I just got my sound meter and calibrated my speakers and had a rosey old time watchin the Avia disk. Now if some of you remember i used to go on and on about how it feels like my Reciever cant push anymore when i put the master volume to -17db and couldnt decide if it was my speakers or the reciever hitting there limit. My reciever comes in at a heavyweight knockout of a swashbuckling 75 watts to 6 channels, do not be alarmed by it's sheer power...... my setup: Yamaha HTR-5640 Athena AS-F2 fronts Athena AS-C1 center Athena AS-B1 rears For the longest time i tackled with my speakers 93db sensitivty at 1 watt and 96 2 watts, 99 4 watts and 102 8 watts thing i read on the primer. I really wanted to know if i was just deaf and listening to music to loud. I remember my exact quote "my speakers dont go that loud, atleast i dont think, im not really demanding a whole lot from them but they just wont go higher". So after i calibrated my speakers i figured i'd sit in my sweetspot and watch the meter at the volumes at which i: A. Watch movies on B. Skip Chapters to Action parts and turn it louder then normal. C. Listen to music. Well now i can finally get some interesting information on if i listen to music to loud or if i really need to get a new reciever fast cause this one doesnt push. MUSIC-I listened to a number of songs and set the sound meter up at my listening position, i put it at -28db master volume which is the exact number i normally put it at when i listen to music. The whole time it fluxuated generally between 87-90db and on a certain song hit 93db 3 times. MOVIES-When i watch movies i either put it at -30db or 24-db depending on movie type and DD or DTS, usually -30db for DTS and DD action movies and usually -24db with suttle type movies on DD. So i popped in the two movies. The Animatrix-Final Flight Of The Osiris and the last 20 minutes of Mission Impossible 2, both at -24db on DD. Mission Impossible hit 91db once on a motorcycle skid but since the whole ending was pretty high paste it was basically 85db-90db the whole time. The Final Flight Of The Osiris swordfight, was between 80-89db, im saying 89db cause it never hit higher then that. EXTREME MOVIES-When i watch movies temporarly just as a hyper action mode i enter for about 15 minutes, i put the volume really loud, not unbareably loud but louder then i put it when im gonna watch a whole movie. Sooooo i popped in the matrix and skipped to chapter 15 and put the volume down to -17db. I wanted to scare people on halloween so i put Saving Private Ryan D-Day scene on at -18db and my reciever shut off after like 5 minutes. That fight scene really gets me in the mood, it's general area was between 95-100db, i was thinking it was gonna shut off but i didnt care. At the volume i actually get some good bass out of the AS-F2, not very deep...but it'll rattle things. When neo gets kicked back into the piece of wood, it hit 105db. This isnt from a meter away or whatever the sensitivty is judged on it was from my sweetspot 15ft away. Then i watched the lobby scene at the same volume and it constantly stayed over 100db and hit 106db at a part which i dont remember. Well i was pretty much all actioned out after that, not having a subwoofer doesnt make my extreme movie listening time very fun. Then of course the elevator exploded and thats when the reciever shut off. I've lately come to realize my speakers dont have a problem with the -17db there just pissed of cause they have to be my subwoofer. Reciever on the other hand, if i listened to music i dont think i'd make it past -20db without it turning off. And jeez, after 20 minutes of music at -28db on 6ch Stereo (My preference to listen to music on) the reciever gets really hot. Well, my reciever is weak, but it's better then the one i had before it, the Kenwood 100x5, that thing shut off at first sign of Danger (Dynamic change). Sooooo, now that i know the levels, if im using my sound meter right, i want to know what levels everybody else listens to music and movies at. If i find out im listening/watching this stuff 10db louder then everybody else i'll realize i need to learn to not be so volume hungry, always wanting to push it alittle further (B4, B4, B4, B4, B4, B4) Oh and if you do what i do, those short periods of extremem action, list that to, and distance away from speaker.