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Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby Adamo0926 » 13 Jan 2018 16:27

I've seen discussions about this feature on other boards and was wondering how people feel about it here. Since I live in a condo and listen almost all the time at lower volumes, I always had the loudness button engaged.

However I experimented recently and instead of using the loudness button, I have left it off and instead moved the bass tone control to about 2 o'clock and the treble tone control to about 1 o'clock. I think it sounds better. Still fills out the bass at low volume levels but not as boomy sounding as the loudness button, so the sound is more open an airy as well.
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby Dutchy » 13 Jan 2018 17:07

I never use the loudness, simply crank up the volume if and when required.
One cannot listen to RATM on "mute".... 8)
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby Tinkaroo » 13 Jan 2018 17:18

I've found an adjustable loudness control to be much better than a button.
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby analogaudio » 13 Jan 2018 17:51

The important thing is to make an adjustment to tonal balance when listening at reduced level, it matters little how it done.
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby JDJX » 13 Jan 2018 19:51

Yeah, as Ted said. :)

The problem with any "Loudness" button is it's only really valid at a certain volume.

It's much better to adjust your baas and treble controls to obtain a pleasing apparent frequency balance at a given low volume level. :)
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby beat_truck » 13 Jan 2018 21:52

Listen to it however it sounds best TO YOU. :wink: One of my systems sounds better with the loudness button on all the time, so it stays on. The other system, it depends on the volume and recording. It gets used as needed.
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby sebrof » 13 Jan 2018 23:34

What's a loudness button?
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby Slavikcc » 14 Jan 2018 14:45

Here's a long and detailed article on the loudness function on a receiver/amplifier: https://www.extron.com/company/article. ... control_ts
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Re: Loudness button ? Yes ? No ?

Postby Adamo0926 » 14 Jan 2018 15:57

Tinkaroo wrote:I've found an adjustable loudness control to be much better than a button.


Absolutely ! I wish most amps/receivers used a varying loudness control instead of just a button.
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