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Topic: cant hear bass from outside of car

Posted By: biwleey13
Subject: cant hear bass from outside of car
Date Posted: March†14, 2006 at 9:05 PM

hey i have a 93 honda civic coupe and it's really weird because i can barely hear any bass from the outside of the car. all the windows are down and the music is turned up loud. from the inside, the bass is really loud and clear but as soon as i get out...i cant really hear it. i have a 12" alpine type r in a ported box. anybody know what's goin on?



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Posted By: pmh61
Date Posted: March†14, 2006 at 9:18 PM
Sounds good to me, why would you want everyone else to hear your music. Also that is free adverisment for poeople to steal it. If you want poeple hear what you are listening buy a bull horn and put it on the top of your car.




Posted By: speedwayaudio1
Date Posted: March†14, 2006 at 9:49 PM
Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. that's perfect. unless your one how likes to rattle and hum.

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Posted By: stevdart
Date Posted: March†14, 2006 at 9:52 PM

biwleey13 wrote:

anybody know what's goin on?

Yeah, you're going deaf.



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Posted By: customnate
Date Posted: March†14, 2006 at 10:12 PM
Well let me ask you bro how loud is it insdie the car?? I actually use to work for JL and alpine, i specialize in sub woofer enclosers!!

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Posted By: willdkartunes
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 12:09 AM

If your satisfied with how it sounds on the inside of the car, then that's all that matters. Who cares what it sounds like on the outside! Most states have laws prohibiting excessive noise anyway, so that's not a weird thing, it's a good thing.



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Posted By: pcguy760
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 12:55 AM

Hey c'mon guys give him a break! Maybe he likes to get noticed especially in the summertime when all the chicks are out and about you know! Nothing wrong with that or maybe its hearing all these other cars that sound loud from outside and wondering why yours doesnt. I am just trying to see where the guy is coming from - we all have our differences when it comes to big sound!

BTW, I do have some advice for you. I have a 1993 Civic LX sedan (highly modified and customised) - I can hear my bass very loud and clear outside. My setup is a sealed box with two cheap 12s and a Directed Audio 5 Ch Amp running everything. BUT I did cut a two big rectangular holes in the metal under the rear deck / baffle (where your rear speakers go). I noticed it sounded more louder inside the car and outside as well.

One thing you can try also, is drop the back seats down and see how it sounds outside.





Posted By: biwleey13
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 1:11 AM
stevdart wrote:

biwleey13 wrote:

anybody know what's goin on?

Yeah, you're going deaf.




i cant be going deaf. i can hear better than most people i know. even better than my little cousins who have virgin ears.

but yea...on the inside its pretty loud. mirrors move n all. the sub is in the alpine enclosure.




Posted By: biwleey13
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 1:24 AM
pcguy706....u read my mind man. haha. im also tired of hearing these guys with nasty muffled sounding bass that rattles the crap out of their trunks, so i just wanna show them how its suppose to be done.




Posted By: jlord16
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 4:43 AM
as the driver of a not so flash car, i am with pcguy706 on this one, instead of poppin the hood for people i pop the boot to show of my audio installs (my engine isnt very desirable) so hearing bass outside the car is good, but you must boom responsibly

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Posted By: arrow12
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 8:52 AM
If you want someone to hear it you could always let them in.  Or cut a whole in the trunk.  Me and my friends actually did that to an old junker.

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Posted By: downstarinc
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 9:11 AM
i had the same problem...well i thought i did. I had a pretty loud system and when i would get out of the car, all windows down, you could barely hear the bass..but when i was driving i could see heads turn down the block, or at a red light 5 cars ahead.

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Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 9:28 AM

Don't forget that in most urban areas of this country there are noise ordinances and any car stereo that can be heard outside the car (especially so-called boom cars) are probably violating them.  While it's not often enforced, it can mean a fine and in some cases your vehicle can be impounded.  "Hearing the bass outside the car" is not a good thing, unless it is at a show or event where that is the purpose.

Don't be a fool.  Turn it down when driving in the city, especially in residential areas!

