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World's Most Powerful Subwoofer

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the finally-enough-bass dept.

Music 436

dponce80 writes "This $13,000 subwoofer, the TRW 17 from Eminent Technology is billed as the world's most powerful due to its ability to reproduce sounds with frequencies as low as 1Hz. Typical subwoofers bottom out at 20Hz, and while the human ear can barely hear below that point, it is still possible to feel the sound. This particular woofer does not have an enclosure, instead relying on a fan-like design, wafting a cone of modulated air into the room, and effectively turning it into a resonating box, in its entirety!"

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WHAT? (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939223)

COULD YOU REPEAT THAT?

HELLO (1, Redundant)

Alien Venom (634222) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939247)

I CANNOT HEAR YOU

Ruthless People quote (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939258)


And when you die, they can fucking BURY you in it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091877/ [imdb.com]

Re:WHAT? (0, Flamebait)

Alien Venom (634222) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939262)

I SAID YOU LOOKED LIKE AN ASS

Re:WHAT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939348)

TURN THAT FUCKING THING OFF

Re:WHAT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939424)

Funny enough, but has some serious truth to it. Just because the human eardrum can't *hear* frequencies 20Hz, it doesn't mean they can't cause hearing damage if played loud enough.

$13,000 (1, Flamebait)

aitikin (909209) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939225)

And who is going to spend that much on a sub that's going to go out of the range of human hearing!?

Re:$13,000 (3, Insightful)

jeroenb (125404) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939230)

Audiophiles. These people spend money on the strangest things.

Re:$13,000 (1)

PhantomHarlock (189617) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939236)

Like gold plated connectors...ever seen one in a real studio rack?

Re:$13,000 (2, Interesting)

PenGun (794213) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939290)

Audiophiles don't use gold. It's only 67% or so as conductive as silver at 100%. Generally rhodium is a pretty good connector and smears into a great connection. You can use silver but it oxidizes which is the reason gold is used on low end stuff.

      PenGun
    Do What Now ??? ... Standards and Practices !

Re:$13,000 (1)

atrus (73476) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939374)

Yeah, gold is for the radio shack "gold series" stuff. Rhodium is very popular though.

Re:$13,000 (4, Interesting)

hoka (880785) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939253)

Not without a real reason necessarily. I mean you may not be able to hear sub 20hz (most people can't hear below 30, especially as the age group gets older), but you can definitely feel it. The feeling of the lower frequencies can add a lot to the music, because it can add the real "boom" to certain things like cannon fire (used in on some classical concerts before you ask). Though I've never built a system sub 20hz (my current system peaks around 44hz and dips way down in the 30's) myself, I've heard a lower and they are really amazing. Just don't get going on kimber cables...

Re:$13,000 (2, Insightful)

rxmd (205533) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939416)

I mean you may not be able to hear sub 20hz (most people can't hear below 30, especially as the age group gets older), but you can definitely feel it. The feeling of the lower frequencies can add a lot to the music, because it can add the real "boom" to certain things like cannon fire (used in on some classical concerts before you ask).
How do you record these vibrations in the first place? Microphones have a lower frequency threshold, too.

Re:$13,000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939235)

well the whole _point_ of a subwoofer is to play those sounds...

Just because cheap crappy sound systems use the subwoofer as a cheap way of not putting real woofers in any of the other speakers doesn't mean that's the way it _should_ be.

Re:$13,000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939238)

Obviously some little Punk with more money than brains (read trust fund baby) will buy it just to be cool. you see alot of that in California and Florida.

Compaq_hater (too lazy to sign in)

Re:$13,000 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939242)

Spics, wogs, arabs, niggers.

Basically people who can't actually spend their drug money on anything useful.

Re:$13,000 (1)

Compaq_Hater (911468) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939280)

No need to be a raciest little Dick Smack !, there are plenty of People in the world that use Loud ass stereos and Sub woofers as a strange sort of Status symbol.

