Originally Posted by A9X-308
^^ You might find this extract
I know the RLJ recording mentioned, and up until lately it was in fact the
most dynamic recording I've ever found and stayed at the top of my list for about 20 years. It is a >99.99% worst case object for a test.
I don't have a problem with that, but this needs to be understood by the reader when he is standing up to run right out and buy a 15 KW power amp. ;-)
The choice of listening levels Cordell used was probably a subjective judgement. He wanted to make a point. Its a demo, not science.
AFAIK nobody knows for sure what levels the RLJ album was recorded at. It is a studio recording and may well been done done using classic multitrack techniques. That means that there never ever was a live performance that matches up with it so nobody knows for sure or ever has experienced the exact acoustic levels that it was recorded at. Therefore, Cordell's judgement and preferences are part of this evaluation and as objectivist as he tries to sound, his demo is as about as subjective as it gets.
More to the point almost nobody throws on a CD and listens to it at live levels for fun and relaxation. We all back off, at least a little most of the time.