A couple weeks ago a friend came by to loan me a couple amps and to hear my system. He specifically wanted to hear my new Joseph Audio Pulsar 2 speakers. We get the stereo warmed up and he starts to listen. About half way through the first song I'm thinking, "this is pretty loud" so I pull out my phone and check the spl he's listening at. My app tells me the music is averaging between 75-80db C-weighted which is quite a bit louder than I listen. I ask if this is a normal level for him. and he says yes. When I sit down to listen to an album I usually start with the volume level in the 65-70db range. As the music starts cookin, I move the level up a bit at a time. I usually end up listening at 70-75db before I'm finished. Last night, prompted by this thread started by @SME12A, Triangle Magellan Cello - road to audio Valhalla , I cranked the volume to the upper 70db range with peaks in the lower 80s. I only had the opportunity to listen to one album, Joni Mitchell's Don Juan's Reckless Daughter which I hadn't heard on the Pulsars before. While I don't believe the character of the sound changed, I did notice some percussion I'd not hear before. I also felt, not just heard Jaco Pastorius' bass on songs like Jericho in a way I hadn't before. And Joni's voice was so clear and sweet on that song, I really enjoyed it. If I have a chance, I'm going to crank it up another 5db to see whether I like it as well. I'm curious what level other forum members listen at. If you have an spl meter, please specify the weighting used.