CH

Re:$13,000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939398)

saying that there are "plenty of people" implies an equal distribution, which is obviously not the case, thus making your point very moot.

Re:$13,000 (1)

John Nowak (872479) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939244)

Any credible loudspeaker system will and does produce sounds below the threshold of human hearing. They'd be rather unexciting if they didn't actually.

No honestly, there is a good reason for such frequencies to be reproduced, but I'm too tired to explain... Someone else handle this please...

Re:$13,000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939310)

I can't quite honestly tell if you're trying to be ironic or not :(

Re:$13,000 (1)

O.W.M (884392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939268)

Even if you might not be able to hear low frequency sounds, you can definitely feel them.

I think this might be the next big thing for Movie Theaters. Imagine being able to not only hear a helicopter and see it hovering on the screen, but also feel the low-frequency vibrations from the blades.

Of course, as the price goes down (it will eventually), high-end home cinema systems will probably also be a market.

Re:$13,000 (1)

pboulang (16954) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939361)

No, not best big thing.. very 30 years ago. Though the visual of a helicopter with blades going at 10hz was pretty enjoyable, just before it crashes. ButtKicker is the next big thing, heck of a lot cheaper.

And who is going to spend that much on a sub (2, Funny)

SomethingOrOther (521702) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939288)

> And who is going to spend that much on a sub

Have you not seen Ruthless People [imdb.com] ?

(Speaker Salesdroid)
Check it out!
Thirty feet of thigh-slapping, blood-pumping nuclear brain damage!
If you can't afford it, FINANCE IT!
And here's the best part: when you die, they can BURY you in it!

Re:$13,000 (1)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939356)

Elephants with credit cards, of course.

Re:$13,000 (1)

vought (160908) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939381)

You'd be surprised how much money people spend on car sound systems with no other purpose than to out-play each other.

Reminds me of high school in the late 80s, when DJ Magicc Mike's "Speaker Terror Upper" was all the rage. I'll bet this thing would crack a rib or two.

Soon to be found (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939228)

in an low riding 84 Olds Cutlass with spinners on 20" wheels in your rearview mirror.

The real question is... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939229)

Can it blow a woman's clothing off?

Nope (2, Funny)

Sulka (4250) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939437)

The real question is...

Can it make someone blow you?

Mythbusters should try it again! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939233)

Brown note!

Deaf people? (5, Interesting)

jobber-d (225767) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939234)

I wonder if this will affect deaf people's ability to 'listen' to music at all. Having a wider range of frequencies should allow for more variations in vibrations, no?

Is this even legal? (5, Interesting)

GeorgeWright (612851) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939239)

Note: I have not yet read the article because the server seems to be dead.

Is this subwoofer even legal? International law bans transmitters which are capable of transmitting on the frequency of approx 6 or 7Hz because that's the resonant frequency of the human ribcage. Seems like this could be used as a pretty lethal weapon from the (short) description in the posting.

Re:Is this even legal? (1)

Crouty (912387) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939270)

Sounds like an urban legend to me.
Any chance you have something to back that up?

Re:Is this even legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939278)

sound waves != electromagnetic waves

Re:Is this even legal? (1, Informative)

sysbot (238421) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939281)

This is a confirmed myth. Was showed on muythbuster.

Re:Is this even legal? (1)

shird (566377) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939386)

That show is hardly scientific. They create more myths than they 'bust'. Its sad that so many people think their methods are scientific just because they use the occasional big word.

Re:Is this even legal? (1)

dduck (10970) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939426)

But... But... But they did NOT confirm the myth! :D

Re:Is this even legal? (1)

fiter (806336) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939427)

I see your post is very scientific. Lots of evidence to back up your theories, but where's your big word?

Re:Is this even legal? (1)

Zelucifer (740431) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939321)

sources, Please.

Re:Is this even legal? (5, Interesting)

fmwap (686598) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939358)

Interesting thought, I've felt the effects before but never done any research...

