Originally Posted by m0j0
Audyssey is calibrating the system to 75db / setting the reference volume, then I usually play around -15 to -12 reference when watching movies.
Does Audyssey calibrate to 75dB or use 75dB tones and then set the volume so the 0dB point is 85dB?
Me, I don't care where I stick my volume knob (it's content-specific anyway), but after "calibrating" my ears
to a meter, I tend to set the control somewhere around a 70dB(A) average listening level for most movies. I double check my ears' "calibration" every now and then by running REW (calibrated mic) (or a phone app and adjusting) in the background during the movie and measuring dB(A). I haven't done this in a while, but I spot-check every so often just out of curiosity. I do find I end up setting the volume higher watching action movies because it's "fun".
That said, if my daughter is down there with me, I try to keep it lower. This is mostly because my wife, despite me citing OSHA regs to her, thinks I'll damage her hearing and gives me a "talking to" (which is partially ignored, just like her ignoring OSHA
-- I find a middle ground, if she can't hear it upstairs, I can't get "yelled at",
Music is another story -- I don't often measure...maybe I'm afraid to,
. It's probably close, but certainly creeps up more easily and generally stays there for the night. It takes one good song to push me 3dB higher and, unless I cue something way overcooked (mix-wise) or that I end up disliking, those three bells often get shaved at the beginning of the next night's session. That cycle repeats until, frequently, what starts at -36dB (volume control) ends up around -30 or even -25 -- atypically much higher or I get "yelled at",
. May have something to do with my choice of music and the gobs of subs I have in an untreated basement.... I usually get a text, "let's shut down club Brian for the night, hun"