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90 db at a lower frequency is not that loud

Something I read that surprised me is that while 90 db in the midrange sounds very loud, 90db from a low organ note does not sound that loud. So it may be that stand-mounts are being asked to reproduce more bass than they can handle even at 'reasonable' listening levels on orchestral works for example. Fundamentals below 40 hz are fairly common. What is the harmonic distortion of a good standmount at 38 hz at 90db? I don't think Stereophile measures this stuff, probably to protect their advertisers.
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