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"Two O'clock is the optimum position for any volume control when listening to music."

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Posted on October 1, 2016 at 22:48:06
Timbo in Oz
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Apparently!?

Personally I have never found that to be the case.

Further, at least for me the sweet spot for sound-level is when the reproduction level sounds right in your room at your listening seat. And, recordings vary in average level, maximum level, and lowest level.

So, I think this is a myth. ?

Relevant post is

http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/amp/messages/21/215963.html

Click below for the whole thread.

Both are sort of enjoyable.



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RE: "Two O'clock is the optimum position for any volume control when listening to music.", posted on October 2, 2016 at 14:30:40
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Actually, if you happen to have a sound pressure level meter handy the odds are surprisingly high you'll find a big old standing wave right smack where you're sitting.

 

With headphones? , posted on October 2, 2016 at 17:10:36
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Interesting standing wave.

 

RE: With headphones? , posted on October 2, 2016 at 17:24:06
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Who said anythung about headphones. The OP referred to the listening seat. Hel-loo!

 

Headphones?, posted on October 2, 2016 at 17:41:27
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The referred posts are all about headphones.

 

RE: "Two O'clock is the optimum position for any volume control when listening to music.", posted on October 2, 2016 at 20:01:43
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No...way too many variables involved...think about it.
Optimum position is the position where it sounds good to YOU.

 

Well, not quite. , posted on October 2, 2016 at 21:32:17
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The statements about ideal volume position are generic. And headphone's vary in senstivity.

And I've heard it before in a generic context, but I don't see how it can be true.


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RE: Headphones?, posted on October 3, 2016 at 04:59:32
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The OP refers to the sweet spot in the room and the listening seat. How can that have anything remotely to do with headphones? Besides the whole notion a constant volume knob position makes even less sense for headphones than for conventional speaker systems. Am I missing something?

 

RE: "Two O'clock is the optimum position for any volume control when listening to music.", posted on October 8, 2016 at 07:48:12
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Your system has the right amount of gain if you do most of your listening with the volume at the 2 o'clock position.

Dark energy? Ridiculous!
We live in an electric universe.

 

I don't believe it can be true. , posted on October 11, 2016 at 23:50:32
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If it were true why would anyone bother with a stepped VC using many high quality metal film, holco or foil R's?

Unless of course one listens only / mostly to similarly compressed popular genre recordings. Which I rarely do.

I used to record (and edit / prepare) live classical / acoustic concerts, for a local community FM station, and will return to that when I am well again. And, I have always preferred simple coincident or near coincident mike techniques.

My CD player is the loudest source, followed by the Nakamichi BX300, the tuner and the turntable.

And, within that - bought recordings, and live concerts from FM, vary in average loudness, by 6db and more.







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agree.. however both my knobs are at 9 O'Clock. So sue me. , posted on October 13, 2016 at 08:55:01
Yeah i suffer from the 'TOO MUCH GAIN' syndrome.

If CD 2 volt output standard crap did not exist.. I would be doin' better.
But the insane F* ers who decided two volt output from a source was a great idea.. eat my shorts, dirty ones...

Now the older smaller, more reasonable half volt.. yeah, then I an good.

The problem really is that both standards exist now. So no matter what, if you use both types of sources, you get the shaft.
Actually the first is 'consumer audio at or around 0.5 volts. And the other is 'professional audio' at or around 2 volts.
Ahhh screw them, just screw the ! who decided CD should be two volts. period!

 

RE: agree.. however both my knobs are at 9 O'Clock. So sue me. , posted on October 14, 2016 at 05:18:20
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Back to posting drunk again, eh? Tsk, tsk...

 

ANd that after I (also) pleaded for you to be able to return to tweaks... shame on you, posted on October 14, 2016 at 13:02:24
So someone suggested YOU be allowed back.. I seconded it, and even again wrote I think you should have a break.
I did also say the reason you had you hand stealing the other guy's wallet was just being playful... not criminal.

So there.
LOL

 

RE: ANd that after I (also) pleaded for you to be able to return to tweaks... shame on you, posted on October 15, 2016 at 03:30:58
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Let me get this straight. You were pleading for me to be able to return to Tweakers? Are you crazy?

;-)

 

Two O'clock is unlistenable on my Mac 6900. 9 o'clock is average. nt, posted on December 13, 2016 at 20:25:02
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RE: Two O'clock? Are You Kidding Me?, posted on December 16, 2016 at 01:13:38
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Hi Timbo!

I use a 40W/ch, integrated, SET amp with 105dB sensitive speakers! I couldn't stand being anywhere in my home if my volume control was at the two O'clock position. From what I've noticed, depending on the level of volume of the actual recording itself, I listen from the nine O'clock position to the 12 noon position max! With the vast majority of listening occurring between the 10 to 11 O'clock positions!


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RE: "Two O'clock is the optimum position for any volume control when listening to music.", posted on January 5, 2017 at 10:02:12
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Alan Shaw, Harbeth designer, has some interesting thoughts on this topic.

 

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