Originally Posted by derrickdj1
I'm a party popper. An end point needs to be defined. Hearing loss and excessive volume is not what this thread is meant to be IMHO. Tinnitus and more hearing loss is serious business. More is better but, only to a certain point. Money can be spent on other aspect of the HT. Once you can hit X db. there is no need to go further. Now comes the rotten tomatoes. I can take it.
I can't decide if you are a firecracker, or a wet blanket.
FWIW, though, I do think that what started out as a way to compare audio systems has inevitably turned into a competition with respect to scores. In my mind, I have compared it to building custom cars, with more and more extravagant horsepower and torque ratings. Whether those cars are ever actually driven to their limits would depend on the individual, and there would be an element of personal risk involved.
This whole HT hobby sometimes takes some weird twists, and this is one is no weirder that many others. I find it very interesting to see what others are doing, with respect to bass. But I am also very conscious of my personal limits with respect to both total SPL, and even low frequency SPL. I think that, as with every other human attribute, we have neurological differences that make some of us better able to tolerate extremes of whatever. Whether those extremes will result in permanent damage is a question that probably needs to be raised from time-to-time. I would imagine that most of the people on this thread still want to be able to enjoy quality audio in another 20 or 30 years.
But, I have been curious whether most of the people building really extravagant bass systems are also listening regularly at extravagant volumes? Or, as with similar auto hobbies, is this something that only gets fully unleashed on special occasions, or for demonstration purposes?