High end vs live music.
I think the speakers are a bit to small to play that loud.
In the beginning when the high end system start to play the difference is big, but at the end the system is warm and I think it play’s almost at the same level as the live music. How would Pauks new speakers act here?
High end vs live music.
Which brings up the question: do you turn up your system up as loud as to mimic live music? I do often. Normally I prefer to listen at a moderate level.
I rarely listen at over 80dB. This is plenty loud to hear everything on a recording.
Which brings up the question: do you turn up your system up as loud as to mimic live music? I do often. Normally I prefer to listen at a moderate level.wow, you must have a big system!
I rarely listen above 80dB too, but it feels good to fire up the system!
Thinking about this further, I wonder how many actually listen at “live” levels. Even a solo flute played five feet away is surprisingly loud. A solo piano played forte can easily be 100dB for the musician, a concert hall orchestral climax 120dB+.
There is absolutely no way I could listen at ‘live’ levels. It would be domestically impossible with neighbors, but long before they’d complain, the room would give out. So another way of thinking about this is - who out there other than Paul has a room in which it would even be reasonable to contemplate heading in the 100-120 dB range? When I had my house in Canada I got my system up to a measured 110 db one day with some raunchy bits of Pat Metheny and that was quite enough.
When listening to recordings of live music; I can indeed play loud. To get the same feeling as like being there. I must say that a lot of concerts are not that loud anymore, because of regulations. Last live concert I visited was the band from Guthrie Govan. Typically fusion/rock concert but with a moderate level. Playing the music at home I can (almost) recreate the live sound. And that without all the talking people around me, which is quite a nuisance, I do not get; if you like to talk-go to a bar…
vsopking said: And that without all the talking people around me, which is quite a nuisance, I do not get; if you like to talk-go to a bar...
I wanted to add that Guthries band played not Typically fusion/rock. This band is awesome and very open and communicative. And I hate it when the music is very dynamic both loud and soft - to hear people babbling away, without listening.
Boy, volume is a big subject (not to make a pun) and I sometimes listen at quite loud levels if the music demands it - part of the fun in either listening room.
Like Elk and a few others here, I tend to listen at fairly moderate levels. My reference is acoustic guitar at about 10 feet in a normal living room. Maybe 80-85dB.
On the other hand, the other day I was in a strange mood and HAD to put some rock on (Nena 99 / Luftbaloons and Kansas / Point of Know Return) and cranked it up as far as I dared to. See System Three in the systems section… Normally the GCC-500 level is 30-35, the other day it was at 90 for a couple of tracks! This was the first time I have felt that amp get noticeably warmer than idle. That, and the wires on the MMGs were warm too. Not hot, but warm.
Back to normal levels. My regular Friday Night haunt is Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House http://unclecalvins.org/ where I usually volunteer. Their target room level is 80-85 dB, although we occasionally get a performer who insists on being louder. Quite often when the performer insists on being loud I go outside the hall to listen. Uncle Calvin’s has a reputation as being a ‘listening’ room and the occasional chatty patrons are typically requested to take their talk outside. Performers often comment on how quiet and attentive the audience there is. If anyone out there finds themselves in Dallas Texas on a Friday night, I highly recommend Uncle Calvin’s as a place to go.