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by stewart norrie / January 19, 2006 4:08 AM PST

The reading on my DENON amp goes -50 to + ten is this d.b. level or what does it mean? At 0 on the volume control I can almost blow out my windows Also when I do a test tone and change the level of all speakers the volume really changes rite now I have all speakers at 0d.b. and center I have +2db . Also I just tried out a d.t.s. d.v.d. WAR OF THE WORLDS and had to bring down my SUB to -2 and center channel up 2 DBs . should one have to change the setting when you switch to d.t.s. I hope Dan the pro can answer this one happy days stewart

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Not the same on every reciever
by sirroundsound / January 19, 2006 4:18 AM PST

Not all manufactures use the same number system for their volume controls. I would expect that when your system is set up to be optimal, "0" would represent reference level. With a meter, when setting up the speakers many people would look to set them to 80 - 85dB. This way when playing a movie, you should not have to go over 0 on the dial to get the best performance.

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It might be in db, my HK has the same scale.
by jcrobso / January 19, 2006 5:43 AM PST

With out using a db metter it may hard to say. But the Radio Schak one is not to bad for the price. I paid $600 for my spectrum analizer.
There is no standard for the levels on DVDs it's what ever the producer wanted. If he wanted LOTS of BASS then thats what you get. Audio Mixing boards have lots and lots of controls, now add outboard processors and you can make hugh changes it the sound.
Yes, you may have to change the setting from tiem to time. John

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