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IK ARC - safe for my monitors?
Old 15th August 2009
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IK ARC - safe for my monitors?

I'm interested in IK's ARC, but I'm a little concerned about the test tones it sends out being potentially damaging for my monitors. Does anyone have any thoughts on the matter? Is this something to be concerned about? I've seen video of people demoing the program, and the signals seem like they would be very hard on one's speakers. I'd like to think that IK would have taken this into account, but I'd like to know everyone's opinions on the matter before I go any further.

Thanks for any information.
Old 15th August 2009
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They are not hard for your speakers. Just down play them at full blast. You don't have to do it too loud just test is and use a level that gets you a decent level at your AD converters. Really isn't an issue. ARC is great, I can not imagine being without at this point.
Old 16th August 2009
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Cool. Anyone else have any thoughts?
Old 19th August 2009
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There is no need to drive the speakers with extremely high levels while measuring.We suggest running the measurement at a level similar to the one that's used when mixing or tracking, there is no need to push the control room level so high to risk for a drivers damage.

Optimal measurements SPL ranges are from 72/74 dB SPL to 80-82 dB SPL. These are levels that any studio monitor can handle without any prob.

In testing ARC, we were never able to damage studio monitors even when measuring at extremely high levels. As well, most today's studio monitors have build in limiters and running the measurements at high levels might get these limiters to trigger in, making the measurement totally unreliable.

As a rule, put on a music CD, set the listening to a level where you can listen properly to the program without being too loud or too low for your taste (which will not be over 80 dB SPL in a typical control room), and run the measurements at this same control room level.

Just an FYI, we never got a single report (with thousands of units sold) of a damaged driver when measuring, so again I wouldn't worry.


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