Originally Posted by MKtheater
85 dBs, about as loud as my spoken voice. Peaks ae 105 dBs max for speakers and 120 dBs for the subs. I am 41 and I can hear to 20khz(down 6 dBs). Peaks are seconds worth of sound. Rock concerts hurt my ears.
Just recognize that even brief peaks of over 115db can and will damage your hearing long term. If your ears ever ring after watching a movie or demo then damage is being done, albeit long term, chronic. See, my concern lies with enthusiasts exposing their family members or friends to damaging levels, especially younger adults or children. The younger one is, the more sensitive their ears are.
A rifle or gunshot is but maybe a half second blip. But enough of them collectively will clearly damage your hearing. So even brief, transient peaks can do damage long term.
And I'm not trying to be the sound level police here......we're all adults here who make their own choices. I just want people to make educated, responsible choices, and know the long term consequences.
And once your hearing is damaged, its a done deal. Just ask someone who suffers from tinnitus. I made some really poor choices in my younger days relating to my hearing. Now I wear ear plugs to mow the yard, or when using a circular saw, definitely shooting any firearm, and sometimes even extended vacuuming with my shop vac.
PS..... I do have and use a quality sound meter periodically in my listening room.