There are quite a number of free SPL meters for the iPhone just in case anyone is wondering!
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With my current settings, 65-68 DB (c-weighted) average depending on the song.
I have Foobar set to -7 DB right now, but I don't usually have it set any higher than -5 DB. The Lavry is at 56 (maximum) and the GS1 is at about 8:15 o'clock. I suppose that qualifies for low-level listening around here. Occasionally, I rack it up to 75 or 80 decibels for a quick burst of fun, but I don't keep that up for long.
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Agreed. Even in the wee hours of the morning here in Singapore, with the windows and doors of my room closed, i can only manage a 55dB. But it must be noted that Singapore is pretty much a noisy city all through the night as well.
My sister usually listens at a measured 56-58 decibels, but I think that's really quiet.The ambient noise in front of my computer measures at 50-51 DB, but since I'm using a meter that doesn't calibrate properly below 60 DB there's room for error in that.
I was thinking some similar to Skylab's comment. 45-55 normal listening with 85 as the loudest it will go seems strange. What headphones are you mesasuring and how are you measuring them?
The device I bought for measuring is from Extech:
If you're sticking a decibel meter into your headphones, remember to get a good seal with the earpads - otherwise it'll always read too low. The difference is worth maybe 5 db based on my own (limited) testing. It's probably more with headphones that have a strong seal, such as my DT770s, than it would be with some others.
So on the other hand...
If that's accurate, you're not going to need good headphones for very long, and you're permanently damaging your hearing at this level if you listen for more than a few minutes per day.