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Old 03-20-2017, 01:46 PM   #21
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I am usually at -12.5. I have been conditioning my wife over the years by periodically increasing the volume by very small increments. Used to be she would want it so quiet my sub wouldn't even bother to click on, now it is an audio frenzy!

One time out of curiosity I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey at 0 for the whole movie. It blew my mind up!
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:52 PM   #22
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I am usually at -12.5. I have been conditioning my wife over the years by periodically increasing the volume by very small increments. Used to be she would want it so quiet my sub wouldn't even bother to click on, now it is an audio frenzy!

One time out of curiosity I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey at 0 for the whole movie. It blew my mind up!
Lol nice. I bought my new house with my ex and she hated my theatre room. Anything above -20 and she would throw a fit. It's one of the reasons why I fell in love with Audyssyes DEQ and Dynamic Volume. Luckily my new wife loves movies and doesn't care how loud I play them. I watched Hell or High Water at -12bd while she was cleaning the house and didn't care at all.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:57 PM   #23
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I never cease to be amazed at how Chris Guest looks exactly like Jeff Beck, which is so appropriate for portraying an obscure guitar god. And if anyone would have it turned up to 11 it would definitely be Jeff !
He really does look like Jeff Beck, and you are right about the guitar master Jeff cranking it up to 11.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:15 PM   #24
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:17 PM   #25
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Yeah I am up to -12.5 with zero compression and no dynamic volume. Pure audio bliss.

It took a long time, we started out in the -28 to -25 range, and was getting the "it's too loud!" even at that low output, and have crept the knob all the way to -12.5.

If you are stuck in spousal sanctioned -28dB max volume land, and want to go louder here are some lines that started to hammer home with the wife about the volume:
"This is the way the artist intended for you to view the movie."
"The loud parts are designed to make you uncomfortable, turning the loud parts down is an incomplete experience."
"Watching at low volume is not an immersive experience."
"Well the folks at Dolby Labs recommend that you watch the movie at the Reference Level, 0dB, so -12dB is actually pretty tame."

Work the immersion angle, cinema is your hobby after all. It also helps to drop some audio theory knowledge on her.

Always be creeping that dial up 0.5dB's every chance you get. She will give you the "it's too loud!" just turn it down, but try to turn it down less than you turned it up. Don't get mad and don't say you are sorry, you are turning it up on purpose. Eventually she will learn that when she watches in the HT that she is in for some VOLUME!
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:34 PM   #26
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Yeah I am up to -12.5 with zero compression and no dynamic volume. Pure audio bliss.

It took a long time, we started out in the -28 to -25 range, and was getting the "it's too loud!" even at that low output, and have crept the knob all the way to -12.5.

If you are stuck in spousal sanctioned -28dB max volume land, and want to go louder here are some lines that started to hammer home with the wife about the volume:
"This is the way the artist intended for you to view the movie."
"The loud parts are designed to make you uncomfortable, turning the loud parts down is an incomplete experience."
"Watching at low volume is not an immersive experience."
"Well the folks at Dolby Labs recommend that you watch the movie at the Reference Level, 0dB, so -12dB is actually pretty tame."

Work the immersion angle, cinema is your hobby after all. It also helps to drop some audio theory knowledge on her.

Always be creeping that dial up 0.5dB's every chance you get. She will give you the "it's too loud!" just turn it down, but try to turn it down less than you turned it up. Don't get mad and don't say you are sorry, you are turning it up on purpose. Eventually she will learn that when she watches in the HT that she is in for some VOLUME!
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:39 PM   #27
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Until I hear pounding coming from the ceiling.

Wow, some of you really like it loud. Maybe it's my old 5.1 equipment, but usually -40, -35 if no one else is home.
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Depends on the mix, but

-30 if I don't want to disturb the neighbour.
-25 If I don't want to disturb the neighbour too much.
-20 for a movie night and when the neighbour isn't there.
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:35 AM   #29
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I assume all of you have 0dBFS = 105dBc per channel?
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On most Blu-rays, the best volume for me seems to be at "-17" on my Yamaha.
I have my Yamaha on around 23 for watching during the late day and evenings....at night -28 - 30. If I go with the sub, then my nightly viewing would be set to -48....
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I'd say average, when my wife isn't with me -6 to -10. When my wife is with me, possibly as high as -15. It depends on the mix though. Some I can watch at 0, and others are loud at -12.
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I'd say average, when my wife isn't with me -6 to -10. When my wife is with me, possibly as high as -15. It depends on the mix though. Some I can watch at 0, and others are loud at -12.
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-23 normally with cable about -26 for bluray and games
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We normally have ours set at -35dB sometimes up to -30dB... i find that's quite loud,and it can go higher
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I have a lot of pro cinema gear (Dolby Processors/Crown/QSC/JBL Pro/THX), so I measure SPL with a meter and also use RTAs (software and an old standalone analog unit - both with calibrated measurement microphones). I set each channel to 75dBc pink noise SPL. I don't use built in software. I level match and EQ by measurement, it's the only way to go for accuracy. I've tried reference level (85dBc) but that is extremely loud in my room (19'X34'). Even 75dBc is surprisingly loud with high sensitivity pro speakers, and peaks in the 105dB range. The presence of pro cinema speakers with compression drivers just puts most home audio speakers (which usually cost much more!) out of the competition. Sound done right, or even getting close is as important as the image. Strange how most in the forums don't give sound a second thought, but will obsess over image.
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I usually have my Yamaha set at -25. If it's mastered a louder, usually around -28 to -30.
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I don't have my Onkyo set to read - dB. But with my upgraded Onkyo 5508 depending upon the Blu-ray, I run the system normally between 64 and 69 but depending upon the movie. But will lover the volume when it gets too loud. I am not sure how the volume is adjusted (except the Audessey settings) for each speaker and sub, but my speakers and amps differ dramatically in efficiency and output. My front L & R channel OMA NYer horn speakers are being driven by a 25 watt Class A amp and the speakers have an efficiency of approximately 105.

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I have a lot of pro cinema gear (Dolby Processors/Crown/QSC/JBL Pro/THX), so I measure SPL with a meter and also use RTAs (software and an old standalone analog unit - both with calibrated measurement microphones). I set each channel to 75dBc pink noise SPL. I don't use built in software. I level match and EQ by measurement, it's the only way to go for accuracy. I've tried reference level (85dBc) but that is extremely loud in my room (19'X34'). Even 75dBc is surprisingly loud with high sensitivity pro speakers, and peaks in the 105dB range. The presence of pro cinema speakers with compression drivers just puts most home audio speakers (which usually cost much more!) out of the competition. Sound done right, or even getting close is as important as the image. Strange how most in the forums don't give sound a second thought, but will obsess over image.
Great post. Sounds like you have a nice setup going over there!

I could never favor image over audio, myself. If it doesn't sound good, I don't even care what it looks like.

I play it by ear when I set my volume. All Blu-ray mixes vary, so I just adjust it on the fly when the film starts.
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