I agree. But Verdinut has asserted that we need to take dynamic range into account when determining peak amp performance. So that question would be at him or someone who supports his assertion.\n\nI don't think he anticipated that you would set a spl level limit. He may be thinking that someone may just set the volume to where they typically do when listening to their favorite CDs and expect to hear the spl level they typically hear. In such cases, it wouldn't hurt for them to allow extra headroom for the occasional encounter with tracks that have very high dynamics and they may want to raise the volume a few notches higher to allow for the quieter passages, such as the opening of the 1812 overture.\n\nSo I suspect he may be thinking about something along the line of the Telarc 1812 CD warning in the booklet:\n\n"Warning! The cannons of the Telarc Digital "1812" are recorded at a very high level. Lower levels are recommended for initial playback until a sfe level can be determined for your equipment."\n\nor the general Telarc warning for their digital recordings:\n\n"Telarc Digital CDs, especially those containing substantially wide dynamic range, will present an extraordinary challenge to all stereo systems. Certain components--even the finest--may have problems with the most demanding passages. Damage could result to speakers or other components if the musical program is played back at excessively high levels."\n\nThe last sentence is stating the obvious, they seem to want to brag about their CD's substantially wide dynamic range in the name of warning, but I am sure they also gave "sales\/$" in mind at the same time.\n\nSomeone like yourself can ignore such warning because you are already keen on imposing a limit yourself. Some audiophiles may opt to get another 3 to 6 dB more amplifier headroom than others, thinking that it will give them some safe margin in the event that they forgot to lower the volume by a few notches.