Article brings up an interesting point.
"The Commission said that at 80 decibels, exposure should be limited to
40 hours a week. At 89 decibels, exposure should not exceed five hours
Now, compare the stock iPod headphones to my X10's and even Custom 1's at the same volume position is pretty great.
This maybe a Prof Thump question....
So, my X10's are rated at 110db SPL/mW @ 50 ohms vs same the 108db SPL/mW @ 32 ohms of the C1's. Trying to lookup the spec's on my iTouch, and I can't find what it provides to the headphones. I have a HeadAmp Pico,
and the specs are 0.7Wrms w/32 ohm load. To me using the X10's on
this vs the iTouch, well, pretty different (much fuller sound, better
bass) I don't use it all the time, as it's not convient for me to carry around when using the subway/commuting.
How loud is too loud? Granted I listen a level which I can sustain for a long period of time, but my level does vary from say morning train ride in as background music for me to sleep, vs actual listening, vs me cranking it for a few songs.
So, how loud is to loud to listen? What is 80 or 89 dB really like in the ears? How do I know if my comfort level of extended listening is say 90-95? I hate to say the that great noise isolation of the headphones hurts in determinging this, as I feel it plays tricks on me. Especially when commuting I feel I need to turn it up to get more bass impact vs sitting at home in a quiet room.
Just food for thought.
The STIG's fat cousin.