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I have wondered this for a while. I don't know if this is all receivers or not, but my comfortable volume levels go from -50 to about -20 (really loud).

Is this normal with all receivers? Is it supposed to be this way?


I have a new DENON receiver, the 2310i I think, or something like that.
 

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Yes, it's supposed to be that way.


Numbers are relative to a reference volume of 0 dB. -10 dB is half as loud as 0 dB. -20 dB is half as loud as -10 dB.


The reference of 0 dB is often based on THX standards which were developed to improve consistency in movie theaters.


Check wikipedia for an explanation of how the dB scale works. THX reference level is explained well in a number of online articles.
 

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Originally Posted by Yoma44 /forum/post/19633555


I have wondered this for a while. I don't know if this is all receivers or not, but my comfortable volume levels go from -50 to about -20 (really loud).

Is this normal with all receivers? Is it supposed to be this way?

Yes, it's normal.


Full Scale is 105dB - very, very loud. Volumes are often expressed as dBFS (dB Below Full Scale). Your Denon uses that kind of scale. 0dB is the full scale reference value and -30 (or 75dB) is a comfortable viewing level.
 
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