Originally Posted by bluesky636
Have you actually MEASURED reference sound levels in any of the systems you mentioned? I see a lot of "coulds," "near," "fairly certain," "almost certainly," "probably," and other similar words in your posts. But where is the actual measured data to support your claims? Do you really understand just how loud 105 db really is? Or do you just think that because something sounds loud to you that it could maybe just might probably be capable of reference level playback? So, provide the data or just admit that you are merely speculating.
Ok. Here we go. No, I haven't brought a SPL meter and measured ALL of the aforementioned systems of my friends and family. good grief.
But, imperatively, I HAVE measured my own rig. And with that important information, one can arrive at the reasonable conclusion that comparable gear, in a similar environment, should reach comparable levels, barring any major distinctions.
As far as data? Like what? A photo of an SPL meter in my living room, showing a 100+ db output, LOL? Then we would just argue over the probable distortion that we couldn't hear through the picture
Again, reaching 85db levels, without a wheelbarrow of distortion is not terribly difficult -although, as I've already admitted- it does become a bit more onerous in the LFE area. It doesn't require tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, an A/V pro, or a specially designed room. Sure those things help, but certainly are not integral to the process of arriving.