Using a crappy Iphone db meter, which I've since deleted, I was typically listening in the 65-75 db range with occasional peaks approaching 80. That's in a practically nearfield setup in a small apartment.
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Low to mid 80,s according to my works decibel meter. We usually have to check the level of new machinery after installation to see what area it needs to be designated so my meter is fairly accurate.
Anyways that’s a comfortable every day level for me.
Push it to high 80,s low 90,s and I am done ... Lol. Getting old.
SQ is still very cohesive,it’s just me that can’t take it!
I don’t like loud for the sake of loud. I like Dynamic Range. But most systems won’t sound dynamic at low volumes, they usually require a certain amount of energy to get cooking. Loudness and Dynamic Range are not the same thing. Almost all systems lack proper dynamics to me, but that’s just me. 😁 That’s kind if the whole idea behind the Loudness Wars - they substituted Loudness for Dynamic Range.
No idea how accurate the app is on my phone but I use it all the time to get a rough idea of what the SPL is. Typically between 70-80 dB with peaks at 85 gives me everything I need and I'm not doing much harm to my hearing either.
I have always been more interested in getting good sound at lower SPL say 60-70 dB which would allow you to have a conversation but also enjoy all of the detail in your source material at the same time.
It depends on the listening session, but the best sessions are where you turn it up and pressurize the room with sound you can hear and feel. It’s a real treat to be able to turn it up and not hear any distortion from the system nor rattles from anything in the room, but just pure music. It’s magical. And then you end your listening session and it decays to silence and you think, “Well that was a rush,” with a big smile on your face.
Low 80s dB is about as high as I go for extended listening sessions. I’m very cognizant of hearing damage as both my parents have moderate reduced hearing capacity now in their 80s so if genetics matter there I’m probably doomed- don’t want to accelerate that if I can help it.
I never used used to wear ear plugs while mowing but just in last year since I’ve gone all in on Audio gear and love it so much I’ve found myself thinking about these things and now do wear ear protection when I’m mow.
My system right now sounds so amazing since my upgrade that it’s triggered in me more consciousness to take better care of my hearing so i can enjoy for long time