Originally Posted by fookoo_2010
I had one of the first EMIT's in the RS 4.5 and probably never got much past 12 o'clock. What would be a comparable rating in terms of db as this is how a lot of AVR's indicate volume or loudness?
Gain structures in the preamp section, level of the recording, calibration of the attenuater (volume control), etc. are so random that there's no way to estimate. A hot recording could be driving the receiver into clipping at 11 o'clock, but you could play some New Age recordings at 4 o'clock and not use 50 watts. A Dream Theater CD, with oceans of cymbals and lots of synthesizer, would potentially damage a tweeter with prolonged high-volume listening. And a volume control at 12 o'clock on one receiver might have the same output as a volume control at 3 o'clock on another due to the gain structure.
The bottom line is, you'll know when you're playing it too loud. Some tweeters get a bit harsh when you're approaching their death, but others sound fine right up until when they fail. I've blown a dozen tweeters, blown up three car engines, broken three titanium bicycle frames, cracked a dozen Zildjian cymbals, and broken ten bones in my body. Some of us just break stuff.