According to this article [wired.com] , lung collapse can be a effect of freqencies in this range, and that " The lungs may essentially start to vibrate in the same frequency as the bass, which could cause a lung to rupture."

I vaguly remember hearing about experimentation into using this as a weapon (No, not the Brown note [wikipedia.org] ), but more of a lung-collapsing, vomit inducing weapon.

Re:Is this even legal? (5, Funny)

Clark_Griswold (692490) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939429)

" but more of a lung-collapsing, vomit inducing weapon "

Yeah, whatever happened to ABBA?

Re:Is this even legal? (1)

jmv (93421) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939365)

That was exactly my thought. Given the fact that the "accepted" frequency threshold of hearing is considered to be around 20 Hz, I don't see any real non-weapon use for this. I would definitely not like to be around that thing. Sometimes you never know when some circuit/system will become unstable and start to oscilate.

Great Disturbance.... (5, Funny)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939240)

I felt a great disturbance in the Apartment Complex, as if millions of neighbors suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced by my giant subwoofer.

Re:Great Disturbance.... (1)

UnixRevolution (597440) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939264)

I felt a great disturbance in the Apartment Complex, as if millions of neighbors suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced by my giant subwoofer.

You must be confused...I think This [boingboing.net] is the Woofer you're looking for.

Re:Great Disturbance.... (1)

Sethus (609631) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939304)

I'm trying to think of a good joke to top that one, but for the love of me, I can't. Nothing is so personal and so true to me as that one sentence at this very instance. Roffle my very good waffle.

I heard it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939243)

It just made its local debut outside my bedroom window...

my neighbors are going to be pissed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939248)

now where am i going to get a rap superstar license

It blew out Google's servers! (1, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939250)

It's so powerful, it blew out Google's servers!

> ping www.yahoo.com
Ping statistics for 66.94.230.75:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

> ping www.google.com

Ping statistics for 66.102.7.104:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

Re:It blew out Google's servers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939260)

Could someone please post this as a real slashdot thread so we don't have to do it OT and here? Thanks ;-).

Re:It blew out Google's servers!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939313)

Moron!

Re:It blew out Google's servers!! (1)

huidafa (742439) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939332)

Google is down from my location as well. Ping shows a 100% loss. Yahoo and a couple of other sites I checked are still doing OK. I'm curious if it's just Google or if other sites are down as well?

Google has been down for me for 35+ minutes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939344)

I'm in southern Arizona. Very strange.

Re:Google has been down for me for 35+ minutes... (1)

eclipxe (162228) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939375)

Down for me as well, from Southern California.

Google has been down for 40+ minutes in San Jose (1)

huidafa (742439) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939384)

Google has been down for forty minutes and counting over here. Is there any precedent for Google going offline for this long? I'd search on Google to find out, but they're not working at the moment. :) Can anyone recommend a site that has a live report of major site outages?

Re:Google has been down for 40+ minutes in San Jos (1)

lachlan76 (770870) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939436)

They went off for 15 minutes a while back I believe, but that was because their DNS went down, and had to wait for the records to propogate.

Re:It blew out Google's servers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939371)

oh my god... google is down... THE WORLD IS ENDING!!!

Re:It blew out Google's servers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939415)

Down in Australia and Iowa. The cache seemed to stop working first. You can still search using http://64.233.187.99/ [64.233.187.99] but you might as well use Yahoo. I'm going insane here.

Re:It blew out Google's servers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939435)

Down in Japan too. My ISPs' DNS servers went crazy for a while but now it's just Google.

This really sucks when Gmail is your primary email...

OMG! (3, Funny)

alphapartic1e (260735) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939252)

Quick, someone tell Howard Stern, so he can reenact that scene in "Private Parts" where he told that lady to sit on the subwoofer.

