Loudspeaker sensitivity is one of the most exaggerated specs in the industry. We measure sensitivity with a 2.83V input at 1 meter anechoic from 300 Hz to 3 kHz - and our data is accurate. This Audioholics article is a great primer on the subject: http://www.audioholics.com/education/loudspeaker-basics/loudspeaker-sensitivity. Gene at AH has come across many speakers which were rated 3-6 dB higher than their actual sensitivity when measured independently. So I don't recommend making buying decisions solely based on that criteria, especially not at playback levels typically falling into the -20 to -15 master volume range which is well within the dynamic limits of the amplifier section.
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6/28/13 at 9:34am