Today, I wondered how close to reference volume (75db) my usual movie watching is. On my Outlaw 1050, I usually set my volume to 58 when viewing DD material (53 for DTS). This always seemed to have plenty of impact in my medium sized room and what I consider to be pretty "theater-like". So, out of curiosity, I got out my VE disc and my sound level meter and checked what reference level read on my dial since I didn't pay attention to the displayed number when I originally calibrated based on 75db. The display read 71! I then checked the actual db level at my normal 58. I was around 55 db, a full 20db short of reference! Of course my next step was to view a few minutes of TS2 at reference. Holy cow! I was a rock drummer for about 15 years so my tolerance for volume is pretty high I think. My speaks held their own pretty well and didn't sound as strained as I thought they might (NHT 1.5's and AC-1). My sub however, couldn't quite keep up (HSU VTF-2...still an excellent sub mind you). It never clipped or distorted but it got buried here and there. How many people actually listen at reference levels in the home?