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Subwoofers in cars

  1. Nov 4, 2009 #1
    What a blight on society. Everybody hates them and the people who have them, except of course the people who have them.
    I have some neighbors who just moved in next door and the FIRST thing they do is turn the music on in their car. All you can hear is thumping and rattling of their trunks, so it's not music. I don't know how long people will put up with this before cops get called. This was a quiet neighborhood. They're not playing it that loud, but that bass is really annoying. I'd rather hear the actual crappy music their playing than to hear just the thumping.
    Why do they do it? They either don't care or they don't know any better. I'm betting it's both. They don't know any better, but even if they did, they wouldn't care.
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  3. Nov 4, 2009 #2


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    A Constitutional Amendment should be passed modifying the Second Amendment. Not only should citizens be allowed to possess firearms, they should be able to use those firearms to blow holes in automobile subwoofers.
  4. Nov 4, 2009 #3
    Bcoz dey is wicked dog! Bangin with a top class boot build yo!

    Becuase one enjoys one's music very much, and ones expensive amplifiers and speakers make the music sound that much better. It must be played at full volume as any less would mean that one has wasted their time with such large speakers.

    The joke is, especially in the UK. You get young lads with 500 quid cars with £1000 worth of stereo in them.

    Plus you can do funny thinks like this and stick them on youtube.
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  5. Nov 4, 2009 #4
    What's wrong with this? I have a relatively cheap car ($1,000 maybe?). It's 15 years old and runs like new. I spend a lot of time in there, so if I had the money to spare I'd definitely buy top speakers and subs. But then, I value music above most other things. I'd rather have an awesome sound system than leather seats, GPS, and a 6 cylinder engine.
  6. Nov 4, 2009 #5
    The act of projecting uncomfortable levels of infra-sound across the street constitutes an assault. One might just as well shine a laser at their house, but then, they wouldn't hesitate to call the cops and report harassment.
  7. Nov 4, 2009 #6
    Two words... Get even.

    Get a friend to lend you their dog for a few hours every night.
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    True. Subwoofers constitute warfare in a fashion and should be fougth with anti-subwoofer (ASW) weapons.

    Pickup trucks with monster tires should be equipped with depth charges.

    Standard size vehicles should travel in convoys where they can be escorted by monster pick-up trucks.

    Unescorted vehicles should be equipped with Foxer acoustic decoys.

    ASW nets and mines can be laid across key intersections.
  9. Nov 4, 2009 #8
    You dont see the irony in having a car worth £1500 and 2/3 of that is the stereo. I find that really rather funny.

    Well lets be fair to these people they probably have about 300 quids worth of stick on parts from halfords.
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    We could just add a sledgehammer clause.
  11. Nov 4, 2009 #10
    Anti-ELF attenuators are being developed by DARPA in a zero gravity environment as we speak.....
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    Although research is still on-going, there are indications that people with subwoofers are more likely to be smokers of cigarettes.

    (Now watch the hate roll in). :rofl:
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    Don't assume the worst.

    Sure, people are normally oblivious - as long as they're anonymous. Put a face on it and you'll often get different behaviour.

    I have had success with approaching new neighbours and asking them - politely - to turn their music down.
  14. Nov 4, 2009 #13
    That's because smoke enhances the acoustics, and some brands of cigarettes are better suited than others.

    What happened to the days of going to your neighbor with a six pack, and closing off streets on your block to welcome new residents, or whatever excuse there is to do so?
  15. Nov 4, 2009 #14
    There is no irony in that. My car gets me from point A to point B reliably, gets great gas mileage, and does everything I need it to. On top of that, I also want it to sound pretty when I play music in it. How is that ironic?

    I don't NEED or WANT a better car right now, but I DO want a better sound system. Should I buy a whole new car just so I can get a better sound system? That doesn't make any sense at all.
  16. Nov 4, 2009 #15
    I shouldn't have to.
    So basically you want to force other people to listen to your music?
  17. Nov 4, 2009 #16
    This is all about attracting attention and it works.
    It is not about music.
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    Am I one of the few that doesn't get why you spend tons of money for a sound system in your CAR? A car, especially an old clunker isn't the optimum place if you really enjoy music. What the people that put these systems in their cars want is VOLUME.

    Not to mention, you're in a car...on a road...in traffic...and you can't hear horns or sirens or the screeching brakes of the car that is careening into you.

