Originally Posted by LBL 1206
What is the common accepted DB level for CGs?
53-58Db is the standard set by Honda and Yamaha. They are very quiet, both really sip fuel and generally nice units. There are a couple lower cost alternatives claiming this Db rating, Champion comes to mind but I haven't been around one to know if they really compare. I have read where people question how the Db was measured on the Champion, they think it's loader than Honda & Yamaha. There numerous threads on this, you could read for a month on the different forums.
I have a Honda eu2000i that I picked used for $600. It works great for me, I feel worth the money, and would recommend one to anyone looking for generator to use while camping.