Volume levels

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find that I have to boost the volume levels more when I play records softly than when I listen to digital softly. I find that at low levels, records do not equal the intensity that low levels on digital do even if they emit the same number of decibels. I find that I’m forced to listen to analog more loudly to achieve the same measure of SQ.

How about you?


That is an interesting question. I tend to listen to vinyl in the evenings. If I am spinning records then I am really LISTENING. I use digital sources in the morning, while working out, while doing work. I think the effort of records encourages me to pay more attention. I also notice that the same volume with my morning coffee and my evening cocktail are not equal. In the morning before my ears have been assaulted with the cacophony of everyday life, I find lower volumes sound great. Once I arrive home from work at 7pm I listen to the same music louder to get the same satisfaction from the same tracks. I am not sure if ears get fatigued and this is scientific. It may be in my head but it is a reality for me at least.

I don't experience a need for higher decibels on vinyl than digital. As long as either is played between 70 and 75 db, they sounds equally grand. 

I am in complete agreement here. The best way to enjoy digital sources is to turn the volume down as low as possible.

I'll post my view which is contrary to many others and I recognize that and don't want to start an argument.  but I find the need to turn a system up to hear it perform to be a weakness.  I can listen to my system in the 60dB range and it really pops.  It doesn't have a large sweetspot and in the other room you can tell there is a quality system playing but need to go to the sweet spot to enjoy it.  

People come listen to it and turn it up to the volume they are used to listening at and it takes me a while to get them to listen to it at a lower volume but eventually they tend to appreciate it.  But their ears are trained to a higher volume.

As for the original question, I don't have vinyl.  but many digital remasters really sound great compared to the original and perhaps vinyl can't take advantage of that.


LPs often have wider dynamic range than digital sources



"Vinyl records have a typical dynamic range of around 70 dB, depending on the equipment used to record the audio and cut the record. CDs have a typical dynamic range of 90 to 93 dB, though 16-bit digital audio has a theoretical dynamic range of 96 dB.Dec 11, 2020"