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post #16 of 51
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Originally Posted by Techno Kid View Post

Not at all on my J3 its around 22 or 27 depending on the IEM, so maybe I don't listen as loud as I thought or my friends just have super sensitive hearing.

Haha no I mean't what would your number be over /40 as in 18/40 etc etc. Not 40 tongue.gif

For me.

18 - 20 > normal

28 -30 > louder

That's about the same here, Exactly. depending on IEM for example TF10 I can run on 16 - 18

Even 13 late at night. cool.gif
post #17 of 51

Oh ok,

 

Yeah the TF10's I had at 20

 

E-Q5 around 22 to 24

 

RE262 unamp'ed 30 to 32 but I normally never use them without an amp

 

R-50 about the same as the e-Q5

 

So I guess I don't listen to IEM's that loud after all, I still hear great and don't have any ringing in my ears or anything.  I feel for my dad though he worked on jet engines for awhile and he says his ears ring constantly, that would drive me crazy.

post #18 of 51

If you have an iPhone, download the free app Awareness! from Etymotic. You can easily measure your dB by placing the IEM on the mic on the iPhone. I can say it's pretty accurate and my volume ranges from 80-85dB. 90 at most when the song gets a bit chaotic in terms of heavy rock or bass.

post #19 of 51

Am I the only one who's astounded by how loud people here listen to IEMs? I can't go higher than 4/16 with IEMs on my iPod Touch, and usually stay at 1/16. Not to mention I have the volume limit at 50%. It's not like I'm not used to loud settings, I go to concerts all the time, but I usually have earplugs on. 

 

Whenever people say they listen at HALF the full volume out of an iPod, I immediately question how they would be physically able to have it so loud. I'd tear the buggers out of my ears in a second.

post #20 of 51
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Originally Posted by planx View Post

If you have an iPhone, download the free app Awareness! from Etymotic. You can easily measure your dB by placing the IEM on the mic on the iPhone. I can say it's pretty accurate and my volume ranges from 80-85dB. 90 at most when the song gets a bit chaotic in terms of heavy rock or bass.

Wow. That scares me.... I just downloaded it on your recommendation and put it up to the mic and Im hitting like 110+ on a volume that I thought was just moderately high...

Have it down to 90 right now and it seems very quiet. Too low to enjoy. Oh oh... my poor ears.....
post #21 of 51
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post


Wow. That scares me.... I just downloaded it on your recommendation and put it up to the mic and Im hitting like 110+ on a volume that I thought was just moderately high...
Have it down to 90 right now and it seems very quiet. Too low to enjoy. Oh oh... my poor ears.....

 

I have no idea if it's an accurate reading, but seeing how it "shows" 85-90, I'm a happy camper

post #22 of 51

I downloaded one of the db meters for Android and mine said I was around 85 to 90db which is fine with me.

post #23 of 51

Borrowed a neighbour's SPL meter, grabbed a piece of cardboard and a block of foam, as my iPod doesn't have a microphone. Seems 63-74db (1/16-5/16) is my average. Cranked it to 50%, and sure enough, 85db. 

post #24 of 51
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Borrowed a neighbour's SPL meter, grabbed a piece of cardboard and a block of foam, as my iPod doesn't have a microphone. Seems 63-74db (1/16-5/16) is my average. Cranked it to 50%, and sure enough, 85db. 

 

I've never heard an iPhone or iPod but 1/16-5/16 seems really low so that's a very good thing for you if you can hear good at that level.

post #25 of 51
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Originally Posted by planx View Post

I have no idea if it's an accurate reading, but seeing how it "shows" 85-90, I'm a happy camper

Well I also loaded on my ipad3. Hopefully the mic is more sensitive by default....

WIll have to try it on my ipod touch. I mean this thing is showing the AC in this room (window unit) is hitting 35db.
post #26 of 51

They say around 85db to 90db at prolonged exposure can result in hearing damage though it said at 8 hours a day which I normally listen to mine anywhere from 2 to 6 hours a day and sometime not at all so I should be ok.

post #27 of 51
Thread Starter 

One important thing..

Some of you downloaded the awareness app, which is fine at least if you have got IEM's from etymotic - because the app is optimized for the ety earphones... Just saying you cant really count on the results not using an ety earphone, at least that is what they state on the website or in the app (cant remember :P)

I think i will try not going over 80 dB.

 

To proton007: Volume level has got everything to do with sensitivity and impedance if you have, say a pure 1kHz tone for example, or just comparing with the same song. Ofc music is different, also in volume levels, that is true, but most music sound very loud to me, if i crank my ety's to 50% volume. You know, i just want a reference... If it helps i mainly listen to heavy metal

 

The idea about measuring by putting the mic to the earplug is a good idea, i will try that as soon as possible..

post #28 of 51
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post

Start at a lower level, always...
Then slowly adjust until it is at a level you are comfortable with.
Cheers, Jim


I tend to do it opposite lol. I'll have my fun initially. Maybe 1 or 2 songs. Then I go low and stay low. I'll get lower and lower as I go.

post #29 of 51
Thread Starter 

Btw i can measure 90+ dB with only 1 bar on my iphone :O

post #30 of 51

That doesn't sound right :P.
 

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