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post #46 of 51
Seriously.

Why has this gone on for 3 pages.

Start quiet and set a sound level you like, then reduce the volume a tad.

Clicks and bars are pretty meaningless as this will change from case to case.

The whole point of IEM's is to allow overall lower SPL levels to be used due to their isolation.

Be sensible and you will be OK.

You can calculate SPL, but you would have to be silly bored.
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by conkerman View Post

Seriously.
Why has this gone on for 3 pages.
Start quiet and set a sound level you like, then reduce the volume a tad.
Clicks and bars are pretty meaningless as this will change from case to case.
The whole point of IEM's is to allow overall lower SPL levels to be used due to their isolation.
Be sensible and you will be OK.
You can calculate SPL, but you would have to be silly bored.

 

egg-jactly. biggrin.gif

post #48 of 51
Thread Starter 

Well, i dont think I can gather the right information for doing the math, not speaking about actually doing it...

Also the reason I started this thread in the first place was because I honestly havn't got any idea what my approximate volume level should be.


Edited by davidsh - 10/6/12 at 4:50pm
post #49 of 51

Player Specs, IEM Specs... Equals db output.

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Well, i dont think i can gather the right information for doing the math, not speaking about actually doing it...

post #50 of 51
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post

Player Specs, IEM Specs... Equals db output.

 

And levels the recording engineer set. I think that certain songs/albums are recorded at a higher level today than they were in the past. Volume limiters may help but I think there might be a filtering effect (just my opinion). There are more than a few variables in play here. I agree with Conkerman. Start with a low level and let your ears "acclimate" for 10 or 15 minutes. Then adjust to a level that is not uncomfortable. You will probably find that the number of bars is less than you thought. Also, there is no rule that says you can't turn up a track that you like and then turn the volume back down. Enjoy the music.
post #51 of 51

All throughout my childhood and early teen years I listened to music always at the quietest comfortable.

 

After attending my first live concert, where the pain in your eardrums is definitely a good thing, I've changed that. I now usually go for the loudest comfortable.

 

On my Android phone when I am listening for an extended period I usually put the volume just below where it warns "Listening to loud music for a long time can damage your hearing" or at a 12/15.

 

On my computer I usually use about 50% volume but that changes with what I'm doing (if I'm playing games online, especially shooter games, that goes down).

 

When amplified I really don't know. I use a Yamaha EMX mixer for my output (please don't tell me I'm doing it wrong it's all I've got).

 

My phone isn't sensitive enough to sense my IEMs accurately but when I put my fullsize into it I get about 85 db average. I think my Soundcraft GB8 has a meter where I can measure the throughput, then I can use the IEM specs to calculate it. Next time I bust that thing out I'll be sure to try that as I am now curious about this. Perhaps I am enjoying frying my eardrums and don't know it.

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