    But then there are Darwin Awards...
  19. Nov 4, 2009 #18
    I'll freely admit i'm highly biased as I love cars and I love driving. I'd rather spend it all on the car.

    To me it would make more sense to have a £1000 car, for which can buy a semi decent motor, then stuff £500 of music into it if you really must. Generally cars for £500 are ****boxes. You get the odd gem for cheap but mostly they are just cheap naff old cars.

    I'd argue that it's worth spending more for the better car, as doubling the car budget can buy you so much more.

    Is it really necessary to have a £1000 pound sound system over a £500 one? does it really honestly make 2x the differnce. A £500 system provides decent quality music, and can go to obnoxious volumes.
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    It's like a plague. Kids get an old beater sub-compact, install a very loud exhaust, up-size the wheels and pay $$$$ for tires with no sidewalls, shoehorn in a stereo that would deafen you at 1/10th the volume they'll crank it to, and slap on a spoiler and a bunch of decals. Voila! They have an example of personal expression that is so personal that only every other wanna-be is doing the exactly the same thing.

    When I was a teen, we all wanted to learn how to tweak performance out of vehicles to create "sleepers" - cars that looked low-key, but were very hot under the hood. At least you learn transferable skills by concentrating on mechanics as opposed to bolt-on bling.

    As a long-time Harley-tweaker, I recognize the bolt-on syndrome in the weekend "bikers". As long as they've got the money to pay H-D for all the bolt-on bling, that's their look-out, but "chrome don't get you home". When I bought my venerable old '85 Wide-Glide, the first thing I did was to remove about 75# of stupid chrome and gold-plated "Live to Ride, Ride to Live" crap that the previous owner had installed, strip off other extraneous stuff, and then make it GO.

    Edit: the only "extra" that the previous owner had installed that I left on the bike was a radiative oil cooler (seen just in front of the motor between the risers). That add-on was suggested by a friend of his who serviced the bikes for the Massachusetts State Police, and I left that on because I intended to tweak that machine and run it hot, and heat can be death for air-cooled engines.

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    I don't think they put in quality sound systems in their cars (I actually could understand paying extra for GOOD speakers if you have long commutes or travel by car a lot), but it's more that they put in LOUD sound systems in their cars. Bass is not appreciated at such close ranges...which is of course why the rest of us hear it so much better at great distances from the car. And, if you're playing it at volumes that make the whole car rattle, that certainly isn't improving the quality of the music.

    I also agree that I am not as bothered by hearing loud music if I can hear ALL the music as I am by hearing just the bass and rattling trunk (of course, I mostly prefer getting to choose my own music rather than having someone else impose their music selections on me). Until we get that added clause to the second amendment proposed above (I really like that idea :rofl:), I just try to console myself that they will all need hearing aids before they reach 40. (With all the loud music kids listen to in confined spaces or piped directly into their ears with earbuds, I am considering that a designer line of hearing aids with lots of bling would be something good to invest in.)
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    I'd like to form a start-up with you, Moonie. Unfortunately, I have no experience in micro-miniature audio circuitry. I have many, many years of experience rebuilding and restoring tube-driven guitar amplifiers, but it's hard to fit a 6L6GC or EL84 circuit into peoples' ears. Eskimos might like the heat, though.
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    Well, think of it as karma.

    There's no law that says they can't play their music as loud as they want (provided it's before 11PM), so why should they change their behaviour to accomodate you? In fact, https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=350500" that want you to accomodate them? Hmm? :devil:
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  24. Nov 4, 2009 #23
    I enjoy my music with a ton of bass. I can't bump my loud music without subs! Although I do turn the music down when I enter a neighborhood. You can hear me before you see me..

    Whats weird is that some people have speakers in the grill of their car so that individuals outside of the car can hear...
  25. Nov 4, 2009 #24
    I am one of those "many people and societies".
  26. Nov 5, 2009 #25
    When I worked for the AFRL, a friend had problems with the neighbor kid's playing their radio too loud after their dad left for work every weekend... we built an decent antenna, put it inside (by the window) and broadcast a "noise" signal of our own over their favorite station(s). I think we probably violated radio laws, but after a few times, they stopped thinking the radio was whacked at loud volume. They weren't smart enough to try tapes.
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