Dialing Up the Decibels

Posted by David on 4/30/2014
We in the home-theater mounting business have dealt with all kinds of systems that boast pure sound to a range of decibel levels. This is something that is taken very seriously in home theater systems, for  obvious and compelling reasons.

It is, after all, all about the sound. People with home-theater systems want to experience as much of a movie theater effect as they can in their own homes, so they look for audio systems that can deliver a great sound rather high decibel levels. But do you know what decibel levels mean? How loud is too loud? How high are you willing to go on the volume?

With the help of a chart shown here [link: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm], we'd like to perform a service by giving you examples of various sounds at different decibel levels, so you can understand better  the volume that is acceptable for you and how high you are willing to go with your undistributed sound to enjoy the experience without blowing out your eardrum.

60 decibels - background music, office or restaurant conversation

70-79 dB - "average" noise level; living room music, radio or TV audio

80-89 dB - twice as loud as 70 dB, possible ear damage with long exposure (8 hours or more); garbage disposal, food blender 

90-99 dB - 4 times as loud as 70 dB; power lawnmower, newspaper press, motorcycle from 25 feet away

100 dB - serious ear damage possible with long exposure; jackhammer, jet flyover at 1,000 feet, using outboard motor

110 dB - considered the average human pain threshold, 16 times louder than 70 dB; live rock music, riveting machine, car horn from 1 meter away

120 dB - painful to the ears; a clap of thunder, chain saw

We hope that this will help you determine the range at which you will use your home theater system that we hope you will have mounted by one of our quality mounts. We certainly advise safety when it comes to your ears, so you can enjoy your home theater for years to come.