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Please confirm my suspicion that too much bass is OK for your health!

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by David Galindo, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. David Galindo

    David Galindo Well-Known Member

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    My friend gets really scared when he sees a movie in my home theater, because of the awesome bass my Dayton Tiny Mighty produces [​IMG] He read somewhere that too much bass will mess up your heartbeat, and be fatal later on down the road.

    I can see this being true if your in a car, with a constant thump on your subs, messing with your heart. But not with regular home theater, right?
     
  2. MingL

    MingL Well-Known Member

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    I don't see it a serious issue if the sub levels are properly calibrated witht he mains.

    Maybe your friend has a weak heart......
     
  3. David Galindo

    David Galindo Well-Known Member

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    Naw, hes just a big scardy cat.

    I think it was the tank scene in Nemo that pushed him over the edge...
     
  4. Mike_J_Potter

    Mike_J_Potter Well-Known Member

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    I googled it and couldn't find any concrete information just a few sites with mixed information which is most likely the site using scare tatics to get kids to turn down their stereos, and it was all on randmom personal sites, not sites like the american medical association, webmd ect.
     
  5. Wayne Ernst

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    I'm sure this might apply to those folks with subs in their car playing them at 140dB - thump, thump, thump. [​IMG]

    However, I doubt this is the case when using your sub at 85dB - 105dB in a home theater environment.
     
  6. John F. Palacio

    John F. Palacio Well-Known Member

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    The way I see it:

    1- Lots of bass makes you happy.

    2- Happiness has been proven to prolong your life.

    Therefore lots of bass is healthy for you!

    No?
     
  7. GrahamJW

    GrahamJW Well-Known Member

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    I think prolonged exposure to high level dBs over a period of time can damage your hearing; not sure about the heart. I have heard that curtain sound waves can trigger epilepsy in individuals that have epilepsy.

    Cheers...John
     
  8. David Galindo

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    Thanks you guys, thats all I needed to hear [​IMG]
     
  9. Garrett Lundy

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    Tell your friend I have a killer deal on a bridge I'd like to sell him.
     
  10. ChrisWiggles

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    You "think?" [​IMG]

    you can be sure of that. dB over about 85 over long periods of time WILL damage your hearing permanently. The louder the sound, the shorter will be the time until you begin to suffer permanent damage. Listening near reference level is certain to cause hearing loss long-term, so be aware of that, and watch your volume dial. It's a noisy world out there, and hearing damage is happening at younger and younger ages.

    I am acutely aware of this problem, even though I am extremely young, because I have had ear tubes twice, which is not good for your ears (it collapses the membranes of your ear drums and makes them one membrane and brittle with scarring). My pain threshold is extremely low, and I already have significant hearing damage for my age. Ear plug are cheap, and very effective, wear them at concerts, and watch your volume dials at home, and you will go far in preserving your hearing for your later years.
     
  11. David Galindo

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    Well, I assume a loud 2 hour movie once a week cant hurt, correct?
     
  12. David Galindo

    David Galindo Well-Known Member

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    Well, I assume a loud 2 hour movie once a week cant hurt, correct?
     
  13. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Well-Known Member

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    It builds up over time. Run searches on google, there is good info out there if you read skeptically.
     
  14. ChrisWiggles

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    It builds up over time. Run searches on google, there is good info out there if you read skeptically.
     
  15. Kenneth Harden

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    I can assure you BASS will not screw up your heart - there is NO connection unless you have a Civic with 12, 18" woofers and you kill yourself in the car with high SPL.

    If that was the case, hitting speed bumps fast, in a rental car, would make you a gonner.
     
  16. Kenneth Harden

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    I can assure you BASS will not screw up your heart - there is NO connection unless you have a Civic with 12, 18" woofers and you kill yourself in the car with high SPL.

    If that was the case, hitting speed bumps fast, in a rental car, would make you a gonner.
     
  17. Jimi C

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    Ha, this thread prompted me to do a quick google search and i came across the craziest web site ever.. heres a taste..



    link: http://members.aol.com/mpwright9/noise.html

    I cannot tell if this is a gag site or not.. but in any case.. its quite funny.
     
  18. Jimi C

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    Ha, this thread prompted me to do a quick google search and i came across the craziest web site ever.. heres a taste..



    link: http://members.aol.com/mpwright9/noise.html

    I cannot tell if this is a gag site or not.. but in any case.. its quite funny.
     
  19. SteveCallas

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    I know what your friend is talking about. A few years ago during some kind of a car bass contest, some idiots got inside their car, which was loaded with like 8 12" subs, and played a 10hz sine wave at a high volume. The bass threw one of their hearts out of rhythm and he had to go to the hospital, but he didn't die. I remember reading about this a while ago.
     
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    I know what your friend is talking about. A few years ago during some kind of a car bass contest, some idiots got inside their car, which was loaded with like 8 12" subs, and played a 10hz sine wave at a high volume. The bass threw one of their hearts out of rhythm and he had to go to the hospital, but he didn't die. I remember reading about this a while ago.
     

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