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RE: speaker listening levels.

The Fletcher-Munson curve suggests that our hearing is flattest at about 85 dB. Much below that, and we lose some bottom end; much above that an we hear bass that isn't there. Most studio listening is around 85, though there are exceptions. (Scott Hull's people at Masterdisc listen louder, as their Duntech's "open up" somewhat louder.) I generally listen somewhat below 85, as my Tannoy Stirling GR's do the quiet thing so well. A lot depends on how quiet your listening room is.

It was always fun to hear some "producers" shaking the walls in the studio, knowing their recordings would end up extremely bass-shy.

Listen at the level you enjoy.

"A man need merely light the filaments of his receiving set and the world's greatest artists will perform for him." Alfred N. Goldsmith, RCA, 1922

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  • RE: speaker listening levels. - Bill Way 12:48:23 06/18/17 (0)


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