I was driving down Broadway in Eureka today listening to Renaissance chamber music on the radio. Along came an old SUV with the window down and that thumping bass sound punching through my truck’s cab. The driver was also smoking so he was polluting the air with 2 foul substances. I did the only thing I could think of: I rolled down my passenger window and cranked up the radio so loud it rattled my spine. Take that, befouler of an October morning!
I turned off after a few blocks as I couldn’t stand the pain, but assured I had pierced his hidebound soul.
Uh. Already addressed. I wasn’t referring to gas engine emissions which we are all guilty of burning. I was referring to the noise pollution and the cigarette smoke pollution.
I hate and despise ‘boom cars’ for the jerks they are. Agreed. But you are DRIVING a CAR down the street, and I assume you use internal combustion? And you say “he was polluting the air with 2 foul substances..”??? Hello? I guess your car farts rose petals and fresh air, huh?
Y’all are talking about whole house sound absorption for stereo bass?
I feel for folks with good low frequency hearing. Like how dogs hear an earthquake, y’all hear subwoofers when nobody else notices.
I can pretty much sleep to bass, people arguing outside, Earthquake comedy playing next door… it’s all these foxes that drive me crazy. All roaarwl and wheeet all night. At least y’all don’t got to deal with that. Damn near have to close my window sometimes.
There’s this passive system for houses/rooms:
http://www.asc-soundproof.com/walldamp-retrofit.htm but I imagine you’re looking at a price-tag that might be prohibitive. There’s definitely got to be a DIY solution for a house. I’ll look some more and see what i can find.
Using active cancellation systems in a house would be almost impossible. The problem is that the wavelengths are different in each location in the house. A small space like a car is easier, if your pickup and output are both place in a headrest, for instance, it’s simple.
I’d heard that this technology was being developed years ago. I’d pay good money to equip the outside of our house with a defense against that awful, pulsating bass that vehicles emit from their sound systems and their modified exhausts. The only commercially available wave cancellation products I could online find were headphones.
Also, here’s some other related research:
This may be of interest:
You might have to DIY-it. but there may be such a thing available commercially. I know that some high-end luxury vehicles already have built-in wave cancelers to abate engine and road noise; It’s not much of a stretch to go from that to a sensing system for bass frequencies and a wave generator to counteract them.
Is there such a thing?
Sounds like it’s time to invest in a wave canceling rig for your car. flip the switch and say goodbye to annoying bass. 🙂
I am a little overweight and did work as a clown at one time…
I only know Glenn Beck from Colbert/the Daily Show, but I assure you that Bob has nothing in common with him.
Not paranoia. Disgust and bewilderment. Beck-like?
Joel- I never claimed to be a non-polluter.
I was pointing out the rabid Beck-like paranoia folks seem to have
when they see someone smoking. Its silly.
I hope that they’re freezing their asses off as they drive around with the windows down impressing us.
And what does TM King’s computer run on, solar energy?
Ha! Good point. I guess i should have said in addition to the carbon monoxide we were all spewing.
I hate and despise ‘boom cars’ for the jerks they are. Agreed.
But you are DRIVING a CAR down the street, and I assume you use internal combustion?
And you say “he was polluting the air with 2 foul substances..”???
I guess your car farts rose petals and fresh air, huh?