Military uses? (4, Interesting)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939254)

Sounds like the old arsequake [museumoftechno.org] concept has been resurrected. For those who can't be bothered to read the link, various armies have tried to find a bass frequency that, aimed at enemy soldiers, would cause them to involuntarily lose bowel control. Of course, as bass is omnidirectional, you need to make sure your own troops have earplugs or a full enema beforehand ;-)

Re:Military uses? (1)

imag0 (605684) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939265)

I think on the Myth Busters they called it the "Brown Note". They subjected Adam to a massive stack of speakers trying to get him to shit, but it didn't work.

Re:Military uses? (2, Informative)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939414)

IIRC, they placed him in the middle of a circular arrangement of woofers, pointing towards the center. Depending on the frequency, number of speakers and radius, the soundwaves could very well cancel themselves, dampening the effect. Even then, he came exhausted from the experience as the soundwaves forced air in and out of his lungs.

    Just pointing out the testing method perhaps wasn't the most adequate. According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , they only tested three frequencies below 20hz; a low sweep between 0-25hz would've been better.

Re:Military uses? (1)

HD Webdev (247266) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939289)

For those who can't be bothered to read the link, various armies have tried to find a bass frequency that, aimed at enemy soldiers, would cause them to involuntarily lose bowel control.

Woot, the brown noise [moviewavs.com]

"unterpäntzgeschittsen" (2, Funny)

jvance (416133) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939318)

Excuse me whilst I wipe the tears from my eyes.

Wait - those aren't tears! That's not my eye!

Re:Military uses? (1)

HugePedlar (900427) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939428)

Earplugs? Buttplugs, surely!

Put it in your server room (2, Interesting)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939271)

That way you will end up with a haunted computer room [physicsforums.com] !

Apparently... (0, Offtopic)

PhantomHarlock (189617) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939272)

Their webserver isn't as powerful as their subwoofer. Boom!

Bowl movements (1)

icecow (764255) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939273)

Low frequency sounds can cause involentary bowel movements. Why isn't this technology used in retirement nursing homes?

site down (1)

a.koepke (688359) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939279)

Site is down already but here is the Google cache link [66.102.7.104]

Re:site down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939299)

In Soviet Russia Google is down already [slashdot.org] , but here is a link to the site.

Re:site down, Google down? How now? (1)

charlzard (603016) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939359)

Now if only Google could stay up. If you're online at the time of this post, you'd know what I mean[t].

Re:site down, Google down? How now? (1)

adpowers (153922) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939421)

I know, what the hell. All of a sudden Google stopped working. Some other IPs work, but not that one. I could change my hosts file, but I don't want to. The thing is, without changing the hosts file, I can't login to like search history, because it tries to redirect to that one address. Also, Gmail and Maps aren't work for me either. Grr.

You ain't heard LOUD 'til you heard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939287)



You ain't heard LOUD 'til you heard me after a few taco bell buritos. Not only is it LF, and LOUD, but you get that smell factor, too! This may do justice, if only a mic could record to 1 Hz.

Resonance (2, Interesting)

Crouty (912387) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939298)

Can anyone tell what volume of air would have 1:1 resonance at 1 Hz?
I found some frequencies where my bathroom has resonance (propabaly 1:2 harmonics), but I am sure it is much to small to have resonance at frequencies below a few Hz.

random thoughts (1)

copeland3300 (889992) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939303)

this is actually really cool to experience. I'm looking forward to when this kind of thing is available for the rest of us. also the website sucks.

Oh bull. (3, Interesting)

sakusha (441986) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939311)

I recently went to an art museum where there was a little piece of electronic equipment attached to a huge subwoofer that was moving at 1hz, slowing down to about .5hz, and back to 1hz again. If you put your hand up close to it, you could feel a slight breeze, but you couldn't hear a damn thing. It was created more for the visual effect of seeing the huge speaker cone moving in and out at a slow speed.

So a subwoofer with a 1hz capability is nothing to get excited about, you could do that with a wide variety of subwoofers. And achieving such a low, inaudible frequency sure as hell doesn't make it the world's most powerful subwoofer.