By the way, if I hear a car booming me and disturbing my peace from 5 cars away at a red light, I will get their licence number and report them to the police.  No joke.  Don't do it.



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Posted By: Francious70
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 9:36 AM
If the speed is down, the volume is down.
If the sun is down, the volume is down.

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Posted By: Aruman
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 9:43 AM
wauw, thnx god, that in my country we don't have such of lawsposted_image like you guys have there in US, we can drive in the mainstreet enough loud as we want and shake all the windows of the buildings there, but i think that in the future they will intoduce such lawsposted_image




Posted By: pcguy760
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 10:43 AM

Aruman which country are you from? I am formerly from South Africa now I live in USA and I remember down there that it was okay to play loud music from 8am to 8pm although most people did it after that especially on the weekends or holidays and the cops still did not do anything! I remember driving past cop cars with my system (6 x 12 Inch Pioneers), booming and they would not do anything because it was not in the law! Haha, I miss doing that - it gets irritating sometimes when you're listening to your favorite track loud and you see a cop car and wonder if its too loud but turn it down anyways - the pleasure of listening to it is lost sometimes...

So far I had one fine the loud music about 2 years ago in my Pontiac which had two Solo L7 15s powererd by two Rockford Fosgate 800.2 Amps. I did not even see the cop pull up behind me at the light lol. Fine was $250 and when I went to pay it, they said they lost the documents or something and cancelled the whole thing haha. I always watch out for em cops now hehe.

Just to add to this, about a year ago I got a warning for revving my car (has dual mufflers and bigger motor that stock) while driving under a bridge at 1:30am in the morning LOL!! State trooper just gave me a warning and told me to go frame it or go show my buddys lol. Yeah I know youre thinking I am crazy lol.





Posted By: pcguy760
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 10:44 AM
Anyway did you try what I mentioned and did you notice any difference?




Posted By: Steven Kephart
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 12:45 PM

I think my previous boss said it best in a magazine article:

"2005 saw an increase nationwide in laws and attitudes regarding boom cars. Car audio is getting a bad rap from a few idiots bumping in the wrong location and/or the wrong time. This will only continue unless we police ourselves; we donít do it, then our towns will. Itís not a question of rights, itís a question of responsibility. With rights come responsibilities. Regulations arise when people canít handle the responsibilities related to their rights (and I have a hard time believing that car audio is a right to start with).

Some 16YO wannabe booming away in front of the mall? Walk over, start a conversation about his gear (he probably will need some pointers), and then causually let him know that booming in bad places is whatís driving the laws against car stereo. Remember my two rules:

- If the sun is down, the volume is down
- If the speed is down, the volume is down

This means no booming around town, cruising at night. Or in hospital or school zones. Or neighborhoods. Be sensible, not obnoxious."





Posted By: Aruman
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 1:57 PM
pcguy760 i'm from a small country here in the southern caribbean, a island with less than 120.000 people, a island that a lot of american are hating now because of the missing girl Natalee Holloway. i'm from Aruba.




Posted By: biwleey13
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 2:13 PM
yea i never bump my stuff in areas where there are people walking around like parking lots and neighborhoods. i turn it down at red lights too. but pcguy706...putting the seat down is too much of a hassle because i have to put it up again when i park somewhere...dont want people to see the goods. so i just leave it up.




Posted By: Francious70
Date Posted: March†15, 2006 at 4:25 PM
Stephen Kephart wrote:

I think my previous boss said it best


Wait, you don't work at Adire anymore?




Posted By: pcguy760
Date Posted: March†16, 2006 at 12:33 AM

No I just wanted you to see if it made a difference when the back seat was down. You might have to just go ahead and do what I did in my Civic - I cut two big "ports" on the metal under the rear deck / baffle. Then I custom covered the baffle / rear deck with silver vinyl and made two rectangular openings and used some black grill cloth for that. It looks pretty nice and made a difference / improvement in the sound.





Posted By: Steven Kephart
Date Posted: March†16, 2006 at 2:38 AM

Francious70 wrote:

Stephen Kephart wrote:

I think my previous boss said it best


Wait, you don't work at Adire anymore?

