What level do people listen to DVDs at? 75db?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Robert Sun, Sep 9, 2002.

  1. Robert Sun

    Robert Sun Agent

    Aug 24, 2002
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    I just calibrated my speakers with SPL and AVIA. I calibrated at 75db which resulted in my main volume control being -4db. The other speaker settings were
    FL 0 C 0 R +2 RS +4 LS +2

    I was wondering what level most people watch a DVD at? I read that most people find 10db less than reference level is comfortable ( But does this refer to the "standard" reference calibration of 85db less 10db = 75db so I should watch DVDs at my setting of -4db on the volume control)

    Obviously you watch a DVD at whatever the individual is comfortable with but out of interest I would like to know what others find comfortable.

    Thanks for your input
  2. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Jan 18, 1999
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    As you realized, technically you are already 10 below ref level with your volume at -4: you calibrated to 75db on AVIA- which AVIA's tones are specifically designed to be calibrated to 85db. Not a big deal (the main concern is that you get all the channel levels matching).

    I would say that I usually listen around -5 to -7 below ref level. The standard around here seems to hover in the -5 to 15 range- so I would say -10 is fine.

    Although- I would worry most how it sounds to you. If it's not pleasing at this volume, I'd ignore what others are doing and set it where it is comfortable for you!


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