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My father and I both have Onkyo amps in our lounge rooms with different setups/speakers. None of this is high end but it’s what we have. Normally most amps have 0 as a volume setting which indicates reference level and you can tell from that if you are -10db or whatever. Onkyo does not have that tho. They have 0 as zero and count up from there to 100 or something. 


My sound is pretty loud to us (I do have big subs tho) and my max setting is about 53 on the amp. I have no idea what this is compared to reference however. My dad has more efficient speakers and a more powerful amp but his sounds quieter. He needs his up to 70-76 to where he is happy. Once again we have no reference level to compare to. We are wondering why he needs to play his speakers at 76 (%?) where I’m at 53 (%?).  We have bi amped his front speakers if that makes a difference?

I have

onkyo 607

jensen qx2 speakers

(old stuff, I can’t afford upgrades atm)


he has

onkyo 747 amp

klipsch R series speakers. (The lower end ones)


any ideas?

Edited by Troyus_

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