No, I had the oportunity to pretty much double my income, so I took it.  But I still visit Adire every once in a while.





Posted By: dragon51
Date Posted: March†16, 2006 at 5:32 AM

I would kill for a system that had good bass response with a lot of power that you could not here out side of the car. Try this stand in front of your car and just start walking away form it and there will more than likely be a point that you will here the bass if you have enough power. I used to think the same thing with the fist system that I had then I found out that is was louder than I thought out side of the car. That was only at 130db.





Posted By: luckydevil
Date Posted: March†16, 2006 at 5:53 AM
Steven Kephart- Are you still in the audio industry? Any hints who your new employer is?




Posted By: menace2sobriety
Date Posted: March†16, 2006 at 11:54 PM

consider your self lucky. my trunk rattles. and when im at a stop light people look at me "funny" so now when i pull up to a stop with other cars around i turn it down. i dont want to hear their thump. and i dont think they want to hear mine. i kinda wish i had my old  alpine that would turn it self down  when i came to a stop. that was a nice . but thinking back was it worth $650 for a tape player? hmmm?



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Posted By: dragon51
Date Posted: March†17, 2006 at 6:27 AM

Trunk rattle's ugh. That is some thing that is eazy to make disapear and not for all that much money. Any rubber matting used for roofing work. If it a can of 3M spray glue if it dose not have adhesive aready, some expanding foam for the tunk's hollow chanels few cans of under coating and some carpet to match your factory color. All that other stuff at the stereo shops is just endorsed hence more money. This stuff dose work.

Before I did it sounded like my car was going to fall apart when my system was turned up 140.6db I was able to eliminate all the rattles and improve the sound of my system. posted_image





Posted By: darthness
Date Posted: March†17, 2006 at 11:19 PM
So this guy is perefectly fine with people hearing what ever crap he threw in his trunk, but would never want them to see it (thats a great way to protect your equipment...)

If you want to eliminate rattles, get some Dynamat Extreme or Second Skin Damplifier... also Second Skin Spectrum (www.secondskinaudio.com

as for using the rubber matting for roofing mat, it may stink up your car, and the adhesive may not be as good.... could have a lower melting point, etc.

And for DYohn... i understand what you say... i also agree, i don't like it when others have their music up at stoplights or while driving down my street, but thats some shiesty stuff to turn them in like that.




Posted By: willdkartunes
Date Posted: March†18, 2006 at 12:52 AM

It's quite obvious why there is laws against "bumping" your system. The reason is there is STUPID people! Everyone that is into car audio needs to spread the word about being smarter with their car stereo systems. If you have a really loud stereo system, then YOU know it's loud! That doesn't mean you need to be a dick about it and ride through a residential neighborhood with all your windows down and your system blasting. (doing it at night is even dumber!) The same thing is true with being at stop lights or if your in a very populated area, like a mall, store, etc. It's not going to kill you to turn your stereo down for a little bit. It's people that do idiotic things like this that there are retarded laws in the first place.

Go to an audio show if your trying to show off with your system! That would be the perfect opportunity to "get attention". If that still doesn't satisfy some of you, then cruise down the freeway and feel free to roll down the windows and blast as loud as your poor ears can handle.  We want to further the car audio industry, not hinder it! We are only ruining it for ourselves. Please be responsible guys!

For biwleey13:                So you can't hear you system from outside of your car? GOOD!!!! Don't try to modify it to where that changes. Keep it that way. I wish every vehicle was like that. If you think it sounds good inside, then that's all that matters....



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Posted By: menace2sobriety
Date Posted: March†18, 2006 at 4:14 AM
my whole trunk is all dynamat extreme. the floor the sides and the trunk lid. and it still rattles like crazy

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Posted By: willdkartunes
Date Posted: March†18, 2006 at 3:22 PM

menace2sobriety wrote:

my whole trunk is all dynamat extreme. the floor the sides and the trunk lid. and it still rattles like crazy

That's terrible. This is the number one downfall of a trunk IMO.



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