Originally Posted by commsysman
"REFERENCE VOLUME" is a meaningless concept. That's like asking "how good should reference sex be?"
If you can play at the volume that is satisfying to you without significant distortion, that is all that matters.
Some speakers certainly can play louder than others before distortion occurs, but "reference volume" is a nonsense concept.
If you want a meaningful absolute measurement of loudness, you need to get a sound pressure level meter and measure it, in dbA.
The EXTECH 407703A is a good SPL meter.
That is your opinion, reference is a set of standards and the OP wants to know if his speakers can do it, very simple question. It has nothing to do whether you or anyone likes reference levels. He needs to calibrate his speakers correctly, turn it up to say -10 dBs under reference and listen. Not loud, too loud, speakers OK, not OK, and go from there. Just don't crank it to reference as it may cause damage to the speakers if they can not handle it. If he does not own these speakers we can get a good idea based on his room and specs if they can or not.
Again, whether you like reference or not has nothing to do with this thread so it does not help. The only theaters that I know of they actually play this loud are IMAX theaters so if they are too loud for people then reference should not be a goal. If you go into IMAX and love it than you have tour answer. BTW, it can sound just as loud and impactful as IMAX but better.