GreyCoyote wrote:If you think you need that kind of power for your audio, you may need to re-evaluate your "needs". There is a difference between making hellish and painful noise, and making an ambience that people will enjoy and talk about. It isnt about DBs, its about quality. Power does not equal quality.
Power = Headroom. I think that is what they are going for.
I play bass guitar and have some amps with ridiculous wattage, but I don't play them loud. But the bottom end they can make with that reserve power is palpable. For reggae and stuff with lots of overdriven bottom, there's no substitute.
I've got hearing damage from my younger (and not so younger) days, not so much from outright crazy volume, as exposure to loud for many hours. I hear the EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE at all times.
So I am also sensitive of ridiculous noise at Bman. But, there have been some really really awesome sounding vehicle systems and the tons of power they have in RESERVE is what makes them sound that way.
I think that, while we want to preserve the "wild west" of our city best we can, we need to make sure that yahoo DJs (who frankly, cannot hear the SPL from their booth BEHIND the speakers) are not damaging the hearing of participants.
If we don't already, the borg ought to have a limit that is just below the damage threshold, and in the spirit of self-policing, all major sound installations should be in possession of a decibel meter, and should use it.