The ability of children to understand speech at soft and conversational levels with two instantaneous input dynamic range (IIDR) settings (30 & 40) on the Freedom Cochlear Implant Processor™ was examined for thirty children (age 7-17). Aided threshold and recorded speech perception testing was conducted using FM tones, noise-bands, Ling 6 sounds, loudness scaling, CNC words at 50 & 60 dB SPL and the BKB-SIN. Results revealed that mean group thresholds were 6-8 dB better with the 40 IIDR. Group mean CNC word scores at 50 dB SPL were significantly better with the 40 IIDR (59.2% vs. 47.8%) while the CNC word scores at 60 dB SPL and BKB-SIN scores at 65 dB SPL were not significantly different. It was concluded that an IIDR of 40 provided significantly better sound-field thresholds and this enabled the children to achieve significantly better CNC word scores at 50 dB SPL by making more sounds audible and recognizable. The BKB-SIN SNR-50 and loudness ratings results were not significantly different between the two IIDR settings, thus improved aided thresholds and recognition of soft speech does not compromise recognition of speech in noise or comfort of higher level sounds.