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  • How loud do you play your music?

    Lately, my taste in music has tended toward more jazz, blues, classical, and still some rock (although softer rock than in my younger days.) ;)

    Out of curiosity, I sat down in my normal listening spot. With my remote, I adjusted the volume up to the level that I find comfortable, and where I usually set it.

    While sitting there, I checked the R/S spl meter and measured around 70~72 dB (C-weighting, slow response setting, and in my hand). Also, the loudest I'd want to listen I found to be around 82 dB -- but not for very long! Don't know why, but I've never thought of doing this before.

    For those of you who can measure similarly:
    * what kind of music do you normally listen to?
    * how loud do you play your music?,
    * what's the loudest setting you'd ever want to listen to it?
    - Dave R
    the 200% Norske

  • #2
    Re: How loud do you play your music?

    I try to set the volume at a level that would most equal the level it would be if the song was being played live across the room. Not necessarily concert levels.

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    • #3
      Re: How loud do you play your music?

      looking for data, so if you can take a measurement or 2, and list the type of music you like, that would be great.
      - Dave R
      the 200% Norske

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      • #4
        Re: How loud do you play your music?

        I listen to about everything tha doesn't end in A, so no opera or polka, but otherwise.... when I listen to background while reading maybe mid 70's, serious rock like Genesis, Yes, ELP, Los Lonely boys 82-85db, solo or thin acoustic and vocals differ so much but occasional peaks around 88 with 78-80 through most of the program. Classical i really want impact and sonority and usually the peices I like most are very dynamic so i will adjust for peaks of maybe 90,92 and the average just is what it is. With my Parasound @225 per or so, and sensitivity of 86 IIRC I find some compression or other barely audible distortion sets in not far above that so set my limit there (could be I distort at higher SPLs). I have heard some setups with High Eff speakers and mega power that seemed to seduce you into that quest for realistic levels for a bit, but either the novelty wears off or my HF starts tailing down and it becomes self limiting. Of course these SPLs are taken similar to your specs and true peaks may be much higher, in excess of 100 db, but if that is part of the transient content then so be it and likely no harm, no foul
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        • #5
          Re: How loud do you play your music?

          Probably a lot louder than I should :D I don't get to listen to the home system at levels I would like to, but the car is another area. Again its louder than most would like and is capable of easily pegging the shack meter. The sub is capable of about 130dB on 600w. On average I am probably about 80-85
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          • #6
            Re: How loud do you play your music?

            I range from 75dB to 90dB usually, and a lot of styles/genres. I pretty much concur with Biff on the no '-a' policy.

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            Wolf
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            • #7
              Re: How loud do you play your music?

              Originally posted by Wolf View Post
              I range from 75dB to 90dB usually, and a lot of styles/genres. I pretty much concur with Biff on the no '-a' policy.

              Later,
              Wolf
              Rap doesn't end in "A" so I can't go by your rule;)

              Back on topic. I listen in the 82-87 dB range. However when the wife and kid are not home I will jack it way up for a few songs (100db Average with peaks higher).

              Doug
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              • #8
                Re: How loud do you play your music?

                I can't rule out Rap completely, as I have 1 or 2 cd's. Sometimes you want the 'disturbing the peace, knock your socks off, throw your hair around' kinda bass. :rolleyes:
                Later,
                Wolf
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                "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
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                • #9
                  Re: How loud do you play your music?

                  I think that polka can be fun at times.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtDuB...eature=related
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3h1i...eature=related
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ugSx-DrIU

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                  • #10
                    Re: How loud do you play your music?

                    I listen almost exclusively to instrumental symphonic music. Sitting in my listening chair my ears are about 10 feet from the speakers' baffles. Several months ago I also used my RatShack analog SPL meter and found that the average SPL I listen at is 75-80 dB, with peaks 10 dB or so higher. Plenty loud enough for my ears.
                    Paul

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                    • #11
                      Re: How loud do you play your music?

                      mostly jazz, newer stuff, sade. some rock, boston. avg in listening room 85db. in the living room with one open wall, i think much louder with larry carlton, when im alone.
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                      • #12
                        Re: How loud do you play your music?

                        Listening right now to Willie's Place on XM because I dont want to change CDs and to me this music is new. I usually listen to Jazz, Acoustic Alchemy, Metheny, Satriani, etc. I like hard driving blues. Right now I'm at 75, the wifey is right above me, so I wont get louder (until she falls asleep), but I like it loud but that preference is directly proportional to homebrew intake. And it depends which speakers I'm listening to.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How loud do you play your music?

                          Average SPL is mid 70's with dips and peaks going below and above that range but say 75 being an average. When I want to listen 'loud', its about 10db louder so say mid 80s.

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                          • #14
                            Re: How loud do you play your music?

                            Sitting here thinking at 75db that it just takes volume, and raw power, to hear the drum stick hit the rim and hear that pop.

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                            • #15
                              Re: How loud do you play your music?

                              Originally posted by boroson View Post
                              And it depends which speakers I'm listening to.
                              I think that's a good point.

                              The pair that I usually listen to probably has a sensitivity of 89 dB. They have a slight BBC midrange dip, and have a laid back sound. In my first post, I noted that I usually listen at about 70~72 dB.

                              I have another pair with a sensitivity of about 91 dB. No BBC dip, but maybe slightly better detail. With these, I tend to like the level set a little lower, around 65~70 dB. I did notice that for some classical tracks with a large dynamic range, I liked it a little louder (72~75) to hear the softer passages.
                              - Dave R
                              the 200% Norske

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