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Old 05-06-2017, 01:34 AM   #41
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-10 db for me.....Denon and Paradigm Studio's
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:04 AM   #42
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Frankly, I think this discussion is ridiculous (and I'm an ex-recording engineer). Listen so it sounds good to you. Level is the least of it. Frequency response, EQ, balance, room reflections, refinement, channel separation, dynamic range, distortion and various other factors are all higher determinants of quality than SPL. And if you're not measuring SPL, any volume setting is really meaningless anyway.
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Frankly, I think this discussion is ridiculous (and I'm an ex-recording engineer). Listen so it sounds good to you. Level is the least of it. Frequency response, EQ, balance, room reflections, refinement, channel separation, dynamic range, distortion and various other factors are all higher determinants of quality than SPL. And if you're not measuring SPL, any volume setting is really meaningless anyway.
Lol first of all we're not discussing which volume level you should listen at or what's correct or not correct. I started the thread because I noticed a big difference in the volume level I select now since upgrading my speakers and I was curious what other members like. If level is the least of it then why use a SPL? I've used SPL before and I like my Audyssey mic much more. Correct or not correct it's what I like. What's "ridiculous" is an "ex-recording engineer" replying to this thread with elitest opinions on what's correct.

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:23 PM   #44
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I used to measure with a SPL but abandoned a few years ago with my first AVR that featured Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. I cannot live without these features. I love the Audyssey Flat curve on my Marantz SR7009 combined with my Klipsch RP speakers. I can push between -10 is the sweet spot for me when the wife isn't with me. When she is I lower to -15.
I'm exactly like you with the Audyssey feature's . I'm using the Multi EQ-XT 32 version on my Denon 4520 AVR, and could not imagine what it would be like without it .
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I'm exactly like you with the Audyssey feature's . I'm using the Multi EQ-XT 32 version on my Denon 4520 AVR, and could not imagine what it would be like without it .
I know what you mean Dwayne. Before I would always fuss around, tweak the bass etc. Now everything sounds fuller and detailed. I will always buy AVR's with Audyssey XT 32. With DEQ I'm not missing anything when I do play at lower levels.
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:58 PM   #46
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I started out watching my blu-rays at -24, lately have been turning volume up to -22 - -20 range. Regular cable and other stuff I usually use -28.
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:58 PM   #47
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No more less than -30 db is max for me. Enough hearing good.

Party? LOL sure -25 db
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:57 PM   #48
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right now i'm watching The Mummy - Tommy Cruise Missile volume on -40 could go to -37db but louder parts would b too loud lol

We just mainly sit at -40db for all movies...
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Old 09-15-2017, 04:01 PM   #49
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I still regret listening to portable cd players with earbuds growing up on 'max' volume,' which was probably over 100+ db per listening session. Did that daily for years in addition to shows without earplugs. So now I try to keep the volume down to around 75-80db. Movie peaks are surely a lot higher than that, though, especially with action flicks. There have been quite a few movies at the theater where I came home with badly ringing ears (Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, 007: Spectre, to name a few).
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:18 PM   #51
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I normally do depending on what it is between -13 and -30

Whether it be a movie or music, it all depends on what the medium is and how it is mastered.

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Old 09-16-2017, 10:28 PM   #52
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I normally listen between - 15 and - 25 ... depending if it DTS-MA or True HD. I always find with Dolby I have to turn up loader because of the normalization off set...
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:01 AM   #53
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It all depends on whether my wife is home or not. <grin>

It really depends on the signal source. A BD may be in the range of -30 to -20, whereas an OTA broadcast might be a weaker signal and require a -7. Older programming may be only in 2-ch stereo and won't fill the sound field unless you give it more juice. Just crank it up until your teeth chatter, then back it off a notch!
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Someone above said that level is the least of it, yet films are mixed to certain levels as are home media versions. If you are listening at reference level then you are hearing the movie as the filmmakers intended, so I think that is important. For example, track ambience can be missed, or the impact may be reduced at lower levels. Think about Days of Heaven, there is some great effect there with the wind in the grain of the fields, which would at least have a lot less impact on the soundtrack at lower levels.
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I'm very unscientific in my approach, simply dialling my Onkyo to "82 THX REF" and calling it a day. I of course have to avoid watching a film after 9pm (10pm on a Saturday night) as the neighbor's child goes to bed at that time, and she can clearly hear everything I watch she says (I should call the copyright cops on her ). I never use my headphones, they were a waste of money.

My sub is dialled down and stacked on two risers, but the whole room rattles and shakes regardless, especially the big old wardrobe (which isn't even full of my own stuff, but my mother's and sister's). I hate this but short of stripping out the room, it's all a bedroom theater can realistically strive to be. I'm considering going for seperate amplification in the future, especially if I go for Atmos.
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Old 10-28-2017, 02:57 PM   #56
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I usually base it on the spoken lines of the characters. I want to make sure I hear everyone's lines loud and clear but natural, so I move the volume up to just before those vocals seem a bit too loud or "unnatural" for the character on the screen. Of course, other factors come into play sometimes, but that's where I usually start. It usually turns out to -24 to -26.
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Perhaps not the best thread to post my question and I didn't want to start a new one....so

I'm usually at -12 baseline for DTS HD movies but I need to go a little louder with Dolby True HD as they generally seem a little quieter. Is it just me experiencing this or does anyone else find this to be the case???

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Old 03-13-2018, 04:03 PM   #58
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I tend to listen anywhere between -12.5db and -18.5 for Blu-ray films - but usually at around -14.5db. I tend to set it by dialogue - at a volume where dialogue is natural and clear - then the peaks are where they are from there. For CDs, which have no reference, they can range anywhere from -14db to -28db depending on how they've been mastered.
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Usually between -20 to -17 on Yamaha receivers with Klipsch RF-62s. RC-62 center (for a little perspective). On some of the lower mixed Marvel/Disney tracks, I crank it up an extra 5 to 10db.
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Interesting topic and I got my room pretty quiet. So dialogue in my room is crystal clear with pretty good seperation.

To stay on topic, I usually listen at -25db upstairs because the room is louder but in the basement I listen at -15db. When I get the chance and nobody is home I crank her to 0db in the basement with no fatigue.

There are some really nice setups also in this thread as well.
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