reference levels

danger boydanger boy Posts: 15,888
edited March 2002 in Technical/Setup
what is a reference level? would that be like around 80db or more? thanks to anyone who can answer this for me.
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  • TheGrayGhostTheGrayGhost Posts: 196
    edited March 2002
    ”what is a reference level? would that be like around 80db or more? thanks to anyone who can answer this for me.”

    The Dolby Digital (AC-3) reference level is 85dB-SPL at the sweet spot when driven by a –20dBFS-reference test tone. This reference level ensures that an AC-3 recording at 0dBFS will drive a surround sound system to a level of 105dB-SPL.

    The reference level for the LFE channel is the same 85dB-SPL when driven with a –30dBFS-test tone. This level ensures that the LFE channel will be driven to a 115dB-SPL for a 0dBFS LFE recording.
    Best Regards, Cliff
  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited March 2002
    Be careful with the use of the word 'ensure'. Not a whole lot of retail subs out there, esp at a 'budget' price, that will go anywhere in the same neighborhood as 115db......

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    Russ
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  • TheGrayGhostTheGrayGhost Posts: 196
    edited March 2002
    You’re right, the AC-3 specification was written for movie theaters, not home theaters. Many home theater subwoofers can hardly reach 105dB-SPL without 30% distortion.
    Best Regards, Cliff
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