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    Default How often do you listen really loud?

    Well, when I got home from school today at 10am nobody was home so I decided to put on some good sounding CD's, turned on the sub and cranked up the volume. I mean really cranked it up:D. I got it up to some really insane levels just like a concert. There are times when the drums hit so hard that it feels like a driver is about to fly out of the cabinet and hit me on the face. The snare drum also possessed a lot of energy. I felt my chair and ass vibrate from every hit on the snare drums. I love it!

    So I'm just wondering how often you guys like to listen LOUD?

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    I do have to admit, probably too often.

    Not only do I have my lovely SDA's in the ouse, but I have a Polk Mobile Monitor component system in the truck paired witha nice 10" Kicker XPL.

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    I like loud levels ALOT. Especially on the Klipsches, the ear peircing highs. At high levels I don't need a sub, don't have a working one anyway, but you get the idea. I'm just hoping I don't blow these because I listen loud, alot. The highest Ive been on my reciever would be +6 on a -80 to +12 level.
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    That's awesome. I-SIG, which SDA model do you have? What are you powering them with?

    JDOGG, so you find the highs on your RF ear piercing? Try to lower the treble if it's a problem. I find the Rotel pre to be ear piercing when listening really loud. But it's the perfect pre for my LSi9. For my RF, I have the NAD pre and amp hooked up and it's not harsh at all. The highest I've gone with the volume control is just a little over the 9 o clock position.


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    "+6 on a -80 to +12 level."

    Can you say distortion? I thought so!



    I probably listen between 90dB and 95dB on a regular basis, but have hit 115dB at approximately 10:30 on the volume dial.....zero distortion......too effn loud to listen for long.
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    There are still occasions where I will come home to an empty house.....and the right wild mood will set in that commands me to pump up the volume so the room shakes..

    It happens less and less these days. I find loud music to be incredibly distracting and flat-out annoying as I grow older. Give me comfortable listening levels now.....

    However, give me a few drinks, and floor boards will be rippin..

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    Rarely...this may be one reason that I can still hear very well at my age. .;) Good music on a good system doesn't have to be "ear piercing" loud to be felt.

    I occasionally "crank it up" but I bet it is still no where near the levels you are referring to. However, according to the wife it is always too loud.
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    I work a swing shift (4 weeks of days, afternoons, and midnights). Ever since I got the Altecs I find myself listening to stuff pretty fricking loud when given the chance.
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    I have no problems cranking the volumes up to 102+ (not for a long time)

    I listen mainly around 96-98db!

    The Klipsch would be hard to block considering they are like 96db nominal.......

    So you figure 115db+ would be no big deal, which it's not.
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    I like to have my wife scream in my ear, at the top of her lungs each day, so I can get a reference level for my stereo.

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    Rarely if ever. I listen at moderate levels but when it gets so loud that you can't carry on a conversation without screaming, that's too loud.

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    Now Troy, I know that when you're in the cave groovin' you're not talking to anybody! ;)
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    Unfortunately never anymore, since I moved back into an apartment. :( Other than my fantasy hockey pool, the move is the reason I don't come here as often as I used to. I just can't demo stuff the way I used to. On the upside, I have saved a butt load of money though.

    When I was renting a house this past summer I wouldn't go ear piercing loud but definitely loud enough to feel.

    All the more reasons to push to buy a house I guess....
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    I don't listen loud.Moderate volume levels at best.I find no reason to crank it up anymore.When I was younger I used to play it extremely loud Now I find it to be annoying.

    I like to feel the music not get trashed by it.
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    Originally posted by organ
    That's awesome. I-SIG, which SDA model do you have? What are you powering them with?
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    I have weinie Carver M1.0-t (200W/ch) pushing my 1C Studios. Thankfully, I have a Carver TFM-42 (=M4.0-t) on the way from eBay. I should pick up at least 1/2 octave on the low end with 375W/ch. :D

    When I get a good sub, probably an SVS, I'll really be able to rock!

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    I'll have to get back my db meter to see what is loud but I generally listen to music at the volume it was meant to be listened to. Obviously this depends on the material. If it is a guy singing with a guitar, well, it is "that loud". If I am listening to Kiss "unplugged" it is that loud. If I am listening to Kiss "live" it is that loud. This is a subject many people do not want to hear but you really need to figure out how loud things are meant to be before you decide how loud to listen... (It really makes a difference when you consider the volume it would be live. Obviously some things are deafining while others are quiet. Also, it takes some real work and a real thought process to determine what the volumes should be.)
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    Wes,
    You have a kick ass system there. Are the passive radiators not enough that's why you're getting an SVS?



    I agree with madmax about volume setting. When I'm in a really good mood and feel like listening to metal, I turn it up loud. I also find classical to sound good when played loud. Most of the time the music stays at a moderate level, but once they start building up to a climax the sound becomes so intense and powerful. A great aural experience.

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    Originally posted by organ
    Wes,
    You have a kick ass system there. Are the passive radiators not enough that's why you're getting an SVS?

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    Maurice,

    Thanks for the compliments. My little SDA rig pales compared these guys with Carver Amazings, SDA 1.2tl's, etc. OTOH, the 1C's are an extremely solid base to build on too.

    The PR's do pretty good considering but I guess I have gotten a little spoiled having decent little rig in my truck. I want to feel more of the bass that I also hear from the PR's. Plus, a PR will never have that certain "growl" that a good sub or large woofer has.

    I'm also looking around for a stand-alone DAC and maybe even an anti-jitter device to clean things up even more. As mentioned in another thread, ignorance can be bliss though!

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    Rarely at the house. My next door neighbors are cop-happy. I'll be jamming and then the door-bell rings. When I don't hear the door-bell, they start banging on the windows! "Sir, we got a noise complaint....". dammmmmmmmmmit. The neighbors say I rattle their walls, go Velodyne!

    I do blast it in the truck though!

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    Blasting is what i like to call FULL ANNUITY...Making the speakers earn thier keep... Like on Heart's These dreams the rim shots off the snare is literally ear piercing but clean and clear. Also Norman Brown's just chillin' the snare pop's so well and the bass i can feel all over the house and the glasses and dishes in the kitches vibrate hard 4 rooms away from the unit..that's only when my volume on the preamp is on 3... i am also quite notorious for blowing tweets often---Loud and Proud.!!
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    I crank it up on a regular basis. The whole family is used to it now. My version of loud, as i once measured, is around 85 to 90 db, in my kitchen which is two rooms away. That's running the HT in party and the 2nd zone pretty cranked.

    The house is around 4500 SF, and I can feel it throughout. But you can't stay in two rooms if it is really running.

    I can see them now, running around with their fingers in their ears singing tinga linga loo...:D :D :D
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