Re:Oh bull. (4, Interesting)

HD Webdev (247266) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939370)

So a subwoofer with a 1hz capability is nothing to get excited about, you could do that with a wide variety of subwoofers. And achieving such a low, inaudible frequency sure as hell doesn't make it the world's most powerful subwoofer.

Those low frequencies at a high enough power can effect things quite a bit.

I remember years ago I was in a town where there were serious problems people were having with objects falling off of shelves and other similar places. (These objects would only last a few days in places that they had been in for years without problems)

It turned out that it was a new local Wind Power Generator that was to blame. It's very low Hz wasn't audible in the slightest, but when it's wavelength matched up with {whatever} object, it caused quite a serious effect.

You call that a subwoofer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939314)

Any audio equipment that doesn't require excavation just isn't powefull enough if you ask me.

Google Cache Link [64.233.167.104]

Re:You call that a subwoofer? (1)

Stephan Seidt (803125) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939434)

Hotblack Desiato is the ajuitar keyboard player of the rock group Disaster Area, claimed to be the loudest band in the universe, and in fact the loudest sound of any kind, anywhere. So loud is this band that the audience usually listens from the safe distance of sixty two miles away in a well built bunker.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_Area [wikipedia.org]

Now, that is powerful!

I thought Larry Ellison had the biggest Subwoofer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939324)

I read somewhere that Larry Ellison had the biggest subwoofer in the world, built into the bottom of his swimmingpool, to get a massive thing to attach to. Can anyone confirm that?

Primitive Audio Weapon ? (5, Interesting)

zuki (845560) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939329)

Although there are several patents already held in the field of military and defense-related technologies for ultra-high intensity infrasonic weapons capable of destroying concrete structures from a distance (it's rumored to be able to do far uglier things to the human body), and this since the early 50's, there are some other considerations to keep in mind when attempting to use such a monster subwoofer at home or in a small enclosed space.

Without taking the time to quote the exact sources, it is known (another urban legend?...) in the field of both professional studio and live sound that certain subsonic frequencies are likely to inflict severe punishment to the human body, from memory I seem to recall 3 Hz causing nausea, loss of equilibrium and balance, some other frequencies nearby incontinence or cardiac arrhythmia, and one in particular (??...) rumored to be fatal at certain elevated sound pressure levels. All of this between 1 Hz and 25 Hz. (someone please take the time to dig up the precise data and papers on this?...)

Further, it should be understood that most audio mastering engineers will severely filter out any frequencies below 25 Hz as a matter of habit from the old mastering vinyl days, but also as those sounds do 'cloud up' the 'bottom end' audio in final mixes, and possibly because some of them are aware of the inherent risks posed by having those stray frequencies played at very loud volumes in enclosed areas.

Although this piece of gear sounds like it could be terrific, it may also pose a very real threat to its users if operated improperly. So far, we're not even talking about the possibility of inflicted hearing damage from exposure.

YMMV, as always, and most certainly in this case, batteries definitely not included.

Re:Primitive Audio Weapon ? (1)

The Other Davey (917235) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939394)

Just about any frequency could be fatal if it's loud enough. Sound is a result of air (or water or whatever) vibrating. If that medium vibrates with enough intensity, our insides would get all scrambled from being tossed back and forth so quickly.

the real question (0, Redundant)

LiquidHAL (801263) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939336)

yes yes, but can they blow women's clothes off?

Stan Freberg did it first (4, Funny)

grantdh (72401) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939339)

This reminds me of a classic Stan Freberg skit - one of the "Herman Horne does Hi Fi" - where he lampoons Hi Fi hobbyists of the 50's - he's just described a full on sound system, but without speakers:

Interviewer: But what about the speakers?

Horne: The whole house becomes a speaker, you move into the garage!

(snip a few lines)

Horne: As you and your wife sit of an evening, shivering in your garage....

