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I am an owner of a Yamaha C3 with an SH1 Silent module since almost 9 years.
I am mostly playing it in silent mode, using the headphones delivered with the piano.
If I remember correctly, I used to set the volume for the headphones to 70-80% in the beginning. Setting it to full amplification would have been definitely too loud.
Nowadays I put it to max and still would prefer to increase it, because I hear the action (which I don't remember to have heard in the beginning).

This is strange and I wonder: I even possible, that the physical output of amplifier and headphones may have changed/decrease over time? (which I wouldn't have regarded as possible so far).
Or is it plain and simply a psychological effect of adaption and customization?

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Depending on your age, 9 years may represent a large difference on hearing.

OTOH, if that is not a factor, have you tried with several headphones?


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Originally Posted by EB5AGV
OTOH, if that is not a factor, have you tried with several headphones?

No, I haven't yet. Taking headphones with a lower impedance could increase the perceived loudness and maybe solve my current problem.
However it won't answer my question, which yould require to go back in time 9 years.

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A few quick ideas:

- Is there a global reset option on the Yamaha?

- Unplug the Yamaha from the wall for a few hours.

- Have you recently changed the headphones? Some headphones will sound "louder" than others.

- If you haven't changed headphones, disconnect the headphones a few times and reconnect securely. Or maybe old headphones are failing?

- Are the midi velocity levels being output by the Yamaha reasonable. You can monitor with MIDI-OX software. Since you don't have a before baseline, not sure this will help much.

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Originally Posted by EB5AGV
OTOH, if that is not a factor, have you tried with several headphones?

No, I haven't yet. Taking headphones with a lower impedance could increase the perceived loudness and maybe solve my current problem.
However it won't answer my question, which yould require to go back in time 9 years.

My comment was made thinking the headphones could have lost some gain, due to aging transducers, so checking with other similar ones you could see if that was the case. Of course, different impedances would modify the response, so ideally a similar one would be the best test.


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