, it depends on what I'm listening to. From the quite passages of Chopin to the heart pounding of Days of the New. IMHO it takes power and performance to reproduce both. My nearest neighbors are a solid quarter mile away across open fields. They have never complained about volume or type of music, but they have asked about what they thought was a party a couple of times. To stay in their good graces I've told them I do take requests.
     
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  14. Stefus_Prime

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    I'd estimate around 60-70dB, if it's a real kicking jam and nobody is home I'll crank it up a fair bit. Sometimes I'll keep the music low just to train my ears to pick up lower volume sounds.
     
  15. RichTassoni

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    Not sure about the db thing but I'm mostly about 10 11 o'clock on the volume nob and that's getting up there on my Yamaha a s 2100 9 o'clock for lower listing, with albums there not as loud as CD,s , cassette recording are about the same as albums depending on my output recording but there's just some song's that just says turn it up and some say not. I think room size means a lot with your system, I have a really nice system maybe 8 to 9000.00 invested now so sometime lower volume seems work better. Enjoy your music everyone.
     
  16. elrod

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    Tardy to the party - between 65-80 depending on music and mood
     

     

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  17. Alobar

    Alobar Pulling out of the Last Chance Texaco.. Subscriber

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    75-85 with brief 90db. These speakers are at an idle compared to 40 years ago!
     
  18. RichTassoni

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    I have VU meters but I'm not sure what there telling me so 9 o'clock is low, 10 is moderate, and 11 o'clock is getting up there. I'm 59 and I have high end equipment that will kick out the music but I think I'm enjoying the 10 o'clock volume the most.
     
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  19. oldflame

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    80 - 90dB C weighted is typical. 100dB + when rockin.
     
  20. oldflame

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    Those who've used meters, are you using the C weighting, which includes the bass Hz? Although friends and family who have listened to my system thought it was well balanced with most recordings, however a few LP's & CD's were, both, bright & thin. Those few recordings must have been mixed that way and the meter showed it -- with the A & C scales reading about the same. In my listening room better sounding source material tends to be 6 - 10dB higher on the C scale, but it doesn't sound boomy or bloated.

    I wonder if a general preference for a stronger bass balance exists or might many recordings be too hot, thus sounding better with more low end? My wife knows that average conversation is in the 70dB range and that 80dB isn't all that loud. When she complains about the volume, I'll sometimes show her the spl meter to "proove" it's all in her head and show her the meter readout. (set to the A scale) Our city drafted its noise ordinance using the A scale. Yeah! A lot of bass frequencies can be present at the property line while their sound meter indicates far less audio power and legal limits using the A weighted measurements. Hey, they received expert advice from an attorney when choosing the ordinance parameters.
     

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