Originally Posted by Tweaked05
Last night I was listening to my 2.1 system and had a different experience that I normally do. Normally, I listen and moderate to low volumes and for the most part think my system sounds wonderful. However last night I had the itch to really turn things up a bit. I turned on Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble and cranked it up to a considerable volume, +10 on my HK 3490. It was at this point while listening that Tin Pan Alley came on and suddenly it felt like Stevie was live in the room with me.
So, here's my question. Why do I not get the same feeling at lower volumes? I understand that at lower volumes it won't be as loud as a concert, but why don't I get the same sense of realism from lower volumes?
Distortion, Distortion, Distortion.
I don't want to sound like in bragging but, to be frank. It could be that your system isn't good enough.
My system sound great and/or engaging at all levels above 45db.
My electronics have SNR's of -120db +- 0.1db from 4hz to nyquist, 35000watts, and all of this in a purpose built room with a noisefloor of 30db (or better), with acoustical treatments.
I have 10 high-end 18" subs, 109db per watt tweeters +- 5db full-bandwidth in-room.
They can produce peaks approaching 130db, and can handle the 85db-A continous pink-noise THX Ultra 2 spec without problems and with zero audible distortion. (Which you would expect after spending $55,000.)
Louder levels are more fun of course, even in my system; but it's not needed
to make it sound great, and that is the difference between mid-fi and hi-fi (IMO).
That said, some people just can't get engaged at low volumes (of varying degrees), it's how they are hardwired
; you could be one of those types.
I call them the "louder is better crowd".
My DAC is the Sabre Ref 32 (Oppo 105), my pre-amp is an Emotiva XSP-1, my speakers are SEOS 12's (DIY), my subs are TC LMS-18's, my amps are Lab Gruppen FP+ clones; pretty stout, so good results are to be expected.