Originally Posted by coolcat4843
What did they say about attaching a fan to the top of a 3009?
They said a fan on top of the 3009 sucking air out is fine, it will help keep the unit cooler. They did not recommend blowing down into the unit as you and I both have hazarded against (both of us in this thread btw) and I didn't ask them about putting a fan underneath.
Also, I generally watch movies at -15 to -10 although at certain scenes I'll go -5ish. It's not about being deaf (at least for me), after you run room correction, -0 should be reference levels. This is the point at which, in my room, a person can hear all details of the recording (movie or music) of whatever is playing (as I'm sure you know). So at those levels (-15 to -10) I'm getting the majority of the soundtrack, albeit probably still missing a few details at the very bottom and very top, which is the whole point IMHO of investing all this money in electronics and speakers. I'm trying to reproduce movie theater quality sound and get as close as possible to live music, which both happen to be well above what -30 would sound like on the AVR.
This doesn't mean that I watch everything at these levels, but when I watch very dynamic blu-ray movies or when the mood strikes me to listen to music as it was meant to be heard and recorded I turn it up. This is just my reasoning for having it that loud at times YMMV.
I'll also mention that many classical pieces are extremely dynamic and can get whisper quiet and then explode into a big peak and without having it up to near reference levels you'll miss tons of detail during those quiet parts. The same goes for certain movies. Again YMMV and other people just like things loud, I'm just trying to get the full effect of the recording.