Originally Posted by apple-q
if your speakers top out at 80.5dB they are not even capable of reaching the dolby reference level.
your speakers are way too small for your room., IMO. your system will need to handle 105dBSPL without distortion per channel.
given that average dialog level is around -20 to -10dBFs you speakers will be crapping out before you even reach normal dialog level.
I am aware, in fact my first mixes in this space turned out too loud (aside from lfe) . These were my monitors in an older smaller room. Ill soon be purchasing JBLs but must pay overheads as I continue to save towards that.
As I said , I compensate and raise the master in pro tools, on the films I work on this only becomes a problem with very loud moments and during those I go down a touch to avoid clipping the speakers.
As you can imagine, I very much look forward to the upgrade to JBL (ill probably be buying used)
Back to the original topic, Ill re-assess the room cal and then do some tests with bass management again.
Thanks kindly everone!