Haha no I mean't what would your number be over /40 as in 18/40 etc etc. Not 40
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have no idea if it's an accurate reading, but seeing how it "shows" 85-90, I'm a happy camper
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.
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.
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..
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.