Originally Posted by floridapoolboy
I could have been satisfied many moons ago if I didn't chase reference level quality in my HT. Consider yourself lucky if you are happy without going through the effort, it is an addiction!
Are you talking a balance system at reference, or jacked up bass?
"Reference Level" is meant for the recording/production standpoint, so that all systems in the recording/production chain are calibrated to a standard. It is not meant as a listening reference. This is something that is ALWAYS forgotten.
That isn't to say that you are wrong for wanting to listen to your material that loudly, but it is to say that listening that loudly is not a "reference" point. If you want to listen at the level the movie was intended or recorded, then you need to know the dialnorm value that was used for that movie. The idea is to listen at a level that you are comfortable with, not the loudest level you are comfortable with.
Anyways, there are other threads about this.