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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by ben hunt, Jul 5, 2002.
someone give me a heads up on what this term means and how it effects me.
Reference level is playing back a movie at the same level as it was recorded, basically.
For HT, you would calibrate for this with a setup disc and an SPL meter.
The loudest ref level for DD is 105 db at the listening position. Not all movies will get that loud.
Mentioned in the FAQ AND PRIMER which is linked in the opening of this forum and in my signature:
Also remember, besides reference level being just damn loud, a lot of systems aren't capable of reference level. A fair number of systems have speakers that are capable but few have subwoofers that are capable of reference level.
I personally listen at 10dB below reference with my sub 2-3dB above this level.