Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: upstate New York
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For "critical listening" and most of my listening, I set the volume at a realistic level for the type of music I'm listening to. I'm not concerned about db level. If it sounds like I'm sitting in the room with the musician/band then its right for me. Its generally louder then most people listen. Even something like acoustic jazz is fairly loud if your sitting 10-20 feet away from the band. When you get the volume right it can be surprising how realistically live good recordings can sound. It helps if you have heard music played live to have a reference point.
The lazy man finds the easiest way ... Ben Franklin
Rouge Audio Cronus Magnum II integrated amp, Goldenear Technology's Triton 2+ speakers, Schiit Bifrost Multibit Dac, Technics SL-1200MK2 turntable with Audio Technica 440ml cartridge, Teac X-1000R reel to reel, custom computer as main music source