+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 55

Thread: How Far Up Do You Go ?

  1. #1
    Join Date: Apr 2011

    Location: London

    Posts: 3,130
    I'm Robert.

    Default How Far Up Do You Go ?

    How far round on the volume dial do you tend to go during a sesh ?

    10 to 12 is usually more than enough for me, even when I'm going for it a bit - I dont like really loud

    This is in a room 4.5 mtrs x 3.5 mtrs approx
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Modified Technics SL1210 MK5G
    Mike New precision bearing, bearing base plate, ETP Platter
    Micro Seiki MA-202 tonearm, rewired, hybrid ceramic bearings
    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge
    Yannis Tome 423.5 Silver-Litz tonearm cable with KLEI Pure Silver Harmony plugs
    Ebony armboard
    Audio Technica MS-8 Magnesium headshell, Ortofon pure silver headshell leads
    Isonoe Isolation Feet
    Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules), DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Jaegar low impedance connector
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable, Airlock plugs - bare wire amp end.
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket, Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs with Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

  2. #2
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 36,170
    I'm Geoff.

    Default

    8 or 9. Small room, big Tannoys.

  3. #3
    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

    Posts: 18,158
    I'm openingabottleofwine.

    Default

    Assuming the compass of the volume control runs from 8 'o clock to 4 'o clock, I arrange the sensitivity of the input(s) to be such that the volume control is mid-way at 12 'o clock for normal listening. When the programme material needs to be played louder (and I believe there is a correct level for music when it sounds 'right'), then I will turn it up to 2 'o clock.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

  4. #4
    Join Date: Apr 2016

    Location: souf east for work

    Posts: 967
    I'm paul.

    Default

    That means diddly squat, 80db is normal for me, sometimes 90db
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT leema sub. JVC Z4S cart is in the house

    Garage system another Sony receiver, cassette deck and full range drivers in free air


    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

  5. #5
    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

    Posts: 18,158
    I'm openingabottleofwine.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    That means diddly squat, 80db is normal for me, sometimes 90db
    Do you listen with a sound level meter?
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

  6. #6
    Join Date: Aug 2010

    Location: Torquay, Devon.

    Posts: 5,696
    I'm Shane.

    Default

    10-12 for me.

    S.

  7. #7
    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

    Posts: 883
    I'm Ian.

    Default

    I really wish I could say the immortal Spinal Tap line " all the way up to eleven man " but as I live in a flat and my neighbours are generally nice I have to keep the volume to modest levels.......mostly.
    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

  8. #8
    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: London

    Posts: 409
    I'm Spartacus.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    That means diddly squat, 80db is normal for me, sometimes 90db
    Agreed. Totally meaningless. It's 1am and I'm listening at 12 o'clock. But this is a record that's not cut very loud, through a passive preamp. I'm guessing in the low 70s dB. My normal listening peaks around 78dB. In the daytime I may play this particular record at 1 maybe even 2 o'clock to reach 78dB. On CD I was listening at 10-11 o'clock, again depending on how loud the CD was mastered.

    On my active preamp the volume is rarely past 9 o'clock. So it depends on the recording, gain levels, speaker sensitivity, and room size. So yes, an SPL meter (or phone app) is a more useful indicator of loudness.
    Cheers, Jeff

  9. #9
    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 21,561
    I'm Martin.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rubber duck View Post
    On my active preamp the volume is rarely past 9 o'clock. So it depends on the recording, gain levels, speaker sensitivity, and room size. So yes, an SPL meter (or phone app) is a more useful indicator of loudness.
    The only indicator in fact. Lots of amps are already close to max output with the dial at 12 o'clock, there is no universal standard for spl vs dial position so it is meaningless, whether as a guide to what sound pressure level you are at or the power output of the amp. And that's before you take anything else into account.

    But to answer the op, usually around 12 o'clock on the dial. A little higher for 'quiet' cds, a little lower for the highly compressed efforts.
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200P CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *


    'This is the sort of music I'd be listening to if I was going shopping for a training bra.'

  10. #10
    Join Date: Apr 2016

    Location: souf east for work

    Posts: 967
    I'm paul.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Do you listen with a sound level meter?
    I check it occasionally, I have a meter close by.
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT leema sub. JVC Z4S cart is in the house

    Garage system another Sony receiver, cassette deck and full range drivers in free air


    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast



 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •