^ In all honesty, tuxedocivic, it's a good part why I posted the poll and I fully realize that there will be a number yet who will post that reference level is the only way to go...and even HIGHER for some.
Probably even more crucially, when you start to realize where people are actually running their systems, it starts to dawn on you just how "hotly run"- or completely/mostly unused- some of these bass arrays are.
Think about this: so the LFE channel affords for 10 additional dbs of peak output over the mains/surround. Ok, fine.
So then, if you're at -15 on the dial (still plenty loud for most), that means that the LFE should be seeing peaks no more than 100dbs. But there are more and more bass systems that are good for 125-130+ over a considerable range of the low-end. So then, either there are GOBS of output simply not being used (even at reference LFE peaks are 115), or, folks are running their bass 10, 20, even 30dbs hot?!
Or: all the time, money, effort, and or space is spent on the 10 second "because I can" auditions?
None of them make a lot of sense to me...and this is coming from a guy who possesses much more than I need to hit reference in my current room. Truth be told, all that I have done in the last twelve months or so was undertaken because I will be moving to an eventual, larger, room where I'm certain I will need the additional output- not because I need the 10+ dbs of headroom or want to listen to 100db output with 120 db bass everyday.
Long story short: I hear you (and I actually DO hear you, lol). I think very, very, very few listen anywhere near reference from more than "x" number of minutes, regardless of how capable their rig is..and if they do, good for them, I don't believe anyone should be telling anyone else how to listen. But, you're exactly right, building a system to meet a "spec" that you will never meet is really, a bit foolish in my estimation. I've always had the feeling that some would chase it (reference spec) regardless of where it lies..."95dbs continuous with 115db peaks and 125db peaks for LFE? perfect!"
To each, their own, but the results of this unscientific poll don't surprise me in the slightest, thus far.
JamesEdited by mastermaybe - 12/17/12 at 12:42pm