Best Loudness button you've heard

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Whoopycat, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. The Pinhead



    Get a good eq and tailor a loudness curve for your every need !

    When a record sounds harshness/bright in the midrange, I turn out the sub and crank the bass knob to tame it. It does the trick every time.
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  2. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
  3. Cliff

    Cliff Magic Carpet Man

    Northern CA
    Ok, I'll play. It was on my dad's SAE Two back in the early 80s. I loved listening to records/cassettes with the loudness button on. It made the kick drum really pound and not much more (which was perfect).
  4. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

    Vallejo, CA
    You know, it's a common myth that the monkey has to be Malaysian. Any monkey from the hardware store will do as long as the spaghetti was stored properly.
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  5. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Southern US
    The variable loudness knob works great on my Parasound CA250
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  6. sunrayjack

    sunrayjack Well-Known Member

    Kenwood's are really hard to beat, I have quite a few myself and I find them hands down one of the best SS amps and receivers.
    Just my humble opinion of course, that's a very nice amp.
    I would highly recommend Kenwood's to somebody getting into vintage audio.
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  7. sunrayjack

    sunrayjack Well-Known Member

    It's not to late, you can come back and visit us !!!!
    you will find the memorable loudness button sound played at all times in our caves:pineapple:!
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  8. marcb

    marcb Senior Member

    DC area
    Best loudness button? The ones that say "off".
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  9. monte4

    monte4 Forum Resident

    Ontario Canada
    I owned a Kenwood KA7300 that was set up just like this and it had great loudness and tone controls.
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  10. theron d

    theron d Forum Resident

    Baltimore MD
    my Kenwood KR-6600 - great loudness button. And great receiver overall!
  11. ralf11

    ralf11 Forum Resident

  12. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Southern US
    Pioneer SX 12 fiddy
  13. Radio

    Radio Forum Resident

    Ann Arbor, MI
    Love the variable loudness button on my Yamaha; essential for low-volume listening. Otherwise best left off. But don’t let me spoil your fun if you’re into it.
  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    never used one on any amp/receiver I've owned...
  15. marcob1963

    marcob1963 Forum Resident

    I would humbly suggest that the mushrooms were good and that you could have draped a rug over your speakers and all still would have sounded wonderful. :)
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  16. allied333

    allied333 TUBE AMPLIFIER REBUILDER - inquire

    Allied 333 tube type receiver. Loudness switch opens up the audio with fuller midrange, bass boost & for some reason treble boost as well. I turned down the treble to 10 o'clock position. I replaced all coupling caps with K40Y-9 for far superior audio. Rebuilt the power supply & replaced 12AX7s with RCA long black plate. Killer sonics with real sounding voices unlike any SS I ever heard..
  17. rogertheshrubber

    rogertheshrubber Forum Resident

    Freehold, NJ, USA!
    My Adcom preamps (first the GTP-400 and now the GFP-555) have always have had the contour button engaged.
  18. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    I have loudness button envy!
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  19. Radio

    Radio Forum Resident

    Ann Arbor, MI
    Variable loudness button is great, but would be better if it could be controlled by remote. I’m always having to get up from my chair 2 or 3 times to get it dialed in.
  20. vwestlife

    vwestlife Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Many lower-end amplifiers and stereo systems have a loudness contour built into the volume control -- it's a technique that dates back to at least the 1940s, if not even earlier. Sometimes this was distinguished by marking the volume control as "loudness" instead of "volume", such as General Electric often did, or by painting a stripe with decreasing thickness along the edge of the knob, to indicate that the loudness compensation decreases as the volume is increased.
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  21. The Acid Mouse

    The Acid Mouse Well-Known Member

    I think on the Marantz after the 9 o'clock position, you can go ahead and switch it off as the bass starts kicking in proper then. Below 9 o' clock (i.e. quiet volumes) the loudness function is pretty good at boosting things on the Marantz without distortion.
  22. ggergm

    ggergm red right returning

    This is the way Bang & Olufsen did loudness compensation when they made receivers and all-in-one systems. While you could turn the Loudness button on and off, when it was on, the amount of compensation changed with the volume level. It was more at lower volumes and less at moderate ones.

    In addition to more bass, B&O also brought up the treble at lower volume levels. Our friend, the good ol' Fletcher-Munson curve, shows that the ear is less sensitive to both frequency extremes at lower volume levels. Users generally focus on the increased bass because it can become so oppressive when the Loudness button - aka Disco Switch - is activated.
  23. Night Version

    Night Version Well-Known Member

    New York
    Thee “loudness” button was a life saver in my suburban home where I was required to keep the volume down. Became a bit of a habit though.
  24. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Golden Gate
    My loudness button is bigger than your loudness button.
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  25. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    knowing my luck, you might be right;)

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