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jrotary
02-21-2008, 10:10 AM
Here is a real newbie question - for those with loudness features on their headunits, do you always have it on or off?

I know it is intended to boost low and high frequencies for low volume listening, but is there any danger in having it on during high volume play?

I certainly don't want to damage my headunit (kenwod DDX7015)...

Thanks!

Jon

ntense702
02-21-2008, 10:13 AM
I keep mine off, it just seems like an unnecessary boost to me.

OoMesKoO
02-21-2008, 10:13 AM
No.

Dont use it. Adjust gains accordingly.

OoMesKoO
02-21-2008, 10:15 AM
and dude....

STOP making multiple threads for the same ******* question.

ultimate157
02-21-2008, 10:19 AM
The Loud button is worthless, IMO. I can tune my system perfectly with only 2v preouts, high HU volume, and no loudness.

The key is to raise the HU volume up and lower the gains on your amp(s). I used to run my HU at 40/62. Turned it up to 55/62, reset my gains, and both my amps are a LOT happier.

cman0655555
02-21-2008, 10:21 AM
i wouldn't use it at all

dman4486
02-21-2008, 10:25 AM
better chance of damaging speakers than hu...clipping can occur at mid and high volume settings with loud on

dman4486
02-21-2008, 10:27 AM
Do not post the same question in more than one section

n2audio
02-21-2008, 10:46 AM
If you like it at low volume there's no reason not to use it. It shouldn't be a factor above 1/2 volume or so assuming your gains are set relative to something approaching full HU volume -- as Ultimate mentioned.

bigbangtheory
02-21-2008, 11:17 AM
I don't use it ever. If you set your gains accordingly, not only will your amps love you long time, but the rest of your system will too.

Edit, I put it on once in a blue moon at very low volumes when the family is in the car to drown them out. :)

jrotary
02-21-2008, 12:09 PM
and dude....

STOP making multiple threads for the same ******* question.

Sorry - I wasn't sure where it belonged. I'll stick to one area per questions.

I'm running off the HU right now - no external amps.

ngsm13
02-21-2008, 12:12 PM
Combined your two threads...

I have never, and will never use the loudness feature. It's a great way to add distortion, especially at high volumes.

nG

Rookie_80
02-21-2008, 12:13 PM
better chance of damaging speakers than hu...clipping can occur at mid and high volume settings with loud on

agree

Rookie_80
02-21-2008, 12:13 PM
The Loud button is worthless, IMO. I can tune my system perfectly with only 2v preouts, high HU volume, and no loudness.

The key is to raise the HU volume up and lower the gains on your amp(s). I used to run my HU at 40/62. Turned it up to 55/62, reset my gains, and both my amps are a LOT happier.

Same here

Flipx99
02-21-2008, 12:15 PM
I do not use it.

WhoSayWho?
02-21-2008, 12:39 PM
The loudness feature is my favorite feature on my HU.


J/K -- loudess sux.

/thread.

MBrock4u
02-23-2008, 04:32 AM
It can be a neat feature to have but it invites Distortion! You have a cleaner signal not using it. Your system will sound much better without it on,

hazardous0388
02-23-2008, 04:48 AM
off ftw

mile098
02-23-2008, 10:23 AM
off. loudness sux

Powers
02-23-2008, 01:10 PM
It can be a neat feature to have but it invites Distortion! You have a cleaner signal not using it. Your system will sound much better without it on,

I agree with this.

The same reason you don't turn up bass and treble settings on the HU.