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How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by Nigel » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:46 pm

I downloaded an app for measuring decibels and after listening to a five minute track, it would appear I'm averaging 80 db from my chair at my usual levels. I guess some recordings are louder than others though. What about you guys?

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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by Andy-831 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:51 am

Yeah similar levels to you, rarely goes above say 85db.
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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by CN211276 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:33 am

The same with me as an average, though often quieter and sometimes louder for short listening sessions.
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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:34 am

Once again the question is wrong, lack of understanding. Loudness is a factor of distortion not power, so no one should listen too "loud".

A half watt portable radio can go too loud.

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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by antonio66 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:28 am

Dr Bunsen Honeydew wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:34 am
Once again the question is wrong, lack of understanding. Loudness is a factor of distortion not power, so no one should listen to "loud".

A half watt portable radio can go loud.
Are you saying if you were listening to half a watt and then turned the volume up to give one watt, you would not be using anymore power?

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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:41 am

I don't understand the question. Half watt is half watt, it wont go to one watt.

There is a basic misunderstanding, I have written about it many many times here. It is very simple "loudness" is a factor of distortion not power. For the opposite of that half watt radio, if I had an old Tresham SR402 in bridged mode into 4 ohms it would be giving over 1k watts before it went loud in itself, but your ears would go loud (go into distortion) due to bone whip and your ears would be bleeding.

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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by savvypaul » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:52 am

I think the OP intends to ask:

What sound levels are you guys listening at?

Loudness = distortion:
A half watt radio may be 'too loud' at 70db
A biamped 80w system may not be at all 'loud' at 85db
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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by alfafan123 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:18 pm

Although I dont have a sound pressure meter my estimate from SPL tables of common sounds is I listen at a pretty low level probably in the 60-85Db range depending on the music as to me that is the range within which the music and soundstage seem less messed up.

I am not an electronics or acoustics engineer but I have begun to wonder if SPLs rise so does the probability of non linearity? Within an amps designed Voltage/Amperage envelope it should be fairly linear so I have become to suspect as SPLs rise any non linearity is more likely caused by the room acoustics and speaker design and/or interaction between the two or even perhaps a non linearity in my hearing? Is our hearing linear at all SPLs?

Anyway whatever it sounds cleaner and more engaging at lowish SPLs to me.

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Re: How loud do you guys listen?

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:23 pm

The whole thread I linked to is relevant.

https://hifisubjectivist.org/viewtopic. ... t=loudness

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