Brilliant stuff - if you've never heard Freberg's "Herman Horne" skits, you absolutely HAVE to get them - it fits so well with modern hobyists/geeks/obsessive types:

Horne: They can sit there and watch their husband suffer with old equipment that has been obsolete for at least a week! :)

Nice concept but... (2, Informative)

bigHairyDog (686475) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939341)

Digital audio is filtered to remove all sounds below 20Hz before going onto CD, as that increases the dynamic range of remaining frequencies, so unless you have access to the original high bit rate studio recordings, you won't tell much difference.

No cure for cancer... (2, Funny)

smackdotcom (136408) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939346)

...but we get a subwoofer that can shake your fillings out. Sigh. On the up-side, I'm sure I'll get a chance to report back to Slashdot as to what one of these things feel like once my college-age (and apparently half-deaf) neighbours procure one and do their damndest to shake apart this poorly-built condo complex.

obligatory bad joke (5, Funny)

NicenessHimself (619194) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939351)

Imagine a Beowoofer Cluster of these!

Pimp my ride (4, Interesting)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939362)

As regular viewers of the excellent MTV educational show "Pimp My Ride" will already be informed Xzibit and colleagues recently installed a 12,000 Watt subwoofer in one of their patient's vehicules. The subwoofer itself is here: http://www.cardomain.com/sku/MTXT992244 [cardomain.com] .

Despite being a WASP I must add that the car post-transformation was "phat".

John.

Re:Pimp my ride (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939400)


because there's no phat factor, i don't think they'll sell that many.. as quoted from the site
"In order to hear 10Hz you need sound pressure levels above 100dB. To hear 5Hz you need sound levels above 110dB. Existing subwoofer systems cannot do that. To create an audible 5Hz with cones you would need between 8 and 20 cone woofers 15 inches in diameter or greater with several thousand watts of amplifier power. With a single rotary woofer a couple hundred watts will do."

What looks cooler: overkill or efficency?

Sample (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939366)

Is there a wav I can download as a sample of what this thing can do??

so... (1)

smash (1351) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939389)

Who's going to be the first one to install it in their car?

:D

smash.

Watch your walls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939393)

Low frequency resonation is known to do severe structural damage. I once had a crack in one of my walls that reached from the floor to the ceiling because a) i lived right next to an airfield with low flying aircraft and b) because my speakers were overly bassy already, if we drop even lower, what the hell?? will the pets start going mad and house's falling down? :P

Dumb rich material, the best market in the world (4, Interesting)

NeedleSurfer (768029) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939396)

Not only you don't hear those frequency they actually feel like vibration, very low vibration, disturbing vibrations. Plus since EVERYTHING you happen to listen to has been recorded on gear thats doesn't reproduce frequencies below 20HZ, and even then, it's perfectly and uterly useless, for 13000$...

I've worked in studios, I've been consultant for studios and even built some, many project and home studios and 3 commercial studios (no commercial studio is built alone so count me part of a team on those). No studio, none, is equiped to deal with such low frequency for obvious reasons, comfort and audibility being the 2 most obvious, so even if your subwoofer reproduces frquencies below 20hz you will never know it.

Re:Dumb rich material, the best market in the worl (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939432)

Indeed. The only way to play common audio through them would be generating new harmonic content from the 20hz+ material (like an aural exciter). I'm not quite sure if that would work well at all.

Power versus Frequency (3, Insightful)

vectorian798 (792613) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939422)

Correct me if I am wrong but power is measured in Watts...and usually for speakers and subwoofers, you need to look at RMS Power Consumption. For example, the Creative Gigaworks 750 pumps out 750 Watts RMS in total - it is billed as the most powerful computer speaker set.

The article mentions that the subwoofer can bottom out at 1Hz, which is certainly amazing, but let's get our terminology right here - this is frequency range, not power.

Sorry, but it has to be said. (5, Funny)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939442)

All your bass are belong to us!
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