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Equalizing volume of speakers with different sensitivities for HT?

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by mrip541, Aug 9, 2018.
  1. mrip541
    I noticed that speakers from the same series don't necessarily have the same sensitivity. Home theater receivers can offset the level of a specific speaker a set amount but once you start increasing the volume do speakers with different sensitivity ratings get louder at the same rate? As in does offsetting the volume a set amount equalize volume at all levels?
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
  2. bigshot
    I have a variety of different speakers in my system, but I've never noticed level differences in specific channels at different volume levels. I usually EQ at a moderately loud volume and then set my AVR to automatically adjust the loudness control. Works like a charm.
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  3. MindsMirror
    Yes, assuming you are operating the speakers and amp in their linear range. If you drive one of the speakers or amp into clipping or breakup which is non linear, then it won't be equal anymore.
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  4. TheSonicTruth
    Purchase a SPL meter:
    Purchase a SPL meter https://www.google.com/shopping/pro...&ved=0ahUKEwie5tubsfbcAhUhuVkKHcYOAdEQgTYIrgQ

    and place it where most people sit in your listening area.

    Go into your receiver settings and look for a test tone to send to each speaker to adjust its level. Set the initial volume to what is moderate for you. You should hear white noise cycle from speaker to speaker.

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