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RE: speaker listening levels.

For an average level 88dB is quite loud. But 2 other factors in.

1. The 88 dB is at one meter. Doubling that reduces the level by 1/4 on most speakers(planars drop half as fast at distance due to different dispersion) and even 6 feet is usually much closer than most listen.

2. If you listen to dynamic music rather than most commercial rock you need head room for peaks that can be over 20 dB for a well recorded classical piano record as an example. If you overload either the speaker or amp on extreme peaks you do lose fidelity, any sense of life will disappear.


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